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2.99979018044482 out of 52.99979018044482 out of 52.99979018044482 out of 52.99979018044482 out of 52.99979018044482 out of 5 3.00 (14,298 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Clavell Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Asian Saga Release Date:
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The time is World War II. The place is a brutal prison camp deep in Japanese-occupied territory. Here, within the seething mass of humanity, one man, an American corporal, seeks dominance over both captives and captors alike. His weapons are human courage, unblinking understanding of human weaknesses, and total willingness to exploit every opportunity to enlarge his power and corrupt or destroy anyone who stands in his path.

This enthralling masterpiece about life as a prisoner of war will keep listeners spellbound from the first chapter to the last.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dramatic, utterly engrossing novel…harsh and brutal in its revelations…James Clavell is a spellbinding storyteller, a brilliant observer, a man who understands much and forgives much.”

    New York Times

  • “A magnificent novel.”

    Washington Post

  • “Tension wound up to the snapping point.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Clavell’s spellbinding masterpiece…is made more engrossing by flashbacks to the home front.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bethany Hammons | 2/17/2014

    " Great story. Discusses honor and character in a prison camp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jerome Newberry | 2/14/2014

    " I read this book when it first came out then again in 2004. Liked it very much as I do all of Clavels books. It's a very gritty story. The movie left something to be desired. This prison of war camp really existed and much of the story is based on fact. It must have been hell on earth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John Nelson | 2/9/2014

    " I first read this book during the mid-1980s, and still had a copy on my shelf after all these years. Probably the best of the Clavell novels, but not a great book. The movie Stalag 17 seems to me to be a better and emotionally truer depiction of life in a WWII prison camp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matthew | 2/6/2014

    " A complex novel about human nature in captivity. Social structures and norms are re-ordered in order to survive. The desire for freedom and the fear of it actually materializing. The life of a POW camp is brought to life by Clavell. His prose is excellent and paints a horridly beautiful picture. But still quite as good as Shogun... "

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