Cloud of Sparrows

  • von Takashi Matsuoka
  • Sprecher: Grover Gardner
  • 15 Std. 19 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


In 1861, foreign ships have already steamed into Shimoda Harbor and forced open Japan's doors to the West. Foreign missionaries have come to Japan; they are there to save men's souls, but to the Japanese they are there to spread false religion. The only man who could have foretold all this is the young Lord Genji, an aesthetic dilettante who nonetheless possesses the powerful gift of prophecy. Forced to escape from the capital Edo, which is under attack by the foreigners, he flees to his ancestral stronghold, the spectacular Cloud of Sparrows castle, where he shelters two American missionaries. Together with a legendary swordsman and an enigmatic geisha, they embark on a harrowing journey through a dangerous landscape to prepare for a final battle.



"The book seizes you from start to finish." (The Washington Post)


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a gripping story without a proper end

I have never heard such a vividly read audiobook before. The reader made this rather plotless story into such a vivid and exciting story that I had my difficulties to press the stop button and to go back to my normal duties in life. The story is very detailed and placed in certainly interesting times in the history of Japan. But somehow this travelling back and forward from Edo seems to be done only to tell gruesome details of how a katana can maim or kill a human being. I am not a professional book critic and therefore I am certainly missing out on a number of more relevant details here, anyway it was a great listening experience but the aftertaste it left for me was a bit dissatifying.
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- Michele

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 05.09.2003
  • Verlag: Books on Tape