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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The narrator's style.
What didn’t you like about Jim Donaldson’s performance?
He performs with a stereotypical Japanese accent and cadence, despite not being Japanese. It was distracting.
Any additional comments?
A great piece of literature hindered by distracting narration.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
The book is written by a Japanese Samurai from the 17th century. Yet the author was clearly was man of European ancestry doing a very thick accent.
The book itself was very enjoyable. But it took me a long time to get over the weird accent.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I found the book enjoyable but I wasn't too bothered about the last 12 or so chapters of the pipe music. I had previously identified on Audible which version of the book that I needed to get in order to avoid having to endure this, but unfortunately because I have an Apple device I needed to purchase on the Amazon site, which does not distinguish between versions, so I picked the wrong one. Great book otherwise!
The performers determination to perform this text in an asian sounding voice (he is not asian) is unintentionally funny and often detracts from the serious and interesting source material. I'd thoroughly recommend reading the book, but this performer doesn't appreciate the thoughtful and philosophical nature of the text.