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Publisher's Summary

Here are 22 charming Japanese Fairy Tales, translated by Yei Theodora Ozaki, including "My Lord Bag of Rice", "The Tongue-Cut Sparrow", "The Story of Urashima Taro, the Fisher Lad", "The Farmer and the Badger", "The Shinansha, or the South Pointing Carriage", "The Adventures of Kintaro, the Golden Boy", "The Story of Princess Hase", "The Story of the Man Who Did Not Wish to Die", "The Bamboo-Cutter and the Moonchild", "The Mirror of Matsuyama", "The Goblin of Adachigahara", "The Sagacious Monkey and the Boar", "The Happy Hunter and the Skillful Fisher", "The Story of the Old Man Who Made Withered Trees to Flower", "The Jellyfish and the Monkey", "The Quarrel of the Monkey and the Crab", "The White Hare and the Crocodiles", "The Story of Prince Yamato Take", "Momotaro, or the Story of the Son of a Peach", "The Ogre of Rashomon", "How an Old Man Lost His Wen", and "The Stones of Five Colors and the Empress Jokwa".

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Nice book, wish the narrator spoke Japanese better

The book seems well written, and carefully keeps Japanese placenames, person names and non-translatable words intact. The narrator speaks well and tries to pronounce carefully, but clearly doesn't have a strong foundation in Japanese language. keeyooshoo (きゅうしゅう). yikes. sadly most vowel combinations and long vowel sounds are a bit mispronounced. Why not have a Japanese native or advanced student doing the reading? or more vocal training?

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enjoyable listen

A very enjoyable book, good narration, a few mispronunciations which don't affect the story. Definitely worth a second listen.

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decent source material with a bad presentation

as others have said, the pronunciation of japanese names and places is rather poor and distracting and the speaker is monotone. furthermore, they seemed to flip a coin on what language to use with some words like oji-san being used, while other Japanese terms like tanuki and samurai were replaced by badger and knight respectively. who doesn't know what a samurai is?

in the case of widely adapted source material like legends, presentation is everything and this version falls short.

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An excellent anthology of Japanese folk stories

What did you love best about Japanese Fairy Tales?
Japanese Fairy Tales contains several stories that provided the ideal material for an environment where the listener is not necessarily seeking an enthralling experience, but soft listening. Each story is similar to the last in theme and cultural traits, of course, but are different enough to create a well rounded collection of Japanese heritage.

What three words best describe Leslie Bellair’s voice?
Enthusiastic, albeit monotone.

Any additional comments?
Yei Theodora Ozaki has written an excellent compilation of Japanese folk tales. While the stories provide an excellent before bed listening, the narrator leaves a little to be desired in way of depth. All in all I recommend this audiobook to any listener who desires to add an excellent anthology of Japanese culture to his or her collection.

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A nice informative listen.

It was interesting to listen to, but some of the pronunciations were rather difficult to listen to, if you're well-acquainted with the Japanese language. Still worth a listen.

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whitewashing.

so the "knights take up their rosaries and go to the family shrine and pray to buddha..."

yeahno. not cool.

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The narration ruins it

I tried to. Play that to my kids but they rightfully complained about the narrator who has a very mechanical voice and high pitch that makes it feel like torture after a few minutes. So disappointed cause I wanted to introduce them to Japanese culture.

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Great bed time stories

I actually enjoyed each chapter more than i thought i would and more than the other fairytale books. the stories are new and they have a moral. the reading is pretty good also

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stories new and different

I enjoyed listening. All the stories were new to me. I listened to it three hours at a time.

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Bored honor student performs bland community service

Numb rendering of witless translation. Skip it unless you’re under 11, but even so, if you’re at all alive to language, this reader’s obvious disinterest in her subject will bore you with its lifeless monotone.