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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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Fascinating story ruined...

Fascinating story ruined by two awful narrators: a robotic, nasal American male and a woman who sounds like a 12 year old reading a bedtime story to a younger sibling. I am seriously considering switching over to a kindle book instead.

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fantastic

Great story and well put together can't wait to get to the 2n book. grass for his pillow

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Brilliant Story of the Otori

Really enjoyed this story. The voice acting was spot on and the writing was incredible. I'm hooked on this series now.

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I love this book!!

I read the the Nightingale Floor many years ago, together with the rest of the series and keep them in my bookcase now. Finding them on audible was like a gift just for me. This version is wonderful and the two narrators are exceptional. I will be using my credits to buy the remaining books to enjoy all over again. Thank you audible for giving me this gift. It will follow me for the rest of my life.

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Utilize the playback speed if needed

Speeding up the female narrators chapters by 1.10x or 1.15x made it perfect.
Its a great series of old honor, and magic.

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Great book

Great book, fantastic world, martial skills and special abilities.

Great narration and the two voices work perfectly

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Action packed and otherworldly

This book really did have a touch of magic in every word, in my opinion. Takeo's loyalty to Otori Shigeru was haunting and so perfectly constructed and his determination and drive to do the right thing kept the story going forwards brilliantly. Kaede's innocence but also her determination and strength of character made her a force to be reckoned with all of her own. It was beautifully written.

In terms of historical accuracy for the setting, I really don't know... but the book has characters with literal magic powers so I'm sure it can be forgiven for any inaccuracies, because it's clearly not set in the world as we understand it anyway.

I'm excited to read the rest of the series. Definitely glad I took the time to listen to this book.

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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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  • 13-09-20

a great book ruined by the female reader

The book itself is well written, the story has nice twists and turns to it, and the depiction of the scenery doesn't take away from the progress of the plot.
however, the book is ruined in the chapters that are read out loud by the female vocal actor (Aiko Nakasone). i have never heard seach brutal disassociation from the content that is read out loud. it was very hard to listen to, and if it wasn't for the author's great writting i would have returned the book without finishing it.
this is even sadder when you think of the male voice actor (Kevin Gray) of this book which reading is spot on, but has to share the chapters with such low quality female counterpart.
please consider hiring another actress for your next books.

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  • KZBenn
  • 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.