King Rat : The Asian Saga

  • by James Clavell
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: The Asian Saga
  • 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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King rat - bravo

Thoroughly enjoyed this story a great tale exposing the human frailties when survival comes hard.
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- Richard Stillman

Enjoyed this much better 2nd time around

I remember reading this 30 odd years ago, and not rating it particularly highly when compared to the other big 3 (Shogun, Tai-Pan, Noble House). However, I really enjoyed listening to this, and although remembering most of the story, found lots of new details. I had completely forgotten about the womens' stories, and they gave an interesting twist to the elements I had recalled. The narration was good - there was a very easy switching between the American, English and Australian accents, and all seemed quite authentic. I would certainly recommend this.
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- Crime Fiction Groupie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-07-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.