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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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Long winded

A bit too much emphasis on how wonderful, brainy and supremely talented all the major players seem to be, either I have lived under a gooseberry bush for 67 years or no nothing of the opposite sex, for the men in this novel are love makers with talents unknown to mere mortals, this to me is a world not open to the common man,made me feel most inadequate, can one really be a top notch jockey, brilliant swordsman, fantastic businessman, awesome sailor, love maker from the gods, superb linguist, racing driver extraordinaire, fighter pilot to rank alongside the Red Baron and swimmer to rival Mark Spitz, oh and so tall and handsome, and I thought jockeys were quite small personage.

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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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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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One of the best

One of the best books I have ever listen.
Amazing job of the narrators. Amazing !

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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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Let down by narration

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

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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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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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Read it years ago, so much better in audio

I think this is the best audible book in my vast collection. Brilliant novel, expertly delivered, (despite the odd dodgy Scottish accent) . I'm sad it's finished. it's a good job there are two more left in the series

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Fantastic story & narration

An incredible deep/thorough story, with twists and turns that I didn’t expect. Narration was superb as I’ve come to love and respect, it really brings it to life. Thoroughly worthwhile read

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Brilliant

The story is incredibly rich.
True or not it gives you insight into the world of spying, high stakes deals, cool and calculated minds and Asian wisdom.

Performance is awesome as well. The actor has a firm grasp of many voices and you know who's talking even before the text hints.