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Publisher's Summary

Now tell us - did you ever like Japan? Do you know anything about its history, or just what you learned from television and anime, in general? That's a good starting point, anyway. If you want to delve deeper into Japanese history, in chronological order, and see the main events that transformed Japan into what it is today, you've just hit the jackpot.

What will you learn from this book? Among others:

  • The main stages in Japanese history, from the most ancient, the Jomon period to Imperial Japan. Each of them will be explained so that everybody can understand them, without technical terms that harden the absorption of information.
  • Japan during the Middle Ages
  • Everything about shoguns, shogunates and all other forms of governance
  • The situation in Japan during World War II and after that
  • The most important battles between Japan and the United States of America
  • The fall of the Empire of Japan
  • Japanese politics
  • The catastrophic Japanese deflation that ruined the economy for decades on end
  • Japanese culture and what makes it so unique in the world
  • Valuable information on anime and manga as distinct avatars of Japanese culture
  • Tourism in Japan and why it is so important for the economic growth of the state

This book is for you, no matter if you are a student or a professor, or you just want to learn more about Japanese culture and history.

©2017 Lean Stone Publishing (P)2017 Lean Stone Publishing

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If you are at all familiar with Japan, the language and culture, you will find this book very disappointing. Pronunciation of names and places was atrocious. The book is either poorly written, or poorly read.
If you are totally unfamiliar with Japan, you may find it interesting. Having lived there and studied Japanese, I just could not finish the listen.

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DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK

The narrator is horrendous.
A mix between a newscaster and a person who can’t pronounce a single Japanese word properly. The information might be accurate but the publisher lost 100% credibility with their narrator.

Absolutely painful. I’m asking for Audible for my money back.

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  • joan
  • YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States
  • 09-26-18

Narration copletely spoiled it

Listening to the narrator stumble over the Japanese names and places was almost painful. And he mispronounced English too. Sadly, he made an interesting book impossible to listen to.

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Hits the high points

Not thorough or complete, but hits the high points. just fine, for a short highlighting

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Not at all useful. Terrible in fact.

Seems like book you would have to read in high school that will make you remember why you hated high school. Lots of term, never described. Waste of time. Zero useful content. I rarely write reviews but this was that bad. Would not recommend any books by this author ever.

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This guy sounds like he's high. Don't bother!

Would you try another book from Rui Kanda and/or William Bahl?

William Bahl is my problem. He literally sounds like one of those surfer types that are high when they are doing something serious. The book was read too fast, he sounded like Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. I was so nauseous I had to turn it off, and now I plan on returning it. What a waste of time.

Would you ever listen to anything by Rui Kanda again?

I might, as long as it's not read by Bahl.

Would you be willing to try another one of William Bahl’s performances?

Hell no. What a waste.

What character would you cut from History of Japan?

Since I couldn't follow the reading, I can't tell you.

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Brief, but informative

Brief, but informative. This book is good for anyone who wants a concise introduction to Japanese history and culture.

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Great book!

An Interesting book, consice but filled with facts. I'd recommend this before visiting Japan, you'll understand and enjoy their history more.

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