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Butterfly's Shadow | [Lee Langley]

Butterfly's Shadow

In a Japan still rigid with tradition, an apprehensive 15-year-old tea-house girl prepares to welcome her first client. In his gleaming white uniform, Lieutenant Pinkerton walks up the hill to a house in Nagasaki to find the female he has purchased for a few weeks. When he sails away, she waits, aching for his return. It is one of the world’s great love stories. And, as the curtain falls on Madame Butterfly, Cho-Cho hands over her son to his American father, before killing herself...
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In a Japan still rigid with tradition, an apprehensive 15-year-old tea-house girl prepares to welcome her first client. In his gleaming white uniform, Lieutenant Pinkerton walks up the hill to a house in Nagasaki to find the female he has purchased for a few weeks. When he sails away, she waits, aching for his return. It is one of the world’s great love stories. And, as the curtain falls on Madame Butterfly, Cho-Cho hands over her son to his American father, before killing herself... In a daring imaginative leap, Lee Langley takes this searing moment as a springboard, sending Puccini’s characters spinning into a future undreamed of in the original.

©2010 Lee Langley (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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    R. J. Melton OKC 07-05-12
    R. J. Melton OKC 07-05-12 Member Since 2008

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    "You'll Need to Hug Mom when you finish this book!"

    Beautiful,bittersweet story, of family, loss, and love. Not drama drama drama, just heroic and heartbreaking. The piece gives you a snapshot of WWII, Japan's culture clash with American GI's, and the strength of women. I'd recommend this to anyone, the writing and reader are both very well done. I am amazed I got it for $5, it goes into my favorites pile.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs RUGBY, United Kingdom 10-31-11
    Mrs RUGBY, United Kingdom 10-31-11
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    "Nice story, easy read"

    One of those books that you don't want to end and you feel like you've got to know the characters

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    nicole knoxville, TN, United States 07-04-12
    nicole knoxville, TN, United States 07-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "EMOTIONAL AND EDUCATINAL"
    What made the experience of listening to Butterfly's Shadow the most enjoyable?

    IT WAS A GREAT READ. IF YOU LIKE HISTORY, IT FROM SEVERAL FICTIONAL PEOPLE VIEWS, BUT I TRULY DID ENJOY READING IT.


    Have you listened to any of Laurel Lefkow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO


    Who was the most memorable character of Butterfly's Shadow and why?

    JOJO SHE TOOK WHAT LIFE HANDED HER AND MADE THE BEST OF IT


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    helle VANCOUVER CANADA, BC, Canada 06-29-12
    helle VANCOUVER CANADA, BC, Canada 06-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "very good story, but it is dragged out too long."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes
    If the author had written with about 4 or 5 chapters less, then it would have been much more enjoyable.


    Have you listened to any of Laurel Lefkow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long for one sitting


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DK COLCHESTER, VT, United States 11-07-13
    DK COLCHESTER, VT, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2012

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

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    "Easy Listen But Very Somber-Not Light/Happy Story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It feels unfinished. We learned a lot about the characters but their individual stories didn't really mesh together for me.

    In a Japan still rigid with tradition, an apprehensive 15-year-old tea-house girl prepares to welcome her first client. In his gleaming white uniform, Lieutenant Pinkerton walks up the hill to a house in Nagasaki to find the female he has purchased for a few weeks. When he sails away, she waits, aching for his return. It is one of the world’s great love stories. And, as the curtain falls on Madame Butterfly, Cho-Cho hands over her son to his American father, before killing herself... In a daring imaginative leap, Lee Langley takes this searing moment as a springboard, sending Puccini’s characters spinning into a future undreamed of in the original.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lee Langley before, how does this one compare?

    No, but her performance was good.


    Was Butterfly's Shadow worth the listening time?

    Yes & no - I listened to it twice but do not think I'll listen again.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this on sale and am happy with the purchase. I do not feel it is a good buy at full price or using a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 09-22-13
    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful story!"

    This story captivated me! I truly cared about the characters. The reader did a good job too!

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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 07-25-13
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 07-25-13 Member Since 2010

    I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!

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    "JUST Brilliant!"

    I could ot put this amazing book down... The lengths mums will go to save their child, to give them a good life to protect them. This book says it all. an unselfish, self sacrificing woman who goes to the ends of the earth to ensure her child is cared for when she wont be there to do it herself.

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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 01-26-13
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Not Bad but Not Great"

    I have enjoyed this genre and culture before but this book did not reach the level of those previously read. Certainly it is not reasonable to compare it to something like Memoir of a Geisha as it doesn't come close. But it isn't a bad choice.

    The characters are developed, but they are not complete in their development. In fact, I think that is where the problem originates. We hear a lot about Cho-Cho, Pinkerton, and Nancy. But none of that was enough. It was not until the end of the story that Joey is featured. And at that point, it really is too late. Each of thse characters could have been the primary focus of the book and it would have been fine. Tryng to make them all the focus dilutes their value.

    The narration was adequate. Her Japanese voices were acceptable, but her narration of Pinkerton was awful. It just did not ring true to his character.

    And that was another main glitch: what was his charater about? Was he as Shapeless felt: a crass self-centered man? Worthy of either Nancy or Cho Cho's love? Did Nancy even truly love him? There were many fragments not answered by the tale, left hanging.

    Overall, it wasn't a bad listen but it certainly could have been a lot better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shirlene East Grand Forks, MN, United States 12-09-12
    Shirlene East Grand Forks, MN, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "First Time All 5 Stars!"
    What made the experience of listening to Butterfly's Shadow the most enjoyable?

    This is a beautiful, sad, and very plausible story. The author brings us back and forth from Japan to the USA smoothly, and shows us the complex relationships that are formed with WW11 in the background.


    What other book might you compare Butterfly's Shadow to and why?

    I also enjoyed Shanghai Girls and The Last Train from Hiroshima. It reminds me some of Snow Falling on Cedars.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The son's return trip to Japan


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe this would make a good movie!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    amar Newark, NJ, United States 12-06-12
    amar Newark, NJ, United States 12-06-12

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    What would have made Butterfly's Shadow better?

    this is my review test for this audio book named butterfly's shadow still need more words


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