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Excellent listening, Great metaphors put the listener at the scene.
The unabridged is a bit long. Too many silly analogies in the story that don't add to the development or understanding. Great story, however. Lots of references to historical events. Worth a listen.
Very entertaining!! Really enjoyed the whole long book. Glad I tried it...enjoyed listening to the reader also.
This is a story with lots of heart, a romantic drama whose heroine goes through harsh trials and emotional tribulation in the world of Japan's Geisha system. The setting will be exotic for any American reader, but the everyday realities of the world it depicts are grim. I am a man and often found it hard to believe this book had been written by a man; it is such a tender and sensitive chronicle of the inner feelings of the woman whose story he tells.
You are transported to a different time and to a place so real. This was everything is described is so...lyrical. I am so sad that it is over. The narrator was wonderful to listen to. Her voice was soft yet choppy, the way you would expect a Japanese with very fluent English might tell her story. I truly enjoyed this work.
I really liked this book when I read it, but I didn't like the reader on the audio edition. Still, it's a good story.
This is a wonderful story with so much detail of a time and culture I was unfamiliar with. The reader did a wonderful job. I rented the movie after listening to the book... do rent the movie... listening to the book is SO much better.
I had plenty of time to relax and listen to this book since I broke my foot and had to have it operated on just as I recieved this in the mail. I'm so glad I got this then. It was a pleasure to be alone and stuck in my recliner while listening to this.
I may be the only person in the world that didn't really like this book. I was disappointed by the ending, and I thought it really was a poor attempt to glorify what in effect was prostitution. The writing is well done, and it was interesting to learn about the customs and history of Geisha. But overall I would not recommend this book.
I was uneasy about reading a book by a white male on the very private inner life of naturally modest Japanese women in an even more discreet profession. But the author clearly did his research, and whether or not the details of this secret society are accurate, the writing rings authentic. I was disappointed with the reader's voice: her inflection was monotone, and her mispronunciation of the Japanese words was distracting if not at times annoying. I think next time I'd prefer to read it in print rather than listening to it (this version, at any rate).
Arthur Golden was Professor of English at City College at the City University of New York.