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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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    "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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    This story is so gut wrenchingly emotional! You will fall in love with the characters! The book is sooooo much better than the movie!

    I will listen to this one again!

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    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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    I have listened to many enjoyable audio books, but this is by far the best. I finished the entire 15 hours in 2 days, and I shall listen again, and again. Don't think, just add to your library.

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    I just wish I had more stars for this book ...

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    Couldn't stop listening!!

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    This was a great listen! The details were excellent and made the story that much better. This was a perfect way to spend an afternoon.

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    "Powerful"

    An absolutely wonderful book read by an outstanding narrator. A must have!

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    this was a great book! I don't usually get bio books (even fictional ones) but this was great. It doesn't lag, and the narrator did a great job.

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    Touching, and real.

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