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.
I really enjoyed this book! It provided a view into a part of Japanese culture which seems very odd to us in the west but was fascinating. It really made me think about how men and women relate to each other.
I liked the narrator very much. Her style was a bit formal, but this fit perfectly with the Japanese setting.
I must say that I never would have "read" this book if it hadn't been recommended to me by a friend. This is not a "dirty book"; it has less sex than most and nothing explicit at all. I had no idea how different a Geisha was from a prostitute. I've recommended the book to my 14-year-old daughter who is interested in Japan.
I have enjoyed this book so much, as have all of my friends who have read or listened to this. The book is excellently written, and the narrator does a fantastic job! My only disappointment is that the author hasn't written more.
This novel made me sit down and totally surround myself with the story, characters and events. Normally I only listen to a novel when I commute, but I just couldn't take the chance of misplacing one tiny morsel of this book. I brought my player inside and locked myself in my office, just so I could stretch out on the futon and finish it. Stunning, stimulating, sad, and triumphant. As soon as I finished my CD's, I sent them to my mother. She finished in three days and sent them to a friend. Nobody knows where they are today, but we think they have visited at least 22 people, all who had to lock themselves away to listen. Absolutely incredible and well worth every minute!
This was fabulous. It was beautiful, and kept getting better. It took me to a different place and time. It is thought provoking...I didn't want it to end! Highly recommended.