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It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first began to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Struan, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power - and to make himself supreme ruler: Tai-Pan!

Number one New York Times best-selling author James Clavell's works have become beloved modern classics. This critically acclaimed historical novel is another fine example of a master at work.

©1966 James Clavell (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Tai-Pan Rerecorded

New narration, MUCH superior to the older version. Possibly Clavell's best historical novel and Gildart Jackson does it justice at last.

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Great performance, albeit overacted on occasion

The novel was as epic as I remembered from my youth, and the reading brought excellent life on the characters. The voices beyond the reader's own scale (namele women and children) were often overacted and might have been better if read by a female, but overall score is five stars and an extra star sticker for effort.

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  • Thomas D.
  • 09-22-16

The best audiobook ever....

I don't normally leave reviews but this book stands out so much that I had to. I've listened to many audiobooks over the years but this is the best I've ever come across. It's a big statement but for me all boxes were ticked. The story is excellent- full of action, intrigue, subtleties of human nature and fantastic historical connotations of the time and all things naval. However what really makes this book stand out is the narration- Gildart Jackson is a genius at work. I've never heard a narrator display such a great command of so many roles making the story flow and the characters really come to life. Quite simply a work of class. Hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-05-16

Ripping good yarn with expert narration

Where does Tai-Pan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best I've listened to.

Have you listened to any of Gildart Jackson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, I have not. But Gildart's characterisations are amazing. I would not hesitate to listen to this again, comparing it favourably to the voices on the other Clavell novels.

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  • HA
  • 03-23-16

excellent

thought I might get annoyed with the narrator but persisted and ended up really enjoying his style . The story is just great accepting the plausibility of fictional ! highly recommended.

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  • 05-20-17

Fantastic story and narration

I've been delighted to find Clavell's books on audio, having read them when I was much younger. Tai Pan is a rollicking good story, with really strong characters (Dirk is a bit like Reacher - men want to be him, women want to be with him!). The narration was excellent, given the variety of characters in the book, each with such specific country/cultural backgrounds. Even the Scottish dialect was reasonable, since it usually gets mangled by narrators unless they are actually Scottish!

Excellent value for money too - got this as one of my 'monthly subscriptions', getting more than 30h listening.

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  • Patricia
  • 07-26-15

Great saga of early Hong Kong

James Clavell writes an absorbing Boys Own Paper type of saga, full of swashbuckling characters against a real historical backdrop. The narrator is extremely good with accents, especially the main Chinese female voice which had me laughing out loud at times.

I read the book years ago and had forgotten most of it so it was a treat to escape once again into the world of the Noble House. Great beach listening!

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  • Neville Smith
  • 12-12-17

gripping, amazing epic

If you like Clavell, you will like this... Good as Shogun and King Rat, machinations on a grand scale with a wide span of characters. It had me hooked from the start and kept the peace up throughout the whole story. The narrator was excellent as will.

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  • Marcin Grzadzielski
  • 10-23-17

Cool book.

I must say that I was surprised at how good this book really is. Recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-18-17

Don't expect Shogun

I had difficulty getting into the book, coming straight from shogun, however it is still a brilliant listen!

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  • A.matheson
  • 05-27-17

You will not find a better story.

Absolutely brilliant.
Characterisation is as good as anything I have ever read. Particularly strong female characters too. However, nobody beats the Tai-Pan.

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  • Plamen
  • 05-05-17

Amazing!!

Superb book!!! Superb narration as well. The narrator really puts"character" on the characters. Great job!

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  • Attila
  • 06-28-16

Epic

Taipan is the author at his absolute best. A fantastic read and great performance from the narrator who voice acts more than reads. This is sure to make the time fly by.

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  • Andrew
  • 07-02-17

What an incredible story! By Jos!

Gilbert Jackson is a force, bring this fantastical good story to life. You will not be disappointed!

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  • Brian
  • 12-19-16

fantastic

Gilbert is an amazing reader and I was enthralled from the beginning to the very end. he bought each character vividly to life. This offering was unabridged and I wish all your books were, unfortunately, this is not the case.