This book is beautifully written and hard to "put down." I found myself sitting in the parking lot outside work not wanted to walk away from the story. My only criticism is that the female narrator had a totally flat presentation. She has no inflection or acting ability. The male narrator was excellent.
I just couldn't get excited about this story. Parts of it started to drag, I found myself wishing for an abridged version. And it just felt like I'd already heard the same story told 100 times before.
As for the narration, the male narrator was superb, but the female narrator was nails on a chalkboard. She just tried too hard, talked much too slow and over-enunciated way too much. And all her characters sounded exactly the same. The male narrator, when he had female characters in his chapters, did a better job voicing the women than the female narrator. They should have done this with a single narrator, I might have enjoyed it more.
After reading all of the works of Clavell, Shogun, Taipan, etc, I have developed a liking for the development of the Asian hero. In Across the Nightingale Floor I found myself engrossed by the development of the plot and the characters to the same level as with Clavell. A well written thriller that was also well read. I recommend it highly.
This was a very interesting book. The descriptions of feudal Japan were enthralling and rich with history. You felt in tune with the leading characters. An exciting book that will leave you waiting for the sequel.
I rarely take the time to rate the review the books I read (listen to), however, this book was so well written I felt obligated to return and take the time to do so. I have done hundreds of books, and due to my commute, I often complete two or three unabridged books a month. This book stands out.
This book written is so well you can see it unfold before you and play out before your eyes. Detail and richness flows from the book, and yet it is a very short read? You are there and feel, see, hear, and touch the scenes before you. The balance between action, drama, and emotion keep you entranched in the story.
Very well done, I recommend it highly.
This book drops you into the world of Japan, where it has been ripped apart by waging wars and the desire of men. The main character is torn between conflicting heritage, and wishes revenge on his families killer. Follow Takeo through his path of revenge, and feel his inner-most thoughts and feelings from first-person narration.
Never have I had so vivid of images, through excellent word-play as with this audio-book. During fights, you feel as though you are there, and during deep thought you can feel for his anger, pity, love, or desire. From intense first meetings of a lover, to the anger and rage from a betrayed master this is an amazing look into Japan, that has left me waiting for the next.
This is an excellent book. The narrators speak a bit slowly, but I think this helps to catch everything that is going on. They actually cared enough to learn how to pronounce the Japanese names and words before reading the book, and it makes the story so much more enjoyable for me.
That said, the story is very well developed. The characters are real, rounded, believeable, and dynamic. This isn't a predictable story, nor is it one where you find yourself rolling your eyes as yet another cliche is pounded out in your ears. The story line and descriptions make you think you are there in the story. Truly worth your time and money.
I loved this book, but I had to give it a low review because I couldn't handle the narrators any longer. I'll be buying the 2nd and 3rd books (paper) now that I have found that out that all 3 books are done by the same people.
The narration isn't bad per-say but it does make you want to take a nap even during what could have been the more exciting parts of the book.
Buy these books, but not to listen to, but to read.