Shibumi

Trevanian

Joe Barrett (Narrator)

06-27-05

16hrs 46min

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Fiction/Mystery & Detective

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06-27-05

16hrs 46min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Mystery & Detective

Description

“Trevanian has both wit and intelligence…Something for everyone.” New York Times

An Audie Award Finalist

Nicholai Hel, born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, and raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go master, survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world’s most artful lover and its most accomplished and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel’s secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection—shibumi.

Now living in an isolated mountain fortress with his magnificent Eurasian mistress, Hel faces his most sinister enemy, a super-monolith of espionage and monopoly. The battle lines are drawn: ruthless power and corruption on one side, and on the other, shibumi.

Praise

“Trevanian has both wit and intelligence…Something for everyone.” New York Times

“Riveting…storytelling by a genuinely original author.” Chicago Tribune

“One hell of a pleasure to read.” Washington Post

“It’s hard to imagine a more nearly perfect spy story.” Milwaukee Journal

“Barrett, with his pleasing low-toned voice, narrates with skill, taking the time to develop Hel’s personality along with his concubine, his deep-voiced Basque friends, the nasty Americans, and other multinational types. An intriguing listening experience with more depth than most books of this genre.” Kliatt

“Trevanian's seventies-era storytelling loses nothing in this audio treatment….Reader Joe Barrett embodies the author's voice ably, whether he's enigmatic assassin Nicholai Hel, narcissistic agency head Mr. Diamond, or a laughable Basque sidekick.” AudioFile

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Language English
Release Day Jun 26, 2005
Release Date June 27, 2005
Number in Series 1
Series Display String The Nicholai Hel Series
Release Date Machine 1119830400
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Bestselling Mystery, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thriller & Suspense, Suspense
Author Bio
Trevanian

Trevanian (Rodney Whitaker, 1931–2005) was the bestselling author of Shibumi, The Eiger Sanction, The Loo Sanction, The Main, The Summer of Katya, and Incident at Twenty-Mile. He was also an educator in communication and dramatic arts and wrote nonfiction books under his own name. His books have been translated into more than fourteen languages. 

Narrator Bio
Joe Barrett

Joe Barrett, an actor and Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials.

Overview

An Audie Award Finalist

Nicholai Hel, born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, and raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go master, survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world’s most artful lover and its most accomplished and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel’s secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection—shibumi.

Now living in an isolated mountain fortress with his magnificent Eurasian mistress, Hel faces his most sinister enemy, a super-monolith of espionage and monopoly. The battle lines are drawn: ruthless power and corruption on one side, and on the other, shibumi.

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