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Gai-Jin: The Epic Novel of the Birth of Modern Japan

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: James Clavell

Narrated By: John Lee

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: May 2015

Duration: 50 hours 25 minutes


The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House; the direct descendant of the first Toranaga Shōgun, battling to usher his country into the modern age; a beautiful young Frenchwoman forever torn between ambition and desire—their lives intertwine in an exotic land newly open to foreigners, gai-jin, and torn apart by greed, idealism, and terrorism. Their passions mingle with monarchs and diplomats, assassins, courtesans, and spies. Their fates collide in James Clavell’s masterpiece set in nineteenth-century Japan—an unforgettable epic seething with betrayal and secrets, brutality and heroism, love and forbidden passions.


  • Walter G.

    it was a very complex book but if you read Shogun and Taipan that it made sense photos pretty good A little bit long-winded but it was pretty good

  • Noah K

    Lacks a single main character to follow. Too much ch diplomatic dialogue and the plot takes forever. Slow and tedious. The narration is excellent with plenty of voice acting that makes it like you’re listening to a movie. Other of Clavells novels are great.

  • Rex R

    Even with the annoying French accents and French ligation character who are main character the book was still on par with most Clavell novels but as it go three-fourths finished I noticed how tedious and re-hashing and quite frankly unnecessarily long it all was. Action and fighting is good the French and Japenese little sexual comment was funny at first then got on my nerves. Decent read.

Gai-Jin: The Epic Novel of the Birth of Modern Japan

by James Clavell

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Gai-Jin: The Epic Novel of the Birth of Modern Japan, James Clavell