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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The narrator sounds like a valley girl and mispronounces words. The author uses words that jar, such as "preacher" for Buddhist priests. the Japanese sounds good, but I don't speak Japanese. In all a disappointment.
Would you recommend The Tale of Murasaki to your friends? Why or why not?
No. It just doesn't work.
Would you be willing to try another one of Allison Hiroto’s performances?
Not for a book set long ago. I can see her narrating a modern book.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The use of the poems echoes Murasaki's work nicely. And the details of 12th century court life are good.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Heian period Cuture, Waka poetry, and a good story. I love that the narrator reads the poetry in both languages.