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..
There is a reason this book sold 4,000,000 copies, at least. It is a very moving story even for a "man". Really, the most interesting character to me beyond the heroine was her love interest, the "Chairman." In this book the Chairman is a the head of an electrical appliance manufacturing company. He is the most decent man I have run across in fiction or non-fiction anywhere. The closest example I could think of today that reminds me of the Chairman is our Secretary of State, General Colin Powell. I can imagine Mr. Powell's only problem is that there are not more civilized, thoughtful, effective people around like himself. He and the "Chairman" are what the world needs today.
Our geisha heroine in the book explains how presence of mind can help us get through to difficult people. She is also one of the finest examples I have seen in literature of the civilizing influence of women upon men.
Kudos to the author Arthur Golden for presenting such fine characterizations. It takes some brilliance just to put them into plain words, like he does.
I should hope that one day we will have women, as well as men, who can combine the great qualities of the main characters of this book.
I can only imagine what it would be like to have our great corporations run by people such as the Chairman, and I believe it should and could happen.
P.S. I really stepped into something when the next book I listened to was "Hiroshima" by John Hersey. My life cannot be the same after these two books.
I could not get enough of this book. This is one of the most compelling stories I have heard in a long time. Too bad it was my first audiobook, because nothing has topped it since then!!!
fantastic gripping book. It kept me busy for a very long drive, and then thinking about it for the return trip! Only regret is the pronunciation of japanese words by the reader, but on the whole very positive.
I loved every bit of this book. I believe listening to it on audio enhanced the story. I went into the story thinking it was true, and came out wanting it to be true. It was well narrated and a truly great, great story. It had everything I look for in a book. It was very well rounded and lacked nothing. I recommend it to everyone.
I have to admit that I didn't know what to expect when I decided to listen to this book. I've heard many good things about it but didn't think the memoirs of a geisha would interest me. I was very wrong. This book sucked me right in. It was very interesting and gives you a glimpse at what a geisha actually is and what they go through to become geishas. I loved the narrator too. I have recommended this book to everybody I know. It made my cross-country trip entertaining.
My first audible.com book -- it will be hard to find one as good as this for my second month. I listened to it everyday on my commute to and from work. And I shared the story with my wife and 9 year old son... both of them listend to me tell it, very interested.
Near the end, I could hardly keep the tears inside, never feeling so touched from a book before... with a few tears falling as I sat on my bus.
A very beautiful book and a story beautifully told.
Finally finishing it, I felt a bit sad, only in that now I'm not sure what to do -- what to read next... like the sadness and emptiness that comes when you're favourite tv show has had its final episode.
...that we know nothing of. I could not believe how young Japanese women were treated in the early 20th century...taken from their homes as children when bought by a geisha house and treated as slaves until old enough to train as a geisha. This one suffered many setbacks in her quest to become a geisha. Very interesting book.