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.