A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.
James Clavell'sShōgun is a modern classic, a masterpiece of historical fiction that will continue to endure for decades to come.
©1975 James Clavell (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
A steady albeit full plot with much historical geo-political, nautical and military interest The characters are well fleshed albeit one dimensional. The strength of the novel lies in the cultural clash between Japanese and Elizabethan / European culture and the ensuing conflict both between the Euro/Japanese and Anglican/Catholic interests. Another success is the pacing of the plot and interest which made the completion of a 1000+ page novel entirely manageable.
With reference to the performance, the sound production was disappointing with frequent fading out at the completion of sentences which was a distraction which occurred too frequently to be dismissed as a quirk instead of
editing and sound mixing failure.
The story is just riveting! Super interesting, captivating, love story, war, adventures and you get a glimpse into Japanese culture and history as well. And you can also learn some pretty useful Japanese phrases. Fascinating.
The narration and the story
When Anjinsan saves Toronaga during the earthquake, and the subsequent rise to Hatamoto
One of the complaining crew. I can't recall his name,but I would have thrown him overboard!
An absolute must! I read the book years ago and the audio is a compliment. James Clavell is an incredible author and the narrator was excellent, with huge empathy and characters.
Totally recommend, you wouldn't be disappointed
"Ralph is the best narrator ever"
Awesome enjoyed so much I have ordered the tv series to watch again. Best narrator ,most voice character's of any of the 12 audio books I have. 10 Stars
"Great story; poor audio"
The volume randomly dips towards the end of sentences, rudely interrupting what is an amazing story.
This book is rightfully considered a classic, the depth and scope of of it breathtaking.
Brief synopsis: Set in the late 1500's during Queen Elizabeth I 's reign, a ship makes it to Japan, the first Protestants to do so. The English know about Japan, but it is a closely guarded secret of Catholic Spanish and Portuguese trade.
The pilot of the ship, John Blackthorne, is a rarity in that he is well educated and articulate and manages to adapt to the Japanese rigid caste structure and culture. He survives and thrives where the majority of Europeans are unable to. He becomes a pawn in the deep plans of a Lord Toranaga while planning to take the Religious wars of Europe to the Jesuit silk trade monopoly.
Japanese society is described in loving detail, bringing it to life in a way that Europeans can access. It is an alien society to the West.
The narration is great, the story superb. IMO, the best of the Asian Saga.
This is the fourth time I have read, watched and listened to this fascinating book. I was very surprised how the audio book was just as good as reading it.
"Shogun, the story of Japan"
Yes, and have done many times.
I enjoy the story very much
Both are enjoyable historical stories.
Learn the Japanese language😁😁😁
"Fun with samurai!"
It's an epic! If you love samurai, feudal Japan and lots of plotting and intrigue and are willing to to allow for a bit of artistic licence then you'll escape into another world if Bushido, tea ceremonies, seppuku and lots of laughs. not to mention a look at a more mindful way of life that we can still learn from today
"Epic novel about sums it up!"
I remember reading Shogun when I was younger and the audiobook doesn't disappoint. It's certainly up there as one of my favourites
Ralph Lister was absolutely fantastic in narrating this book. I mean, there are so many characters and not only that, there's a fair amount of Japanese thrown in for good measure. I really couldn't fault him
"Wow What a story"
one of the best I have heard The story made me want to keep listening for the next adventure, the next character and the next pitfall to appear
Probably The Godfather Both are epic stories on a very grand scale
Not heard him before but I shall look for more as I was impressed
Did you read the amazing book? Did you miss the awesome TV series? Come and immerse yourself in the world of the SHOGUN You will not be disappointed
"Excellent, informative, compelling ."
Looking at different cultures, in Elizabethan England we were filthy. The story develops well. I throughly enjoyed the narration.
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