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Across the Nightingale Floor

Tales of the Otori, Book 1
Narrated by: Aiko Nakasone, Kevin Gray
Series: Tales of the Otori, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
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Summary

In his palace at Inuyama, Lord Iida Sadamu, warlord of the Tohan clan, surveys his famous nightingale floor. Its surface sings at the tread of every human foot, and no assassin can cross it. But 16-year-old Otori Takeo, his family murdered by Iida's warriors, has the magical skills of the Tribe - preternatural hearing, invisibility, a second self - that enable him to enter the lair of the Tohan. He has love in his heart and death at his fingertips....

Lian Hearn's stunningly powerful best seller, Across the Nightingale Floor, is an epic story for young and old. Set in a mythical feudal Japanese land, a world both beautiful and cruel, the intense love story of two young people takes place against a background of warring clans, secret alliances, high honour and lightning swordplay.

The first novel in the epic Tales of the Otori series, Across the Nightingale Floor is followed by Grass for His Pillow and Brilliance of the Moon.

©2003 Lian Hearn (P)2003 HighBridge Audio
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brilliant!

perfect story and narration... one of the best I've listened to....on to the next one

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Great storytelling

I read this collection of books many years ago, and was contemplating reading them again when I saw them on Audible. The story was as engrossing as I had remembered, but this was let down a little for me by the female narrator, very monotone and emotionless; my partner overheard me listening to it and thought it was a computer generated voice. The male narrator was excellent though, and has more of the story, so overall it was a pleasant return to this enthralling story for me. Will look forward to more in this trilogy (and the other books) 😊

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Wonderfully constructed story and reading

What an amazing book, story and reading methods. Chapters alternatively read by Aiko and Kevin.
The story is such a mix of beauty and harshness. Honor and love. Emotions hidden and revealed. So I look forward to the next in the series

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Japanese Game of Thrones

I read these books years ago when they were first published and this reminds me what a great story they tell. Well read too.

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Enjoyable

Liked the male narrator,. but the female narrator was a little lifeless. Great story, would recommend.

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Intriguing , emotional and interesting.

A great book. begining to end I was very invested even tho I struggled as the two main characters were read by two different people by the end I felt it really added to the story

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can't stop listening

I read this book and all others Tales of the Otori books many years ago, when I was a teenager. I remember how much I loved them so downloaded the to listen once again. Story is very interesting, voices of the narrators are calm amd suitable. It is not a boring love story or anything, story has a but of everything. The story gets to you so you don't want to stop listening. I was listening quite a lot of it on a plane as was traveling - I got sad when plane is about to land and I had to stop my audiobook 😂 10/10

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  • 05-03-20

One of my all time favourites

I just love this story. it is great as an audio too. The narrators were excellent.

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  • Anders
  • 27-08-19

Exciting Japanese teenage drama

Family clans on the brink of war - who can you trust? The story is told in past tense from the perspective of two teenagers, a boy (1st person) and a girl (3rd person). The special gifts of 'the tribe' makes it a fantasy novel, but it does not go over the top. The story is charming and exciting, but can be both a bit rushed and a bit predictable. This is not the detailed and clever writing of George R R Martin, but it's still a coherent story that works, though I feel it takes some lazy shortcuts sometimes when I want a more detailed and true-nature-like story. This is how I feel it is intended for teenagers - more simple and short, action oriented.

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  • Gvido
  • 23-10-17

Predictable and flat

The story is quite predictable and flat, the characters lack depth and the performance could be better for the female voice. As a time killer, it has some usability and some ok fantasy aspects - but unfortunately the predictability made the story boring.