Shibumi

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Trevanian

Narrated By: Christopher Lane

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: June 2005

Duration: 16 hours 48 minutes

Summary:

Nicholai Hel born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go Master, he survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world's most artful lover and its most accomplished-and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel's secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection . . . Shibumi. Now living in an isolated mountain fortress with his magnificent Eurasian mistress-He'll faces his most sinister enemy-a supermonolith of espionage and monopoly. The battle lines are drawn. Ruthless power and corruption on one side and on the other ...Shibumi.

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  • Joseph Gull

    One of the single best books ever written, and brilliantly narrated in this audiobook edition. Trevanian has truly created a masterpiece.

  • Ms. Malaprop

    I couldn't get past disc 2. The narrator was one of the top ten worst. First, he gave the Arab in the screening room a German accent. Secondly, the author described the First Assistant to the majordomo, whose name I've already forgotten, as a computer whiz-genius and the narrator turned him into a simpering dolt. Thirdly, the secretary to a man of this stature -- a CIA r chief of the highest order who has an office 16 floors underground (?) -- is portrayed as completely silly by the author, and read by the narrator with a tiny, frightened, and shaky voice, undermining the entire introduction to the Big Man. I popped the disc out after listening to 15 painful minutes of un-funny Basque conversation ending in a haggle over a 2 franc cup of coffee (the agent in question "forgot" to convert her money while in Europe????). Altogether unconvincing.