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Memoirs of a Geisha | [Arthur Golden]

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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    Richard SPRING HILL, FLORIDA, United States 07-22-05
    Richard SPRING HILL, FLORIDA, United States 07-22-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Memoirs of a Geisha"

    I see everone That has downloaded this book gave it a 5 STAR review. I wish I could give it a 10 STAR WOW! it is one of the best I have ever heard. I wish she got to see her sister. A must to read.

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    Jessica Peapack, NJ, USA 07-17-05
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    "Very Gripping"

    I couldn't turn this one off...I was walking around the house with my headphones on!

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    D. SylverFoust 07-16-05 Listener Since 2005
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    "One of the Best"

    This book captured my attention from the onset and I could not stop until the book was completed. LOVED IT!!!!!

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    rsgubler Lehi, Utah 07-12-05
    rsgubler Lehi, Utah 07-12-05 Listener Since 2005

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    "Who else would teach you what mizuage means"

    This book gets a head of steam and seems like it will lose it's pace, but it just keeps going stronger and stronger. Better than the DaVinci Code when it comes to cultural back ground. Even somewhat suspenseful for a simple memoir. My only issue, and this actually really bugs, is that the reader can not pronounce Japanese words that good.

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    Laura Bothell, WA, USA 07-02-05
    Laura Bothell, WA, USA 07-02-05
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    "A little slow going at first..."

    I have to admit I got rather tired of the first third of this book. I wanted to get this part over with and start delving into the "secret world of the geisha". There's really not too much of that in this book. But it does get more interesting once the heroine begins her geisha studies, and it does have a satisfactory ending, in my opinion.

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    Leslie Waukee, IA, USA 05-26-05
    Leslie Waukee, IA, USA 05-26-05
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    "Geisha remembered"

    A very touching story, read by a beautiful voice. The author creates beautiful and vivid mental pictures. Some of the passages are hard to hear; however make the story more authentic. Well worth a listen.

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    Kathleen Lafayette, CA, United States 04-22-05
    Kathleen Lafayette, CA, United States 04-22-05 Member Since 2015
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    "A PreciousJewel of a Book"

    The unique voice and story telling from the eyes of the young girl to become a geisha are remarkable.

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    Whatever 02-12-05
    Whatever 02-12-05 Member Since 2015

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    "Loved this book! Definately worth a listen."

    This is not my usual type of book, and I only read it because a friend pushed me to read it. I am so grateful he did. It was wonderful. A classic in the making.

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    John Lake Forest, IL, USA 12-08-04
    John Lake Forest, IL, USA 12-08-04 Member Since 2006
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    "Wow"

    The best book I have heard this year. I have listened to over 20 novels and this one took my breathe away.

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    A. Commuter 11-26-04
    A. Commuter 11-26-04 Member Since 2015

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    "A note for those who listen in their cars"

    Wanted to write a quick note to those who listen while they drive to and from work: this is a best practice in audiobooks. The volume is consistent, the voice clear and easy to understand. The reading is unhurried so that you can savor every word. The story of course is totally absorbing. The end result: noisy highway or quiet streets don't mean you have to constantly adjust the volume controls. You can cruise along completely immersed and happy. Wish more audiobooks were read like this one! (Obviously I am not a big fan of stage-worthy "voice acting.")

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