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    • Across the Nightingale Floor

    • Tales of the Otori, Book One
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7,520
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,576
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,591

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful epic story

    • By Jody R. Nathan on 10-04-03

    Regular price: $25.87

    • Grass for His Pillow

    • Tales of the Otori, Book Two
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,442
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277

    The exhilerating tale of Takeo continues in book II of the internationally best-selling Tales of the Otori trilogy, a sweeping saga set in a mythical, medieval Japan.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book. First one was better

    • By RacerX on 03-10-04

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Brilliance of the Moon

    • Tales of the Otori, Book Three
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,651
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149

    In the final installment of the Tales of the Otori, the young Takeo meets his destiny, fulfilling the prophesy: "You were born into the Hidden, but your life...is no longer your own."

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good trilogy. Book 3 is weakest.

    • By William T. Katz on 08-05-04

    Regular price: $25.87

    • Harsh Cry of the Heron

    • The Last Tale of the Otori
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Julia Fletcher, Henri Lubatti
    • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,552
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 697
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 701

    16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Destroys the happy ending of the trilogy

    • By Elizabeth on 01-20-08

    Regular price: $32.87

    • Heaven's Net Is Wide

    • A Prequel to Tales of the Otori
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: J. Paul Boehmer, Julia Fletcher
    • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 464
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 471

    Set before Tales of the Otori begins, Heaven's Net recounts the life of Lord Otori Shigeru, the series' spiritual warrior-godfather and the adoptive father of the Tales' Takeo. We learn about Shigeru's training; his relationship with the Tribe of mysteriously powerful assassins; his fateful meeting with Lady Maruyama, who would become his secret lover; the battle of Yaegahara, where his father is killed; and other turning points that shaped the Tales.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely Satisfied

    • By Maria on 07-16-08

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Blackguards

    • Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues
    • By: Lian Hearn, Anthony Ryan, Mark Lawrence, and others
    • Narrated by: Michael Page, Nick Podehl, Steven Brand, and others
    • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 177
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 162

    A fantasy anthology featuring the deadly, the worldly, and the sneaky. Blackguards consists mainly of stories in established series, and the authors range from wildly successful indie authors to New York Times best sellers. If you enjoy roguish tales of scoundrels and ne'er-do-wells, this one's for you.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great BOOK. Disturbing FORMAT ( Streaming ONLY no Download)

    • By Jeffrey B. Livingston on 10-18-15

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Emperor of the Eight Islands

    • The Tale of Shikanoko, Book 1
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    A spellbinding epic from the author of Across the Nightingale Floor. An ambitious warrior leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands. A stubborn father forces his younger son to give up his wife to his older brother. A woman of the Old People seeks five fathers for her five children, the Spider Tribe, born from cocoons. A powerful priest trains a young disciple, Shikanoko, who has been made a sorcerer against his will.

    Regular price: $37.30

    • The Tengu's Game of Go

    • The Tale of Shikanoko, Book 4
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Neil Shah
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    The rightful emperor is lost to the world, further from the throne than ever before. The lord of the usurper clan has fallen ill, and further unrest looms. Shikanoko has withdrawn to the farthest reaches of the country, leaving his allies stranded and the Spider Tribe unchecked. Lakes are drying up, rivers receding - have the powers of Heaven abandoned the Eight Islands?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Liam Hearn

    • By teejay spina on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Autumn Princess, Dragon Child

    • The Tale of the Shikanoko, Book 2
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Neil Shah
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    An ambitious lord leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands. A stubborn father forces his son to give up his wife to his older brother. A powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne. A woman of the Old People seeks five fathers for her five children, who will go on to found the Spider Tribe and direct the fate of the country.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lian Hearn

    • By teejay spina on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Across the Nightingale Floor

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 1
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Tamblyn Lord, Anna Steen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    An international best seller, Across the Nightingale Floor is the first book in the Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn. In his black-walled fortress at Inuyama, the warlord Iida Sadamu surveys his famous nightingale floor. Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot. No assassin can cross it unheard. The youth Takeo has been brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people who have taught him only the ways of peace.

    Regular price: $18.65

    • Grass for his Pillow

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 2
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Tamblyn Lord, Anna Steen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Praised for its epic scope and descriptive detail, Across the Nightingale Floor, the first book in the Tales of the Otori series, was an international best seller and critical success. With Grass for His Pillow, we return to the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's creation - a land of harsh beauty and deceptive appearances. In a complex social hierarchy, amid dissembling clans and fractured allegiances, there is no place for passionate young love.

