Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori Book One

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Lian Hearn
Narrator: Kevin Gray , Aiko Nakasone
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Published In: July 2002
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 30 minutes
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A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated 'Tales of the Otori' trilogy.Sixteen-year-old Takeo's village has been massacred by an evil warlord, and he is about to be slain by the men who murdered his parents and neighbors. At the last moment, his life is saved by a nobleman, who claims the boy as his kin and begins his education.But nothing is as it seems. Takeo discovers that he has rare powers that are useful to those around him. As he grows into manhood, he must decide where his loyalties lie: with his noble master and adoptive father; with the Hidden, a secret, spiritual sect whose beliefs are forbidden; or with the Tribe, the assassins and spies who consider him one of their own.A story of treachery, political intrigue, and the intensity of first love, set in a world ruled by formal ritual and codes of honor, Across the Nightingale Floor crosses genres, generations, and genders to captivate fans of all ages.

Reviews (14)

Written by Anonymous on February 13th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was absolutely beautiful. The narrators did a great job. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.

Written by Todd Lamb on February 23rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Made me enjoy my long car rides even more. I loved the male reader. Very calming and mystical.

Across the Nightengale Floor

Written by Anonymous from Kansas City, MO on October 4th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What a great book! The narrators were wonderful, too. I was surprised to learn that the writer is a Westerner and the locations are fictional. I can't wait for the next one.

A Tale of Chivalric Deeds

Written by fstony on December 9th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Love at first sight, riding and swordsmanship, oaths of fealty, forbidding castles, political marriages, magic tutors...This book has more of chivalry than most Arthurian tales. There are two narrators: a male narrator reading the sections seen from the boy's point of view, and a woman reading the girl's point of view. One of these is just fine and the other has a rather dull delivery.

Wish it was unabridged

Written by Bob King on April 5th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book. Beautifully written and very well narrated. Although the Japan depicted was imaginary, Lian Hearn did a very good job of adhering to the ancient Japanese way of life, the hierarchical structure of their society, etc. So the environment he created felt real. Because the book is abridged you will miss some details, particularly it seems in Takeo’s training, but those omissions did not take away from the excellent story line. I cannot wait to receive the next book in the series, which is unabridged.

Across the Nightingale Floor

Written by Anonymous on February 6th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great story and great narrators. I would be interested to hear the unabridged version but the abridged version was wonderful. Often, abridged books seem thin but I really enjoyed this one. I look forward to more books by this author.

Nightingale floor

Written by Jo Lindsey on November 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I don't usually rent abridged versions of books but this one was excellent. The story grabbed my attention from the beginning and made me want more. I am facinated by Takeo's fight to stay alive when so many are trying to kill or control him. I cheered Kaede's struggle to claim her freedom and independence as a woman. Their love is very powerful and engaging I hope they get some long years together. Can't wait to listen to book two.

More than I expected

Written by Anonymous on November 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This isn't the typical book I would go for, but I ended up looking forward to my commutes so that I could continue listening to it. If you compare it to calligraphy, it makes sense... a quick glance just shows some simple lines of ink on a page, but there is more to it. Written in simple and straightforward language, it was clear and direct, and built on the shoulders of Japanese samurai fancy.


Written by Scott Janulewicz on October 18th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I got this book in the mail not even remembering I had ordered it. What a great surprise. Action, adventure, romance, mysticism, it's got it all. For me the reader can make or break the book. The woman reader was annoying the man reader was good.

Across the Nightingale Floor

Written by Janice Church on October 16th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Compelling. Action packed. The imaginary setting seems real.

Author Details

Author Details

Hearn, Lian

LIAN HEARN was born in England, currently lives in Australia, and has had a lifelong interest in Japan.