• The Tale of Murasaki

  • A Novel
  • By: Liza Dalby
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 03-05-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (31 ratings)

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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.
©2000 Liza Dalby (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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Customer Reviews

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2 out of 5 stars
By Cher Holt-Fortin on 07-19-14

Less than I expected

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-02-17

A favorite book

Heian period Cuture, Waka poetry, and a good story. I love that the narrator reads the poetry in both languages.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 01-11-18


loved it. quite a gripping story. very easy to follow and entertaining in some parts. definately recommend to anyone who loves Historical fictions.

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