"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)
This was a very good book but there were way too many similes and metaphors. They stuck out like a sore thumb.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arthur Golden was Professor of English at City College at the City University of New York.