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.
©2009 Lesley Downer (P)2009 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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1 out of 5 stars
By Emma on 31-05-09


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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1 out of 5 stars
By Christiane on 17-07-09

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Cecilia on 22-04-10

Interesting but kind of slow

Although the story is interesting and the narrator is doing a very good job, it gets kind of boring. The reason is that there is very little dialog between the characters. A lot of describing and thinking, but not very much interacting between the characters and that makes me lose interest after a while. Listened through the book though but felt "finally!" when it was done.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Siri-Mette Amble on 20-05-10


I enjoyed the glimpse into a foreign time long gone. Predictable happy ending, but then again, what's wrong with a happy ending?

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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