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    A Brief History of Japan

    Samurai, Shogun and Zen: The Extraordinary Story of the Land of the Rising Sun

    Narrated by Julian Elfer ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 41 min

    This fascinating history tells the story of the people of Japan, from ancient teenage priest-queens to teeming hordes of salarymen, a nation that once sought to conquer China, yet also shut itself away for two centuries in self-imposed seclusion. First revealed to Westerners in the chronicles of Marco Polo, Japan was a legendary faraway land defended by a fearsome Kamikaze storm and ruled by a ... Read more

    $29.94 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War, Vol 1

    July 1937-May 1942

    Narrated by L.J. Ganser ...

    Unabridged

    26 hours 23 min

    An eye-opening, pathbreaking account of the onset of the Asia-Pacific War, by the acclaimed author of Downfall and Guadalcanal. In 1937, the swath of the globe east from India to the Pacific Ocean enclosed half the world’s population, all save a fraction enduring under some form of colonialism. Japan’s onslaught into China that year unleashed a tidal wave of events that fundamentally transformed ... Read more

    $52.40 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    A Concise History of Japan

    Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer ...

    Unabridged

    13 hours 21 min

    To this day, Japan's modern ascendancy challenges many assumptions about world history, particularly theories regarding the rise of the west and why the modern world looks the way it does. In this engaging new history, Brett L. Walker tackles key themes regarding Japan's relationships with its minorities, state and economic development, and the uses of science and medicine. The book begins by ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Battle of Shanghai, The: The History and Legacy of the Battle that Started the Second Sino-Japanese War

    Narrated by Jim Johnston ...

    Unabridged

    1 hour 54 min

    On October 29, 1937, a large crowd of people gathered on the bank of the Wusong River in Shanghai to watch a spectacle, a life and death struggle unfolding directly in front of them across the river. The crowd was a curious blend of Chinese, European, and American civilians and journalists. Their focus was on the Sihang Warehouse across the river, but it wasn’t the warehouse itself that fascinated ... Read more

    $10.41 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Ninja, The: The History and Legacy of Feudal Japan’s Secret Agents

    Narrated by Colin Fluxman ...

    Unabridged

    1 hour 38 min

    To most people in the West, particularly the youth, the mere mention of Japan immediately evokes various images. A delectable rainbow of sushi, hand-rolled temaki, and platters of crispy, golden-brown tempura. An idyllic, crystal-clear lake flanked by trees covered with delicate, cotton-candy-pink sakura blossoms. A montage of unique, hand-drawn cartoons that are a masterful mix of delightfully ... Read more

    $10.41 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Morning Star, Midnight Sun

    The Early Guadalcanal-Solomons Campaign of World War II August–October 1942

    Narrated by Joe Barrett ...

    Unabridged

    20 hours 42 min

    Following the disastrous Java Sea campaign, the Allies went on the offensive in the Pacific in a desperate attempt to halt the Japanese forces that were rampaging across the region. With the conquest of Australia a very real possibility, the stakes were high. Their target: the Japanese-held Soloman Islands, in particular the southern island of Guadalcanal. Hamstrung by arcane pre-war thinking and ... Read more

    $32.93 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Japan, für dich ein Spaziergang!

    Mit diesem Hörbuch wird deine Japanreise ein entspannter Genuss mit viel Spass, Freude und fröhlichen Begegnungen!

    Narrated by Ronja Sakata ...

    Unabridged

    3 hours 48 min

    Du denkst in Japan machst du alles falsch und trittst in jedes Fettnäpfchen? Mit diesem Hörbuch lösen sich deine Unsicherheiten und Sorgen in Luft auf, denn du bekommst ein konkretes Drehbuch für Japan, inklusive Japanisch. Deine Reisevorfreude vervielfacht sich und du bekommst ganz viel Lust darauf noch mehr Japanisch zu lernen. Wie? Online mit dem Gratis Japanischkurs der Autorin. ronjasakata ... Read more

    $32.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Code of the Samurai

    A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke

    by Thomas Cleary ...
    Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer ...

