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Author: James Clavell Narrator: Ralph Lister Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The Asian Saga Release Date: November 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781504633239

Publisher Description

This spellbinding adventure is a literary triumph that proves once again why James Clavell's books have become modern classics.

Set in Hong Kong in 1963, the action of Noble House spans scarcely more than a week, but these are days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes—fire, flood, landslide. Yet they are also days filled with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong—the heart of Asia—rich in every trade … money, flesh, opium, power.

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  • “A sprawling Chinese banquet of a book.”

    - People
  • “Seethes with drama, sex, crime, intrigue, and natural disaster.”

    - Cosmopolitan
  • “Fiction for addicts…extravagantly romantic…a book that you can get lost in for weeks…staggering complexity…not only is it as long as life, it’s also as rich with possibilities.”

    - New York Times
  • “The last time I was so taken with a spellbinding safari was when I read Gone with the Wind.”

    - Los Angeles Times
  • “Clavell’s biggest triumph yet…storytelling done with dash and panache…a rousing read.”

    - Washington Post
  • “Breathtaking…only terms like colossal, gigantic, titanic, incredible, unbelievable, gargantuan, are properly descriptive…Clavell has made himself the king of super-adventure thrillers.”

    - Chicago Tribune Book World
  • “Tremendous entertainment…a seamless marvel of pure storytelling.”

    - Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • “Clavell writes of the Orient as no Western writer before him.”

    - Philadelphia Inquirer

Awards

  • A #1 New York Times bestseller

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Clavell is one of my favcorite authors. All his books are Oriental extravaganzas. "

    - Luckngrace, 2/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Another Clavell classic set in more modern times "

    - Mark, 2/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " One of the best books I've ever read. I only dropped a star because of a few rather graphic sex scenes, but honestly, they helped to tell the story. The book is about Hong Kong during the 1960's, a freewheeling, money-grabbing, insane period in that city's history perfectly captured in this book. Tense, thrilling, extremely intricate, with some very bold characters and masterful, fearless storytelling. Clavell deserves to be a lot more famous than he is. "

    - Adah, 2/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is an excellent book and well worth reading. "

    - Todd, 2/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is the first book I read by James Clavell more than 30 years ago, my absolute favorite!!! "

    - cristina, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I think this one is my favorite of his. "

    - Lorraine, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Any book of the Clavell's tales are worth reading..Noble House, Tai-Pan, Whirlwind, King Rat.. "

    - Axl, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is the only Clavell book I have read, and I've read it so many times I cannot keep count. Clavell is a master story teller, he was able to weave so many story lines effortlessly together to create this epic. Go read it, it will take time but it's worth it. "

    - Xi, 9/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Took a while to get into this one. Then loved it! "

    - Sherry, 8/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Another of the many books I read during high school. I always preferred historical fiction to actual history. Clavell's novels always seemed well-paced to me. I wasn't particularly interested in Asian history, but he always made it accessible. "

    - Sharon, 8/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Not quite a good as Taipan, but I still loved it. "

    - Bruce, 7/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " You need to read all 5 books in this epic Saga. "

    - Jeff, 5/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Excellent continuation of TAI-PAN great characters and intrigue of plot. The broken gold coin once returned to the TAI-PAN who must give the barer what ever they request in order to save Dirk Struan Trading Company in China. "

    - Lorenzo, 1/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Prepare your imagination, reink all memory markers, these novels will paint a vivid epic. I frequently forgot it was a fiction. "

    - Connie, 12/6/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " My favorite Clavell novel and that is saying a lot since loved Shogun also. Takes you into recent and not so recent Hong Kong with fascinating generations of characters. "

    - Russell, 12/1/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good, like all his others. But it does not need to be this long. "

    - Austin, 8/30/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my all time favorites. If you read fiction. "

    - Geoff, 7/8/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 'Noble House' has everything: love, sex, betrayal, culture clashes, action, natural disasters, espionage, mystery, high finance, politics. Just an unbelievable ride, the story taking place over just one week leaves the reader breathless. "

    - D-day, 3/26/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Intrigue, plotting, backstabbing, and dim sum. It's perfect. "

    - Michael, 2/17/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This kept me on the edge of my seat!! I loved this book!! "

    - Kim, 1/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I'm reading this again and loving it again. "

    - Emma, 10/18/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Noble House is one of my favorite books. "

    - Tricia, 10/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of the best books I have ever read! "

    - Jennie, 8/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " If you want to go to another time and place, just open the first chapter and float away. "

    - Robin, 6/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great page-turning swashbuckling fun, although the feminist characters and perspectives are a little stilted and dated. It starts to lose steam towards the end, but, in general, it's the kind of book you can immerse yourself in for a few weeks. "

    - Etanouye, 6/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Epic book - loved it! As a historical fiction - I can only imagine the amount of research that went into this book. It carries on from tai-pan and has links to king rat so it is definitely worth reading them first. "

    - Marcus, 4/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Another masterwork from a great story teller.A book that can teach you how to swear in Cantonese can't be all that bad. "

    - Jack, 4/1/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Muy buen libro. Para terminar con la saga hay que leerlo igual. Es bueno pero no tan apasionante como los dos anteriores: Shogun y Taipan. Ma "

    - Ma&pa, 3/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " buna buna asta :) una dintre preferatele mele :P "

    - Tziff, 3/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I very much enjoyed this book and the history about Hong Kong. This is actually part of a series that begins with Shogun. "

    - Ingrid, 3/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I finished this on Monday. I'll try to write a review once finals are over (and if I can add a review later). "

    - Eric, 2/6/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Prepare your imagination, reink all memory markers, these novels will paint a vivid epic. I frequently forgot it was a fiction. "

    - Connie, 1/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my all time favorites. If you read fiction. "

    - Geoff, 12/29/2010
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was one of the richest books I've ever read. Everything about it just oozed atmosphere and I lapped it up. "

    - Cody, 12/28/2010
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I should have read the other books in the series first. ask 5.5 "

    - Donna, 12/14/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " James Clavell does it again. This 1366 page paperback kept me distracted on two 24-hour trips with a ten day vacation in between and i still wasn't finished. "

    - Monica, 12/1/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Read all (?) of Clavell's books; liked them. "

    - Leanne, 11/21/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The end of the authors Asian saga. All of his books are well written, and immerse you in the half truths of history. "

    - Jim, 11/6/2010

About the Author

James Clavell (1921–1994) was a novelist, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war. He is best known for his epic Asian Saga novels, which launched with the 1962 bestseller King Rat, and their televised adaptations. He also wrote screenplays for such films as The Great Escape and The Fly, and was a writer, director, and producer on To Sir, with Love. His books Shogun, Noble House, Tai-Pan, and Whirlwind were #1 New York Times bestsellers.

About the Narrator

Ralph Lister is an actor, voice actor, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He spent fifteen years in London theater before moving to the United States to focus on film and television. He has held numerous roles in Shakespeare and modern dramas, as well as starring roles in independent films. His voice and character work can be heard in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearland 13 Going On 30. He lives in Los Angeles.