Memoirs of a Geisha

  • by Arthur Golden
  • Narrated by Elaina Erika Davis
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"Rarely has a world so closed and foreign been evoked with such natural assurance." (The New Yorker)
"Captivating, minutely imagined...You are seduced completely." (Washington Post Book World)

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Captivating

I loved listening to this book and being transported to another time & place. This was wonderfully descriptive, wonderfully read perfection.
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- L. Bonner

hypnotic & entrancing (dble-spk?)

I have listened to this book several times since January of 2002. It never fails to capture me. The voice and the story both are intriguing. It takes the listener to another world and yet gives familiarity also. Very hard to believe that it is fiction. I have recommended it to many others. I also have read it, but listening to the unabridged version improved the quality of the experience in this case. Sandy
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- Sandra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-19-2001
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks