I listened to the sample and could think of nothing else until I downloaded it; and, having just finished, I have just purchased the next book; and am..Show More » listening to the this one again!
This book has just about everything; epic story; love (requited and not), honor, heroes, scoundrels; magic and wars.
The story starts with the narrator's story. He is rescued by a lord when his village is destroyed. The reasons behind all this, are developed in the story. There is also the story of a young woman, held as a hostage to ensure cooperation between "warlords". They meet and the rest well, I won't tell you. The story goes back and forth between these two characters.
The reading is excellent, but the Japanese names are a bit difficult. I do not know if the names would be easier in print. The images, while painted with spare strokes, capture a feeling of a different time and place. I suggest listening to the sample; if you like that, you will like the book.
I liked this book, but liked the first one better. The story seemed to drone on in some spots but is still very good all the same. I'm also not a huge..Show More » fan of the female reader--she is too measured (slow) for my tastes. But this is still a really good book by all rights.
I'm really looking forward for the third one in the trilogy to come out!
I enjoyed the Tales of the Otori trilogy. The story has good pacing, interesting characters, and just a bit of magic that doesn't put it too far into ..Show More »the fantasy genre.
Of the three books, I thought the last, Brilliance of the Moon, was the weakest. Good action to be sure, but the book tried to cover too much ground. There was some plot resolution by Deus Ex Machina. Perhaps my preference for the first book is that I first learn about a strange new world and characters that live larger than life. By the third book, it's less about showing us this strange world and more about tying up loose ends.
First off, I loved and was totally enthralled in books 1-3 mostly because the narration of all three books were the same people and great acting. They..Show More » kept you glued, conscious and focused. The switching from the male perspective to the female was great. Then came the anticipated fourth book and they (for some reason) changed the narration characters....AWFUL! I barely got through the book, the Male narrator was bland, monotone and had no excitement whatsoever then the Female voice was almost intolerable boring especially when she tried to do a males voice OMG!!!
The book itself was good but a bit redundant at times, kind of sporadic and drawn out. Again I really think that changing the narration characters was a grave choice and was disappointing, but nevertheless I had to listen to all 19 hours because I invested so much time in the later books that I needed the conclusion.
I listened the first 3 books of the Otori 3 years ago and just loved them. I found this prequel by chance and couldn't wait to listen to it. This wa..Show More »s a very satisfying listen. I was so pleased with the book, that I listened to the other 3 again.
Much that is wonderful in Across the Nightingale Floor (1st book) is the enigma surrounding Shigeru’s motives for finding and harboring Takeo. Shigeru is truly inscrutable and devious and charming. This second time around, a lot of the mystery surrounding Takeo seemed reasonable and ordinary, where it was originally puzzling, strange and exciting.
I would recommend listening to this prequel only after you have already finished Across the Nightingale Floor.