An international best seller, Across the Nightingale Floor is the first book in the Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn.
In his black-walled fortress at Inuyama, the warlord Iida Sadamu surveys his famous nightingale floor. Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot. No assassin can cross it unheard.
The youth Takeo has been brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people who have taught him only the ways of peace. But unbeknownst to him, his father was a celebrated assassin and a member of the Tribe, an ancient network of families with extraordinary, preternatural skills.
When Takeo's village is pillaged, he is rescued and adopted by the mysterious Lord Otori Shigeru. Under the tutelage of Shigeru, he learns that he too possesses the skills of the Tribe. And, with this knowledge, he embarks on a journey that will lead him across the famed nightingale floor - and to his own unimaginable destiny....
©2002 Lian Hearn Associates Pty Ltd (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I've read this book, and was looking forward to hearing the audiobook. And I have to say, the story was as engrossing as I remembered - and the two narrators did it justice.
HOWEVER, the music was really intrusive - cymbals crashing at almost random intervals, and instrumentals played over the top of narration! As someone that listens to audiobooks at night, while driftng off to sleep, I've always found musical interludes and sound effects annoying (they always seem much louder than the narrators!) This recording hit new lows...
The story & the characters are well written.
Lynn Flewelling trilogies spring to mind. Dale Furutani also writes a good tale about Japan around the same time.
Very much, I have copies of the audio by different readers and this is by far the worst.The music in-between chapters detracts from the flow of the story rather than enhances it.
No, after all it is a story.
This is a great story that I have read before but wanted to revisit on long car journeys. Well read and very captivating, but it is let down by the addition of inappropriate and unnecessary oriental music. At one point the climax is delayed by almost a minute of weird music and then a silence. Please get rid of this - it detracts from the listening experience.
This book captured my heart when I read it on paper, and again now in spoken word. Hearing this story allows you to enter an entirely different world. It is a beautiful heartbreaking story and one of my favourites ever
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