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Memoirs of a Geisha Audiobook

Memoirs of a Geisha

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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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    "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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    Sharon seattle, WA, USA 02-24-06
    Sharon seattle, WA, USA 02-24-06
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    "Waiting For More"

    This was a fabulous book, I can only hope that we have a part two in the works. I would like to learn more about here life after she came to the US.

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    Michael Bethlehem, PA, USA 02-23-06
    Michael Bethlehem, PA, USA 02-23-06
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    "Life in another world"

    I am an action/adventure or history book guy. I don't know why I picked this book but I'm glad I did. I thought it was a great story about a life totally different than anything I know (as an American). I am amazed someone recalls so much detail, but I'm glad this woman did. Kind of left me wondering who her son is (implied he is alive and living in the US). The life story actually works a lot like a plot with a good ending, too. I will probably be reminded of things in this book for a long time. I'm not sure the movie can top this, and might not want to ruin things be seing it.

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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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    Motley MumbaiIndia 02-16-06
    Motley MumbaiIndia 02-16-06
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    "Inexcusable"

    I frankly do not understand why this book is liked by so many. The story is long, and drags on for quite a while. Besides, methinks that a lot of the story has been left out - assuming that it is a life story. The picutre painted is a well-contained and a well-orchestrated one. Overall, I was very dissappointed with the book, especially given the great reviews that I got from most of my friends.

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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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