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Shogun: The Epic Novel of Japan

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: James Clavell

Narrated By: Ralph Lister

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2015

Duration: 53 hours 42 minutes

Summary:

'Only by living at the edge of death can you understand the indescribable joy of life.'
After Englishman John Blackthorne is lost at sea, he awakens in a place few Europeans know of and even fewer have seen-Nippon. Thrust into the closed society that is late sixteenth-century Japan, a land where the line between life and death is razor-thin, Blackthorne must negotiate not only a foreign people, with unknown customs and language, but also his own definitions of morality, truth, and freedom. As internal political strife and a clash of cultures lead to seemingly inevitable conflict, Blackthorne's loyalty and strength of character are tested by both passion and loss, and he is torn between two worlds that will each be forever changed.
Powerful and engrossing, capturing both the rich pageantry and stark realities of life in feudal Japan, Shogun is a critically acclaimed powerhouse of a book. Heart-stopping, edge-of-your-seat action melds seamlessly with intricate historical detail and raw human emotion. Endlessly compelling, this sweeping saga captivated the world to become not only one of the bestselling novels of all time but also one of the highest-rated television miniseries, as well as inspiring a nationwide surge of interest in the culture of Japan. Shakespearean in both scope and depth, Shogun is, as the New York Times put it, '...not only something you read-you live it.' Provocative, absorbing, and endlessly fascinating, there is only one: Shogun.

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  • Walter G.

    I have always loved this book I think the first time I read it I was in the Marines stationed in Okinawa Japan back in 88 since then I read this book and or listen to it about 6 X

  • Jordan C

    Big story with well defined characters. Worth getting sucked into.

  • Dale Eichner

    A good read but it finish's abruptly.

  • Maureen Lally

    Great historical novel The narrator does a very good job too

  • Mike Downhour

    Good but very long over 50 hours of audio. I remember watching mini series as a kid.