This book gets a head of steam and seems like it will lose it's pace, but it just keeps going stronger and stronger. Better than the DaVinci Code when it comes to cultural back ground. Even somewhat suspenseful for a simple memoir. My only issue, and this actually really bugs, is that the reader can not pronounce Japanese words that good.
I have to admit I got rather tired of the first third of this book. I wanted to get this part over with and start delving into the "secret world of the geisha". There's really not too much of that in this book. But it does get more interesting once the heroine begins her geisha studies, and it does have a satisfactory ending, in my opinion.
A very touching story, read by a beautiful voice. The author creates beautiful and vivid mental pictures. Some of the passages are hard to hear; however make the story more authentic. Well worth a listen.
The unique voice and story telling from the eyes of the young girl to become a geisha are remarkable.
This is not my usual type of book, and I only read it because a friend pushed me to read it. I am so grateful he did. It was wonderful. A classic in the making.
Wanted to write a quick note to those who listen while they drive to and from work: this is a best practice in audiobooks. The volume is consistent, the voice clear and easy to understand. The reading is unhurried so that you can savor every word. The story of course is totally absorbing. The end result: noisy highway or quiet streets don't mean you have to constantly adjust the volume controls. You can cruise along completely immersed and happy. Wish more audiobooks were read like this one! (Obviously I am not a big fan of stage-worthy "voice acting.")
This book was fantastic. The story was compelling and the reader was perfect. It's a long story, but it's so good that I listened to it twice. I HIGHLY recommend it.
The book can be viewed as a good exposure to Japan's culture, traditions and history....The book had a lot more to offer to those who are trying to do business with Japan than those who are interested in its night life...A delighting book to listen to on the treadmill or while driving..