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.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, in part because it was told in a different style than I?m used to reading/hearing. Normally I?m put off by an alteration in style, but I?m always willing to give something new a try and in this case the reward was an engaging, interesting tale of intrigue, love, war and obligation that was entertaining and unpredictable.
This is a fantastic story! Not only can I not wait to start book two, "Grass for His Pillow" - which I'll do today (!) - I was happy to find that the newly-published book three, "Brilliance of the Moon", is already available through audible.com.
I think this book owns all five stars easily; it's a well-written book with a great story to tell and readers who do a great job telling it. I agree with Lisa from Newton, CT, that the female reader does change the flow of the reading and is rather stilted. It was almost a tiny jolt whenever the narration turned over to her, but I found that after a few moments my ear would get used to her voice and the story would take over again.
I also agree with Jody from Tulsa, OK, that the names are a bit difficult (and hard to remember) because they're unfamiliar, so a look over the printer version at some point may help...
But overall a fantastic book and I highly recommend it!
A beautifully written, magical story about love, murder, deceit, and honor.
The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because I felt the female voice was somewhat dispassionate. Thankfully the story is so captivating it is easy to get past the rather irregular and stilted cadence of the reader. On the other hand, the male reader is wonderful and fortunately is the voice for more than 50% of the story.
I became interested in this book by reading the reviews and was a bit skeptical because I don't usually enjoy period pieces or fantasy. The fantasy in this book was so believable it didn't seem supernatural. The names were very difficult to get used to. I listened to this one twice because I had trouble keeping the characters straight. This book was extremely well written, well narrated and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good story
I love most books that transport me to another time and place & books that uplift my spirit.
Wonderful storyline and characters. Fantastic readers too! It is so hard to turn my car off, because I just want to keep listening. I cannot wait till I can listen to second and third book. I really love this book.
Since I first watched the series "Shogan" when I was a young man I have been a big fan of Japanise fare. I know that such fiction does not really reflect the whole reality of those times but for pure entertainment I found this and "Grass for His Pillow", the companion book really hard to beat. I have an hour commute to and from work and I found myself looking forward to the drive each day, just to get back to the story.