In 1861, foreign ships have already steamed into Shimoda Harbor and forced open Japan's doors to the West...
A bold and vivid historical epic of feudal Japan, based on the real-life exploits of the legendary samurai Musashi Miyamoto....
A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords.
A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga....
As destiny weaves its rich tapestry, a compelling drama plays out against a background of wild forests, elegant castles, hidden temples, and savage battlefields....
Spring Snow is set in Tokyo in 1912, when the hermetic world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders....
The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn....
The must-have companion to Bill O'Reilly's historical docudrama Legends and Lies: The Patriots, an exciting and eye-opening look at the Revolutionary War through the lives of its leaders....
In an ancient Japan where the incursions of gods, ghosts, and demons into the living world is an everyday event, Yamada no Goji makes his living as a demon hunter for hire....
The Purge's half-dozen survivors will do whatever it takes to stay alive....
Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for....
In the year 1311, in the highest tower of Cloud of Sparrows Castle, a beautiful woman watches as enemies gather below. As she calmly awaits her fate, she begins to write the secret history of the Okumichi clan...of the gift of prophecy they share and the extraordinary destiny that awaits them.
Six centuries later, these remarkable writings are uncovered by an American missionary named Emily Gibson. She meets Lord Genji of the Okumichi clan, a nobleman with a gift of prophecy who must defend his embattled family and confront forbidden feelings for an outsider in his midst. But Emily has found a mission of her own: translating Genji's ancestral history. As she sifts through the fragile scrolls, she begins to see threads of her own life woven into the ancient writings. And as past and present collide, a hidden history comes to life, and with it a secret prophecy that has been shrouded for centuries, and may now finally be revealed.
Intricately woven, magically told, Autumn Bridge, the follow-up to Cloud of Sparrows, is a feast for the senses.
"Complex, epic tale....Matsuoka's rich, authoritative storytelling makes this an engrossing read." (Publishers Weekly)
The original, Cloud of Sparrows, was wonderful. Autumn Bridge too was good, but I can't help but think it suffered from this abridged version. The story is told in non-chronological fashion across several hundred years, and I kept wondering what had been left out. Still, if you liked Cloud of Sparrows, you will enjoy Autumn Bridge.
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Where does Autumn Bridge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It is the #1 Japanese related and #1 fiction I have rlistened to so far.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Gengi. He seemed well balanced. He apprecaited life, but was happy with himself. He understood where he was going and what he wanted, but never rushed the situation. He was patient. I strive for that balance.
Which character – as performed by Jennifer Van Dyck – was your favorite?
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
A picture into the soul of the Japanese
Any additional comments?
This book truly showed the way Japanese think and feel. After living there for years I would run into the different values and ways of thinking. This book truly outlines those thoughts and feelings.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I actually liked this book better than the first one in the series. It does leave some holes, but I really enjoyed the way the story continually switched viewpoints and maneuvered back and forth through time. I found it very enjoyable.
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Althought the story was interesting, it was hard to follow and confusing to listen to as it kept jumping foward and backward in time. The ending was also disapointing. And lastly, the pronunciation of Japanese words by Japanese characters should not be westernized to keep things realistic.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
bounces around too much. first book was amazing, this was a shit show to follow.
I am more than half way through this book and I still can't tell what the story line is, there are too many protagonists and the switching back and forth between centuries is driving me nuts. This may be one of the few books I don't actually finish. Very disappointing.
Very enjoyable listening, great fictional history with a bit of fact and realism about the Japanese Samurai culture.
I was truly disappointed in this book. Plot development meandered all over the place and I nearly fell asleep listening to it on several occassions. I was actually glad when it was over.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful