The Harsh Cry of the Heron

Version: Unabridged
Author: Lian Hearn
Narrator: Julia Fletcher , Henri Lubatti
Genres: Literature
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Published In: September 2006
# of Units: 16 CDs
Length: 20 hours
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The surprise fourth installment, the epic conclusion of Lian Hearn's beloved, bestselling Tales of the Otori.

The Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori is a truly epic novel. It is the rich and satisfying conclusion to the Tales of the Otori series that both completes the characters' lives-prophesied and otherwise-and brilliantly illuminates unexpected aspects of the entire Otori saga. The Harsh Cry of the Heron is the only fitting end to such a stirring series: a book that takes the storytelling achievement of Lian Hearn's fantastic medieval Japanese world to startling new heights of drama and action.

Hearn's Otori series is the best (and only) literary expression of a cultural phenomenon that has swept through cinema (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), comics (manga), and popular culture at large. And, with this book, Hearn delivers in full ninja vs. samurai fashion the kinetic, simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting resolution that the Otori's hundreds of thousands of fans richly deserve-whose epic satisfaction will surely draw even more readers into the fold.

Reviews (5)

Written by Obi O. on March 2nd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Omg, I started growing concerned halfway through this fourth book as to how I would cope on its completion. As I suspected, I am lost. Over the course of the four books, I had come to know and love the characters. I laughed, cried, cheered and chastised. I truly loved the series. The author gave me great pleasure. Thank you Lian Hearn. I am sad that it all came to an end. Nothing wrong with either narrators, I just would have preferred if the ones from the first three had completed the fourth.

The Harsh Cry of the Heron

Written by Anonymous from Kansas City, MO on September 12th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the Tales of the Otori and this one is no exception. I thought the narration was also wonderful. I kept thinking up excuses to run errands so I could be in my car listening. I can't wait to listen to the "pre-quel".

15 out of 16 discs were great!

Written by Carol Meissner on October 16th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

OK, so I am a sucker for books that are intricate and intelligently written. This particular selection had both qualities - up until the 16th disc when it seems the author just ran out of steam. How annoying. The readers for these discs were excellent, calm and no extra intonations. The story memorable. A mixture of historical fiction with mythical qualities. Sigh. Great female leads except for the miserable ending disc. Such a waste...

tales of the Otori

Written by Jo Lindsey on May 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I truly enjoyed this series. I enjoyed how it wove history with fantasy. I would have chosen a different end for some of the characters but it is rare for an author to take you to the end of a character's long life. I could have wished for a little more happiness at the end but most epics are short on happiness. I would happily read more books by this author.

An Okay Conclusion

Written by Christopher Weakley on March 9th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The fourth and final book of the Otori Cycle that covers Takeo Otori and his wife was decent. I have enjoyed the story, but I think the author pushes to wrap it up too much. I think that he takes some liberties with the characters to bring about an ending. While some of it is fine, other parts seem hurried and contrived. All in all, I really enjoyed the series and even this story had some enough in it to make it interesting and a fun listen that made me want to sit in my car in the driveway.

Author Details

Author Details

Hearn, Lian

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