Legends of the Samurai

  • by Hiroaki Sato
  • Narrated by Walter Dixon
  • 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Over the decades, the reputation of the samurai has grown to mythical proportions, owing to such films as Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and Yojimbo, as well as works such as James Clavell's epic Shogun.
In Legends of the Samurai, Hiroaki Sato confronts both the history and the legend of the samurai, untangling the two to present an authentic picture of these legendary warriors.
Through his masterful translations of original samurai tales, laws, dicta, reports, and arguments accompanied by insightful commentary, Sato chronicles the changing ethos of the Japanese warrior from the samurai's historical origins to his rise to political power.
A fascinating look at Japanese history as seen through the evolution of the samurai, Legends of the Samurai stands as the ultimate authority on its subject.

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Like nails on a chalkboard....

With so many Japanese names, places, quotes and poetry, couldn't they get a reader who could pronounce them correctly? The reader was good if it was English, but treated what is a beautiful language, terribly. I believe it did this book a great disservice. Listening to the readers pronunciation of Japanese, was like nails on a chalkboard. There was lots of good information, but the mispronunciation for me was very distracting and frustrating. Unfortunate.
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- Sharon S. Dorondo

Not Worth the Purchase or the Listen Even if Free

This is by far the worst audio book I have listened to thus far. There was no sense of organization and it frequently skipped around to different eras. It would make sense had this been advertised as a collection of short stories taken from noted historical tellings. My initial impression was there would be linear story telling of the ways of the samurai. Instead, it's hours and hours of pronunciations being butchered and stories being told in a random fashion. The narrator sounded so dull and tired it seems as if he too hated reading the book. There was no emotion in any retelling and was one solid flat pitch for hours. Seriously struggled to get through this.
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- Bri

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2016
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC