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Summary

August 1611. Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan - his beloved father and the crew lie slaughtered by ninja pirates. Rescued by the legendary sword master Masamoto Takeshi, Jack's only hope is to become a samurai warrior. And so his training begins.

But life at the samurai school is a constant fight for survival. Even with his friend Akiko by his side, Jack is singled out by bullies and treated as an outcast. With courage in his heart and his sword held high, can Jack prove himself and face his deadliest rival yet?

©2008 Chris Bradford (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • AK
  • 28-07-18

my kids enjoyed the story and performance

Having listened to the the Harry Potter series, twice (which are amazing!), I was looking to find something different for my kids to listen to.

I would say that the opening couple of chapters are quite surprising and did shock my son slightly, but set the scene for the rest of the series. The story does have the feel of an author who has research the Samurai very thoroughly giving a real authentic feel to the story

My kids loved it so much we bought the whole audible series (3 books at the present) and my son is looking to read the rest of the books to find out what happens.

The narrator does give a good performance and puts a good pace on the story. The only slight down side to the story is the amount of Japanese names / words used, which my youngest got lost trying to understand (although it does make it feel authentic and real)

Good listen and I would recomend

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Amazing

(From my son) I couldn't recommend the trilogy enough. great story and well read. I was gutted when I ended. When I found out there was more books that aren't on audible I was so annoyed as they are that amazing and I couldn't continue the story as I'm am dyslexic and don't read. Well worth the listen. I wish I could listen to it for the first time agen

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Pretty good

Quite enjoyable and not a bad story that kept a good pace with interesting characters. Hope book two is not too similar a story line

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BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the best book I have ever read with Harry Potter. Thank you soooooo much Audible for making this amazing book an audio book!!!!!

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Excellent story

A captivating storyline that gripped me and toyed with my emotions, my only criticism is that I found the voice of the protagonist irritatingly whiny.

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Great story kept me compelled throughout

Wonderful entertaining book, action packed but also instructional and insightful. Well written and kept me hooked. Audio narration brilliant.

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A step in time, loved it!

Great Japanese!! Great story... Wish I was a samurai now or maybe learning the art as it seems all so interesting!

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Really enjoyed this book, well written and narrated. lt kept my interest from start to finish.

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Awesome book

Loved it! The story is fantastic and the reading of it is very engaging

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Pretty good story

I enjoyed this story. It's predictable in parts but great for the younger target audience.

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  • Derek Sorenson
  • 24-12-20

Great story, HORRIBLE Japanese pronunciation

The story is very well written however, the narrator totally butchered, no, that would an insult to all the butchers in the world, he slaughtered, sorry, again that would be an insult to all the slaughterers in the world, the Japanese language and pronunciation. If someone is going to narrate a story that has a foreign language, then PLEASE learn how the pronunciation is done correctly.

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  • Mike Lee
  • 09-11-21

Last Samurai? Hope not

overall enjoyable story that moves at a good pace. I like how they intermix Japanese into the narrative so that you can pick up a few phrases here and there.

the characters are generally likable, I just hope that this doesn't try to set up a storyline where Japan needs a white savior akin to The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-12-20

Very entertaining

Riveting story; I look forward to book 2. Japanese culture from that time frame comes alive in the reading. Narrator's performance is good; since I am new to Audible, I have little experience yet for comparison.

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  • s norris
  • 07-11-20

great story iffy narration

exposure to Japanese media had fascinated millions of people world wide with anime and j drama Jpop. unfortunately the reader is not one, his pronunciation is a purely english attempt. Kun is used alot but the way the reader pronounces it isn't japanese he pronounces it like there is a t that is being committed from the end. it's good narration but poor pronunciation of 99% of the Japanese is actually distracting as I try to follow the story. the story itself is well researched and though it's been written for young readers, still harnesses the rigid nobility that is samurai. but I've heard Wheaton's mangle Glenn Merenge so onward to book 2

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  • Skipper
  • 30-08-17

Action and relationships in Japan 1611

Historically-grounded adventure / coming-of-age series starts here. Emphasis on Samurai service and Buddhism/ Zen. It's told in 3rd-person, set in Japan in 1611.

A shipwrecked, orphaned English youth, age 12, must learn Japanese language and culture and discover the Samurai warrior within. Meanwhile, he develops some valuable friendships and other relationships.

Good character development for both Jack and Yamoto. Some poignant scenes. Some action, death, cruelty, battle training. Strong female roles, as well as male. I liked the different types of adult figures, too. The heroes and the villains were credible-- both adults and youth.

The plot isn't too predictable, but some bits do stretch credulity.

Excellent narration! I read and listened, interchangeably.

Reminded me a little of John Flanagan's two series: Brotherband and Ranger's Apprentice.

I might read book 2, even though the target audience is probably youngsters. It held my attention, and I learned something about Japanese culture and history.

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  • Inquisitive, I just want to know
  • 09-05-22

Four in one

So this book starts out as being Shogun then it switches from Shogun, to the Last Summari, to Gladiator ending with Karate Kid.
If you have never read the fore mentioned books and always wanted to read them this is a book for you since the story lines borrows a little bit from each one of those stories .
The story became very predictable.
As far as the narrator he reads well however,he has a very distinct British accent this book is taking place in Japan and all the Japanese people had British accents which kept throwing me off.
If you are under the age of 14 this is perfect for you.

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  • Chandler M.
  • 07-07-21

The narrator nearly ruined it

I love this series. But the narrator doesn’t seem to understand basic pronunciation. As someone who speaks English and Japanese I was struggling to understand what he was saying when attempting to pronounce Japanese words.

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  • Guy
  • 04-06-21

great for all ages.

great book. clean, exciting, great narrating, for all ages. I'm going to finish the other books.

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  • igsmall
  • 17-05-21

Who can listen to 9hrs of George Takei, anyway?

I got this one for the boy as Iwas listening to Musashi. This is a great story for young listeners.
The narrator did a fine job with distinctive character voices and dialog. If the japanese was poorly prounounced I disnt notice. Besides, who can listen to 9 hrs of George Takei?

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  • Bradley
  • 17-04-21

Wonderful find!

I lucked into this series and so far love it! The narrator does a terrific job with the many the samurai training specific terms and his character voice work.