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With so many Japanese names, places, quotes and poetry, couldn't they get a reader who could pronounce them correctly? The reader was good if it was English, but treated what is a beautiful language, terribly. I believe it did this book a great disservice. Listening to the readers pronunciation of Japanese, was like nails on a chalkboard. There was lots of good information, but the mispronunciation for me was very distracting and frustrating. Unfortunate.
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What would have made Legends of the Samurai better?
I downloaded this for a class I was in. The reader nearly put me to sleep when I was listening.
What could Hiroaki Sato have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
This subject wasn't much of interest to me. So with that being said it is difficult for me to give an unbiased opinion
How did the narrator detract from the book?
He was very monotone. I did not enjoy his voice and I thought his reading style was boring.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I helped me realize and recognize that the samurai were a complex and proud people. But they were also babaric. Very good historical account, probably would enjoy it if you were into asian history.