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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (16,716 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Clavell Narrator: Gildart Jackson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Asian Saga Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781481525022
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It is the early nineteenth century, when European traders and adventurers first began to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Struan, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power—and to make himself supreme ruler: Tai-Pan!

#1 New York Times bestselling author James Clavell’s works have become beloved modern classics. This critically acclaimed historical novel is another fine example of a master at work.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Grand entertainment…packed with action…gaudy and flamboyant with blood and sin, treachery and conspiracy, sex and murder…fresh and vigorous.”

    New York Times

  • “Unforgettable!”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Clavell is, as always, a matchless tale-spinner.”

    Cosmopolitan

  • “A fabulous epic of the Far East that will disturb and excite you…a thrilling and enticing tale of adventure and human relationships…dramatic episodes, exotic vignettes, and heady descriptive passages.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Every five or six years there appears on the horizon a book so vast in scope, so peopled with bold, colorful characters, it eclipses other efforts…Such a book is Tai-Pan.”

    Pittsburgh Press

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Schmidt | 2/16/2014

    " Not as good as Shogun but still well written and worthwhile. Also set in Japan with rich history, characters and plotting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Young | 2/15/2014

    " The book equivalent of listening to Led Zeppelin II really loud over and over again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 2/4/2014

    " Good...but, not nearly as good as Shogun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damian | 2/1/2014

    " It has been at least 25 years since I first read this, and I am pleased to say that it holds up extremely well. The novel functions very well as both a fictionalized version of the birth of the Hong Kong colony and as a tale of adventure and intrigue. Vivid characters set against the contrast of East and West bring to life an era where Britain is dominant yet wary of the emerging powers that dominate today's world stage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard E. | 1/18/2014

    " One of my all-time favs!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/11/2014

    " Another fantastic story by James Clavell. He expertly draws the reader into the middle of the story, providing a realism that has one rooting for Dirk Struan and The Noble House throughout the entire book. A great story that keeps the reader personally involved in every page; I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great story full of excitement, intrigue, sex, love, and murder (2.25). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannette Pucella | 1/9/2014

    " Favorite, love the Clavell sagas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl | 1/1/2014

    " Not as polished as Shogun, but Clavell's ability to describe the details without overwhelming the reader still abound. Remarkable writer, and a fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 12/31/2013

    " Full of fun historical facts, e.g., the ways that sailors in the 19th century avoided cholera. Unfortunately, in keeping with the time period, it is also full of women who can only be wise if silly, and they tend to get smacked around a lot. :-( It was slow going in the beginning, but I love a story set in the Far East! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sera | 12/28/2013

    " Not as good as Shogun, but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse | 12/26/2013

    " Another Clavell masterpiece. Although not in the same league as Shogun, still a wonderfully written story that encompasses several cultures, classes, and misconceptions. Excellent "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 12/19/2013

    " I have read this book about the founding of Hong Kong many times and just reread it in advance of Barton's trip to Hong Kong. It's simlpy great historical fiction! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron | 12/4/2013

    " This is one of the easiest Clavell books and I recommend it to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stamatia | 12/1/2013

    " My favourite Clavell. Great characters espescially Dirk and his Mei Mei "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 11/29/2013

    " Another wonderful novel by Clavell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 11/22/2013

    " Same type of style used in Shogun, but different setting. This is set in the period right after England aquired Hong Kong from China, and is set among the merchant traders there. It sets up the family lines that come back in Noble House, Whirlwind, and Gai-Jin. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 11/17/2013

    " Maybe better than Shogun. One of my faces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Alexander | 11/5/2013

    " Great historical book! I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Van Slyke | 10/9/2013

    " Truly a great novel, and wonderful swash-buckling historical novel about the early days of Hong Kong. It's been a long, long time since I read it, but I seem to recall leaping out of my chair and yelling "Yes!!" at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck | 5/13/2013

    " After reading Shogun I intended to real all of Clavell's offerings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thea | 4/25/2013

    " Read this one a very long time ago, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rev. Nyarkoleptek | 2/7/2013

    " While Clavell's other Asian Saga books were compelling, swashbuckling psychodramas, Tai-Pan just seemed to me like a standard pirate tale. Meh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 1/20/2013

    " I liked all Clavell's history or geography oriented novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kent | 5/31/2012

    " Great book. Don't bother seeing the movie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae | 11/17/2011

    " I'm working my way through this series again. The movie version of this was on TV this week and it reminded me how much I liked it the first time around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 10/16/2011

    " Took some time t re-read. Better than ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 10/1/2011

    " Still good, more about the Straun empire. Not nearly as good as Shogun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.f. Dargon | 9/2/2011

    " The third novel by Clavell that I read that could be characterized as his Far East trilogy. Based on the life of American merchants trading on the island of Taipan in the early 19th century, this story is engrossing and historically accurate in its rendition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lu | 5/27/2011

    " One of the greatest books in the world. Those who's fond of Chinese culture - and British culture at the same time, will understand me, as the whole plot is built around the collision and interaction of these two great worlds... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willow4 | 5/18/2011

    " Have read it before and enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/10/2011

    " My first Clavell book though I saw "King Rat" before I read this. Then saw parts of "Shogun" later. It's
    a very entertaining book but as far as historical "reality" goes who knows. The farther back you go...
    Date read is a guess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/8/2011

    " If you liked Shogun but thought it dragged a little (which it did), Tai-Pan is a tighter, more focused read about the Opium Trade. Finished its 800 pages in 2.5 days, the book barely left my hand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yuri | 4/21/2011

    " Strongly recommended! To anyone who wants to refresh history and change the angle of view on China! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 4/6/2011

    " Engrossing! I've read it 3 times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 4/1/2011

    " I like this mans Historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 3/24/2011

    " Immersing, well written and a good read. Not quite as good as Shogun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid | 3/10/2011

    " Great novel on the early history of Hong Kong! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/25/2011

    " The best Clavell book I have read. Excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/24/2011

    " Brilliant, but then again I am a fan. "

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