Library Ed. Books on Tape 2008
CD ISBN 978-1-4159-4616-9 $100.00 Eight CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
This audiobook has the feel of an epic--it spans years, rattles social structures, and explores personal trials. Janet Song's sedate performance only emphasizes the drama of this historical novel. With her calmly measured pace and careful enunciation, Song's dramatization of Haruko's journey from typical girl to wife of the Crown Prince of Japan seems even larger and more real. The listener is at Haruko's side as she copes with the considerable changes in her life with quiet strength. Exquisite and accessible to all listeners, Song's performance reveals fascinating, lifelike scenes. The glimpse of post-WWII Japan is interesting and informative without diminishing the power of Haruko's story and Song's calm vocals. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2008]
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