The Forty-Seven Ronins

  • by Takashi Takamia
  • Narrated by Walter Covell
  • 0 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This famous story chronicles the end of the lives of the Forty-Seven Ronin, also know as the Forty-Seven Samurai. It is described by one noted Japanese scholar as the country's "national legend". It recounts the most famous case involving the Samurai code of honor, "bushido".


Audible Editor Reviews

One snowy night in 1702, 47 ronin (masterless samurai warriors) avenged the death of their daimyo (i.e. "lord") in a brilliant raid. The episode has become ingrained in Japanese history as an example of the samurai code.
Takashi Takamia’s The Forty-Seven Ronins offers one rendition of this story. In his telling, the ronin’s daimyo, Asano, was bullied by a high official named Kira into an attack that led to Asano’s death. Asano’s warriors plot a careful revenge, scattering throughout the country and lulling Kira into a sense of safety, before they meet again.
Walter Covell’s driving delivery and masterly pronunciation of Japanese names help accentuate this bloody tale of vengeance.


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Enjoyed it

I enjoyed this audio. It is very short and is about a bunch of ronin who avenge their master's death. It was short and to the point. Had it been an hour longer, maybe it would have been too much. For under $2 this story is worth it though.
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- chris

Mixed Feelings

Be warned: if you have any knowledge of Japanese pronunciation, this reading is almost physically painful at times. If you don't know to tell, however, then by all means take a listen. The reading is otherwise very well done, and the story a classic.
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- Amanda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-05-2008
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings