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.
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©2002 Lian Hearn; (P) 2003 HighBridge Company
"The novel fills a unique niche that is at once period piece and fantasy novel." (Amazon.com)
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.
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.
I need more ears!
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.
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.
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.
Takeo's crazy journey into the castle to end the suffering of the hidden people in the cages.
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.
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.
Perhaps in the middle of the scale.
When the two women bonded when they spoke alone near the end of the book where the pregnancy was revealed.
The lead character's voices. They both narrated very well.
No. It did not seem a book to bring out extreme reactions.
I am very interested to read more in this series--to see where they are going with this story.
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...
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