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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 Jackso Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Asian Saga Release Date:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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