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.
I EXPECTED this book to be good but I was blown away by its beauty and scope. I love reading, love books, but this was way over the top in the enjoyment department!
I see everone That has downloaded this book gave it a 5 STAR review. I wish I could give it a 10 STAR WOW! it is one of the best I have ever heard. I wish she got to see her sister. A must to read.