Kottō : being Japanese curios, with sundry cobwebs

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.7 stars; 32 reviews)

Kottō contains 20 Japanese stories, collected from different sources and translated by Lafcadio Hearn. The types of stories in this collection are widespread: There are old ghost stories Hearn is best known for (The Legend of Yurei-Daki), his own observations and musings (Pathological), as well as the translation of 'A Woman's Diary', a touching account of the life of the poorer classes in Tokyo, written at the end of the 19th century. (Summary by Availle) (4 hr 19 min)


The Legend Of Yurei-Daki 6:05 Read by Scott Carpenter
In a Cup of Tea 7:19 Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet
Common Sense 6:31 Read by Scott Carpenter
Ikiryō 10:04 Read by Ruth Golding
Shiryō 6:39 Read by Ana
The Story of O-Kamé 8:06 Read by summerdaze
Story of a Fly 5:27 Read by Scott Carpenter
Story of a Pheasant 5:18 Read by summerdaze
The Story of Chūgōro 10:23 Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet
A Woman's Diary, Part 1 35:34 Read by Availle
A Woman's Diary, Part 2 33:41 Read by Availle
Heiké-gani 4:36 Read by summerdaze
Fireflies 38:44 Read by Scott Carpenter
A Drop of Dew 6:41 Read by Scott Carpenter
Gaki 25:06 Read by Scott Carpenter
A Matter of Custom 5:18 Read by Eine-von-Vier
Revery 13:06 Read by Martin Geeson
Pathological 6:23 Read by Availle
In the Dead of the Night 6:18 Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet
Kusa-Hibari 9:41 Read by David Barnes
The Eater of Dreams 8:41 Read by Scott Carpenter


A Real Gem

(5 stars)

These stories are amazingly beautiful and often quite poignant. You will fall in love with this audiobook! Check out wiki about the author--he was a real character. I was listening to these tales at night and found myself getting quite caught up in their timeless, wistful quality. Wow. Another 5 stars for the book and the readers. Thanks, Librivox.

A dreamscape of beauty

(5 stars)

Thank you for this inspiring reading

(3.5 stars)

What happened to the Mary Ann Spiegel sections? Went back to re-listen & new reader for her sections. Disappointed!

it definitely held my interest and I enjoyed the readers

(4 stars)

canvery good especially the cricket story, hauntingly sad

(5 stars)