The Tale of Murasaki

  • by Liza Dalby
  • Narrated by Allison Hiroto
  • 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Tale of Murasaki is an elegant and brilliantly authentic historical novel by the author of Geisha and the only Westerner ever to have become a geisha.
In the 11th century Murasaki Shikibu wrote the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, the most popular work in the history of Japanese literature. In The Tale of Murasaki, Liza Dalby has created a breathtaking fictionalized narrative of the life of this timeless poet - a lonely girl who becomes such a compelling storyteller that she is invited to regale the empress with her tales. The Tale of Murasaki is the story of an enchanting time and an exotic place. Whether writing about mystical rice fields in the rainy mountains or the politics and intrigue of the royal court, Dalby breathes astonishing life into ancient Japan.

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The Tale of Murasaki

This has been a very interesting and delightful book. The text, including poetry, is beautiful and the narrator's reading in English and Japanese, makes this a must read for anyone who enjoys historical literary works.
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- Cheryl Claussen

Tedius and slow

I struggled to get through this book. While competent the narrator childlike voice became grating. Maybe some appreciated the lapses into Japanese i found it a huge distraction and interrupted the flow of the story line . I had high hopes but all in all this book left me flat.
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- Gail

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-05-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios