Gai-Jin : The Asian Saga

  • by James Clavell
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • Series: The Asian Saga
  • 50 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House; the direct descendant of the first Toranaga Shōgun, 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 19th-century Japan - an unforgettable epic seething with betrayal and secrets, brutality and heroism, love and forbidden passions.

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Brilliant, different from Shogun

Another masterpiece, flawed but brilliant. The reader is phenomenal at creating distinct and recognisable voices for each character, though his Japanese accents and pronunciations are appalling.
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- BrankoUK

50h of epic listening!

Now, this was a Clavell book that I had only read once when it came out (having read and re-read his first 4 Asian Saga books multiple times). I vaguely recalled the original read as being slightly disappointing - long book, not as gripping as e.g. Shogun. However, I've been delighted to re-encounter it, reading the series in chronological order probably helping a little bit.

The story itself is as complex as ever, with a wide range of characters on both the European and Japanese threads. Once you have them straight in your head, they take you along with them, with every more twisted connections and secrets.

The narrator did a brilliant job, apparently coping with ease in switching from Scottish accents to English to French to Japanese to Russian to American.... you get the picture.

For me, then and now, the characters didn't capture my emotions as much as e.g. Blackthorne, or Dirk and May-May. But I enjoyed the story much more on this 2nd encounter, and rate it highly.
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- Crime Fiction Groupie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-05-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.