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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,565 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hitomi Kanehara Narrator: Dana Shiraki Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN:
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Eighteen-year-old Liu runs away from home to live on the streets and answer to no one. She befriends Ama, a boy whose red mohawk, forked tongue, and multiple piercings seduce her, and Shiba, a tattoo artist whose cold eyes give no hint of the secrets he may be harboring. When their reckless behavior breeds dangerous consequences, Liu finds herself forced to choose between good and evil, life and death, love and hate. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheena | 2/14/2014

    " I don't understand why this book got such good reviews. It was pretty messed up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Canavan | 2/13/2014

    " i think this would have been better in the original japanese because in english it was pretty dry and choppy. the general story was interesting though. still a boring view of body modification, male-dominating sex, asian culture.. nothing interesting at all. poo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ajithkumar | 2/11/2014

    " A nice book, really marvelous narration. The speed of narration actually surprised me. Considering the age and experience of the writer, it is really notes-worthy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phakin | 2/9/2014

    " Quite "eccentric", "bizarre" (these words have lots of philosophical problems?)and "emotional" book. Telling frankly about sex and death, the art of body modification, the fragmentation of the japanese counterculture's self and so on. It brings me back to Nietzsche's word; "Morality is a hindrance to the development of new and better customs: it makes stupid". I've already loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ANGELA | 1/30/2014

    " This book it nuts!!!I have to admit its def not boring...there is alot of shock value in the crazy japanese punk/barbie girl/gangster undergroung lifestyle...its def an interesting look into that part of Japanese culture, i personally never really knew existed...but it can be a bit graphic and def on the darkside...but if you arent too faint of heart its an interesting book- "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 1/25/2014

    " Enjoyed this, would definitely like to read more by the same author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 brian tanabe | 1/9/2014

    " a more violent and ever so slightly more poetic look at modern contemporary Japanese (counter) culture "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/4/2014

    " Woodenly translated Japanese nihilnoir. Sort of like They Shoot Horses, Don't They? with the dancing replaced by tattoos, piercings, and demeaning sex. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Luke | 12/21/2013

    " oof. and more oof. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 11/26/2013

    " I wouldn't choose this to read with your Christian ladies bookclub. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Alvarado | 6/10/2013

    " Interesting....especially because she is so young. This is a good, fast, insightful read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 4/2/2013

    " read it in a couple hours on the train...didnt care much for the characters, esp the self-indulgent lazy brat narrator "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorin Budusan | 2/25/2013

    " Un roman hardcore ca un film horror asiatic. Violenta prezenta in toate formele ei (de la limbaj violent la violenta sexuala), nu este gratuita ci incearca sa umple cumva vidul din sufletul personajelor extrem de alienate. Trebuie recitit dupa ce ma documentez despre kirin si garyoutensei. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hcb | 1/9/2013

    " The theme was really intriguing and fascinating. But I hated the ending. Alot. There was almost no flow to the story, like a standstill. Like she couldn't move on instead, waste away through the whole book. I still liked the dark cult-ish ideas it gave. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Utmost | 12/28/2012

    " I guess for its time it was quite a radical and novel piece to write for a female Japanese author. However I found the story quite predictable and the translation isn't good either, plus the title makes no sense whatsoever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 2/10/2012

    " One of those books you can't stop reading until you're finished. The way the topic was written is amazingly vivid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bahram Bahrami | 1/22/2012

    " I found this novel interesting. Generally we have a cliche view of japanese women, the author Hitomi Kanehara changes that touristic vision found in Holywood movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karl Steffey | 11/18/2011

    " Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara (2006) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 8/22/2011

    " Portrait of violent Japanese youth culture through three strange characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 5/9/2011

    " Really good, interesting if you like tattoos and piercings - strange story twists though because it's very short. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian Loren Ortiz | 4/15/2011

    " This book explains why i just love Japanese authors <3

    Makes me wanna try kissing someone with a forked tongue. (eewww?) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annina | 4/12/2011

    " It was more like a short story than a novel. And story was like something that I could write. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 3/24/2011

    " An awesome short story. Full of the unexpected, unashamed details abound. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Reimi | 1/19/2011

    " hah. another cheesy painful noviel written by a teenager. i have no idea why this novel won the akutagawa award and have been made into a movie. because the author was only 19? pfft "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 10/20/2010

    " Japanese recession, counter-culture, body piercings, and a bit of S&M. Maybe not so much a teen book, but definitely a scintillating read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Goele | 9/12/2010

    " not sure what to think, but at the very least a compelling read, read in one sitting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hurkon | 9/6/2010

    " Had a lot of interesting moments replete with creepy imagery. There wasn't much of a narrative arc, though. At the end, the main character is still going nowhere fast in a crappy relationship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 8/17/2010

    " One of those books you can't stop reading until you're finished. The way the topic was written is amazingly vivid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hana | 8/17/2010

    " A "junior" book by a young japanese author. The line of the story is a bit like an article written for Bravo magazine, but it offers a lot of interesting japanese realia. I like neither tatoo nor piercing, but I´ve finished the book in three hours. Not bad. At least different. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcy | 8/16/2010

    " Very short, quick read; nothing outstanding, though, that made me feel like it was great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ioanna | 8/13/2010

    " Possibly one of the best books I've ever read. Catching and amazing beyond words. Once I got it I just couldn't put it down. Finished in in three hours.

    Now I cannot wait to get my hands on her other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 7/20/2010

    " much better than the tedious AUTO FICTION, Snakes & Earrings is the story of some spoiled waster (yeah, this is the only character Kanehara can write) who takes a couple guys through hell and back.

    Surprisingly enjoyable short novel. Well done. "

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