All Akira's life, he dreamt of being more than just a samurai. His sensei finds his martial arts inadequate, and he's taunted by another young samurai who has killed a dragon. But Akira has a secret. He's been training with the Tengu - magical wind-spirits who excel at fighting.
Only things aren't what they appear, and unbeknownst to Akira, he isn't quite human. A dragon threatening his home island reveals his true identity and he's sent on a journey where if he chooses to use his magic, he'll be put to death, or worse. But if he doesn't, demons will overrun the world.
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Mispronounced Japanese Words & Names Distracting
I'm still struggling to make myself listen to this narration to the end, but I'm unlikely to download another read by Mr. Scarlato if I knew there might be any significant use of non-English words.
The point at which the repeated mispronunciation of _neko_ (NEH-co, not NEE-co) actually made me groan aloud and fight the urge to hurl my iPod across the room.
Perhaps. Aside from the obvious lack of preparation for a work in which non-English terms are such an integral part, I'm afraid I found his performance almost mechanical. While I wasn't expecting a reader of Bronson Pinchot's caliber (he is my current "high-water mark" when it comes to audiobook narration), I was hoping for a performance with more life.
That said, I'm willing to give anyone a second chance. Usually.
- C. Kim
Hard to listen to
- Amazon Customer