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Noble House

The Epic Novel of Modern Hong Kong: The Asian Saga, Book 5
Written by: James Clavell
Narrated by: Ralph Lister
Length: 54 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This spellbinding adventure is a literary triumph that proves once again why James Clavell's books have become modern classics.

Set in Hong Kong in 1963, the action of Noble House spans scarcely more than a week, but these are days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double dealing and natural catastrophes - fire, flood, landslide. Yet they are also days filled with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong - the heart of Asia - rich in every trade...money, flesh, opium, power.

©1981 James Clavell (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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a saga, a little long but engaging

had read the book before a while back. listening to it now was a very good experience. it's a very long story, some parts could have been edited but very good overall.

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  • Peter
  • 10-09-16

Another epic, full of twists, turns and surprises.

slow to start, but stick with it as the storyline builds and proves to be an excellent read. narrator makes a superb job of reading it.

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  • Mr Steve Walters
  • 05-05-16

gripping finish to a superbly written novel.

Found it hard to stop listening at times. Could not wait to find out which way things where going to turn next

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  • Johnny
  • 01-08-16

Epic is right!

Long but worth it really grabs you and doesn't let go...
Fast, and still modern .. Can't recommend it enough really exciting and heartbreakingly good but the timing and you won't regret it

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  • Mickey_Love
  • 11-11-19

Good but not great.

In comparison to shogun and tai pan it is not as good. Slow starter but it does get going.

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  • Head Coach
  • 02-11-19

Really great yarn, dreadful narration.

I love James Clavell novels - they are all great stories with excellent pilots and character development. I also like getting a sense of what life was like in these historical situations. Hong Kong is so much in ours minds now.

What a shame that Ralph Lister makes such heavy weather of Noble House. I very nearly gave up after the first couple of hours as the narration was really getting on my nerves. It would be worth getting this rerecorded to avoid putting listeners off the whole series.

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  • MaDr8y
  • 25-08-19

Let down by narration

Listen to the John Lee version - no comparison! Could not listen to this. Good story, though.

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  • Peter Odukwe
  • 27-07-19

Simply a Wonderful Story

An epic tale woven into the fabric of Hong Kong and China. Fantastic performance by the narrator makes this memorable

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-19

Outstanding!

I read this book 30 years ago, loved it then, listening to it now proved to be an even better experience. Being reminded of some of the wonderful characters made it so enjoyable. Great narration by Ralph Lister, I know I will listen to it again.

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  • Glen
  • 29-05-19

Great

another fantastic novel by James clavell, can be read as a stand alone novel but the series of books are great to follow together.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-03-19

Disappinted

Not a patch on Tai Pan. Too many accounts of individuas not connectedwith main story. I found this boring as main plot was very good.

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  • Richard
  • 24-12-18

Prescient

Possibly the best of the series. A bit dated but how Clavell predicted the future with the demise of soviet Russia and the rise of the Middle Kingdom. Being the only civilized culture in the world we now face the hegemony Of the PRC and world domination by Xu Xinping.. The decline of the west and Trump ‘s presidency we now face an uncertain future

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  • Kirsty
  • 16-04-19

Twist upon twist

Brilliant story. Plot within plot. Trust is a mistake. Just do not know what will occur next.