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
"The novel fills a unique niche that is at once period piece and fantasy novel." (Amazon.com)
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...
Addicted to books in all forms.
I love Japan and given the reviews I was ready (and I really wanted) to love this book. I could not. There were times I cringed at the word choice and more often than not at both narrators. Part of this may be due to the fact that I listened to it almost immediately after I finished listening to The Potato Factory, which is perhaps a very unfair comparison. I bought it on sale for 4.95 and I am glad I did not pay more or waste a monthly credit.
Less ridiculously formal language. Also, the character motivations made no sense at all, particularly toward the end of the book--their reactions to everything just seemed contrived so that Hearn could get to the ending he wanted.
The major plot points made no logical sense.
Kevin Gray, maybe. He didn't seem so bad except that the excessively formal language used by the author was painful to listen to. Aiko Nakasone, definitely not. She conveyed no personality at all in her characters.
The entire second half of the book, particularly all the eyeroll-inducing similes used to describe Takeo and Kaede's teenage love for each other.
I purchased this book based on the rave reviews, and now, after several hours of listening, I finally turned it off in disgust. The narrator (male) is monotone, yet the narration is oddly fast. I've checked several times to see if I had inadvertently set my ipod to 2x narration speed, but nope, it's 1x. The combo of the monotone, rushed narration, and lack of an interesting story, just frustrated me. I've given up. And I can usually listen to anything - no matter how bad, I find a way to enjoy it. Not this. Just not my cup of tea, I guess.
Nothing, it's irredeemable.
No, because it doesn't belong in the genre it was categorized as. It's not fantasy, it has nothing to do with this wonderful genre.
The narrators were innocent in this case, I'm sure they were trying to do the best they could with the material they were given.
I couldn't, I just couldn't stand this book. I have no idea what the people who gave this book five or four stars were thinking. I just have to wonder what kinds of books they read in general if they praise this dreadful story to high heavens. Across the Nightingale Floor is one of the most boring books I've read in a long, long time. The story was going absolutely nowhere, the plot was mundane and I felt as if my brain cells were slowly disappearing. And categorizing it as a fantasy is misleading. Placing a story in a made up country (uncannily resembling feudal Japan that really had nothing to do with an alternate world) does not a fantasy novel make. I've been reading fantasy books all my life, so I would know.
I realize I'm being harsh but I am very upset and mislead by all the praise and high ratings I fell for. This book deserves three stars at best. Check that, it really only deserves two stars. I was feeling generous suggesting three.
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