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Takashi's world starts to turn upside down when he realizes Haruka has started seeing Jun, her wealthy ex-boyfriend from Kyoto. When Haruka travels to Kyoto to meet up with Jun and his mother, a series of earthquakes hit Tokyo, and Takashi is injured. Haruka is unable to contact him, and it looks like she'll never see Takashi again - the boy who truly loves her.
Filled with cultural significance, this story will appeal to listeners who have an interest in Japan and the mind-set of the Japanese people.
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By Cindy Rice on 10-27-15
A stylish romance that will tug on your heart
Would you listen to Tokyo Hearts again? Why?
Yes I would, I really enjoyed the story. I also seem to pick up things I missed the first time around when I listen to audio books more than once.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Takashi and Haruka equally. I like Haruka because the story seems to follow her the most, especially when she is thinking about marrying Jun her ex bf who now lives in Kyoto. I do feel like Takashi takes her back so easily but I think he know's that the whole Jun situation was arranged by her parents and respect to your elders is mandatory in Japan. I really did like Takashi and Haruka together, Luckily the job she was going to try to get in Kyoto fell through and she semi comes to her senses and returns to Takashi (Also helps that Haruka's mother was put off by the way Jun's mother treated them.)
Which character – as performed by Billie Fulford-Brown – was your favorite?
Oh my goodness, all of them! I loved the pronunciation of all the Japanese names (I watch a lot of anime and hear these names often). Pronouncing Japanese town names I bet I wouldn't do so well myself. Also the Australian accent was really well done. I feel like Billie Fulford-Brown did a great job with narrating, the characters voices as well as accents for different regions. I know that's a skill I don't posses and noticing somebody else who has that skill is worth mentioning.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I did, I was kinda panicked when Takashi fell off his moter bike during the earthquake and broke 3 ribs and was gashed up all over. I was feeling a new set of panic when Haruka couldn't contact him and he could be dying and she would never get to tell him how she really feels and the mistake she's made.
Any additional comments?
There is a lot of culture introduced in this book: Takashi and Haruka's date in Kamakura where they visited the famous temples and shrines. Haruka and her parents stay in Kyoto and their visit to Kinkakuji - the golden temple, as well as Ryoan-ji temple and Nijo Castle. Haruka and Jun's dinner date at a kaiseki ryori (traditional Japanese) restaurant. A New Year's celebration in Izu waiting for the sun to rise, Takashi's love of convenience store meals that you can only find in Japan, the arranged marriage situation between Haruka and Jun. The traditional funeral of Takashi's grandmother.
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By Amazon Customer on 10-20-15
Beautiful Story About the Power of Love
What an amazing story!!! It's only about 6 hours long, so this is a wonderful companion during a lengthy commute or on a flight. Tokyo Hearts blew me away! Renae Lucas-Hall does an amazing job of weaving together a story that is both visually descriptive and emotionally charged, giving lovers of a great romance a feast for the senses. I found myself rooting for poor Takashi as he yearned for Haruka.
I really don't want to leave any spoilers here, but trust me when I say this has a WONDERFULLY refreshing ending!!! There are a number of characters in the story and Billie Fulford-Brown does a great job of navigating between both female and male characters and the soothing tone of her voice made it very easy to listen to the story for long stretches.
I'm SO GLAD I took a chance on this one. I'm an African American woman, but there are numerous lessons for any culture about materialism and seeking after true love instead of the superficial. Great job, ladies! You make great team! This could EASILY be a film!
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