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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (14,036 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lian Hearn Narrator: Kevin Gray and Aiko Nakasone Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As a special treat for the audiobook audience, narrators Kevin Gray and Aiko Nakasone alternate reading every other chapter, weaving this intriguing saga of romance between star-crossed lovers.

Set in feudal Japan, this enchanting epic reveals not only the intimate lives of two lovers, but the broader stakes at hand when feuding warlords potentially destroy their bond.

This first installment of the Tales of Otori trilogy is full of the fantastic and the mysterious. Though the village of Takeo has been desolated by a cruel warlord, this sixteen year old boy sees hope when he is saved from the murderers who have slain his family and other villagers. A nobleman claims Takeo is related to him and decides to teach him.

Yet this is only the beginning, for Takeo finds that he has hidden talents which can aid those around him. To whom must he be loyal? To his master and adopted father? To the secretive group whose truths remain forbidden to society? Or to the Tribe who consider him as kin?

Tied together with the sparks of his first love, the ritual and codes of honor are not the only threads which have caught fire for Takeo.

Lian Hearn is the pseudonym of Gillian Rubinstein when writing the Tales of Otori. She is one of the first Western writers to attempt unraveling Japanese mythology in novel form. She currently resides in Australia.

A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

Sixteen-year-old Takeo's village has been massacred by an evil warlord, and he is about to be slain by the men who murdered his parents and neighbors. At the last moment, his life is saved by a nobleman, who claims the boy as his kin and begins his education.

But nothing is as it seems. Takeo discovers that he has rare powers that are useful to those around him. As he grows into manhood, he must decide where his loyalties lie: with his noble master and adoptive father; with the Hidden, a secret, spiritual sect whose beliefs are forbidden; or with the Tribe, the assassins and spies who consider him one of their own.

A story of treachery, political intrigue, and the intensity of first love, set in a world ruled by formal ritual and codes of honor, Across the Nighingale Floor crosses genres, generations, and genders to captivate fans of all ages. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sarebear | 2/13/2014

    " I got a bit more than halfway through it. It felt like it was inexorably plodding to a certain action, and while I suspect that things may have turned out differently than the main characters were planning for, the journey to get there was plodding and telegraphed and not interesting enough. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Eveningstar2 | 2/11/2014

    " The premise was interesting, but I couldn't get over the heavy diagesis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mojocus | 1/27/2014

    " awsomeness love assasins magic what else do you want "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dottie | 1/26/2014

    " This and the following books in this series are lyrically beautiful tales and wonderful reading experiences. "

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About the Author
Author Lian Hearn

Lian Hearn, a pseudonym for the writer Gillian Rubinstein, was born in England, currently lives in Australia, and has had a lifelong interest in Japan.