this was a great book! I don't usually get bio books (even fictional ones) but this was great. It doesn't lag, and the narrator did a great job.
I am not a mushy reader. I don't go for tons of heartfelt sentiment nor do I do the whole long-lost love thing.....
But in this novel it was amazing. True or not what a journey! The narrator was fantastic and showed the unique character emotions well. Although I put this in a Dan Brown catagory, good FICTION, it was interesting to delve into such a foreign culture...true or not! This book is rated my favorite of 2005. The visualization of this pretty young japanese girl growing anf going from a simple beginning to the posh world of geisha was enough to keep you tied to this novel. I would definatly suggest you get the unabridged version for the sake of the detail really are what make the story. You end up wanting to know about the small girl with the grey eyes. This one gets 5 stars!
My only criticism is that the angst-ridden love affair with the chairman is a bit too slow and drawn out ... almost to the point (but only at the end of the book) where I was really questioning the characters. Was nothing else interesting happening in her life? How could she stay that fixated? Otherwise, a great listen. Tons of interesting details about Japan.
This was by far my favorite audiobook that I've ever listened to. The narrator captured the emotion of the book beautifully. I found myself sneaking a chapter at work because I couldn't wait until I got home. I am so looking forward to the movie which opens this week. I found the author's use of imagery and metaphors to be quite enjoyable.
I was really disappointed in the substance of this book. If you set it some place other than in mid 20th century Japan, it would not have drawn any sort of notice.
I also thought the reader was a very poor choice for this. She might have done a good job on some other material, someone who could at least come close to pronouncing a Japanese word would have been better.
Did not think I would love this book, but indeed I did. It will make you want to visit Kyoto...
The poetically written memoirs provided almost 18 hours of sheer listening enjoyment. I am looking forward to listening to it again.
This was a wonderful "read"! It is a telling statement that is relevant for today regarding the effect of poverty on women's lives. It is a fascinating story of the times which echoes into this day of children being sold into sexual slavery. The geisha of this story lived as a geisha in pre and post World War II Japan. In some way she seems to romanticize her life; however, this is understandable given that she was sold to be a geisha at an early age due to the imminent death of her mother and stepfather. I was drawn along into the story and recommend it highly. I learned a lot about the Japanese culture of the past and as mentioned above, it?s lessons are valuable today.