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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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    Beth Springfield, OR, United States 01-01-11
    Beth Springfield, OR, United States 01-01-11 Member Since 2004
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    "What a terrible reader for this book"

    Until a new version is available that doesn't sound like it is being read by an elementary school teacher, skip this audiobook. Her reading of simple Japanese words will pull you right out of the story. It is cringeworthy!

    If there is ever a new version, I'll buy it, but this one isn't worth the credits or a sale price.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 07-31-10
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 07-31-10 Member Since 2015

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "See the movie, this is not worth the credit"

    I loved the movie Memoirs of a Geisha. After reading the reviews of the Audible version, I was looking forward to finally reading/listening to the book. This was not my favorite book really in any respect. If one is interested in the theory behind and the rearing of a geisha, then this book might have its merits. Firstly, however, I thought the narrator was the worst aspect of it. She was dry, uninspired and appeared to be just reading a book and maybe for the first time. Worst narrator in the last 50 books for me. Secondly, I never got invested in any character as I did in the movie. Actually, I did not find much in the book that was not in the movie so what's the point? Sorry, but this was just not a great way to spend a credit.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Halle Scott 06-02-10
    Halle Scott 06-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "One of my top picks so far"

    Great story, and reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mia Silver Spring, MD, USA 06-07-09
    Mia Silver Spring, MD, USA 06-07-09
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    "Stunning-I couldn't stop listening"

    I was immediately drawn into the wonderful, gripping story!! It was so real, so vividly written, and beautifully narrated. The story line is compelling and the written is so descriptive. It is a great novel -- I loved this book. It is the best book I have listened to or read in a long time.
    I also have to say that it is incredible that a man wrote this book. What a great story. I got totally lost in it. You are tempted to believe it is an actual memoir, then have to remind yourself it is a work of fiction. Amazing!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kris Cordova, TN, USA 05-22-09
    Kris Cordova, TN, USA 05-22-09
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    "Can't stop listening to this book!"

    I find myself looking for excuses to get in my car and listen to this book! It is wonderful - very interesting to learn the way of life for a Geisha in Japan, very fasinating! Definitely recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Princeton, MA, USA 05-11-08
    Beth Princeton, MA, USA 05-11-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Beautiful Story of a Geisha"

    This is a beautifully written novel about one girl's very difficult life as she grew up to be a famous Geisha immediately before WWII and after. The descriptions are so detailed and realistic that it is hard to remember that it is a novel and not a narrative about a real women. Since listening to this book I have read other books about Geisha, and it is very close to the first person accounts of real Geisha. I highly recommend it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    04-12-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!"

    I haven't researched the history of Geisha but found this to be captivating, heart breaking, heart warming, and very believable. A great read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Hallandale Beach, FL, USA 04-10-08
    Nancy Hallandale Beach, FL, USA 04-10-08
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    "Loved it!"

    I've had the book for years and finally read it when I d/l the audiobook. So glad I did, I even watched the movie, which... of course, wasn't nearly as good as the book. The narrator did an excellent job and had me so interested, that I would fall asleep w/ my mp3 player and earphones in because I didn't want to stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 01-01-08
    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 01-01-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent"

    I enjoyed this story a lot. The narration is very good and the story is a great work of literature. Some humor, suspense, and adventure this story is a narration from the point of view of a young girl as she grows up in Japan before and after WWII. There is nothing erotic in this story. The ending is very sweet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 12-30-06
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 12-30-06 Member Since 2012
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    "A Must!"

    This book was so wonderful! It is by far my most favorite of those with an oriental flavor. I learned much and have so much more of an understanding of the thought process of that culture.

    Do not just see the movie (which was awful in comparison). Get this book!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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