It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction - at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful - and completely unforgettable.
©1997 Arthur Golden; (P)1999 Random House, Inc.
"Rarely has a world so closed and foreign been evoked with such natural assurance." (The New Yorker)
"Captivating, minutely imagined...You are seduced completely." (Washington Post Book World)
I enjoyed the story and the narration, but I think that too much was taken out in the abridged version. I had not seen the movie nor read the complete book and thought that this would give me a good overview of the story. However, I felt parts were choppy and not connected, so I read the reviews of the full-length book. To my surprise, there were many parts that seemed to be relevant to the story that were not included that I thought would have been helpful, even in an abridged version. This did pique my interest enough that I borrowed the full-length version from the library and am currently reading it to fill in the gaps. My advice is that if you are really interested in the whole story, get the full length version.
The way Elaina Erika Davis narrate the book, is really incredible, unbelievable. She has such an ability on controlling the accent she is using, to help our imagination in illustrating the characters. She has the power to hold every word she is saying, and shoot it, like a Bullet, aimed to the target in each sentence.My admiring increased, after I searched for other books she had narrated. I Noticed she is very different, in each book she narrated, entirely different.Amazing reading, with great simple act, logical feelings during all the readings.I call the style of narrating this book, is an artistic Narration.I recommend to read this book for many reasons, on top ofall reasons, is the way Elaina Erika Davis Narrated Good luck
This was an absolutely wonderful book in every way. The narrator was top notch and the writing drew me into a completely different world. The abridgement was excellent-I would not have known it is much longer unabridged. I may even get the unabridged version to to experience more magic. Highly recommended if you love a good read and don't have a lot of time.
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