Memoirs of a Geisha

Version: Unabridged
Author: Arthur Golden
Narrator: Bernadette Dunne
Genres: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
Published In: November 2005
# of Units: 15 CDs
Length: 18 hours
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Overview

Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. Sayuri's story begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. It concludes with World War II when the geisha houses are forced to close and Sayuri reinvents herself and finds a rare kind of freedom on her own terms. Arthur Golden was educated at Harvard College, where he received a degree in art history, specializing in Japanese art.

"Astonishing...a breathtaking performance...by the time you realize the extent of [the geisha's] professional skill, you are seduced as completely as any of her clients hungry for her story." (Washington Post)

Reviews (41)

too many similes

Written by Art on March 9th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This was a very good book but there were way too many similes and metaphors. They stuck out like a sore thumb.

Written by Lachen b on January 4th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved the movie and wanted to read the book. Listening to the story was good. But the tracks skip around towards the end and the narrator's voice changes from her being in character to someone just reading it. I wasn't too pleased with it. But either way it's still a great story.

Written by Ayela Mujeeb on September 13th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I've read this book multiple times and treasure it. It is masterfully written. I decided to try the audio version and was extremely disappointed by the voice.

Great book. Wonderfully narrated

Written by Liza on April 6th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I listened to the audio book and loved it - Bernadette Dunne is amazing, she has a gentle voice that catches you, something between a little girl or an old women, and so very suitable for a geisha. I was disappointed from the very expected ending, I really hoped that it would end differently. But other than this, the book is told in a magnificent way, the details about Japan and about a Geisha's life draw you into the story. The language is rich and the metaphors are so unusual to the western world. Our life are full of choices, listening to this emphasizes how much - especially since you don't become a Geisha because you want to, it is because you have no choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha

Written by Holly on August 10th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An excellent read. The characters are authentic and well rounded and the story is told in a way that is captivating to the point that you think the story may be real even though it is not.

Geisha

Written by midirons on October 13th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent listening, Great metaphors put the listener at the scene.

Memoirs of a Geisha

Written by Reader19 from Yorkville, IL on December 6th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.

Memoirs Of a Geisha

Written by Sue on September 16th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very entertaining!! Really enjoyed the whole long book. Glad I tried it...enjoyed listening to the reader also.

lots of heart

Written by DF on August 6th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Memoirs of a Geisha

Written by KaylaW from Fort Worth, TX on April 20th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Author Details

Author Details

Golden, Arthur

Arthur Golden was Professor of English at City College at the City University of New York.