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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,853 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lian Hearn Narrator: Julia Fletcher and Henri Lubatti Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN:
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An epic fantasy set in a mythical, medieval Japan, Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori series has crossed genres, generations, and genders. Grand and complex in its themes, elegantly written, each book in the original trilogy has become a worldwide best seller. This surprise fourth installment (and real conclusion), The Harsh Cry of the Heron, achieves new heights of drama and action.

16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

In full ninja versus samurai fashion, Hearn delivers a kinetic, heartbreaking, and uplifting resolution to a thoroughly gripping saga.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/14/2014

    " Didn't like the story as much as the original trilogy, but still enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith Galman | 2/7/2014

    " Like Hearn's last tale of the Otori, beautifully written but ultimately unfulfilling. The world Takeo inhabits is vivid, sensual, and utterly alive. In this tale, the scope widens as Takeo and Kaede struggle with the Empire outside the border of the Three Countries, the incursion of foreigners from still farther off, and internal dissension, as well as the continued problem of the Tribe. However, Kaede's actions are completely out of character, Takeo's last choice is inexplicable, and several plot points (such as the fates of Shizuka and Madaren) are left dangling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lula | 1/22/2014

    " I would have given this 5 stars if the end weren't so damn depressing! I hated the end! I wish I had stopped reading this series after The Brilliance of the Moon! I can't stop thinking about it. Its making me miserable. Still, I have to admit it is beautifully written and I can see why the author wanted to end it this way. Now I really need to read a happy book!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edwin | 1/20/2014

    " The original three book series is so good that I never wanted it to end. This book however was so bland in comparison that you hoped it were shorter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Parxyr | 1/18/2014

    " Please see my rating of book 1. A fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kai | 1/12/2014

    " Some series lose their essence and interest as you progress through them, but this series was very well written. I loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 1/11/2014

    " I'm not sure when this series jumped the shark, but at some point, this author ran out of plausible ideas. I *get* that it's part fantasy, but the girl-turning-into-the-cat thing? Not buying it. Strong start, pitiful ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Genevra | 12/31/2013

    " I loved this series. This book was the slowest, but I was still happy to have more time in the world the author created. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 12/20/2013

    " by this point I couldn't read anymore "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 12/15/2013

    " Loved it very fun series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie | 12/6/2013

    " Omg that is so sad. :( I feel so sorry for Miki. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alia | 9/1/2013

    " i have all the series coz i like it so much, do u? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Budi | 8/25/2013

    " I just like the story and japanese culture as a backround "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan | 9/22/2012

    " I found this whole series excellent (the second book was not as good as the rest, but mostly because it was a little slow). The idea was original, it seemed to incorporate a lot of the myths of feudal japan as presented by popular manga and re-present them as a new reality. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matthew | 7/7/2012

    " My interest just wasn't sustained, and I've decided to abandon these books, including the "prequel." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wayan | 5/13/2012

    " buku yang lumayan baguslah. khas Jepang "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 10/11/2011

    " This one is a little frustrating, because Kaede isn't really in it at all, until the end, when she behaves out of character. Other than that, I'd still recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jlf | 9/21/2011

    " This book was overlong, and I had a real problem with the last couple of chapters. The characters acted so uncharacteristic towards the end that it felt like you were reading about new people. Also, the end was far too abrupt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 5/12/2011

    " by this point I couldn't read anymore "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/9/2011

    " A good end to the series, though there were a few parts that were never resolved, and one that seemed to come out of the blue. It fit though, because this journey was anything but tidy. Definitely recommend the whole series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sephanie | 4/1/2011

    " Best Japaness Historical Novel ever i read Looks Like Tale....

    Still crying while remember this story.... When Takeo die....

    This book tell about love, betrayal, trust, and Faith

    Love this Book and Love the Series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kai | 3/21/2011

    " Some series lose their essence and interest as you progress through them, but this series was very well written. I loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 2/16/2011

    " I'm not sure when this series jumped the shark, but at some point, this author ran out of plausible ideas. I *get* that it's part fantasy, but the girl-turning-into-the-cat thing? Not buying it. Strong start, pitiful ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AJ | 1/30/2011

    " WHY DID EVERYONE HAVE TO DIE?! TURN THE PAGE AND BANG EVERYONE'S DEAD!! Loved it, couldn't turn the pages faster! (: "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nehemiah | 1/28/2011

    " "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."

    A very heart wrenching ending, and I would have liked to have seen it end in another way. Yet it did have some poetical justice. Beautiful story... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Johanness | 1/22/2011

    " Somehow it didn't quite interest me like the first three books did, so that was a bit disappointing on my behalf, but I've yet to finish it, not quite sure when that will happen though, but will see.
    It was well written and the plots in your stories are brilliant! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 1/18/2011

    " See review in "Across the Nightingale Floor" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/30/2010

    " This is my absolute favourite book of all time!! A beautiful tale of love and war!! I cried so much at the end and it kept me up for many nights just thinking about it!!
    People will love this book!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renee | 12/27/2010

    " This book was so disappointing in comparison to the other 3 before it. Loose ends were tied up but it all could've been condensed to the last few chapters. Too much insignificant details....boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alana | 11/26/2010

    " this was the best book in the series. great battle scenes, and final ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivien | 11/11/2010

    " Cried like a baby at the end.
    I love these books so much! <333 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 10/1/2010

    " Great story. The first three books seemed a little quick pace, but this definitely slowed down and had a great pace and storytelling. . . until the very end when the author seemed to decide to finish the story right quick, perhaps a deadline. Still a great tale, and worth your time! "

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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.