I confess I was very reluctant to delve into the world of the Geisha, I've just never been all that fascinated with that particular culture. I had a long road trip so I took a chance. Wow, what a magnificent story! It is so well researched and the author placed himself into the lead characters pov so well that I simply couldn't believe it wasn't an actual memoir. Maybe on some level it is, every Geisha probably had a very sad story.
Just don't watch the movie after you've experience the whole story. The movie is a dreadful, hollowed out imitation of all the author worked so hard to bring to life.
There is really nothing to add to all the wonderful reviews that have been written about this story and it's masterful narration. It is well worth the time to listen. My heart broke a million times over for little Dolores and I was shocked by how much sympathy I felt for the monster Humbert Humbert by the end of the story.
Jeremy Irons is a masterful narrator. I loved every second of it. Even when I wanted to choke HH.
What I wanted was a funny, romantic comedy to listen to while I ran. I got what I wanted. Isn't it nice to get exactly what you expect out of a book? The narrator is very good, she does a pretty descent job of a male voice. And that's really the hard part of listenning to a book, isn't it? The voice you may have applied to a character is decided away from you, your imagination slightly handicapped by anothers impressions. But that's okay, the narrator did a splendid job of reading this story.
The story is cute, the characters are adorable (even the flat ones)and it is a great escape.
I love Christopher Moore, his sense of humor is dark and deranged... perfect. I knew I would enjoy a look at Death through the eyes of this very funny author. I wasn't disappointed. As to the narrator, I loved him! Lilly and Ray sort of sound the same, but that would be my only complaint. The others are so good that I had to check to see if there were other actors in the narration, there's not.
Death is a scary business, a "Dirty Job" and somehow Christopher Moore always manages to assure his reader of the afterlife in the most unsettling way. Strangely, this book has some serious subject matter and walks through the very darkest times in a persons life and does it all from this pov: no matter what, it'll be alright. We may not look the way we want, our "happily ever after" may not be the way we thought it would be, but eternity allows for many eventualities.
Enjoy the story, and the looks you'll get from people as you laugh out loud for no apparent reason.. just hold up your ipod in answer.
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