    Unabridged

    2 hours 26 min

    Code of the Samurai is a four-hundred-year-old explication of the rules and expectations embodied in Bushido, the Japanese Way of the Warrior. Bushido has played a significant role in shaping the behavior of modern Japanese government, corporations, society, and individuals, as well as in developing modern Japanese martial arts within Japan and internationally. The Japanese original of this book, ... Read more

    $16.46 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Dragons in the Forest

    Alex Faure's own story of living through WWII in Japan

    by Peter Yeldham ...
    Narrated by Jennifer McDonald ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 58 min

    Born in Japan of a French father and White Russian mother, Alex Faure greeted news of war in the Pacific with schoolboy enthusiasm. That is until the hardships of being a gaijin and neutral foreigner in Japan during World War II became a stark reality for the Faure family.Award winning author and screenwriter, Peter Yeldham masterfully tells Alex Faure’s own true story against the backdrop of real ... Read more

    $22.46 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Every Human Intention

    Japan in the New Century

    by Dreux Richard ...
    Narrated by Dreux Richard ...

    Unabridged

    16 hours 21 min

    A thoughtful, illuminating exploration of modern Japanese politics and culture through the eyes of an investigative reporterDreux Richard presents post-Fukushima Japan in three illustrative parts. He follows members of Japan’s Nigerian community, whose struggles with a hostile immigration system lead to the death of a Nigerian immigrant in a Japanese detention center, investigated here for the ... Read more

    $33.70 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    A History of Japan

    Revised Edition

    Narrated by Derek Perkins ...

    Unabridged

    13 hours 7 min

    A classic of Japanese history, this book is the preeminent work on the history of Japan. Newly revised and updated, A History of Japan is a single-volume, complete history of the nation of Japan. Starting in ancient Japan during its early pre-history period A History of Japan covers every important aspect of history and culture through feudal Japan to the post-cold War period and collapse of the ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Chrysanthemum and the Sword

    Patterns of Japanese Culture

    by Ruth Benedict ...
    Narrated by Cindy Kay ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours

    "One of the best books ever about Japanese society . . . [A] thoughtful, nuanced study of the Japanese character." -U.S. News & World Report Essential for anyone interested in Japanese culture, this unsurpassed masterwork opens an intriguing window on Japan. The World War II-era study by the cultural anthropologist Ruth Benedict paints an illuminating contrast between the people of Japan and those ... Read more

    $29.94 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Rising Sun

    The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936–1945

    by John Toland ...
    Narrated by Tom Weiner ...

    Unabridged

    41 hours 9 min

    This Pulitzer Prize–winning history of World War II chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Japanese empire, from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Told from the Japanese perspective, The Rising Sun is, in the author's words, "a factual saga of people caught up in the flood of the most overwhelming war of mankind, told as it happened—muddled, ... Read more

    $44.85 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Haunted Japan

    Exploring the World of Japanese Yokai, Ghosts and the Paranormal

    by Catrien Ross ...
    Narrated by Ruth Urquhart ...

    Unabridged

    4 hours 43 min

    Japanese folklore is abundant with tales of ghostly creatures and the supernatural. In Haunted Japan, author Catrien Ross reveals the legends that have been passed down for generations and continue to terrify us today. To research this book on the country's ghosts, demons and paranormal phenomena, Ross collected accounts from across Japan including: ● Sacred Mount Osore, a Japanese gateway to the ... Read more

    $19.45 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Utmost Savagery

    The Three Days of Tarawa

    Unabridged

    8 hours 42 min

    On November 20, 1943, in the first trial by fire of America’s fledgling amphibious assault doctrine, five thousand men stormed the beaches of Tarawa, a seemingly invincible Japanese island fortress barely the size of the three hundred-acre Pentagon parking lots. Before the first day ended, one-third of the marines who had crossed Tarawa’s deadly reef under murderous fire were killed, wounded, or ... Read more

    $25.39 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Tales of Old Japan

    Unabridged

    9 hours 28 min

    Tales of Old Japan (1871) is an anthology of classic tales compiled by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, Lord Redesdale. The narratives – adapted from Japanese sources – covers various aspects of Japanese life before the Meiji Restoration of 1868. Supplemented by Mitford's explanatory notes, the tales serve as an introduction to the Japanese culture, literature and sense of life. Engaging with an ... Read more

    $59.89 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Battle of Sekigahara, The: The History and Legacy of the Battle that Unified Japan under the Tokugawa Shogunate

    Narrated by Bill Hare ...