    Regular price: $18.65

    • Emperor of the Eight Islands

    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Neil Shah
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    As destiny weaves its rich tapestry, a compelling drama plays out against a background of wild forests, elegant castles, hidden temples, and savage battlefields. This is the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's imagination, where animal spirits clash with warriors and children navigate a landscape as serene as it is deadly.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fun story. Bland story telling

    • By Jonathan Price on 08-09-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • His Kikuta Hands

    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Takeo feels he must take on the Tribe and demonstrate the ruthlessness he will need to be a competent ruler. But the Tribe don't believe, firstly, that he knows where to find them and, secondly, that he will have the strength of will to deal with them. They are proven wrong.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Reader sounds stressed

    • By Eirin Mikalsen Orum on 06-26-17

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Lord of the Darkwood

    • The Tale of Shikanoko
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Neil Shah
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Against a background of wild forest, elegant castles, hidden temples and savage battlefields, the adventure that began with Emperor of the Eight Islands draws to its thrilling conclusion. The rightful emperor is lost. Shikanoko is condemned to live, half man and half deer, an outlaw in the Darkwood. Yet the mighty lords who now rule the Eight Islands are prey to suspicion and illness, and drought and famine choke the realm. Only Shikanoko can bring healing by restoring the preordained ruler to the Lotus Throne.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The reader is pretty much insufferable

    • By Eirin Mikalsen Orum on 07-01-17

    Regular price: $24.82

    • Grass for His Pillow

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 2
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Aiko Nakasone, Kevin Gray
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Grass for His Pillow is the second novel in Lian Hearn's astonishingly beautiful series inspired by feudal Japan, Tales of the Otori. In the ancient Oriental lands of the Otori, amidst a time of violent war, famine and treacherous alliances, the fate of the young lovers Otori Takeo and Shirakawa Kaede hangs in the balance.... Takeo, heir to the great Otori clan, has pledged his life to the secret Tribe. His supernatural skills of virtual invisibility and acute hearing make him their most deadly assassin.

    Regular price: $20.68

    • Blossoms and Shadows

    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor
    • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 133
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 136

    Japan, 1857. For centuries, Japan has been on its own; isolated by choice from the rest of the world. But the Western powers are now at its shores, demanding to be let in; the government is crumbling, and revolution is building. The age of the samurai is ending and in its place a new Japan will be born. And a young woman is readying herself for marriage in this, the most tumultuous period of her nation's history.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not for anyone that liked the Tales of the Otori

    • By Mary Catherine on 03-04-12

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Emperor of the Eight Islands

    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Neil Shah
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    An ambitious warrior leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands. A stubborn father forces his younger son to give up his wife to his older brother. A woman of the Old People seeks five fathers for her five children, the Spider Tribe, born from cocoons. A powerful priest trains a young disciple, Shikanoko, who has been made a sorcerer against his will. An intricate tapestry has been woven for two rival clans to enter a savage battle over who will be crowned emperor of the Eight Islands.

    Regular price: $25.58

    • Across the Nightingale Floor

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 1
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Aiko Nakasone, Kevin Gray
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    In his palace at Inuyama, Lord Iida Sadamu, warlord of the Tohan clan, surveys his famous nightingale floor. Its surface sings at the tread of every human foot, and no assassin can cross it. But 16-year-old Otori Takeo, his family murdered by Iida's warriors, has the magical skills of the Tribe - preternatural hearing, invisibility, a second self - that enable him to enter the lair of the Tohan. He has love in his heart and death at his fingertips....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Predictable and flat

    • By Gvido on 10-23-17

    Regular price: $20.68

    • Lord of the Darkwood

    • The Tale of Shikanoko, Book 3
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Neil Shah
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    A self-assured warrior stumbles into a game of Go that turns fatal. An ambitious lord leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands. A stubborn father forces his son to give up his wife to his older brother. A powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne. A woman of the Old People seeks five fathers for her five children, who will go on to found the Spider Tribe and direct the fate of the country.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lian Hearn

    • By teejay spina on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Harsh Cry of the Heron

    • Tales of the Otori, Book 4
    • By: Lian Hearn
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      1 out of 5 stars 1

    The Harsh Cry of the Heron is the dazzling continuation of the Tales of the Otori, an unforgettable epic with a vast emotional landscape, a classic work that crosses genres, genders and generations.‘Their realm is held in balance by their union ... Break that union and the Three Countries will fall apart.’Otori Takeo and Kaede have ruled the Three Countries peacefully for over 16 years, following the events laid out in the epic Tales of the Otori.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great reading of a poor sequel

    • By S. Becker on 11-01-17

    Regular price: $41.03

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