Japanese Society and History

  • by Harold Kerbo, John McKinstry
  • Narrated by Eva Wilhelm
  • 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Japan has always seemed a puzzle to most westerners - so modern, so industrialized, yet somehow so different. Japanese Society and History seeks to initiate westerners to the learning process of making Japan seem a little less mysterious and a little more understandable. This book walks readers through some of the important features of Japanese society to help readers begin slowly forming a more complete picture of Japan.
Japanese Society and History is a unique text and effective teaching tool designed for use in comparative sociology and political science courses, as well as courses in Asian Studies.
Japanese Society and History explores a variety a topics in Japanese society, including geography, language, history, cultural themes, family life, education, religion, politics and government, and the economy.

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Lots of interesting information and easy to follow

Where does Japanese Society and History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd say it's one of the better audio history books I've read. The reason I got this was because I really like listening to The Great Courses audio lectures on history, but they didn't have a course on Japanese history. Japanese is one of my favorite cultures, so I had to get this.


Who was your favorite character and why?

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Which character – as performed by Eva Wilhelm – was your favorite?

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What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Probably the bits on history. I already know a lot of things about the culture, but the history is all new to me.


Any additional comments?

I'd just like to say that as a person who studies the language, some of the pronunciation for Japanese words was a bit off. For example, she was talking about Japanese Manga, and she pronounced it "Mane-ga" instead of "Mon-ga" like the Japanese would pronounce it. Other than that, I'm pretty sure this is accurate, because it follows everything I know about the culture, plus other bits of history.

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- Lexi

Excellent Overview

If you take Japan apart you will find each part very interesting but when it is all together then you see something quite amazing. Far from perfect, and changing so fast that you could say this book is already out of date it is a fascinating culture, history, society and almost way of life. This book is well worth the listen to. Eva Wilhelm isn't necessary the best narrator but good enough. Bite size chunks to swallow and only uses the language where necessary. Does get into some not so palatable bits of information but that is what makes this book so good. All the good bits with the not so easy bits to swallow making a beautiful all round book to digest.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios