• Gai-Jin

  • The Epic Novel of the Birth of Modern Japan
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Series: The Asian Saga, Book 3
  • Length: 50 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-15-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (26 ratings)

Regular price: $29.95

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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.
©2015 James Clavell (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Oru on 12-05-17

Horrible narration, god awful pronunciation

James Clavell did a great job with Shogun, so it saddens me this book got so little attention during production. I hope Clavell is picked to remake this shameful attempt at Gai-Jin,

This book is actually great. Four stars at the very least, but as an audio book it's hard to rank.

This is due to the poor quality of the narration. The accents are off. The French accent is hard to listen to, but the Japanese ones are something out of a nightmare. Stereotypical to the point of being racist. It's the worst I have ever heard in an audio book.

Furthermore I have no idea how so many pronunciation errors got through the production either. Edo, becomes Yeido.
Sensei, is spoken something close to senzai. Which sounds like they are saying detergent in Japanese. There are plenty of such errors, and with the god awful pronunciation on top of that, I for one can't enjoy or listen to it anymore.

I hope that a new version is released.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarkis on 07-06-17


A captivating insight of Nipon (Japan) history. But with a plot very close to Shogun just from a different prospective and as a back plot of the main story, surrounded by lots of small stories of love, blackmail, life and death completing the "Big Picture" very nicely. Turning this book into a masterpiece.

PS: Be prepeared for a treat.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Adriano on 11-11-15

Extremely captivating!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! It tells more than a beautiful story. This book brings you in the mind of its characters and they live you and makes you better. Absolutely Epic

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gai-Jin?

The duel between Toranaga Yoshi

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He gives life to characters. When you listen this audiobook they are standing in front of you.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No! You do not want the pleasure to finish so soon

Any additional comments?

The best thing about this book are the characters. They are all so complex and perfectly described. By the end of the book they are friends and they live you.

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5 out of 5 stars
By BrankoUK on 06-07-17

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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