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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,956 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lian Hearn Narrator: Julia Fletcher Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tales of the Otori Series Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781598875171
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This prequel to The Tales of the Otori recounts the life of Lord Otori Shigeru, the series' spiritual warrior. But who is he? Where did he come from? We learn about his training, his secret lover, and his confrontations with mysterious assassins. Hi Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Moore | 2/19/2014

    " It was okay. I don't think it really need to be written but it gave some back story to the first three. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 2/7/2014

    " A well written complex story that challenges the reader. A substance filled prequel to the Otori trilogy that fills in all the needed backdrop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 iqbal | 2/4/2014

    " Aku ngedit baru sampe halaman 120. Bukunya mungkin akan lebih bagus dari KISAH KLAN OTORI 1: ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kentkelsey | 1/28/2014

    " I ended up reading this book in about 5 sittings - and I don't know why, because it was pretty good. I did get into her other books a lot easier! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 1/23/2014

    " Wasn't into this book as much as the others. Took me longer to finish. Kept setting it down to read other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 1/17/2014

    " My interest flagged during the fourth book in the series to which this is the prequel, and I just decided to give it a miss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 1/11/2014

    " Another tale of the Otori, this time the prequel. I highly recommend this well written series of love & revenge set in feudal Japan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giulia | 1/7/2014

    " A good prequel, but a bit too difficult to hold on until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edwin | 11/8/2013

    " I read this one before the main series. It was a great read and actually scored it higher than the trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanna | 10/30/2013

    " This book was written after the Otori series, but I would recommend reading it first. It is by far my favorite of all of them and really helps set the stage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/29/2013

    " This book is the first in chronological order of the series, however it was written after the first book of the trilogy. If you plan to read the Tales of Otori series read it first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffschaffer | 3/16/2013

    " A simply written tale but, if you like Shogun-like stories of feudal Japan, it's extremely satisfying and, ultimately, hard to put down. This is the recently released prequel of a trilogy that I listened to on CD and enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas Jordan | 7/19/2012

    " I'm kind of a nut when it comes to Japanese samurai tales and movies. I enjoyed this proloque and I think I will enjoy reading the entire series. Highly recommended for all those with an interest in this type of genre. "

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

    " It was a pleasure to revisit The Three Countries, a low-fantasy setting based in medieval Japan. This is an example of a prequel done right - and brilliantly. When I recommend this series to others, I'll give them just enough info that they may decide to start the tale here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 5/12/2011

    " too many details, too predictable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 4/26/2011

    " I love Lian Hearn's style of writing. Was blown away from start to finish! I adore Shigeru and his strength of character - one of my favourites!
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/9/2011

    " A wonderful prequel to a great series in a mythical Japan. Love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 4/3/2011

    " going well, had to return to library, will re-borrow soon and fin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 2/20/2011

    " A superb, outstanding piece of literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reenz | 1/25/2011

    " i absolutely loved this book, it gives so much more depth to the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 12/27/2010

    " I was skeptical about this book since none of the others in the series had lived up to the first book, Across The Nightingale Floor. I was pleased to find that it was almost as good. The adventure and intrigue was back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 12/7/2010

    " The best of the series. It's amazing that a prequel (where I know how it is all going to end) can be such a page turner! I was addicted to this book until I finished it, and now I'm jonesing to re-read for the first in the series. "

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

    " The book seemed a little unnecessary after the original trilogy. Although it was great to see certain relationships and scenes played out. A good easy read. "

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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.