Across the Nightingale Floor : Tales of the Otori

  • by Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by Tamblyn Lord, Anna Steen
  • Series: Tales of the Otori
  • 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An international best seller, Across the Nightingale Floor is the first book in the Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn.
In his black-walled fortress at Inuyama, the warlord Iida Sadamu surveys his famous nightingale floor. Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot. No assassin can cross it unheard.
The youth Takeo has been brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people who have taught him only the ways of peace. But unbeknownst to him, his father was a celebrated assassin and a member of the Tribe, an ancient network of families with extraordinary, preternatural skills.
When Takeo's village is pillaged, he is rescued and adopted by the mysterious Lord Otori Shigeru. Under the tutelage of Shigeru, he learns that he too possesses the skills of the Tribe. And, with this knowledge, he embarks on a journey that will lead him across the famed nightingale floor - and to his own unimaginable destiny....

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Ruined by intrusive, loud music

I've read this book, and was looking forward to hearing the audiobook. And I have to say, the story was as engrossing as I remembered - and the two narrators did it justice.

HOWEVER, the music was really intrusive - cymbals crashing at almost random intervals, and instrumentals played over the top of narration! As someone that listens to audiobooks at night, while driftng off to sleep, I've always found musical interludes and sound effects annoying (they always seem much louder than the narrators!) This recording hit new lows...
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- Georgia

Pure magic

What did you like most about Across the Nightingale Floor?

The intriguing mixture of history, religion and magic. Every part of the story is described perfectly and draws you in.


Who was your favorite character and why?

I really loved all of them. Especially Takeo, Lord Shigeru and Kaede


Any additional comments?

I read these books as a child and the series was definitely among my favourites. I don't think I will ever get sick of re-listening.

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- anon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-06-2015
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd