Kwaidan

  • by Lafcadio Hearn
  • Narrated by Walter Covell
  • 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kwaidan is a collection of weird, ghostly legends and beliefs of old Japan. Hearn spent 14 years in Japan, translating into English with superb effect the atmosphere of the tales which he avidly collected.Based on Japanese literature and foldlore, Kwaidan contains 17 stories. The story of Loichi, the blind biwa player who was called to perform for the dead; of Muso, the journeying priest who encountered a man eating goblin; of the samurai who outwitted the ghost of a dead man. All these plus 14 other spooly tales are included in this collection.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Narrator Walter Covell cultivates an atmosphere of mystery and antiquity in his rendition of Kwaidan. Kwaidan is a collection of ancient Japanese legends. Hearing the tales of warriors, ghosts, demons, and other beings out loud allows an immediacy and intimacy that is not possible when simply reading to one's self. Walter Covell invites us into the world of narrative storytelling, and listeners will find themselves easily transported through time, delighted by the startling images and weird mythology of these wonderful tales.

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Recording quality is bad

What would have made Kwaidan better?

Story is interesting.


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Description says this audiobook is UNABRIDGED version, but lacks some chapters. Recording quality is horrible.

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- Kaori

Wonderful stories of old Japan.

For those curious about or interested in old Japan, these stories are wonderful. They are well read. And listening to these stories on audible are a real help for those who have low vision. Thank you so much.
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- Molly G.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2008
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings