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    • Pachinko

    • By: Min Jin Lee
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
    • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,084
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,892
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885

    Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • nice story narration was off putting

    • By Tracy on 02-27-17

    Regular price: $29.65

    • 1Q84

    • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Length: 46 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6,979
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,210
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6,189

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • WOW, WOW, WOW.

    • By Amanda on 11-06-11

    Regular price: $39.95

    • 1Q84

    • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Length: 46 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 111

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Imagine if you were a character within a book...

    • By Sonia on 05-13-12

    Regular price: $31.97

    • The Tale of Murasaki

    • A Novel
    • By: Liza Dalby
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
    • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    In the 11th century Murasaki Shikibu wrote the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, the most popular work in the history of Japanese literature. In The Tale of Murasaki, Liza Dalby has created a breathtaking fictionalized narrative of the life of this timeless poet - a lonely girl who becomes such a compelling storyteller that she is invited to regale the empress with her tales. The Tale of Murasaki is the story of an enchanting time and an exotic place.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Life's universal mysteries & ancient Japans cultur

    • By Jocelyn on 05-01-18

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Disfavored Hero

    • By: Jessica Amanda Salmonson
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    In the fabled land of Naipon, there is no warrior more feared, no samurai more respected than the legendary Tomoe Gozen. Her twin blades can change the course of any battle. After years of service to Lord Shigeno, she is about to renew her oath of loyalty when the sky darkens and a cry of rebellion comes from the hills. Possessed by an evil wizard, the peasants are marching against their master.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Inheritance from Mother

    • A Novel
    • By: Minae Mizumura
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
    • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Award-winning novelist Minae Mizumura demystifies the notion of the selfless Japanese mother and the adult daughter honor-bound to care for her. Mitsuki Katsura, a Japanese woman in her mid-50s, is a French-language instructor at a private university in Tokyo. Her husband, whom she met in Paris, is a professor at another private university. He is having an affair with a much younger woman. In addition to her husband's infidelity, Mitsuki must deal with her ailing 80-something mother.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent narrator--Audible needs more Japanese lit

    • By Anthony on 05-16-18

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Golden Naginata

    • By: Jessica Amanda Salmonson
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
    • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    In all of Naipon, there is no samurai more famous than Tomoe Gozen. Her skill with the blade is legendary, her honor unquestioned, and evil men everywhere fear her name. No challenge is too great for Tomoe, but she is not ready for marriage.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Strange Weather in Tokyo

    • A Novel
    • By: Hiromi Kawakami, Allison Markin Powell - translator
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Tsukiko, 38, works in an office and lives alone. One night, she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, "Sensei", in a local bar. Tsukiko had only ever called him "Sensei" ("Teacher"). He is 30 years her senior, retired, and presumably a widower. Their relationship develops from a perfunctory acknowledgment of each other as they eat and drink alone at the bar, to a hesitant intimacy, which tilts awkwardly and poignantly into love.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Daughter of the Sword

    • A Novel of the Fated Blades
    • By: Steve Bein
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 180
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 159

    Mariko Oshiro is not your average Tokyo cop. As the only female detective in the city’s most elite police unit, she has to fight for every ounce of respect, especially from her new boss. While she wants to track down a rumored cocaine shipment, he gives her the least promising case possible. But the case - the attempted theft of an old samurai sword - proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic Story, more Fantasy than Sci-Fi

    • By DocJim on 12-05-12

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Nuclear Family

    • A Tragicomic Novel in Letters
    • By: Susanna Fogel
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Bailey Carr, Oliver Wyman, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    From filmmaker and New Yorker contributor Susanna Fogel comes a comedic novel about a fractured family of New England Jews and their discontents. Told entirely in letters to a heroine we never meet, we get to know the Fellers through their check-ins with Julie over the course of three decades: their thank-you notes, letters of condolence, family gossip, and good old-fashioned familial passive-aggression.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A somewhat biased review

    • By Eli on 12-31-17

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Disciple of the Wind

    • The Fated Blades, Book 3
    • By: Steve Bein
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
    • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    When Tokyo falls victim to a deadly terrorist attack, Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro knows who is responsible, even if she doesn't have proof. She urges her commanding officers to arrest the perpetrator - an insane zealot who was just released from police custody. When her pleas fall on deaf ears, she loses her temper and then her badge as well as her best chance of fighting back.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great addition to your new favorite series

    • By Jara on 04-23-15

    Regular price: $29.95

    • 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 172
    • 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

    • Year of the Demon

    • The Fated Blades, Book 2
    • By: Steve Bein
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
    • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 73

    Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro has been promoted to Japan's elite Narcotics unit - and with this promotion comes a new partner, a new case, and new danger. The underboss of a powerful yakuza crime syndicate has put a price on her head, and he'll lift the bounty only if she retrieves an ancient iron demon mask that was stolen from him in a daring raid. However, Mariko has no idea of the tumultuous past carried within the mask - or of its deadly link with the famed Inazuma blade she wields.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Another solid read.

    • By Kristen A. Wellmann on 11-14-15

    Regular price: $34.94

    • Thousand Shrine Warrior

    • By: Jessica Amanda Salmonson
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Tomoe turns to religion to escape her past, but destiny is not through with her yet. The young girl crashes through the underbrush, desperate to escape the cackling soldiers at her back. After catching her in a tryst with a local farmboy, they intend to execute her for her sin. She runs for as long as she can, finally collapsing outside a shrine where a traveling nun sits with her flute. When the soldiers arrive, the nun sets her flute aside, drawing a legendary sword.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Yoko Ono

    • Collector of Skies
    • By: Nell Beram, Carolyn Boriss-Krimsky
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
    • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    This lyrical biography explores the life and art of Yoko Ono, from her childhood haiku to her avant-garde visual art and experimental music. An outcast throughout most of her life, and misunderstood by every group she was supposed to belong to, Yoko always followed her own unique vision to create art that was ahead of its time and would later be celebrated. Her focus remained on being an artist, even when the rest of world saw her only as the wife of John Lennon. Yoko Ono's moving story will inspire any young adult who has ever felt like an outsider.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Yoko, oh yeah!

    • By tru britty on 07-23-15

    Regular price: $14.95