Heaven's Net Is Wide

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Lian Hearn

Narrated By: Paul Boehmer, Julia Fletcher

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: August 2007

Duration: 17 hours 53 minutes


The prequel to the beloved "Otori" tales both completes and introduces the series while standing firmly on its own, recounting a mythical, medieval world of ninjas and samurais.
As Tolkien's "The Silmarillion" is to "The Lord of the Rings," Lian Hearn's "Heaven's Net Is Wide" is the backstory fans have been yearning for.
Set before the "Tales of the Otori" begins, "Heaven's Net" recounts the life of Lord Otori Shigeru, the series' spiritual warrior-godfather and adoptive father of the "Tales'" Takeo. We learn about Shigeru's training in the ways of the warrior and feudal lord; his relationship with the Tribe of mysteriously powerful assassins; his fateful meeting with Lady Maruyama, who would become his secret lover; the battle of Yaegahara, where his father is killed; and other turning points that shaped the "Tales," The first four volumes gave us only glimpses. Now we are treated to rich detail and more of Hearn's fantastical Japanese world.
Gripping and bewitching, "Heaven's Net" is a new beginning and a grand finale; a story of monumental battles, supreme loyalty, triumphant love, and heartbreak. It ends just before "Across the Nightingale Floor" begins, bringing the "Otori" epic full circle.


  • Anonymous

    This story was wonderful and the narrators were great, too. However, I'm not sure it would have been so enjoyable if I hadn't listened to the other Tales of the Otori first.

  • Anonymous

    This is an excellent follow-up / Prequel and stand alone to the Otori Series.....this depth of description makes you feel you are in feudal Japan...it truly bring into perspective a lot of the open questions from the main series.

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