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A retelling of the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms in a way that’s more accessible to a Western audience. See 3kingdomspodcast.com for more.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast John Zhu

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A retelling of the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms in a way that’s more accessible to a Western audience. See 3kingdomspodcast.com for more.

    Announcement: 2 Podcast Interviews

    Announcement: 2 Podcast Interviews

    I recently did two interviews on other podcasts. The first is the Mandarin Slang Guide podcast, where we talked about some common Chinese expressions that had their roots in the characters and stories of the Three Kingdoms era. The second one is Journey to the West: The Podcast, where we had a long chat about classic Chinese novels and their cultural significance, including the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the Water Margin, and of course, Journey to the West. Have a listen, and also check out the other episodes on those podcasts, too. If you like what I'm doing, you might be interested in those shows as well.

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    Announcement: Ask Me Anything on Dec. 16

    Announcement: Ask Me Anything on Dec. 16

    If you have questions about the how's and why's of this podcast, or my thoughts on podcasting in general, post them at the Ask Me Anything hosted by WhatPods on December 16 at https://whatpods.com/show-development/ama/john-zhu.

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    Update: Videos on Three Kingdoms Warlords

    Update: Videos on Three Kingdoms Warlords

    I recently collaborated with the YouTube channel Invicta History on three videos about Three Kingdoms warlords. The videos were sponsored by Creative Assembly as part of the promotion for its new game Total War: Three Kingdoms. My role in the project was to provide research and record the narration for the videos. We covered Dong Zhuo, Cao Cao, and Liu Bei. It was a fun project. All three videos are out now, so have a look.

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    Update: Appearance on "Total War" Podcast

    Update: Appearance on "Total War" Podcast

    Back in February, I took part in a podcast conversation on the Invicta History YouTube channel with the host, Julien, and Peter Stewart, a writer from the team producing the coming “Total War: Three Kingdoms” game. We chatted for more than an hour, geeking out over the history of the Three Kingdoms period, the novel based on it, and how all of that is handled in the game. It was a fun conversation, and it was interesting for me to hear how the team worked to capture the essence of the story in the game. Have a listen.

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    Update: Water Margin Podcast Launch; Three Kingdoms Miscellany

    Update: Water Margin Podcast Launch; Three Kingdoms Miscellany

    An announcement about my new podcast project, and an update on a couple things I've been doing with the Three Kingdoms Podcast.

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    3 Kingdoms 154: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

    3 Kingdoms 154: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

    A reflection on this four-year ride, and a glimpse of things to come.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
461 Ratings

461 Ratings

Benjamin 1248 ,

Amazingly done

I’ve always loved the Koei games and from that somewhat knew the story but hearing about the difficulty of reading the actual book translated was a daunting task. This podcast does a great job of turning the book into an understandable and enjoyable story, told accurately but with enough of the narrators own personality to bring it to life.

The website has great maps and charts that I love to review before and after each episode. It’s really just extremely well done. And so far there are no ads which is crazy to think of in today’s marketplace. I feel like I need to donate money for all of his hard work.

Amphimixus ,

@FANTASTIC@

3Kingdoms in a nutshell told with wit and humor. One of the greatest qualities of this podcast is how the script writer puts everything in context: Eastern references that are obvious allegories are revealed to us :@) I’ve read the book a few times and never tire of it. And I’m listening to the whole podcast a second time.
I rate this podcast as Elite and a MUST for anyone interested in military ‘Histories’, intense drama, passions, amazing guile and Ancient China in general :!)

Fortress of the Sea ,

A great way to begin looking into Chinese literature

I’ve heard about the Three Kingdoms for a while from games and other literature, and found this podcast when trying to find a reading on it. From episode one, I was hooked.

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