In turns creepy, whimsical, philosophical, sexual (sometimes in a disturbing way but not gratuitously so), surreal, sad and evocative. Ultimately a truly unique novel. Recommend.
The dialogues are powerful, poetic, profound and genuine. The recording with both readers worked wonderfully, you may savor the literature, the scene settings, with those weird imagery that's the first time I've read, without any rush. it's overall delightful!
The story was fantastic, an epic adventure while at the same time being full of relatable emotions and thoughts. And the narrators were great, particularly the narrator who slipped so easily between Nakata, Hoshino and narrating, giving a special sound and style to each (assuming it was the one person doing all those voices...!)
I previously read IQ84, and I find Murakami's writing to be engaging. However, there were a lot of very disturbing images and ideas in this book. I certainly wouldn't read it again
but I couldn't stop reading, once I started.
Delicate. Harsh. Intense. Subtle.
Everything I never expected or could ever have seen coming. Considered life and the concept of time from different dimensions and points of view. How is this not a five star? Weird and awkward and delicious and bizarre.
Murakami writes a fascinating story about different people/beings who in different ways relate to each other, both litterally on the story-line and on more profound metaphysical levels. The performance of the readers was on its own worth listening to - both readers give soul to the generally blurred and complicated characters in the story. In short, 'Kafka on the Shore' is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to and it's highly recommendable.
It keeps you hooked all through the book. One of the best narrations I have heard! Loved it! Highly recommendable.
To me it was like reading an adult version of “Alice in Wonderland,” just not as good.
This is the first book I have ever read by the author, Haruki Murakami, and I found it quite different, if not bizarre. Perhaps it was because it was a translation from its original Japanese language.
I found the story sometimes boring, and sometimes interesting. I felt I was left hanging at the end of the book and was disappointed after all of the time I had invested in the story. Were we supposed to figure out on our own whether Saeki was Kafka’s mother or not? The story was never concluded, which for me was a bummer.
I did like the character Nakata. He was the cat finder who was simple minded, but why did he have to say he was “simple minded” so many times in the book, again and again and again?
I never did figure out who the “Crow” represented in the story. He appeared a few times, but I never could understand why.
I know that many gave this book good reviews, however, it wasn’t that good for me. I have another one of his books on my Wish List ''The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” which also had excellent reviews. I am going to have to think twice about purchasing it before I choose a different book by a different author on my Wish List.
Narration by Sean Barrett and Oliver Le Sueur was excellent.