All Akira's life, he dreamt of being more than just a samurai. His sensei finds his martial arts inadequate, and he's taunted by another young samurai who has killed a dragon. But Akira has a secret. He's been training with the Tengu - magical wind-spirits who excel at fighting.
Only things aren't what they appear, and unbeknownst to Akira, he isn't quite human. A dragon threatening his home island reveals his true identity and he's sent on a journey where if he chooses to use his magic, he'll be put to death, or worse. But if he doesn't, demons will overrun the world.
©2013 M. H. Bonham (P)2015 M. H. Bonham
The story was fun, but the butchering of even common Japanese words was extremely distracting. And, they weren't even mispronounced the same way each time. Along with long pauses in places that didn't make sense and a few places where words or sentences were repeated, will cause me to avoid anything narrated by Mr. Scarlato in the future.
I'm still struggling to make myself listen to this narration to the end, but I'm unlikely to download another read by Mr. Scarlato if I knew there might be any significant use of non-English words.
The point at which the repeated mispronunciation of _neko_ (NEH-co, not NEE-co) actually made me groan aloud and fight the urge to hurl my iPod across the room.
Perhaps. Aside from the obvious lack of preparation for a work in which non-English terms are such an integral part, I'm afraid I found his performance almost mechanical. While I wasn't expecting a reader of Bronson Pinchot's caliber (he is my current "high-water mark" when it comes to audiobook narration), I was hoping for a performance with more life.
That said, I'm willing to give anyone a second chance. Usually.
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