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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.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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.
31 of 32 people found this review helpful
This was my first audible buy and it has really set the standard - I could not bear to be separated from my i-pod as I listened to this gripping story. I was completely absorbed by the story and felt I was sharing all of Sayuri's highs and lows - it was a real rollercoaster of emotions where I found my self screaming out loud at some points as you saw the naivety of some of her decisions/actions and cheering when certain individuals got their just desserts! My 14 year old son has also listened to it and enjoyed it as much as I did (although he probably wouldn?t admit it to his friends!) We both found it a wonderful, moving tale, beautifully narrated.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Had previously read the book (albeit some time ago)but none of the enjoyment was lost. Well written and ably narrated, you become truly lost in the life of a Geisha and of Japan before, during and after WW11.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
Absolutely amazing story of a Geisha. So much I didn’t know and so much I learnt from them. Their patience, their understanding, they willingness to please at whatever cost.
Brilliant book - excellently narrated
Would you consider the audio edition of Memoirs of a Geisha to be better than the print version?
N/A - I haven't read the print version
What other book might you compare Memoirs of a Geisha to, and why?
I can't say that I have any comparison for this book. It's not a genre that I normally get into but I've been wanting to 'read' this one for a long time and audible gives me the opportunity to do so.
What three words best describe Bernadette Dunne’s voice?
Gentle. Articulate. Non-expressive. I found the characters other Chiyo/Sayuri unconvincing.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Chiyo and her sister discovered they were not going to the same place in the city but were being separated.
Any additional comments?
The book is so beautifully written in the first-person and comprehensible, you have to remind yourself that it is actually fiction and not an auto-biography.