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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.

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Worthwhile Re-visit to an Adolescent read

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Excellent novel, outstandingly read

Epic truly is the right word to describe this journey. Most impressive is Ralph Lister’s ability to take on characters and keep consistent with their idiosyncrasies - that’s talent!

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Wonderful 52 hours!!

Highly recommend this book, beautifully read, well researched on every level. One of my favourites! Thanks

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Amazing.

Wonderful book. Very good narration. I could listen to this book again and again ...

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Honor and bushido

Very nice to visit this book again, after 30 years.
not the same as reading but good

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  • LINZI
  • Perth, Australia
  • 05-24-17

a masterpiece

Possibly my favorite book ever. A deep study of cultural and religious fifferences, this book is also a cracking good read. Every day I found myself on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. Every evening I found myself chewing over the deeper concepts. A great book never really leaves you. Shogun has stayed in my thoughts years after my first reading.

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Shogun

Riveting and inspiring for 50 hrs. Just amazing! The detail and personalities are 3 dimensional and the narrator is unbelievably gifted. Cant wait for the next book.

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Kept me awake for several nights

I love everythin about it, the storyline, the voice actor, the author. Simply the best story I've ever read. I was just a little disappointed that it ends, i was hoping the story would follow the story of Blackthorne even after the war. Well, shikata ga nai, ne? But the rest is marvelous.

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Simply amazing.

Long deep believable story with, well developed characters, excellent delivery. One of the best books I have ever experienced.

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dwarfs game of thrones ;)

Excellent story and very well read. Really gave the feeling each character is unique. Shane it ended. Would have loved a Season 2

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  • P A Youngs
  • 05-23-16

Spellbound...

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

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • dzadams
  • 02-03-16

Brilliant

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Janine
  • 07-20-16

Breathtaking!

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.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Umashin
  • 09-26-16

fabulous

excellent story. great perfomance. top notch. I really recommend it. looking forward to listening to the other novels

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-16

Great story; poor audio

How could the performance have been better?

The volume randomly dips towards the end of sentences, rudely interrupting what is an amazing story.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Ian Cottingham
  • 08-22-16

Time machine to Old Japan

What did you like most about Shogun?

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'.

What did you like best about this story?

History peopled with well described credible characters a la Hillary Mantel

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

All the characters come over in high resolution...and the love affair between the lead characters is beautiful and heart-rending

Any additional comments?

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

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr
  • 08-19-16

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • G. Walker
  • 01-21-16

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

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • george
  • 06-23-16

Amazing epic

I can't believe that I listened to over 50 hours of story. I will miss it like a lost friend.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • 09-25-16

Epic journey

Journey back to the first time West meets East. Witness the clash of values, habits and culture. Each side thinking the other barbaric. This book takes you there, you feel the confusion and pain.

The main character gradually discovers that there is a major power play going on within Japan and soon he becomes a pawn in it.

Great depth of story, incredibly well researched. Fantastic novel with everything you could want.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Attila
  • 06-11-16

An absolute epic.

Always wanted to get through this work ever since I was a boy. Not disappointed I made the effort and took the plunge.
It was tiring at the start but by the end I felt like the author had transported me back to feudal Japan and I did not want to leave.
Will continue now with Taipan. I am hook on the Asian Saga.

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  • Lachlan Peterson
  • 08-06-17

Absolutely brilliant

Insanely long, but worth every minute. Complex, detailed, interesting. Great for Game Of Thrones fans.

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  • Brian
  • 09-11-16

Lord, an absolute masterclassin historical fiction

I have read Shogun several times over the years and now have listened to it several times.
I loved it and for me, it is the crowning glory of Clavell's Asian series.
An incredibly convoluted story line that always manages to stay on point and is always resolved.... magnificent!

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  • Bradley
  • 07-13-16

It is an Epic story

Listen to this then go watch the awesome telemovies from the 80s staring Richard Chamberlain as Anjin-san.