I listened to the first 6-8 hours of this book and have never finished. The book does provide a nice history but the narrator (which I think is the author) seems to revel in the words and not in telling the story, so that i found myself rolling my eyes half of the time in the hours I did listen. In hindsight, I would probably have enjoyed the abridged version if it was narrated by someone else.
I enjoyed listening to this book, but I felt the plot was a little predictable. I guessed "who-dun-it" within the first half of the book and was kind of surprised that I was right, since it seemed pretty easy to pick out.
This book was an enjoyable listen. The story was interesting, was filled with Japanese cultural idiosyncracies and mythical personalities. The two narrators did a great job telling the story and provided a nice distinction between chapters. I highly recommend the book.
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