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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,976 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Clavell Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Asian Saga Release Date:
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The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House; the direct descendant of the first Toranaga Shogun, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Engrossing…entertaining…the broad portrait is accurate and as colorful as an ancient Kabuki play.”


  • “Exhilarating…a rich, enveloping novel.”


  • “A well-told story…few eras of Japanese history were more violent, turbulent, and politically exasperating than the 1860s…Mr. Clavell revels in the turbulence of political death and rebirth.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A grand historical perspective that makes us feel we’re understanding how today’s Japan came into being…absorbing…full of rich characters and complicated action.”

    New York Times

  • "Gai-Jin is Shōgun plus!…Great entertainment.”

    New York Daily News

  • "Gai-Jin is major reading. If you like Clavell’s other novels, you’ll surely sink your teeth into this one. He is a master at capturing the Japanese persona…He dives deep into the complexitites of a monarchic society and the early attempts at cross-cultural negotiations. The result is nothing less than a saga.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “With great skill and intelligence…Gai-Jin is just the ticket. It has it all: murders, battles, rapes, earthquakes, sword fights, insanely convoluted political intrigues, and innumerable accounts of ‘pillowing’ with beautiful women.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Interesting, exciting…James Clavell fans will love it!”

    Milwaukee Journal

  • “Clavell keeps you turning the pages.”

    Los Angeles Daily News

  • “Compelling…The Japanese love fine jubako—lacquered boxes that fit within boxes that are in boxes. In Gai-Jin, James Clavell has written a jubako of a novel.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Unceasingly satisfying…Clavell is in top-notch form…He again melds plot-driven storytelling and colorful characterization in vibrant collaboration with an exotic, dynamic setting.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Once you’re into it, you…are swept along by spirited storytelling…Clavell writes at full throttle as if infused by the soul of Alexandre Dumas…You get your money’s worth if you want to spend it here.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by PC7 | 2/11/2014

    " Tended to ramble on. Reading it became a chore three quarters of the way through. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lizerati | 2/5/2014

    " The worst of the bunch by far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Esther | 1/26/2014

    " just my kind of story ;-) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by John Woodington | 1/25/2014

    " Wish I would've skipped this one. Long and boring, a thousand-page soap opera. "

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