Shinto and Japanese New Religions
- Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
- Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 22-08-06
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Darcy Conroy on 12-04-11
Kingsley's 'newsreel' tone a touch distracting
Full of interesting information, this audio book makes for a good introduction to Japanese religions and spirituality. I was looking forward to hearing Kingsley narrate but, for some reason, he adopts a tone right out of a British war-time newsreel which, while amusing, highlights when the script occasionally oversimplifies topics (carefully explaining them in "Western" terms,) and the piece slips into the patronizing. Nevertheless, the information is clearly presented, aided by voices other than just "newsreel Ben" for quotes from other scholars etc...
A small warning for those who are not used to listening to Japanese speaking with a heavy "Katakana English" accent - a few of the Japanese readers might be a little difficult to understand.
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By A. Weber on 11-06-16
I believe there were some good insights somewhere but the premise of having Japanese speakers/actors speak VERY poorly accented English - to the point of being unintelligible at times - was horrid.
This was imo a complete waste audibly. Written - it's probably better.