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Shogun: A Novel of Japan | [James Clavell]

Shogun: A Novel of Japan

A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.
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Publisher's Summary

A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

©1975 James Clavell; (P)2000 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Superbly crafted...grips the reader like a riptide...gets the juices flowing!" (Washington Star)
"Exciting, totally absorbing....be prepared for late nights, meals unlasting, buisness unattended." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Adventure and action, the suspense of danger, shocking, touching human relationships...a climactic human story." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Jim CINCINNATI, OHIO, United States 03-20-13
    Jim CINCINNATI, OHIO, United States 03-20-13
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    "Awesome Audio Book of course it's SHOGUN"
    Where does Shogun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well it is SHOGUN so of course it's awesome. Now as an audio read the reader was OK could have been better but he wasn't bad. I love SHOGUN even the mini series. Now some say SHOGUN isn’t true or the history is off... of course it is it's FICTION LITTERATEUR... but it's an amazing read as a book and a really good listen as an Audible Book. I wish, pray, and hope one day you'll do the Tale of the Heike as an Audible and Musashi (please please please) those would sell great. I'd love to be the reader too. Anyway overall it's well worth it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story and plot are great.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Case?

    Yes he's good just needs the right book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It is a mini series... should be redone as a movie or better a television series.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it great passing of time while driving. I wish, i pray, and i hope one day you'll do the Tale of the Heike as an Audible and Musashi (please please please) those would sell great.

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    Jackie Las Vegas 03-18-13
    Jackie Las Vegas 03-18-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Still a great book"

    I have loved this book for years, and it was good as an audio, although all the bad things that have been said about the narrator are true, I somewhat did get used to it and the robot sounding Japanese only bothered me a little.

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    Amazon Customer Fort Worth, Tx 03-16-13
    Amazon Customer Fort Worth, Tx 03-16-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Wonderful story, AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL narration"

    This book is by far one of James Clavells best work, I read the book years ago and fell in love with it, the characters are full and their own stories captivating. I thought the audiobook would be fabulous, it was the biggest dissapointment I ever had. The narration and the sound quality was terrible. The quality and volume changed throughout the presentation, and the worst was the narrator David Chase, his pronounciation of Japanese was an affront to a beautiful language, it made me cringe. Shame on the producers for producing such a substandard piece of work and casting such an unqualified person. His narration ruined this audiobook for me, so much so that I returned it unfinished and very dissatisfied.

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    David Spruce Grove, AB, Canada 03-11-13
    David Spruce Grove, AB, Canada 03-11-13
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    "One of the greatest epic stories of all time!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shogun to be better than the print version?

    Excellent narrative. I immerse myself in the characters.


    What other book might you compare Shogun to and why?

    The Godfather. You live the characters.


    What does David Case bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His passion for the book itself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Definately. I read the paperback over 10 times.


    Any additional comments?

    You will love Shogun. Action, Adventure, Intrigue, Forbidden love...One of the best novels ever written by a master...a literary genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    robert terre haute, in, United States 03-11-13
    robert terre haute, in, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Story great, story telling not as much"
    What did you love best about Shogun?

    The story is one of the best I've ever read but the narrator is not quite up to snuff. His emphasis on the words doesn't feel right at times. Looses some of the impact that I feel when I read the book myself.


    What three words best describe David Case’s performance?

    Not that great


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    bossonbabe 03-03-13
    bossonbabe 03-03-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Great Story, Horrible Narration"
    What did you like best about Shogun? What did you like least?

    Read this book many years ago and thought I would enjoy hearing it. The story is so good, but it's really hard listening to David Case's narration. His voices all sound pretty much the same and when he isn't speaking in character, his tone is monotonous to the point where I find myself losing the story and have to rewind to pick it up. Sad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Mesa, AZ, United States 02-20-13
    Charles Mesa, AZ, United States 02-20-13
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    "Terrible Narrator"

    The narrator's gravelly and voice was an insurmountable obstacle to listening to the story. I stopped after a short while and abandoned it. Very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam J. Hecktman Chicago, IL 01-18-13
    Adam J. Hecktman Chicago, IL 01-18-13 Member Since 2006
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    "I actually like the narrator!"
    Would you listen to Shogun again? Why?

    Yes. I kept looking for reasons to listen to it, so it provided me incentive to walk home rather than take the El train!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great characters, great insights into the historical dynamics of the complex relationships between nations at the time.


    What about David Case’s performance did you like?

    I have to respectfully disagree with my fellow reviewers. I have heard this narrator before (might have been Quo Vadis?), and his varied accents actually helped me keep the numerous characters straight. I realize that the accents may not 100% reflect the nuances of the home languages, but that is kind of why I like it. It is accessible to me.


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    Denise Decatur, AL, United States 12-12-12
    Denise Decatur, AL, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A GREAT STORY THAT TEACHES SOMETHING"

    This story is amazing. I learned so much about the Japanese customs that I never knew from this. As well as a few words of Japanese while listening to it. I enjoyed it so much that I immediately purchased the other James Clavell books available. I have always enjoyed historical novels but this is one that truly amazed me. You have got to read (listen) to it. The narrator does a great job with the different characters voices and keeps the story moving with voice inflection. This is the best thing about audio books. I can read a book while I am driving totally wonderful.

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    Geoffrey Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-12-12
    Geoffrey Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-12-12 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A Great Novel and Narrator"

    A fantastic listen with a narrator that blossoms like a Japanese Cherry Tree.
    An adventure story writhing with human frailties and great strengths, sorrowful tragedies interwoven with the beauty of love and respect.
    This book is for anyone who believes in the honour a death deserves, and the glory of being alive.

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