I like to read books were the hero has a lot of tough challenges to over come but when the characters (heroes) that I like start dieing in whole sale fashion and even killing siblings the book becomes un-entertaining. I have even stopped reading it. Just a warning to others.
When I started the first book many months ago, I was captivated and enthralled. The main characters in the book were well developed. I found myself wrapped up in the lives of these people; much like the people who watch soap operas. I cheered for the good guys , booed the bad ones and kept coming back for more and more.
The book was billed as a trilogy. I devoured all three. At the end, I wondered - what happened? There is so much more that I need to know. This can't be the end of the trilogy.
With this final book, I am content. I know how everything worked out.
The political intrigues, the status and use of the "Ninja", the introduction of the foreigners in Japan all served as excellent background for the characters to develop.
It is a 4 book trilogy, but well worth the time and expense. You will not be disappointed.
This was, in my opinion, a disappointing way to end a series that I had loved. It didn't seem consistent with the central "truths" of the other three books. I almost wish I had stopped at the third installment and made up my own ending.
I really liked and highly recommend the first three books of this series. Also I feel there are some people that will like this book, perhaps even see it as profound.
However, I'm listening for entertainment and this story just didn't come together for me. In this book the heroes repeatedly make agonizingly poor decisions. These decisions were based on some kind of radical pacifist honor/philosophy, the "way of the who" which was billed as the best thing since sliced bread but in the end produced nothing positive. To the story's credit these descisions or lack of decisions resulted in fairly realistic outcomes. Outcomes for the heroes that the book tries to show as honorable but to me were pitifully tragic.
I had such high expectations for this book. I kept expecting things to come together but in the end it just made me feel depressed.
Wow, what a disappointment after the first 3 books. The characters (pretty much all of them) seemed to suddenly become ridiculously naive after 16 years. Takeo would never have managed to take power if he had been this soft in the first books and it was just not very believable. The voices are very poor considering the range of characters required of the narrators. In addition to the poor writing there is a section missing where the narration seems to skip an entire page of the book and this was not caught in editing. Unfortunately this problem was the least of the audio book?s issues. I should have stopped after book 3.
I loved the first 3 books. This one did not come close to the quality of the others. The main protagonists I had come to care about act completely out of character. There are too many loose ends and inexplicable actions. I was completely disgusted at how Kaede was portrayed in this story (though her part has been whittled down to almost nothing). The book dragged,and I found myself getting bored through long middle sections. This was not a fitting ending for the heroes of the initial trilogy. I wish I had not read it so I could keep the memory of the original characters as they were initially written.
I loved all 4 books of the Tales of the Otori series. I have been an audible customer for 4 years and these are by far my favorite books. The narration is excellent. Hearn is able to set each scene with beautiful description without going overboard. I am sad this is the last chapter. If you have trouble keeping up with all of the characters, check Hearn's website. I do recommend that you read them in order, I think you would be lost if you did not. ENJOY!
I was rather Disappointed with this one. I listened to the authors first 3 books though it had been almost a year. Since I had forgotten some of the charactors over that period of time, it was hard to remember names as charactors entered the story. Many of their names are very similar. What really disappointed me the most was the ending. I realize that not all stories end with everyone living "Happily Ever After" I got the impression that the author must have had a tragedy in their life as they were getting ready to write the ending of the book, and decided to share their depression.
I am a fan of this set of 4 Tales of the Otori books. The first 3 had excellent narriators and I was very dissapointed to see that they did not complete the fourth and last book of this excellent series. Because of the narriators, I had difficulty keeping focused on the book. But, as always, once I was able to focus on the story, it was a supurb ending to the series. If you listened to the first 3 and loved them, I would recommend reading the last book as to not ruin the characters for yourself.
I would have given this audible 5 stars, but the narriators were horrible. I couldnt bring myself to give this audible less than 4 stars however, as the story is very well written and complete.