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Memoirs of a Geisha Audiobook
Memoirs of a Geisha
Written by: 
Arthur Golden
Narrated by: 
Bernadette Dunne
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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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    JOHN Plantation, FL, United States 02-10-06
    JOHN Plantation, FL, United States 02-10-06 Member Since 2003

    Audible Member Since 2003

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    "Amazing and beautiful"

    It is almost impossible to believe that this story was written by a man. Still, this does not mean that a man cannot appreciate the beauty and near perfection of this story. An amazing piece of literature that I believe will be one which will endure through time as one of the great books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Gilbert, AZ, USA 01-20-06
    Sheila Gilbert, AZ, USA 01-20-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Ten stars"

    This is a case where a marvelous book is made better through the talents of the reader. The already poetic lines are skillfully brought to life and I found myself enthralled with a culture I had never before had any interest. This is, by far, the most enjoyable audible selection I have have the pleasure of listening to. It so far surpasses other novels that a simple five stars is not nearly enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suze Weinberg Jackson, NJ 12-21-05
    Suze Weinberg Jackson, NJ 12-21-05 Member Since 2012

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    "So Engaging"

    What a beautiful book. It's almost impossible to believe that a man wrote it. You "experience" every bit of the characters daily lives...you can practically see them by just listening to the readers voice.
    Now I hope I won't be disappointed by the movie because the book was simply stunning.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica Ogden, Utah 12-04-05
    Veronica Ogden, Utah 12-04-05 Listener Since 2004

    carlskobe

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    "Spellbinding"

    I've listened to the book three times and each time was better than the time before.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Gainesville, VA, USA 11-04-05
    Todd Gainesville, VA, USA 11-04-05 Member Since 2009
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    "One of the best books!!!"

    I expected an excellent book after reading the other reviews, but the book and its reader are even better. You will not be disappointed if you purchase Geisha.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebekah Reading, PA, United States 09-03-05
    Rebekah Reading, PA, United States 09-03-05
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    "Memorable"

    I couldn't stop listening. It was rivoting. What a wonderful story. I will listen to this one again. I understand that they have made it into a movie, too. I can't wait as I just can't get enough of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bill from Florida Florida 08-11-05
    Bill from Florida Florida 08-11-05 Listener Since 2004

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    "Unbelievable"

    This is a book that you absolutely do not want to miss.

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    Denise 08-09-05
    Denise 08-09-05
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    "Rivetting and superbly read!"

    Do not read this in the abridged form - you will miss so much!

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    John Lafayette, CA, USA 06-05-05
    John Lafayette, CA, USA 06-05-05
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    "A Jewel of a Journey Which Will Bring Peace"

    I cannot explain the power of this book, but believe it is the direct simplistic way a life of unimaginable horror begins and is endured with grace, intelligence, determianation and power taking the 9 year old slight girl with grey eyes, from the tipsy house in the lost fishing village at into the brothel district to be raised as a Geisha, journeying into the political intrigue and need to stay alive as war hits Japan hard and she finds protection and has longing for a special one who is unatainable. Unrequited love, at a distance is painful and beautiful. I can only imagine how loving a woman she became and if I had known of her I would have invited myself to tea to meet her. The story of how this book came to be is also a coup for the author who gained her trust, did not betray and elevated her journey in this world to one of spiritual validity. She transformed herself and all who came into her life, a simple daughter of an old fisherman, who became ... well you have to read the book to see the unfolding. The narrator is incredible drawing you in, pictures form, you taste the sea, smell the make-up, feel the presence of men gathering in the tea houses, sense the danger of war close by, the rustle of silk, and grasp the deep meaning of relationships and how she fostered nutured and treasured each and every one in a humble and honest way. She is a courageous woman who I have come to admire unabashedly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 03-09-05
    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 03-09-05 Member Since 2013

    I don't mind the long commute anymore. Sometimes I even drive around town just to get to place I can stop.

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    "Amazingly Beautiful-Best listen I have ever had!"

    I've listened to this book several times. I had it on tape, but had to have it on CD. The first time I listened to it I wondered about the naration, but then I realized the narator was speaking with the same inflections as my co-workers from Japan. Suddenly it was real. When a friend was moving back to Tokyo I gave her the book in paperback for the plane ride. She looked at the title, smiled and told me her aged mother had been a Geisha in Kyoto just after WWII. We have talked many times since about the book and how a man could possibly write about something so very female as the life of a Geisha and get so much of it right!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Karen
    Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    3/9/06
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    "An Emotional Rollercoaster"

    This was my first audible buy and it has really set the standard - I could not bear to be separated from my i-pod as I listened to this gripping story. I was completely absorbed by the story and felt I was sharing all of Sayuri's highs and lows - it was a real rollercoaster of emotions where I found my self screaming out loud at some points as you saw the naivety of some of her decisions/actions and cheering when certain individuals got their just desserts! My 14 year old son has also listened to it and enjoyed it as much as I did (although he probably wouldn?t admit it to his friends!) We both found it a wonderful, moving tale, beautifully narrated.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Coleen
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    1/9/06
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    "Didn't want it to end.................."

    Thoroughly enjoyed this. Had previously read the book (albeit some time ago)but none of the enjoyment was lost. Well written and ably narrated, you become truly lost in the life of a Geisha and of Japan before, during and after WW11.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • J. barrow
    Surrey U.K.
    1/30/06
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    "A remarkable life"

    Beautifully written in an elegant style befitting its subject and brought to life by superb narration. I was carried along by the emotion in this captivating story. I did not want it to end.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Jeanette
    ShenleyUnited Kingdom
    11/27/05
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    "Amazing !!"

    I had no idea how good it would be but once I started could not stop listening !!! An amazing true story, beautifully written and always with such emotion and elegance.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Whitehead, Antrim, United Kingdom
    8/16/08
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    "fascinating insight"

    I had Memoirs of a Geisha for several months before I listened to it. Somehow I thought it might be a bit dry but from the first few minutes I was captivated.

    Information about how the author came to write the book is interesting and adds to the overall picture.

    The personal story is told with great detail and no self pity - it is a fascinating insight into the world of Geishas and Japan at that time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    11/14/14
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    "What's with this narrator?"
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the abridged version before this full version. Why did they change the narrators? The Japanese narrator was far better, and didn't mispronounce Japanese words. It's highly irritating. I enjoy getting immersed into a book by the narrator but this Bernadette Dunne did a poor, robotic and dull job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carolyn
    Hampton, United Kingdom
    11/13/06
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    "better than I thought it wopuld be!"

    There were parts of this story that I found slightly dull, but at no point did I want to stop listening. I think it paints a colourful picture of pre-war Japan without lengthy or boring description. A little sadness, a little love, revenge and intrigue and a story that maintains a good pace throughout most of the book. I was suprised that such a story could keep me so entertained.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    3/16/06
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    "Robotic narration"

    I am somewhat bemused by the other reviews of this. The book may well be fine though to me the prose seems to be rather clunky - I can't tell - I may not be doing it justice as the narration is so appalling. The narrator has a painfully de-lib-er-ate style of delivery almost completely lacking in inflexion and expression - bizarre. To me it sounds like nothing more than an old-style voice simulator. Odd and near-unlistenable.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    Ras Al Khaimah
    3/6/06
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    "Amazing..."

    So much colour, texture and smells eminate from this book that I didn't want it to end. Dazzling story of a most misunderstood role in life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anita
    Bodedern, Holyhead, United Kingdom
    2/20/10
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    "Memoirs of a Geisha"

    I thought this was a beautiful book, the narration was excellent and I enjoyed it enormously.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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