"Memoirs of a Geisha"
I thought this was a beautiful book, the narration was excellent and I enjoyed it enormously.
This has to be one of my favorite audiobooks, the story is captivating and the book is narated well, i found myself being drawn into the world of the book and have now spent many enjoyable hours immersing myself within it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone - enjoy
A fantastic book which builds an exotic and utterly foreign world. The reader however is AWFUL. I couldn't bare to listen to her for more than 5 minutes.
Read this one instead, the reader is so poor it's not worth buying.
"Try it: it's worth it"
I usually read more action based memoirs, or biographies. I had read so much about this book that, although I did not fancy reading it, I did want to hear the story. This book is read with an authenticity which brings it to life. The narrator takes you to the heart of the story, albeit that some parts of the story seem take time to be told, I found myself lost in the time it took to tell them. The most remarkable thing about this memoir is that the characters' lives overlapped mine by over thirty years, at times you will think you are listening to an account of the 17th or 18th century.
If you usually listen to more action packed books give this one a go its one of the best true life books I've read, or listened to, in a very long time.
I never wanted to end and then it did. Now I'm lost, they don't get better than this
"Fascinating and entertaining"
I knew next to nothing of Geisha before listening to this booking and found it fascinating.
A very enjoyable story and well read.
"Captivating from beginning to end"
For years I had avoided this book, despite its appearance on many "must read" lists. It was a fear of the unknown that drove me away, feeling that my illusion of the beautiful, delicate Geisha we see in the media would be shattered and that a sordid world would be revealed. Curiosity got the better of me in the end, and I am so glad that it did. Japanese culture has always fascinated me, and what I do know of it I find so exotic and vivid. The stunning appearance of the Geisha fascinates me, I find them almost mythical. When I started to listen to this book I was wary that it might descend from the opening tale of childhood innocence into a world of debauchery, but what I learned was that Geisha are just normal girls, transformed into beautiful creatures. I wasn't surprised to learn that sex was a part of the lifestyle - why wouldn't it be? But this discovery was tempered by the seeming innocence of some of the behaviour at parties that the Geisha attend as part of their daily lives. This was a fascinating insight into a culture I know very little about, but am now inspired to learn more.
"Excellent story; average performance..."
I think the key with any 'memoir', fictional or not; any biography or reflection, is to have some feeling in the story telling. Unfortunately this edition lacks that. Although it is well read, it is cold and matter of fact. Perhaps I'm missing the point, but it made the story hard to tolerate at times.
Having said that, this is an amazing book. I've seen, read and now heard the story.
Beautifully written and read. I have immensely enjoyed listening to this over the last few days. Very disappointed when it was over but only because I didn't want the story to end!
"Fascinating insight into Japanese culture"
Brilliant story. An eye opener on a different take on society and women's place versus men. It never ceases to amaze me that no matter where you go it's the same world over. Men's abuse of power over women . Having said that this is first and last a love story. A story of triumph over opposition, a story of humanity. A story of a very different life. The comments regarding the narration are very unfair. It is a story told by a lady looking back on her remarkable life. A life of very defined behaviour told very well by the narrator. I found the narration very good to be honest and appropriate..