Grass for His Pillow: Tales of the Otori Book Two

Written by:
Lian Hearn
Narrated by:
Aiko Nakasone , Kevin Gray

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2003
9 hours 28 minutes
A New York Times Notable Book of the YearBook II of the internationally best-selling Tales of the Otori trilogy, a sweeping saga set in a mythical, medieval Japan.In Book I of the Otori trilogy, Across the Nightingale Floor, Lian Hearn created a wholly original, fully-realized fantasy world where great powers clashed and young love dawned against a dazzling and mystical landscape. Nightingale was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, one of Book magazine's best novels of the year, and one of School Library Journal's Best Adult Books for High School Readers.In this second tale, we return to the story of Takeo-the young orphan taken up by the Otori Lord and now a closely held member of the Tribe-and his beloved Shirakawa Kaede, heir to the Maruyama, who must find a way to unify the domain she has inherited. In a complex social hierarchy, amid dissembling clans and fractured alliances, there is no place for passionate love. Yet Takeo and Kaede, drawing on their unusual talents and hidden strengths, find ways both to nurture their intense personal bond and to honor the best interests of their people.Like its predecessor, Grass for His Pillow is a transcendent work of storytelling-epic in scope, shimmering with imagination, and graced in equal measure with rapturous writing and exhilarating action.
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Philip H.

Book 2 of the Otori is definitely a chain within a series,as it starts where Book 1 ended and the story leaves the reader hanging at the end. This book has a slower pace with less action, but continues to develop the characters and story. I plan to read Book 3.

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Obi O.

Loved it. Someone had complained about the female narrator. I have none.

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Andrea O.

Beautiful peace of fantasy in a historical setting! The language is rich and descriptive. It was a bit confusing to keep track of who was on who’s side, but after a couple of listens, it became clear. Takeo’s chapter’s were really cool, especially during the training montages. His conflict in loyalties is interesting. The affect it has on his psyche is also explored in a way that truly makes him sympathetic. Kaede’s chapters were wonderful because one can see the way that she begins to take control of her own life. My only complaints was that the narrators were slow, especially the one that did Kaede’s chapters. It was frustrating at times and I resolved to listen to it at 1.25X speed. That said, this book was really interesting.

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Gregory B.

The story is good but has slowed down considerably. The woman narrator reads so slowly it’s almost unbearable... if she was the only narrator, id have given up already.

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