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    • If Cats Disappeared from the World

    • A Novel
    • By: Genki Kawamura
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The postman’s days are numbered. Estranged from his family, living alone with only his cat, Cabbage, to keep him company, he was unprepared for the doctor’s diagnosis that he has only months to live. But before he can tackle his bucket list, the Devil appears to make him an offer: In exchange for making one thing in the world disappear, our narrator will get one extra day of life. And so begins a very bizarre week.... 

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Lonesome Bodybuilder

    • Stories
    • By: Yukiko Motoya, Asa Yoneda - translator
    • Narrated by: Natalie Naudus, Brian Nishii, Erin Bennett, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    In these 11 stories, the individuals who lift the curtains of their orderly homes and workplaces are confronted with the bizarre, the grotesque, the fantastic, the alien - and through it, find a way to liberation. The Lonesome Bodybuilder is the English-language debut of one of Japan's most fearlessly inventive young writers. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting.

    • By Abdul on 12-01-18

    Regular price: $20.97

    • If Cats Disappeared from the World

    • By: Genki Kawamura, Eric Selland - translator
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Our narrator’s days are numbered. Estranged from his family, living alone with only his cat, Cabbage, for company, he was unprepared for the doctor’s diagnosis that he has only months to live. But before he can set about tackling his bucket list, the devil appears with a special offer: in exchange for making one thing in the world disappear, he can have one extra day of life. And so begins a very bizarre week....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • thought provoking

    • By Anonymous User on 11-21-18

    Regular price: $18.54

    • Musashi

    • By: Eiji Yoshikawa, Charles S. Terry - translator
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 53 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 332
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 315
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 316

    The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman. Miyamoto Musashi becomes a reluctant hero to a host of people whose lives he has touched and by whom he has been touched. Inevitably, he has to pit his skill against the naked blade of his greatest rival.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great book with a great narrator

    • By Gerardo Ruiz Jr on 09-15-18

    Regular price: $52.47

    • Cult X

    • By: Fuminori Nakamura, Kalau Almony - translator
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    When Toru Narazaki's girlfriend, Ryoko, disappears, he tries to track her down, despite the warnings of a private detective he's hired to find her. Ryoko's past is shrouded in mystery, but the one concrete clue leads him to a compound in the heart of Tokyo, with a group that seems to be a cult led by a charismatic guru. Narazaki plunges into the secretive world of the cult, ready to expose himself to any of the guru's brainwashing tactics if it means he can learn the truth about Ryoko. But the cult isn't what he expected, and he has no idea of the bubbling violence beneath its surface.

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Go

    • By: Kazuki Kaneshiro, Takami Nieda
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    As a Korean student in a Japanese high school, Sugihara has had to defend himself against all kinds of bullies. But nothing could have prepared him for the heartache he feels when he falls hopelessly in love with a Japanese girl named Sakurai. Immersed in their shared love for classical music and foreign movies, the two gradually grow closer and closer. One night, after being hit by personal tragedy, Sugihara reveals to Sakurai that he is not Japanese - as his name might indicate.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Koreans in Japan After WW-II

    • By Ike K. Hong on 04-11-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Great Passage

    • By: Shion Miura, Juliet Winters Carpenter - translator
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 220
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 205

    Inspired as a boy by the multiple meanings to be found for a single word in the dictionary, Kohei Araki is devoted to the notion that a dictionary is a boat to carry us across the sea of words. But after thirty-seven years creating them at Gembu Books, it's time for him to retire and find his replacement. He discovers a kindred spirit in Mitsuya Majime - a young, disheveled square peg with a penchant for collecting antiquarian books and a background in linguistics - whom he swipes from his company's sales department.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Fun, Light Novel

    • By Jay Quintana on 06-10-17

    Regular price: $19.99

    • The Boy in the Earth

    • By: Fuminori Nakamura
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    Fuminori Nakamura's Akutagawa Prize-winner plunges us into the depths of a young man's winding, troubled psyche. An unnamed taxi driver in Tokyo has experienced a rupture in his everyday life. He cannot stop daydreaming of suicide, envisioning himself returning to the earth in what soon become terrifying blackout episodes. His live-in girlfriend, Sayuko, is in a similarly bad phase, surrendering to alcoholism to escape the memory of her miscarriage.

