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Miyazakiworld

A Life in Art
Narrated by: Susan Napier
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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The story of filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki's life and work, including his significant impact on Japan and the world

A thirtieth-century toxic jungle, a bathhouse for tired gods, a red haired fish girl, and a furry woodland spirit - what do these have in common? They all spring from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki, one of the greatest living animators, known worldwide for films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and The Wind Rises.

Japanese culture and animation scholar Susan Napier explores the life and art of this extraordinary Japanese filmmaker to provide a definitive account of his oeuvre. Napier insightfully illuminates the multiple themes crisscrossing his work, from empowered women to environmental nightmares to utopian dreams, creating an unforgettable portrait of a man whose art challenged Hollywood dominance and ushered in a new chapter of global popular culture.

©2018 Susan Napier (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I was so excited to find this audiobook release, it was unexpected. I expected the book to be of a good standard, and my expectations were surpassed. I find it hard to imagine a more thorough and accurate analysis of Miyazaki and his films. I felt in agreement with the author on many questions, and she highlighted all the tropes and moments I found most interesting myself.

I am now keen to discover more about the author, I would have a great deal of faith in her tastes and opinions. I would like to learn more about her favourite books, films, music etc. for inspiration.

The author narrating the title was ideal as well.

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  • Michael Charboneau
  • 20-05-19

An amazing life

As a fan of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, I had to give this book a listen. The author obviously did their homework and even spoke with Miyazaki directly. If you are going to pick only one book to learn about his life and movies, I’d say this is it.

My only criticism of the text is that I feel Susan Napier goes a little too far in psychoanalysis of Miyazaki, perhaps stating opinions as fact when it comes to what’s going on inside the filmmaker’s mind. Additionally, her reading in the audio version gets a little mushy at times, especially on article words; it kept taking me out of the flow. Nonetheless, she nails Japanese pronunciations (as far as this English-speaker can tell).

I also picked up the Kindle version. There are a few movie stills and other pictures, but not many, and you won’t miss out on too much of you only get the audio version.

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