Shibumi

By Trevanian
Read by Joe Barrett

16.75 Hours 06/27/2005 unabridged
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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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Summary

Summary

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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

Reviews

Reviews

by Jack Vincent 9/13/2017
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Nicholaï Hel is the man!

I really enjoyed this novel. My son recommend it to me a number of time and I finally gave it a shot. The story and its characters really pull you in right from the start. I found myself listening to the book late into the night and finished it in five days. Nicholaï Hel is an amazing character and I sure wish the author would have written a follow up to this story. Joe Barrett did a great job on the narration I would highly recommend this to others.
by Showtime 9/13/2017
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One of the best!

I read this book 10+ years ago and to this day it stands out as one of my favorites. I listened to Joe Barrett's narration recently and he did an amazing job. There is a reason this one continues to have a following even though it's a bit dated. I would highly recommend you give it a chance.

Author

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. 

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Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 16.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English