I am so glad I got the unabridged version of this book. It was amazing - I couldn't stop listening to it. Vivid, really gets your imagination going. Also informative. I always wondered what Geisha were about - now I know. I highly recommend this book.
I first read the book, then purchased the audio book. It was a page turner ... in adio even better. More than worth every penny.
Wonderful audio book ...I would recommend it to everyone...it totally had me in the book standing there with the geishas and feeling what they felt!
A Must Read(Listen to)
This is a very interesting and well written book. It is easy to imagine yourself there and in your mind's eye you can see the countryside and have a sense of the culture. Read the book, you will enjoy it.
An incredible glimpse into a different culture and a different time.
While the movie was good, this book was excellent, describing so much more about the culture, the reasons behind some of the ceremony.
I would highly recommend this audiobook
I wasn't sure I wanted to listen to this book and selected it with some hesitation. But I am so glad I did! I was totally drawn into the story and found it stayed with me long after I finished. The glimpse into another culture and another time was fascinating and Sayuri's journey through life was compelling. I want to see the movie but am afraid that it will not be able to compare to my own vision of the okiya, the streets and teahouses of Gion, and the wonderfully wicked Hatsumomo.
I cannot speak highly enough of the reader, Bernadette Dunne. She brought Sayuri to life and was the perfect choice for this book.
If you're on the fence about this one, as I was, get it.
I confess I was very reluctant to delve into the world of the Geisha, I've just never been all that fascinated with that particular culture. I had a long road trip so I took a chance. Wow, what a magnificent story! It is so well researched and the author placed himself into the lead characters pov so well that I simply couldn't believe it wasn't an actual memoir. Maybe on some level it is, every Geisha probably had a very sad story.
Just don't watch the movie after you've experience the whole story. The movie is a dreadful, hollowed out imitation of all the author worked so hard to bring to life.
I was enchanted with this book, which had a very spiritually uplifting effect on me. I found the story of a young girl sold into slavery who wins through in the end despite the repression of women, very inspiring. I recommend this to all kindred spirits, both male and female. I have recently discovered Zen and wonder if the two are linked.
Absolutely the best book I have ever read/listened to. Once it starts you are hooked into it, and will never want to put it down. The movie is nothing whatsoever compared to the book ... anyone who enjoys reading MUST read this.