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Publisher's Summary

The Tale of Murasaki is an elegant and brilliantly authentic historical novel by the author of Geisha and the only Westerner ever to have become a geisha.

In the 11th century Murasaki Shikibu wrote the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, the most popular work in the history of Japanese literature. In The Tale of Murasaki, Liza Dalby has created a breathtaking fictionalized narrative of the life of this timeless poet - a lonely girl who becomes such a compelling storyteller that she is invited to regale the empress with her tales. The Tale of Murasaki is the story of an enchanting time and an exotic place. Whether writing about mystical rice fields in the rainy mountains or the politics and intrigue of the royal court, Dalby breathes astonishing life into ancient Japan.

©2000 Liza Dalby (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Less than I expected

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narrator sounds like a valley girl and mispronounces words. The author uses words that jar, such as "preacher" for Buddhist priests. the Japanese sounds good, but I don't speak Japanese. In all a disappointment.

Would you recommend The Tale of Murasaki to your friends? Why or why not?

No. It just doesn't work.

Would you be willing to try another one of Allison Hiroto’s performances?

Not for a book set long ago. I can see her narrating a modern book.<br/>

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The use of the poems echoes Murasaki's work nicely. And the details of 12th century court life are good.

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A favorite book

Heian period Cuture, Waka poetry, and a good story. I love that the narrator reads the poetry in both languages.

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Excellent

Such an excellent story. The Tale of Murasaki is beautifully written with exquisite language and poetry.

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The Tale of Murasaki

This has been a very interesting and delightful book. The text, including poetry, is beautiful and the narrator's reading in English and Japanese, makes this a must read for anyone who enjoys historical literary works.

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Tedius and slow

I struggled to get through this book. While competent the narrator childlike voice became grating. Maybe some appreciated the lapses into Japanese i found it a huge distraction and interrupted the flow of the story line . I had high hopes but all in all this book left me flat.

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Perfect to relax with

Great book and great reading. I thought her voice sounded very appropriate for the content, and then hearing her effortlessly switch to Japanese was lovely. All together a very soothing, relaxing and engaging audio book.