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Publisher's Summary

Chosen by Publishers Weekly as a Best Book of 2007, The Snow Empress showcases author Laura Joh Rowland's deep understanding of 17th-century Japan and her impeccable gift of storytelling. This thrilling novel finds samurai detective Sano Ichirõ working to gain freedom for his son by investigating the murder of a lord's beloved mistress.
©2007 Laura Joh Rowland; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC
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By Lee on 03-21-09

Japanophile delight

I was worried about reading a book by a non-Japanese author, but this was unfounded. The book is very Japanese. Another reviewer said "no one talks like that", but actually, upper class courtly Japanese would seem very stilted in English. And the narrator, who is probably a native speaker, pronounces Japanese names beautifully. This book reminded me of the beautiful Japanese countryside, and makes me want to go back--this time to Hokkaido. I rated it 4 stars because nothing compares to Tales of the Otori...

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By stl1111 on 01-05-11

No Comparison to Tales of the Otori

I've listened to other books in this series and enjoyed them. But none were read by this narrator. He destroys the story. There may be value to the story, but with this reader it isn't worth listening to. He manages to make his Japanese characters sound like East Coast Jersey thugs. I wasn't able to finish it. Don't waste your credit.

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