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by | Read by Hanako Footman, Susan Momoko Hingley, Kenichiro Thomson, Winson Ting, Shiro Kawai

Fiction • 7.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2023

This poignant audiobook features five deceptively simple parables about how libraries inspire the pursuit of one's passions. Each of the interconnected stories is narrated by a single narrator who portrays a member of Japanese society whose current existence is unfulfilling and unsuccessful. The international narrators bring a blend of accents that highlight the vast differences between the characters portrayed, including socioeconomic aspects not limited to Japanese culture. These include the plight of 65-year-old retiree Masago, thoughtfully narrated by Shiro Kawai, and 40-year-old former magazine editor Natsumi's dilemmas as a working mother. Each narrator brings a fresh viewpoint and portrayal of Sayuri Komachi, the larger-than-life librarian who appears in every story. She gives each protagonist the perfect book to encourage them to follow their aspirations. M.F. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2023]

Trade Ed. • Harlequin Audio • 2023

DD ISBN 9781488228919 $27.99

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