Rising Sun

  • by Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
  • 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A riveting thriller of corporate intrigue and cutthroat competition between American and Japanese business interests.
On the forty-fifth floor of the Nakamoto tower in downtown Los Angeles - the new American headquarters of the immense Japanese conglomerate - a grand opening celebration is in full swing.
On the forty-sixth floor, in an empty conference room, the corpse of a beautiful young woman is discovered.
The investigation immediately becomes a headlong chase through a twisting maze of industrial intrigue, a no-holds-barred conflict in which control of a vital American technology is the fiercely coveted prize - and in which the Japanese saying "business is war" takes on a terrifying reality.
Rising Sun was made into a film, starring Sean Connery.

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Audible Editor Reviews

"As well built a thrill machine as a suspense novel can be." - The New York Times Book Review

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What the Critics Say

"A grand maze of plot twists... Crichton's gift for spinning a timely yarn is going to be enough, once again, to serve a current tenant of the bestseller list with an eviction notice." - New York Daily News

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mystery hidden under repetitive conspiracy theory

This is a product of it's time, with respect to international economics, and it's also a preachy and repetitive conspiracy theory......oh, and there's a rather interesting mystery buried underneath it all. I'm not sure whether this is anti-American or anti-Japanese, but it sure seems to be preaching a conspiracy that Japan was (early 90s) poised to take over the US with economics. It says so, again and again. And again.

The actual murder mystery where a young party girl is found dead in the boardroom of a major Japanese office building the night of a major party is quite interesting - particularly since the whole floor was covered by security cameras. Unfortunately too little time is given to that, and too much time given to understanding Japanese culture and how business is war.
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- Calliope

This read better in 1994.

The chief problem here is the Japan boosterism. When written, Japan was indeed 10-feet-tall, and it seemed likely that they were about to bury us. "Everything just works in Japan" is a constant refrain. Nowadays, after Japan's "lost two decades," the whole thing seems a bit silly.
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- Scott

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio