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Across the Nightingale Floor Audiobook

Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: At the heart of Lian Hearn's beautiful saga of samurai, enchantment, and passion in feudal Japan is the story of two ill-fated lovers, brought to poignant life with the dual performances of Kevin Gray and Aiko Nakasone. Trading chapters as their stories intertwine, Gray and Nakasone anchor the action with their alternating voices, underscoring the very personal stakes amidst the epic tale of feuding warlords. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

Sixteen-year-old Takeo's village has been massacred by an evil warlord, and he is about to be slain by the men who murdered his parents and neighbors. At the last moment, his life is saved by a nobleman, who claims the boy as his kin and begins his education.

But nothing is as it seems. Takeo discovers that he has rare powers that are useful to those around him. As he grows into manhood, he must decide where his loyalties lie: with his noble master and adoptive father; with the Hidden, a secret, spiritual sect whose beliefs are forbidden; or with the Tribe, the assassins and spies who consider him one of their own.

A story of treachery, political intrigue, and the intensity of first love, set in a world ruled by formal ritual and codes of honor, Across the Nighingale Floor crosses genres, generations, and genders to captivate fans of all ages.

Don't miss the rest of the Tales of the Otori series.

©2002 Lian Hearn; (P) 2003 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"The novel fills a unique niche that is at once period piece and fantasy novel." (Amazon.com)

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    Olga Princeton, NJ, USA 11-11-03
    Olga Princeton, NJ, USA 11-11-03 Member Since 2014
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    "hard to put down"

    This book isn't the best I've ever read (or listened to), but it's impossible to put down. It suffers from a common problem of long build-up and quick resolution. The characters are well-developed, but some disappear so abruptly at the end of the book, it's unclear why so much time was devoted to them in the beginning. The narrators are generally good, and it's nice to have two voices. The female narrator is sometimes a bit annoying though - she often sounds as if she's talking to 5-year-olds or ESL students - very s-l-o-w and clear, waaayyy too clear. Still, I couldn't stop listening (literally), and enjoyed every moment of it. I would definitely recommend this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Gonzalez Boston, MA 01-16-09
    Rob Gonzalez Boston, MA 01-16-09 Member Since 2015
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    "The female narrator is TERRIBLE"

    Overall, this book was pretty good. Great world, the prose was a little flowery for my taste.

    There are two narrators: one male and one female. The male narrator is fine. The female narrator is the worst reader I've ever experience in an audiobook. I almost stopped listening to this book several times and winced every time it switched back to her. She should never be allowed to read anything to anyone older than 3 years old. Painful.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Santa Clarita, CA, USA 11-15-04
    Alex Santa Clarita, CA, USA 11-15-04
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    "Brutal. A definite chick flick"

    This book starts out slow and stays that way for hours. Men, do yourself a favor and don't even consider this one.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    bluestategirl Vermont 10-01-11
    bluestategirl Vermont 10-01-11 Member Since 2011

    I need more ears!

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    "Gorgeous Series"

    I bought the first book of the series during a sale on Audible several months ago. It sat 'unread' in a folder on my Ipod until this week. Fortunately, I remembered it was there because I was mesmerized from the first sentence. I was swept away to a fantasy version of medieval Japan and quickly fell in love with Takeo. As this review is for the audio version of the book, it matters a great deal who reads the story, and with Kevin Gray and Aiko Nakasone, the tale comes to vivid life. Those who have enjoyed reading this series will no doubt also enjoy the experience of listening to it. It is wonderful.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Seyfer 02-10-06
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    "Painful reading"

    I tried to endure by listening while I was working. I just can't handle the readers voice. This is the second book I have purchased with this reader. The first was Heaven's Prisoners. Regardless of the book I will make it a point to skip this reader. People on 'ludes should not read books to people not on 'ludes.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David 05-05-05
    David 05-05-05
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    "Across the Nightingale"

    All 3 books are very enjoyable

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    Shawn 05-02-05
    Shawn 05-02-05
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    "Unimaginative, with a horrible narrator"

    Unfortunately I can't recommend this book due to its rediculous predictability. Also, the narration is broken up between two narrators due to the fact that there are to pov's in this book. This is not only jarring, but the female narrator's narration is so bad as to be unbearable. I've often been tempted to skip these sections entirely... oh well, on to the next audiobook. I suppose I can't rely as heavily on the ratings in the future.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Egor GREENSBORO, NC, United States 08-29-12
    Egor GREENSBORO, NC, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting idea, great story...meh narration."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Across the Nightingale Floor?

    Takeo's crazy journey into the castle to end the suffering of the hidden people in the cages.


    What three words best describe Kevin Gray and Aiko Nakasone ’s voice?

    Kevin's voice was clear, concise and convincing. He really felt like he had lived the story that he was telling. I preferred having sped up his narrations a touch, but otherwise, no complaints.

    Aiko...not so much. Her voice had that "I'm telling an obvious lie in a way that you can tell that I am" tone to it, which made it really awkward to listen to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Perhaps not extreme, but I was well surprised with how this book turned out. Other than maybe having over-done it some on the "romance" parts... The story turned out to be gripping and thrilling and I'm gonna be picking up the second book as soon as I get a new credit.

    In short... Damn good story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 04-17-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2012

    Breesmom

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    Where does Across the Nightingale Floor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Perhaps in the middle of the scale.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Across the Nightingale Floor?

    When the two women bonded when they spoke alone near the end of the book where the pregnancy was revealed.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Gray and Aiko Nakasone – was your favorite?

    The lead character's voices. They both narrated very well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. It did not seem a book to bring out extreme reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very interested to read more in this series--to see where they are going with this story.

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    John 03-24-12
    John 03-24-12
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    "Female Narrator Reads too Slowly"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is my first review and the only reason I am submitting it is because this narration has pushed me to the polar limit of my patience. The female narrator is absolutely abysmal. She reads at the pace of a simpleton, and pronounces her words like this is her third language. I set her to read a 2x normal speed because it aggravates me to listen to her. I feel like I have to pull the words out of her. The story is good, but she is a huge distraction. Beware...


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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