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After hearing recent hype about this title being Steven Spielberg's next motion picture, I was eager to listen. And listen I did - intently. It was beautiful and touching, smart and enlightening. Now I can't wait for the movie! (Filomena L.)

Description

Nitta Sayuri tells us in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate of her life as a geisha. Her story begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion.

It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction - at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful - and completely unforgettable.

©1997 Arthur Golden; Copyright ©1998 by Random House, Inc.

Critiques

"Astonishing...Breathtaking...You are seduced completely." ( Washington Post Book World)
"...a bravura performance, a first novel that provides a vivid view into a largely lost and secret world." ( The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review)

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars

On ne peut qu'arrêter après le mot de la fin

Très belle histoire et si bien lue que l'on se laisse entraîner sans résister. J'ai trouvé la narratrice incroyable ! On ne voit pas le temps passer.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars

Lovely story - some technical defaults

The story is lovely and very well read. I spent hours to listen to it and was never bored.

My only concern is that the separations on the ipod do not match the chapters. It is difficult sometimes to find where we stopped.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dana
  • paris, France
  • 15/12/2010

Loved It

It is difficult to imagine life in Japan just before the second world war.
We follow the haroine through her ups and downs as she struggles for
happiness.
Her sheer will to continue to struggle and strive forward makes the
ending all the more dramatic. (I don't want to tell you what happens!)
I absoulutely loved it!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amanda
  • 08/02/2006

Perfect ---- in every way

As a fluent (second-language) speaker of Japanese, I was shocked to read that many found the narrator's pronunciation "incorrect". Ms. Dunne has narrated various accents, from a young Japanese girl to a middle-aged Jewish woman (Garlic & Sapphires...), and did a fantastic job with them all. Her pronunciation of the English language was done with the inflection of a native Japanese speaker. Please consider the artistry of speech when listening to an Audiobook. "Not taking the time to learn the correct pronunciation" may not at all be the case.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Linda
  • 01/02/2003

Excellent

This is on my top 10 list of books I'd take to a desert island, no, top 5 list. I was mesmerized by the haunting beauty of the writing. Especially as it is not the kind of book I would normally have chosen. I have recommended it to all fo my friends.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephanie
  • 14/12/2002

Best Book in a while

This book was the most intriguing, fascinating book I have read in many years. I simply couldn't stop listening to it and I have recommended it to many of my friends. One of my friends even got a copy of the book for Christmas. No matter what type of story you like, I recommend you read or listen to this book!

28 sur 29 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Alene
  • 12/12/2002

Memoirs gave me much to think about!

I did not expect this to be such a compelling, intriguing book. I had no idea I would yearn to hear more and more. At it's end, I am sad it's over but feel Sayuri has left me with many good things. I will listen to this again.

I definitely recommend this book.

42 sur 45 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • M.
  • 01/12/2005

Outstanding!

An absolutely fantastic journey into a world of heritage, culture, self-discovery, passion, emotion.....well, need I say more! Bernadette Dunne is an excellent narrator, who catapults you alongside each step of Sayuri' life. The author, Mr. Golden, is a masterful, vivid writer. Immediately, upon listening to the first couple of minutes, I was transported into each segment of the story.

I am a Premium subscriber with hundreds of logged listening hours of fine books. This is the first time that I was moved enough by a great book to take the time to tell the world what a fine work of art Mr. Golden has given us. I can't wait to see the movie!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jan
  • 21/06/2012

I waited too long

I was afraid this book would contain graphic sex and I was hesitant to purchase it... waited way too long. Of course the story can't be told without sexual relationships, however, they are so beautifully and simply told that I couldn't find it offensive. Adult reading for sure...but not vulgar. Such a beautiful story, I came away not wanting to read anything else for a while and keep this one in my thoughts.

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  • Global
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  • Pamela
  • 26/12/2003

A great book, although not a true story

I've been doing some research and, apparently, the story is fictional and not true as so many people believed, including myself. The story written by Arthur Golden was collaborated upon by Mineko Iwasaki, a real geisha who is still living today. If you are interested in her autobiography, she has written a book entitled "Geisha : A Life". I feel a bit silly now for having believed these people were real and I feel a bit disappointed that they weren't. I suppose, in a way, they were real because they represent a historical period and a way of life that really existed. In any case, the story is a wonderful one and I still very highly recommend it to everybody.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Christopher
  • 22/10/2003

Amazing!

I loved this book! I am a very "picky" reader and this book has it all - a great story, beautiful writing, engaging characters, excellent pacing and suspense, moments that will touch your heart, everything! I especially enjoyed the metaphors used by the author throughout the story and watching her learn and philosophize about life as it takes each turn for her. I also gained amazing insights into Japanese culture and human nature. This is a must read, a masterpiece, a manual for living all in one. I now enjoy the wisdom from having lived two lives: mine and one of a Geisha's

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Michael T Brannock
  • 30/05/2004

In Defense of the Narrator

This is the best novel I have ever listened to. As a guy who spends at least 3 hours a day commuting to and from work, I have listen to a lot of audio books. I want to come to the defense of the narrator, who has been disparaged by several reviewers. She is perfect in every way. Her voice is beautiful and exotic. And she plays the part exactly as I envision Sayuri would speak if she were telling her story - elegantly, but with a matter-of-fact cadence and a detachment required for her sanity and dignity. Of course, you are free to question the wisdom of a guy who spends at least 3 hours a day commuting to and from work.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • B. Frank
  • 23/11/2008

BEAUTY AT ITS BEST!!!!