    Unabridged

    1 hour 27 min

    On October 21, 1600, two massive Japanese armies, totaling an estimated 200,000 soldiers armed to the teeth with swords, yari (spears), arrows, muskets and cannons, faced off on a battlefield near the town of Sekigahara. A bitter fight to the death ensued, and the results would determine the course of Japanese history for the next 250 years.On the battlefield was the warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa, a man ... Read more

    $10.41 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Three Tigers, One Mountain

    A Journey Through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea, and Japan

    by Michael Booth ...
    Narrated by Julian Elfer ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 44 min

    There is an ancient Chinese proverb that states, "Two tigers cannot share the same mountain." However, in East Asia, there are three tigers on that mountain: China, Japan, and Korea, and they have a long history of turmoil and tension with each other. In his latest entertaining and thought provoking narrative travelogue, Michael Booth sets out to discover how deep, really, is the enmity between ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Special Duty

    A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community

    Narrated by David de Vries ...

    Unabridged

    12 hours 50 min

    The prewar history of the Japanese intelligence community demonstrates how having power over much, but insight into little can have devastating consequences. Its postwar history has also been problematic for national security. In Special Duty Richard J. Samuels dissects the fascinating history of the intelligence community in Japan. Looking at the impact of shifts in the strategic environment, ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    The Bells of Old Tokyo

    Travels in Japanese Time

    by Anna Sherman ...
    Narrated by Holly Palance ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours

    As read on BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week'Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year AwardLonglisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize'Sherman’s is a special book. Every sentence, every thought she has, every question she asks, every detail she notices, offers something. The Bells of Old Tokyo is a gift . . . It is a masterpiece.' - Spectator</em... ... Read more

    $18.91 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Embracing Defeat

    Japan in the Wake of World War II

    by John W. Dower ...
    Narrated by Edward Lewis ...

    Unabridged

    21 hours 40 min

    In this illuminating study, Dower explores the ways in which the shattering defeat of the Japanese in World War II, followed by over six years of American military occupation, affected every level of Japanese society. He describes the countless ways in which the Japanese met the challenge of “starting over”—from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes, fears, ... Read more

    $47.85 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Myths and Legends of Japan

    Exploring the gods, goddesses, myths, creatures and cosmology of ancient Japanese society

    by HENRY ROMANO ...
    Narrated by RYAN MOORHEN, Bill Shanks ...

    Unabridged

    1 hour 24 min

    We are told that in the very beginning, "Heaven and Earth were not yet separated, and the In and Yo not yet divided." This reminds us of other cosmogony stories. The In and Yo, corresponding to the Chinese Yang and Yin, were the male and female principles. It was more convenient for the old Japanese writers to imagine them coming into creation not very remote from their manner of birth. In ... Read more

    $5.62 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Emperor Hirohito: The Life and Legacy of Japan’s Ruler during World War II

    Narrated by Bill Hare ...

    Unabridged

    2 hours 13 min

    The man known to most of the world as Emperor Hirohito ruled during some of the most tumultuous years in Japanese history. When he came to the throne in 1926, he inherited control of a country which had only recently emerged as a major industrial and world power, and through the aggressive expansion and wars of the 1930s, Hirohito was at the head of one of the world’s foremost powers. Throughout ... Read more

    $10.41 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Castaway's War

    One Man's Battle Against Imperial Japan

    Narrated by Ian Harding ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours

    In the early hours of July 5, 1943, the destroyer USS Strong was hit by a Japanese torpedo. The powerful weapon broke the destroyer's back, flooded her engine room, killed dozens of sailors, and sparked raging fires. While accompanying ships were able to rescue most of Strong's surviving crewmen, scores were submerged in the ocean as the shattered warship sank beneath the waves-and a young officer ... Read more

    $29.94 AUD or free with audiobook trial