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Memoirs of a Geisha Audiobook

Memoirs of a Geisha

In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Adela JIhlavaCzech Republic 02-21-06
    Adela JIhlavaCzech Republic 02-21-06
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    "Enchanting story"

    I could not stop listening to this audiobook to the point that I found myself strolling for hours outdoors with my headset on, immersed in different world, instead of doing my schoolwork. FAscinating and well narrated story.

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    Ken DeForest, WI, United States 02-15-06
    Ken DeForest, WI, United States 02-15-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Book a Best Buy"

    Well worth the listen. I can't wait now to see the movie. This selection brings you into the life of the Geisha and keeps you wondering what will happen next. It has all the twists and intrique of a ficitional novel. Characters are well defined and while looking at how many hours it is supposed to be I wish it was still going because it was worth every minute.

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    Pal*Joey 02-14-06
    Pal*Joey 02-14-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Better The Second Time!"

    Having already read the book I was somewhat hesitant to download and listen to it. The decision, it turned out, was a good one. The listening experience was far more rewarding then the reading....the narrator was excellent and she brought all the charactors to life. I was sorry to hear it end......I enjoyed it that much.....download and enjoy!

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    Ronald Albuquerque, NM, USA 02-14-06
    Ronald Albuquerque, NM, USA 02-14-06
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    "Beautiful Love Story"

    Beautiful story and extremely well read. Couldn't put it down.

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    Michelle Tampa, FL, USA 02-09-06
    Michelle Tampa, FL, USA 02-09-06
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    "best book"

    I highly recommend this book. if you like a love story, adventure, or action all rolled in one then you'll love this

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    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 02-08-06
    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 02-08-06 Member Since 2015

    Legal Thrillers, crime, fiction. humor and a bit of management sprinkled with some self improvement. All through Audible.

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    "uninteresting life"

    Memoirs have not got any serious content. It has a beginning and an end of an ordinary story. If you want to make interesting discussion on a dinner table you have found the book. It should have been called the operating practices of Geishas and their ordeals.

    Written well, spoken well but about an uninteresting life. I could not find the spark that made it so famous.

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    Kimberly Sewell, NJ, USA 02-03-06
    Kimberly Sewell, NJ, USA 02-03-06
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    "Loved Geisha"

    I loved listening to Memoirs of a Geisha. It was just one of those books that you would find yourself thinking about in the middle of doing something else....like in the middle of work. I couldn't wait to get done work at night so I could get in the car and listen some more. I felt as thought I knew Sayuri and was sad to see her go when I got to the end of the book. This book is a definite recommend.

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    Jenny Montgomery Al 02-02-06
    Jenny Montgomery Al 02-02-06
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    "memoirs of a geisha"

    iI enjoyed the book very much. A little too descriptive in sections. Slow at places. But overall, very good.

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    Kindle Customer 01-31-06 Member Since 2003
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    "You'll burn more gas!!"

    This is a fantastic book. Yes, there is a bit of
    a language barrier for the narrator (in various pronunciations) but I do not think it took away from the wonderful story in any way. The narrator's voice is so smooth and flowing that you cannot help but sink into this audible totally. I, like others, found that I just wanted to keep riding around instead of going home so I could keep listening. (Not a good thing to get in the habit of with gas prices so high.)

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    Mayda El Paso, TX, USA 01-15-06
    Mayda El Paso, TX, USA 01-15-06
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    "I Loved it!"

    I loved the story. It followed the young girls life so well that it made me feel like I was growing up with her. Her decisions at the end made me scream but the ending left me feeling like it was all worth it. Loved it.

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