This book effectively brings to mind the vivid beauty of the Asian world. The images that the author describes are palpable. I saw the movie about a year or two prior to listening to this audio book. It definitely pales in comparison. Although the movie does a pretty good job of highlighting some of the main events, it does not do what the book is capable of, sharing with Western world the true life of the Geisha.

I now have a solid, elementary, understanding of the Geisha. No longer does my mind immediately shoot to the image of a high classed prostitute, or call girl, when I think of the Geisha. The author does a wonderful job of fully explaining everything, while maintaining the compelling aspects of the story.

Very riveting, exciting, sad, and beautiful, the life of a Geisha is a must read. I wholly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates beauty. The irony of the story is its paradoxical play on the complexities of manmade beauty. The Geisha must at all times be perfect while her life and love are sacrificed in an effort to give men, who choose her, absolute psychological, and sometimes physical, pleasure.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lars Nawrath
  • 10/08/2005

Absolutely great to listen to!!!

This is a wonderful piece of art to listen to. On the one hand the story is sometimes sad and cruel, on the other hand it has a certain wittiness. B. Dunn has a fitting/suiting voice- in total: highly recommendable!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • gamajo
  • 27/07/2006

A pleasure to listen

Listening to Ms Dunn is a pleasure. I read this book in German too but the audiobook in English is more fascinating because of the reader. It is easy to understand even for English learners on intermediate level. Don't hesitate to brush up your English with this book!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • alenya
  • 26/08/2011

Wundervoll

Ich hab mich einzig und allein wegen dieses Hörbuchs hier angemeldet und ich habe es nicht bereut. Ich kannt bereits den Film und das deutsche Buch, aber nichts davon kommt an diese Lesung heran.

Zuerst hat mich der Umstand der Sprache etwas abgeschreckt, da ich mir nicht sicher war, dass ich alles verstehen würde, aber diese Bedenken waren vollkommen unberechtigt. Das Englisch ist gut verständlich und die Sprecherin macht ihre Arbeit außergewöhnlich gut.
Man kann einfach zu hören und träumen und das meine ich wirklich.
Ich habe dieses Hörbuch schon öfter gehört als jedes meiner Anderen und ich kann (und werde) es mir immer wieder anhören.
Absolut zu empfehlen (auch für die Menschen, die englischen Hörbuchern etwas skeptisch gegenüber stehen)

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • rolfester11
  • 25/05/2006

how do they make a movie out of this?

My girlfriend read the book in two days and was so overwhelmed, I had to get it - since I am travelling a lot: audiobook had to be it. I was a bit uneasy: it's a girl's story ... no, it isn't. Although it has slightly lengthy passages, language is used to very beautifully to describe situations so that I already have my 'movie' in my head - and this is to me a sign of quality, because it obviously cought my phantasy. I enjoyed it a lot, learning a bit (but not too much) of Japanese culture and sure enough, Geishas.
I can recommend this book, although I really had to get used to the voice of the reader, which is good, but to some extent strange ..

Have fun reading it

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • CRoth1964
  • 22/01/2008

highly recommendable

This is a kind of a quiet amd sad story, and I must admit that it took me a little time to adjust to it. I really came to like it after that, it is well written, and also very well read. Arthur Golden masters the difficult art of writing in the first person. His descriptions of a young girl were very convincing so I felt for Sayuri and also the other characters were very believable. At the same time, I enjoyed learning about the Japanese culture. I can definitely recommend this audio book!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Alexa
  • 02/11/2017

A wonderfully beautiful story

The author takes us on an incredible journey of the life of a geisha. Towards the end of this book, I could not stop listening. I highly recommend this story.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mumo
  • 07/10/2011

einfach wunderbar!

Wunderschönes und stimmungsvolles Hörbuch. Die Geisha, die mittlerweile ja als Buch und Film bekannt ist, büßt hier im Hörbuch nichts ein.Sehr lang mit 3x5Std.
Die englische Version ist gut zu verstehen, ideal, wenn man ein wenig Englisch-Aufpolieren betreiben möchte.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ankepanke
  • 02/05/2011

dieses Buch hat mich beruehrt

Wirklich spannend, es entfuehrt einen in eine andere in doch wirkliche Welt, die man sich so nie ausmalen koennte.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • antje graham
  • 15/11/2010

A wonderful book

A well written and beautifully read book. I usually listen to audio books in the car and just wanted to drive on and on to listen to Sayuri's story.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • lily
  • 01/12/2009

a "must hear"

Incredibly interesting and really well read, you could say performed. I am usually not that into Asian culture - but this story really intrigued me, since it enfold the historic and ethnic side on a very personal level.