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Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: James Clavell

Narrated By: John Lee

Date: May 2015

Duration: 50 hours 17 minutes


This epic novel by master writer James Clavell, loosely based on the Namamugi Incident and Anglo-Satsuma War that took place in the late 1800s, is a richly researched, panoramic view of Japan's budding relationship with the Western powers, its sweeping societal changes, and the political upheaval that followed.

As Malcolm Struan, the son of Culum and Tess Struan, and a small band of Westerners travel down the T?kaid? road, they are attacked by two Satsuma samurai, who mortally wound John Canterbury and seriously injure Malcolm, who then finds reprieve in the merchant village of Yokohama after a narrow escape facilitated by the unscathed Angelique.

Angelique Richaud, Malcolm's penniless but beautiful French companion, is thrown into a world of political intrigue, fierce devotion, unstable family dynamics, blackmail, and secrets as the trading houses battle for supremacy.

With a cast of dynamic and fully recognized characters, Gai-Jin spins a tale of passionate love affairs, devastating loss, intense power struggles, and the fight to survive and thrive in a hostile new land that will leave readers longing for another foray into Clavell's extraordinary Asian Saga.


  • 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.


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