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!
"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
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.
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
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😁😁😁
excellent story. great perfomance. top notch. I really recommend it. looking forward to listening to the other novels
Takes you back to a time and place that no longer exists where cultures collide. This novel has everything, history, characters, strategy, love, war, tragedy... Fantastic.
Epic story that was so amazingly adapted to the small screen all those years ago. Still engaging and beautiful.
"Time machine to Old Japan"
Complete immersion in the atmosphere from a very sympathetic and knowledgeable view. One of those stories that sweep you up and give you a physical experience of 'being there'.
History peopled with well described credible characters a la Hillary Mantel
All the characters come over in high resolution...and the love affair between the lead characters is beautiful and heart-rending
Narrator needs to warm to the role....took a few hours before he got into the characters so don't be discouraged by the first few hours...hang in there for an emotional roller-coaster
"Long but gripping...mostly"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is both educational and entertaining.
There are many characters, but the excellent reading makes it a pleasure to follow.
It did feel that at times the book was being stretched out, repeating things that had made very clear already.
Give it a go, don't be put off by the length, it's worth the effort.
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