In an ancient Japan where the incursions of gods, ghosts, and demons into the living world is an everyday event, an impoverished nobleman named Yamada no Goji makes his living as a demon hunter for hire. With the occasional assistance of the reprobate exorcist Kenji, whatever the difficulty - ogres, demons, fox-spirits - for a price Yamada will do what needs to be done, even and especially if the solution to the problem isn't as simple as the edge of a sword. Yet, no matter how many monsters he has to face, or how powerful and terrible they may be, the demons Yamada fears the most are his own.
©2013 Richard Parks (P)2014 Audible Inc.
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges
Impoverished nobleman Yamada no Goji is a demon hunter in an ancient Japan, where the existence of ghosts and yōkai is a fact of life. His craft is difficult and requires intelligence and understanding as often as it requires his blade or tailsmans and his trade draws him into the schemes of humans seeking power, as well as those of the demons themselves.
This book has a lot going for it. The main story is broken up into a series of interlinked shorts, each involving a different task. All are plot heavy and there wasn't a point in the book that my interest wasn't held. The characters are good, the descriptions beautifully written and the mysteries intriguing.
Brian Nishii's performance was impressive, partly because he can clearly speak both Japanese and English fluently, helping evoke the setting of the story. He has a great voice to listen to and I really enjoyed the way he acted out the parts of the different characters.
There are two reasons this is a four star, rather than a five star listen for me. The first is that earlier on in the book both author and narrator fail to give a completely credible impression that the world we're visiting is ancient Japan. The language and the way the hero speaks are a bit too modern at times and the narrator also often lapses into a more Americanised accent for the hero. Also, it didn't give me what my audio-book group describes as a 'book hangover', that feeling where nothing else seems as good and you can't wait for the next one to come out.
Overall if you only have one credit a month and don't get through many books a year there are better fantasy books out there to spend it on. On the other hand if you read a lot like myself and enjoy paranormal fantasy books with plot as well as punch, I really recommend this.
The story. Little clues here and there that later turn out to be huge clues because of the way the main character engineers things. It's very derivative.
A story about demons and ghosts is going to be hard to make 'convincing' but this is just Sherlock Holmes with demons and ghosts and Kitsune!
Not really. It's like teenage fictio.
Brian Nishi is the only good thing about this book. Brilliant as ever.
If you want a very simple, drab sort of story to listen to, one that'll help youget to sleep, but this book!
"Demon Hunter mini stories"
This is a series of short stories presented in order. There isn't a lot of spells and sword play being done. Instead our hero is a down his luck noble who is hired or finds demon related jobs. This novel gives an insight into demons and the like from a different culture. The setting is in an ancient time. I enjoyed it a lot. I especially enjoyed narration by Brian Nishii. It is obvious that he has some degree of being bilingual. But his voice is English speaking with the foreign words being spoken correctly. This adds an enjoyable flare to the stories. I recommend this for those looking for something different.
"A new kind of fantasy world"
Japanese mythology is richly woven into this collection of adventuring tales. Two unlikely companions meet oni, ghosts, fox demons and worse - mortal treachery in this well performed audio book. Great fun for lovers of samurai fables.
I had great hopes for this book but i was sorely disappointed. The main character is supposed to be a Demon Hunter as the title suggest but he is more like a Demon Soother He brings comfort and well tiding to monsters everywhere. I can literally count the number of times he use his sword on one hand. Now don't get me wrong I love a good story where the hero uses his mind instead of brown. But in every situation the problems were so simply solved that the people with the problems should have solved them long before he ever arrived.
Plus all of the spell work and important life saving stuff was all done by his side kick a disreputable monk. who is like Watson to his Holmes.
It was like short murder mysteries written in time of the samurai. I wish there were more.
"Good Fun with nice atmosphere"
I enjoyed this series of semiconnected stories. They have a touch of the Dresden Files short stories in their structure.
"A very nice book"
Short and interesting and well narrated. I would recommend it to those who love "detective" type stories.
"Different than I expected bu in a good way"
I was expecting a typical hack and slash heavily western influenced style ninja novel. It was more of a detective novel than an adventure novel however I like books with characters that use their brains as much as their skills so I liked this. I also liked that the author got the right feel for the Japanese. Having lived in Japan and worked with the Japanese for over 10 years I was expecting lots of cringe worthy Western stereotypes. I didn't get them which was a pleasant surprise.
"Living in Japanese Legends"
A very enjoyable way to experience Japanese history and myths. this book is a mix of a Japanese myth and legend anthology and Sherlock Holmes detective stories.
"worst ive listened to in a long time...."
did not finish. narrator was boring story had no purpose . no action no comedic points nothing to get u wrapped up in story. if you dont write down everybodies names, to refer back to, you will get lost. will not get next book. which is sad because i had really high hopes....
The book was good just not what I was suspecting it's more of a Chinese Sherlock Holmes less than killing a bunch of demons blood and gore that I really was suspecting from this book but it wasn't decent I think maybe if I don't have anything else to read I might do the 2nd book
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