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Across the Nightingale Floor Audiobook

Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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. But unbeknownst to him, his father was a celebrated assassin and a member of the Tribe, an ancient network of families with extraordinary, preternatural skills.

When Takeo's village is pillaged, he is rescued and adopted by the mysterious Lord Otori Shigeru. Under the tutelage of Shigeru, he learns that he too possesses the skills of the Tribe. And, with this knowledge, he embarks on a journey that will lead him across the famed nightingale floor - and to his own unimaginable destiny....

©2002 Lian Hearn Associates Pty Ltd (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Todd Orange, Australia 19/05/2017
    Todd Orange, Australia 19/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, but somewhat let down by the ending"

    I enjoyed this book. It was well on its way to being great, but is let down by both one of its main characters and the ending. Spoilers follow.

    If the author had focused on Takeo only, instead of Kaede too, the book would have been way better. The pacing set by Takeo's story is halted whenever the perspective changes to Kaede. Her story is simply not as intriguing as Takeo's. Plus she has personality traits that defy logic. For example, she is abused and is the subject of unwanted male attention for over half her life. She even states multiple times that she "hates men" and that "men are monsters". Yet she instantly falls in love at first sight with Takeo just by looking at him. She also is almost raped for the second time near the end of the novel. And although disgusted and traumatized by this, proceeds to have sex with Takeo IMMEDIATELY afterwards (like minutes afterwards). I mean, come on.

    The ending is also a letdown. We have a massive buildup to Iida's assassination and how Takeo trains himself to move silently across the Nightingale floor. But in the end it's all for nothing, because Takeo isn't even the one to kill Iida.

    Despite all this, the story is good and the Takeo's journey is intriguing. It's worth a listen.The narration is ok, but being an Aussie, I found the Aussie narrators distracting. Especially Anna Steen. Her accent is jarring at times.

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    Lachlan Peterson 27/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic and innovative"

    Fantastic story, eagrely moving on to it's sequel. The audiobook makes good use of sound effects to help set tones like that of ancient japan which adds to the story, and the 2 narrators helps differenciate the characters. Overall a great listen.

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    Mark 21/08/2015
    Mark 21/08/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Best series ever"

    Incredible powerful, captures the power and blindness of first love. The combination of stories always keeps you listening for the next chapter.

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  • Georgia
    30/07/16
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    "Ruined by intrusive, loud music"

    I've read this book, and was looking forward to hearing the audiobook. And I have to say, the story was as engrossing as I remembered - and the two narrators did it justice.

    HOWEVER, the music was really intrusive - cymbals crashing at almost random intervals, and instrumentals played over the top of narration! As someone that listens to audiobooks at night, while driftng off to sleep, I've always found musical interludes and sound effects annoying (they always seem much louder than the narrators!) This recording hit new lows...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Rugby, WAR, United Kingdom
    17/12/16
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    "the readers spoilt the book for me."
    What did you like most about Across the Nightingale Floor?

    The story & the characters are well written.


    What other book might you compare Across the Nightingale Floor to, and why?

    Lynn Flewelling trilogies spring to mind. Dale Furutani also writes a good tale about Japan around the same time.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very much, I have copies of the audio by different readers and this is by far the worst.The music in-between chapters detracts from the flow of the story rather than enhances it.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, after all it is a story.


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  • J. Johns
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    25/10/16
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    "Great captivating story!"
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    This is a great story that I have read before but wanted to revisit on long car journeys. Well read and very captivating, but it is let down by the addition of inappropriate and unnecessary oriental music. At one point the climax is delayed by almost a minute of weird music and then a silence. Please get rid of this - it detracts from the listening experience.

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  • Christina
    27/09/15
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    "One of the best books ever written"

    This book captured my heart when I read it on paper, and again now in spoken word. Hearing this story allows you to enter an entirely different world. It is a beautiful heartbreaking story and one of my favourites ever

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  • Andrew
    30/07/15
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    "Atnf"

    I loved this story. I also liked the reader because the voice was Australian. I found that strange but funny

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