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Cash Crash Jubilee

    • A Novel
    • By: Eli K. P. William
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    A cyber-dystopian thriller unlike any other. In a near-future Tokyo, every action - from blinking to sexual intercourse - is intellectual property owned by corporations that charge licensing fees. A BodyBank computer system implanted in each citizen records their movements from moment to moment and connects them to the audio-visual overlay of the ImmaNet so that every inch of this cyber-dystopian metropolis crawls with information and shifting cinematic promotainment.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book: Fantastic SciFi

    • By Andrew Thompson on 07-24-15

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Case of the Kidnapped Angel

    • By: E. V. Cunningham
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Detective Masuto investigates a Hollywood kidnapping that leads to a shocking conspiracy. Angel is Hollywood royalty. Her husband, Mike Barton, is one of the silver screen’s most bankable stars, and their marriage has all the hallmarks of a Beverly Hills fairy tale. But everything about Angel’s past is kept secret, including her real name. When reporters ask why Mike dubbed her Angel, she says that she must have fallen from heaven. No one knows where Angel Barton is from, and now no one knows where she has gone.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Case of the Murdered Mackenzie

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Detective Masuto reopens an investigation into a murderous film star - with deadly consequences… On the day that Eve Mackenzie murders her husband, Masao Masuto is on a plane to Japan. For years he and his wife, both American-born Japanese, have dreamed of visiting their homeland, and though the trip is a delight, the Zen Buddhist detective cannot help but check the international papers for news of murder on his home turf of Beverly Hills. Part of him regrets missing the sensational Mackenzie killing.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Case of the One-Penny Orange

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Returning from a funeral, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Briggs find their Beverly Hills mansion ransacked. As they wait for the police, they discover something unusual: Despite the chaos, nothing appears to be missing - a fact that greatly interests Beverly Hills police detective Masao Masuto. But the Zen detective only has a few minutes to ponder the strange break-in before a murder intervenes. The victim is Ivan Gaycheck, a stamp dealer whom Masuto remembers for his stout frame and unplaceable accent.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Case of the Sliding Pool

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      2 out of 5 stars 1
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      2 out of 5 stars 1

    Rain has spoiled Masao Masuto's vacation. For six days the storm has trapped the Zen Buddhist detective and his family inside their Los Angeles cottage. By the morning of his vacation's final day, he is so stir crazy that the call to come to work is a relief. Detective Masuto knows no better cure for boredom than a puzzling murder.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Case of the Angry Actress

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    Masuto will need all his powers of deduction to understand the murder of Al Greenberg. The producer was giving a party when his heart stopped. After years of bad health, Greenberg’s abrupt death is no surprise. But one of the dead man’s producing partners claims to have overheard an unknown woman taunting Greenberg, while he pleaded, "put that gun away and give me my medicine." It appears Greenberg was frightened to death. To find the killer, Masuto must dig into the darkest secrets of the mogul’s past. Greenberg will not be the last to die.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Fujisan

    • By: Randy Taguchi, Raj Mahtani (translator)
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Okano, a convenience store employee with a troubled past, is but one of the many unforgettable characters found in this collection of four stories. Among the others are three boys facing a frightening lesson in mortality, a woman using garbage to fill a hole in her heart, and a nurse struggling to cope with the oft-brutal cycle of birth, life, and death. Remaining constant even as it fades in and out of view is the great Mount Fuji, one of Japan’s Three Holy Mountains. It serves as the anchor for these characters’ lives, and for Randy Taguchi’s Fujisan, an exploration of redemption, discovery, loss, and remembrance.

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Requiem

    • By: Frances Itani
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Canadian government uprooted Bin Okuma’s family and relatives from their homes on British Columbia’s west coast. Families were allowed to take only the possessions they could carry, and Bin, as a young boy, witnessed neighbors raiding his home before the transport boat even undocked. Removed from the one-hundred-mile “Protected Zone”, Japanese Canadians were sent to internment camps where for five years they lived in hardship in hastily erected shacks in the mountainous interior. More than 50 years later, after his wife’s sudden death, Bin travels across Canada....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a mass for the dead

    • By Shazz on 08-09-12

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Sound of Waves

    • By: Yukio Mishima
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    Set in a remote fishing village in Japan, The Sound of Waves is a timeless story of first love. A young fisherman is entranced at the sight of the beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man in the village. They fall in love, but must then endure the calumny and gossip of the villagers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Remote Japanese island beautifully depicted

    • By Bruce on 09-17-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea

    • By: Yukio Mishima
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 104

    A band of savage 13-year-old boys reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'objectivity'. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealise the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic. They regard this disallusionment as an act of betrayal on his part - and the retribution is deliberate and horrifying.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Unsettling writing, flawed reading

    • By Erez on 11-22-12

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Spring Snow

    • By: Yukio Mishima
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 107

    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 -- rich provincial families unburdened by tradition, whose money and vitality make them formidable contenders for social and political power. Among this rising new elite are the ambitious Matsugae, whose son has been raised in a family of the waning aristocracy, the elegant and attenuated Ayakura.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An extraordinary work.......

    • By RAJ SABERWAL on 05-29-14

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Temple of the Golden Pavillion

    • By: Yukio Mishima
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 103

    A hopeless stutterer, taunted by his schoolmates, Mizoguchi feels utterly alone until he becomes an acolyte at a famous temple in Kyoto. But he quickly becomes obsessed with the temple's beauty, and cannot live in peace as long as it exists.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If you liked

    • By Douglas on 04-29-16

    Regular price: $19.95

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