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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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    Rosemary FORT WORTH, TX, United States 06-24-12
    Rosemary FORT WORTH, TX, United States 06-24-12
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    "Starts a little slow, but hold on for a great ride"
    What about David Case’s performance did you like?

    David Case has a wide range and makes the transition between the various languages understandable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Sacramento, CA, United States 04-23-12
    Christopher Sacramento, CA, United States 04-23-12
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    "Much Better than the tv mini series"
    Would you listen to Shogun again? Why?

    I have listen to Shogun several times as there is so much going on I constantly discover new things and it is such a great story.


    Any additional comments?

    The tv mini series was one of my favorite shows to watch. I have seen the whole thing close to 20 times. However, the book reveals so much more dept.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Chesapeake, VA, United States 04-07-12
    Robert Chesapeake, VA, United States 04-07-12
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    "Great Story"
    Where does Shogun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


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    One of the best stories. Narrator was bad but about half way you get use to his narration. Does not diminish the story line though,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada 02-23-12
    Bradley Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada 02-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Historical fiction you will not find better.."

    I read this book 30 years ago and it stayed in my top five, all time, favourite "reads" . As of now ( 2012 ), it has become one of my top five, all time, favourite " listens ". This novel is quintisential historical fiction, meaning you will not find better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Franklin, PA, United States 10-14-11
    Jonathan Franklin, PA, United States 10-14-11
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    "Awesome story very well read"

    As expected, the Shogun story is excellent. The character development is superb and the chess game of life in feudal Japan is exquisitely described and expertly played. The reader does an excellent job of giving voice to the various characters and their moods. From a dying elderly Japanese woman to an angry Dutch merchant, he brings the nuances of the characters to life. Well done! Now, I can't wait to listen to Noble House!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Calgary, AB, Canada 10-09-11
    Terry Calgary, AB, Canada 10-09-11 Member Since 2006

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    "In defence of David Case..."

    If you are an American and are not used to the accents common in the UK then the voice of David Case may be a bit hard to listen to at first. However, others who are more widely travelled will enjoy the reading of Mr. Clavell’s book by David. Any American listener who will give it an honest try though, will fall into the voice and the reading of this novel, Shogun and hear the many voices and characters created by David Case, who does indeed do justice the book. Remember the main character hails from England, not from Texas or New York.

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    John Warwick, RI, United States 08-24-11
    John Warwick, RI, United States 08-24-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Should have been great"

    There are many different types of books in my opinion. Some are suitable for a quick summer's day reading - entertaining but not memorable. Others are stories that capture the imagination and deserve to find a permanent place on a bookshelf, to be reread and enjoyed over and over again as the years pass. "Shogun" is an example of the latter and has been in my library in hardcover since its publication. Having just recently begun listening to audiobooks and come to the discovery of how much a talented reader could add to the depth and enjoyment of a good story, I was willing to brave the negative reviews here and purchased this audiobook. Unfortunately, I have now learned how a much mediocre reader can negatively affect an otherwise great story. "Shogun" is a five star story reduced to three stars by a narrator who renders the voices of most Japanese characters as a poor parody of Sessue Hayakawa in "Bridge on the River Kwai" and most Europeans as distillations of Father Sarducci from "Saturday Night Live". Do yourself a favor and read the book instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Plymouth, MA, United States 08-19-11
    Michael Plymouth, MA, United States 08-19-11
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    "Keep listening for many hours of enjoyment"

    This wonderful book starts slow for the first 2 hours or so, but the remaining 46 are a great listen. The narrator is not great at the start, but does a great job with dialogue between the many players. I've read this book a couple of times many years ago, and what a pleasure it was to listen to the action and adventure at my own pace. The character interaction is memorable, and I found this book to be worth the expense. Was sorry to see it end.

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    Ori pardes-hanna, Israel 06-20-11
    Ori pardes-hanna, Israel 06-20-11 Listener Since 2005
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    "Amazing Book, Narrator isn't bad"

    When I bought this book I was concerned with the bad reviews the narrator received. While he may not be the best I've ever heard, I found him good enough. I didn't the reading to be any obstacle.

    The book itself is awsome. Both thrilling and an interesting look at cultures, religions and basic human nature.
    Highly recommended

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    Robert Fletcher 06-04-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A great story"

    I agree the naration is poor for the first few minutes, but it gets better, and some of the pronounciation is awfull. But still a great stroy that I enjoyed. I have noticed that books narated by people with british accents, like this one, tend to get more poor reviews, might just be my imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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