The Last Concubine

  • by Lesley Downer
  • Narrated by Sarah Sherborne
  • 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Growing up in rural Japan in 1861, Sachi has always felt different, her pale skin setting her apart. When she is 11, a princess passes through her village, sweeping her off to the women's palace in Edo, home to 3000 women and only one man - the young shogun. Sachi is chosen as his concubine. But Japan is changing. As civil war erupts, Sachi flees for her life. Rescued by a rebel warrior, she finds unknown feelings stirring within her. But before she dare dream of a life with him, Sachi must unravel the mystery of her own origins - a mystery that encompasses a wrong so terrible that it threatens to destroy her.


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Please don't download this book without listening to the narration first because it really is terrible. I'm sure the story is perfectly good but the narration is so bad you can't past listening to it to hear the story.
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- Emma

The last Concubine

Please do not download this book! It is awful in every respect. As other reviewers have pointed out the narration is terrible. There are some amazing mispronunciations too.
But most importantly the story line and character development are dreadful. It feels like someone was fascinated by the 'exotic' setting of historic Japan but had no grasp whatsoever of the culture, the very different mindset of the people, the concept of honour and the way this influences day to day life. These aspects are continually referred to by interminable repetitions and immediately disregarded in the development both of the story line and the individual characters. And it gets worse and worse and worse throughout the book. In the end I plodded along in 20 minute instalments. If it hadn't been so frustrating, it would have been quite funny.
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- Christiane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-04-2009
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd