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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entertaining but one sided

liked it but dosent let you forget the book is arguing that the US needs to wage economic war against other economies
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- rob

Fan of the book and movie

I enjoy a lot of Crichton so when I saw Rising Sun hit audible I snagged it (and Sphere, great book but didn't like the movie). I thought the book was great, it was fun noting the similarities and differences between the book and movie. The performance was pretty good, I even felt like I could hear a bit of Sean Connery in the reading of Connor's lines. Smith is nothing like Wesley Snipes however. In the book the character is white and comes off a bit different. Having seen the movie first and enjoying Snipes as Smith I didn't have any difficulty adjusting to Crichton's original version of Smith and from the beginning was able to get engrossed in the story. The only knock I'd give the performance is how annoying the reader does the voice of Smiths young daughter. Pretty bad. Fortunately she doesn't have many lines.
I've read that Crichton took some heat when the book came out, accusations of racism and Japan bashing. Having read that and then listening to this book I can *kind of* see how those criticisms got off the ground but overall I don't think that was his intention. I definitely wouldn't avoid the book based on that.
All in all I enjoyed it and am looking forward to moving on to Sphere.
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- D. James

Book Details

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