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- Listening Length: 16 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 26 Sept. 2005
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ5F4A
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Top Customer Reviews
This all sounds terrible. It sounds like a bad advert for Milk Tray crossed with Hai Karate - directed by Tretchikoff.
Which is a pity, because Shibumi is an immaculate work, entertaining and socially interesting. It is also very long. Unlike Don Winslow's recently published prequel (Satori), this novel is not dialogue heavy. Its 500 pages are dense and slow moving. Most of the novel is spent setting up a backstory to a relatively short and straightforward denouement. The lengthy cave exploration scene with Le Cagot, for example, serves to set up useful background for a later short scene. In the true style of Shibumi, the effort is in the creation and the final perfection lasts just a short moment.
Buried within the narrative, there are long political discourses - often making sweeping generalizations about entire races, nations and automobile manufacturers. They might seem a little out of place in today's politically correct society but they are an amusing and authentic period of late 1970s thinking. They are used to counterpoint the perfection of Nicholai Hel and his close associated against the imperfections of the rest of the world.Read more ›
A simple plot allows us to meet a man of exceptional quality. Few fictional characters are as powerful and inspiring as Hel, as witnessed by the hordes who have tried to adopt his lifestyle and philosophy. Trevanian became better and better as time went by culminating in the achingly honest 'Crazyladies'. I urge you to read everything he has written( including his works under the name Nicholas Seare, which are hilarious )! Enjoy, and welcome to an alternative way of thinking!
One star knocked off because although it establishes itself in the spy-genre, the book does all it can to set itself apart from the conventions of the genre.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The most amazing book I have read for many a year. Gripping to the last page. Lots of twists and turns. An essential read.Published 11 days ago by red.anna
I tried , I really tried with this book but is was soooo
boring it was unbelievable. Everything is so convoluted
and drawn out you end up shouting at the page " oh do... Read more
When I first read Shibumi, which must be nearly 20 years ago at a guess, I adored it. It revealed the inner workings of the CIA and a mysterious 'Mother Company' of giant... Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2011 by Rowena Hoseason
I was given this book a while ago and I treasure it as the worst thing I have ever read, including those parts of Jeffrey Archer's oeuvre that I have inflicted on my leisure time. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2005 by Pal Joey
I originally bought this book under the pretext of it being a page-turing spy novel... not unlike the Bourne books by Ludlum, however I was severely let down. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2004 by Mr. J. M. Hunter
I recently re-read this book after a period of about 20 years.
The story line was just as good as I remembered, but I was startled by the way the pages seemed to be littered... Read more
I can safely say no book since reading R.L. Wing's translation of Tao Te Ching has had a more profound impact on my life. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2001
An excellent book to be enjoyed by all ages. I am sure that if u enjoy a good thriller this book will be entirely satisfying. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2001