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    • Sayonara Slam

    • By: Naomi Hirahara
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 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

    Japan faces Korea in the World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium, and curmudgeonly gardener Mas Arai finds himself embroiled in a murder. A Japanese tabloid writer drops dead on the field, and Mas gave the victim his last drink. It turns out there's more at stake than a baseball championship - international diplomacy depends upon uncovering secrets buried decades ago.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Hiroshima Boy

    • By: Naomi Hirahara
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 5 hrs and 33 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

    LA gardener Mas Arai returns to Hiroshima to bring his best friend’s ashes to a relative on the tiny offshore island of Ino, only to become embroiled in the mysterious death of a teenage boy who was about the same age Mas was when he survived the atomic bomb in 1945. The boy’s death affects the elderly, often-curmudgeonly, always-reluctant sleuth, who cannot return home to Los Angeles until he finds a way to see justice served.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      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

    • The Gun

    • By: Fuminori Nakamura
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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    On a nighttime walk along a Tokyo riverbank, a young man named Nishikawa stumbles on a dead body, beside which is lying a gun. From the moment Nishikawa makes the decision to take the gun, the world around him blurs. But Nishikawa's life becomes unexpectedly complicated: he finds himself romantically involved with two women while his estranged biological father lies dying in a hospital. Through it all he can't stop thinking about the gun - and the four bullets preloaded in its chamber.

    Regular price: $10.84

    • The Gun

    • By: Fuminori Nakamura, Allison Markin Powell - translator
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    From the moment university student Nishikawa spots the gun next to the dead man he's stumbled across on a nighttime walk, the world around him blurs. The gun - loaded with four bullets - brings an intoxicating sense of excitement to his life. But soon merely possessing the gun is not enough. He must shoot it.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • this is one weird story.

    • By Chuck on 08-10-17

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Summer of the Big Bachi

    • By: Naomi Hirahara
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    In the foothills of Pasadena, Mas Arai is just another Japanese-American gardener, his lawnmower blades clean and sharp, his truck carefully tuned. But while Mas keeps lawns neatly trimmed, his own life has gone to seed. His wife is dead. And his livelihood is falling into the hands of the men he once hired by the day. For Mas, a life of sin is catching up to him. And now bachi - the spirit of retribution - is knocking on his door.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A mystery with its roots in WWII

    • By Kindle Customer on 04-10-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Gasa-Gasa Girl

    • By: Naomi Hirahara
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    From the time she was a child, Mas Arai's daughter, Mari, was completely gasa-gasa - never sitting still, always on the go, getting into everything. And Mas, busy tending lawns, gambling, and struggling to put his Hiroshima past behind him, never had much time for the family he was trying to support. For years now his resentful daughter has lived a continent away in New York City and had a life he knew little about.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Book 2 of the Mas Arai series

    • By Kindle Customer on 04-15-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Snakeskin Shamisen

    • By: Naomi Hirahara
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Few things get Mas more excited than gambling, so when he hears about a $500,000 win - from a novelty slot machine! - he's torn between admiration and derision. But the stakes are quickly raised when the winner, a friend of Mas's pal, G. I. Hasuike, is found stabbed to death just days later. The last thing Mas wants to do is stick his nose in someone else's business, but at G. I.'s prodding he reluctantly agrees to follow the trail of a battered snakeskin shamisen (a traditional Okinawan musical instrument) left at the scene of the crime...

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Strawberry Yellow

    • By: Naomi Hirahara
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    In Strawberry Yellow, he returns to the strawberry farms of his youth and encounters family intrigue, danger, and murder. The series' most compelling and evocative mystery yet is set in the strawberry fields of Watsonville, California, where young Mas first arrived as a Hiroshima survivor in the 1940s. He returns for the funeral of a cousin and quickly gets entangled in the murder of a young woman. Was his cousin murdered, too?

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Blood Hina

    • By: Naomi Hirahara
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
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      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    Mas Arai's best friend, Haruo, is getting married, and he has grudgingly agreed to serve as best man. But when an ancient Japanese doll display of Haruo's fiance goes missing, the wedding is called off with fingers pointed at Haruo. To solve the mystery and to save Haruo's life, Mas must untangle a web of secrecy, heartbreaking memories, and murder.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Case of the Poisoned Eclairs

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Beverly Hills, murder has suddenly gone out of style. For five weeks, the head of the city's tiny homicide squad, Zen detective Masao Masuto, has worked only robbery investigations. But after more than a month without a corpse, this dry spell is about to end. The dead woman is Ana Fortez, a Chicana whose death was originally classified as terminal food poisoning brought on by a feast of botulism-infested clairs. But because botulism can only grow in an airtight space, the medical examiner warns Masuto that the fatal bacteria must have been purposefully injected into the pastry.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Case of the Russian Diplomat

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    They call the pool at the Beverly Glen Hotel "the naked hooker." To the frustration of the Beverly Hills police department, the women there are so high class that it's impossible to distinguish guests and girlfriends from professionals. Women flock to the lavish hotel because it teems with film stars, businessmen - and America's richest criminals. Tonight, to detective Masao Masuto's chagrin, there is the body of a naked man in the pool.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Killer Instinct

    • Instinct Series: Dr. Jessica Coran, Book 1
    • By: Robert W. Walker
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 34
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      3 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    DR. JESSICA CORAN A brilliant and determined FBI medical examiner, she was an expert student of the criminal mind who thought she could face anything. That was before Wisconsin. Before she saw one of his victims... THE VAMPIRE KILLER The FBI agent had a special code name for his unusual method of torture: Tort 9, the draining of the victims blood. The newspapers called him the Vampire-Killer. But his own twisted love letters were signed "Teach"... and were addressed to the one woman he wanted most of all: His hunter, his prey, Dr. Jessica Coran.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Badly Written, Horribly Read

    • By FRITZ STOOP on 10-10-13

    Regular price: $24.95