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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Ranks amongst the best classic historical novels.

If you could sum up King Rat in three words, what would they be?

This is about survival, but the strength of the human spirit surviving horrific conditions. The book focuses on relationships rather than gruesome horrors of war. There are comedic moments within the story and no doubt Clavell brought in elements of his own changi experiences during the war.


What other book might you compare King Rat to, and why?

It's pretty unique, it's certainly no Tenko.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

I love the aside scenes focussing on the women left behind. The effects of separation and not knowing how your loved ones are or whether they are alive, that was particularly poignant.


Any additional comments?

This is the first in clavells Asian series if read, as I am doing, in order of publication. A great read.

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- janien

Completely absorbing

A much leaner book than Clavells's other work, this reads like a matinee war movie with its wonderful cast of characters and capers. There is adventure, humour, and towards the end the book provides subtle reflections on the effects internment has had on the men. Simon Vance provides excellent narration as always.
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- Mr

Book Details

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