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Memoirs of a Geisha Audiobook

Memoirs of a Geisha

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After the death of her mother, a young girl from a rural fishing village is sold to a Geisha House in the Gion District of Kyoto. Her fate continually twists, along with Japan's, before, during and after World War II.

This listen captures with great detail the lush glamour of a geisha's world, as well as the brutal realities of indentured servitude. The experience is superior to that of the movie, because each moment is mined for maximum insight. Protocols and relationships, even food and finances, are also meticulously described. The result is total immersion in this fascinating culture.

The narration may seem reserved, but that is appropriate given the book's setting. The sexual content is also very discreet and appropriate. Watching the movie is only getting your feet wet; get the full experience through this listen, a bewitching strong step into not just another time, but another world.

Publisher's Summary

Nitta Sayuri tells us in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate of her life as a geisha. Her story begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion.

It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction - at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful - and completely unforgettable.

©1997 Arthur Golden; Copyright ©1998 by Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Astonishing...Breathtaking...You are seduced completely." (Washington Post Book World)
"...a bravura performance, a first novel that provides a vivid view into a largely lost and secret world." (The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review)

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    Michal Toronto, ON, Canada 03-27-06
    Michal Toronto, ON, Canada 03-27-06
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    "Excellent book"

    I thought this was a very good book. I enjoyed it very much, though the first part was a bit boring and I had to make myself listen through it. Also, I for one really enjoyed the narrator - I thought she was very good and I could just picture an old Japanese lady telling the story.

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    Susan Overland Park, KS, USA 03-21-06
    Susan Overland Park, KS, USA 03-21-06
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    "Great book!"

    Great book - I really enjoyed it. The only thing I didn't like was the narrator...boring voice. If it wasn't for the book being SO GOOD, I might have not been able to finish listening!

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    Andrew Greenstreet Oregon 03-18-06
    Andrew Greenstreet Oregon 03-18-06 Member Since 2008

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    "Beautiful"

    I only wished the story was true.

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    Thorunn AkranesIceland 03-07-06
    Thorunn AkranesIceland 03-07-06
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    "what a great book!!!"

    I never thought I whould enjoy audiobook so much, but I absolutly loved this one! The woman who reads the book is so great and you can picture the whole story.

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    Joel Corte Madera, CA, USA 03-05-06
    Joel Corte Madera, CA, USA 03-05-06
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    "Memoirs of a Geisha"

    The Short and Sweet review is: It is everything that you have heard. I went into this book thinking that there was no way for me to relate to this book. I hung on to each development with anticipation and delight. Buy it. It's a great book.

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    Colleen aurora , CO, USA 03-04-06
    Colleen aurora , CO, USA 03-04-06
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    "WOW"

    If your wondering if you should get this- GET IT! This is 1 of 2 of the best books I've read this year,the other being Kite Runner. The story is wonderfully written, the narration was perfect- I so lost the fact that this was fiction & that it was written by a man since the terms & the character were so feminie.

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    Denise Hamburg, NJ, USA 03-03-06
    Denise Hamburg, NJ, USA 03-03-06
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    "Excellent Choice"

    This book was excellent. I was late for work one day this week because I was sitting in the parking lot listening in my car. I couldn't pull myself away. Great story!

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    Paula Laurel, MS, USA 03-02-06
    Paula Laurel, MS, USA 03-02-06
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    "Paula from Mississippi"

    May be too slow for some but very hypnotic and poetic. I was thinking about the characters weeks later. I love it when a book does that to me!

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    Amazon Customer 02-28-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Great!"

    Wow, what a story. I never thought that women who participated in this vocation underwent so much to reach the status. If you want to open up a door to a new understanding to the world of Geisha, please read this wonderful heartful story. It will make you laugh, cry, and sad. Most of all, you won't sit it down until its finished. Be careful, you'll listen to this one again. Great Story!

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    Joan Rice, VA, United States 02-28-06
    Joan Rice, VA, United States 02-28-06 Member Since 2013
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    "A fantastic read!"

    What a wonderful story. I feel as if I'd been given the keys to the Geisha house. This story combines art, history and love. The ending comments brought tears. A must read!!

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