• Kwaidan

  • By: Lafcadio Hearn
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 27-10-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (2 ratings)

Editor reviews

Narrator Walter Covell cultivates an atmosphere of mystery and antiquity in his rendition of Kwaidan. Kwaidan is a collection of ancient Japanese legends. Hearing the tales of warriors, ghosts, demons, and other beings out loud allows an immediacy and intimacy that is not possible when simply reading to one's self. Walter Covell invites us into the world of narrative storytelling, and listeners will find themselves easily transported through time, delighted by the startling images and weird mythology of these wonderful tales.
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Kwaidan is a collection of weird, ghostly legends and beliefs of old Japan. Hearn spent 14 years in Japan, translating into English with superb effect the atmosphere of the tales which he avidly collected. Based on Japanese literature and foldlore, Kwaidan contains 17 stories. The story of Loichi, the blind biwa player who was called to perform for the dead; of Muso, the journeying priest who encountered a man eating goblin; of the samurai who outwitted the ghost of a dead man. All these plus 14 other spooly tales are included in this collection.
(P)1986 Jimcin Recordings
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4 out of 5 stars
By Sad Carlos on 22-05-15

Good stories but an old recording

if you're into folk lore this book has a lot of stories from japan. I have another book with 4 stories in it and this one has most of those and like 12 more so this is the way to go as far as Japanese tales go. I'm still looking for a good one that has the mythological beasts tales like Kappa and such this one is all ghosts stories. The only issue I had was this was an obviously old recording but once I got used to the quality I didn't mind as much as it begins to add a bit to the general feel of campfire tales in my opinion.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Molly G. on 01-10-16

Wonderful stories of old Japan.

For those curious about or interested in old Japan, these stories are wonderful. They are well read. And listening to these stories on audible are a real help for those who have low vision. Thank you so much.

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