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Across the Nightingale Floor Audiobook

Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: At the heart of Lian Hearn's beautiful saga of samurai, enchantment, and passion in feudal Japan is the story of two ill-fated lovers, brought to poignant life with the dual performances of Kevin Gray and Aiko Nakasone. Trading chapters as their stories intertwine, Gray and Nakasone anchor the action with their alternating voices, underscoring the very personal stakes amidst the epic tale of feuding warlords. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

Sixteen-year-old Takeo's village has been massacred by an evil warlord, and he is about to be slain by the men who murdered his parents and neighbors. At the last moment, his life is saved by a nobleman, who claims the boy as his kin and begins his education.

But nothing is as it seems. Takeo discovers that he has rare powers that are useful to those around him. As he grows into manhood, he must decide where his loyalties lie: with his noble master and adoptive father; with the Hidden, a secret, spiritual sect whose beliefs are forbidden; or with the Tribe, the assassins and spies who consider him one of their own.

A story of treachery, political intrigue, and the intensity of first love, set in a world ruled by formal ritual and codes of honor, Across the Nighingale Floor crosses genres, generations, and genders to captivate fans of all ages.

Don't miss the rest of the Tales of the Otori series.

©2002 Lian Hearn; (P) 2003 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"The novel fills a unique niche that is at once period piece and fantasy novel." (Amazon.com)

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    Liv2Write 09-04-04
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    "Excellent"

    This was a truly rich and engrossing audiobook. I can't wait for the next one.

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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 09-02-04
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 09-02-04 Member Since 2017
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    "More than worth it."

    This is an excellent book. The narrators speak a bit slowly, but I think this helps to catch everything that is going on. They actually cared enough to learn how to pronounce the Japanese names and words before reading the book, and it makes the story so much more enjoyable for me.
    That said, the story is very well developed. The characters are real, rounded, believeable, and dynamic. This isn't a predictable story, nor is it one where you find yourself rolling your eyes as yet another cliche is pounded out in your ears. The story line and descriptions make you think you are there in the story. Truly worth your time and money.

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    Ray 09-01-04
    Ray 09-01-04 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book But..."

    I loved this book, but I had to give it a low review because I couldn't handle the narrators any longer. I'll be buying the 2nd and 3rd books (paper) now that I have found that out that all 3 books are done by the same people.

    The narration isn't bad per-say but it does make you want to take a nap even during what could have been the more exciting parts of the book.

    Buy these books, but not to listen to, but to read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 08-29-04
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    "captivating"

    wonderfully captivating.

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    Rob Madison, WI, United States 08-29-04
    Rob Madison, WI, United States 08-29-04 Member Since 2004
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    "A Great Story"

    I could not stop listening. What a great story.

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    Dennis 08-26-04
    Dennis 08-26-04
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    "Captivating"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, in part because it was told in a different style than I?m used to reading/hearing. Normally I?m put off by an alteration in style, but I?m always willing to give something new a try and in this case the reward was an engaging, interesting tale of intrigue, love, war and obligation that was entertaining and unpredictable.

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    Amy 08-23-04
    Amy 08-23-04
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    "Excellent -- can't wait for book two!"

    This is a fantastic story! Not only can I not wait to start book two, "Grass for His Pillow" - which I'll do today (!) - I was happy to find that the newly-published book three, "Brilliance of the Moon", is already available through audible.com.

    I think this book owns all five stars easily; it's a well-written book with a great story to tell and readers who do a great job telling it. I agree with Lisa from Newton, CT, that the female reader does change the flow of the reading and is rather stilted. It was almost a tiny jolt whenever the narration turned over to her, but I found that after a few moments my ear would get used to her voice and the story would take over again.

    I also agree with Jody from Tulsa, OK, that the names are a bit difficult (and hard to remember) because they're unfamiliar, so a look over the printer version at some point may help...

    But overall a fantastic book and I highly recommend it!

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    Lisa Pecunia Herndon, VA 08-15-04
    Lisa Pecunia Herndon, VA 08-15-04 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous story"

    A beautifully written, magical story about love, murder, deceit, and honor.

    The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because I felt the female voice was somewhat dispassionate. Thankfully the story is so captivating it is easy to get past the rather irregular and stilted cadence of the reader. On the other hand, the male reader is wonderful and fortunately is the voice for more than 50% of the story.

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    Cathy Huntsville, TX, United States 06-29-04
    Cathy Huntsville, TX, United States 06-29-04 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best!"

    I became interested in this book by reading the reviews and was a bit skeptical because I don't usually enjoy period pieces or fantasy. The fantasy in this book was so believable it didn't seem supernatural. The names were very difficult to get used to. I listened to this one twice because I had trouble keeping the characters straight. This book was extremely well written, well narrated and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good story

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    KRG 06-25-04
    KRG 06-25-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Great story!! I loved it after the 1st disc!"

    Wonderful storyline and characters. Fantastic readers too! It is so hard to turn my car off, because I just want to keep listening. I cannot wait till I can listen to second and third book. I really love this book.

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