"Well worth the listen"
As the far as the audio element it was on a par with most of what I've listened to; not noticeably better but definitely not poor.
It's hard for me to think of a good comparison, in many ways very little happens in the book and there's no climactic point to the story. But to me that was the point, it was interesting and full of content, and a refreshing change to a lot of what's out there. I don't know if that's true of Japanese novels or if it's specific to Murakami, but I've read several of his books (and am making my way through the rest) and I recommend trying them.
I can't describe an exact emotion, but I was definitely emotionally invested in the characters, they were brilliantly written.
"Not sure what to think about it"
The storyline is interesting and would not change a thing.
The female character has is interesting. You know that she holds the mystery but have to wait for her to reveal it.
I hated it and that is the reason why I only gave the book 3 stars. I have no doubts that he might have actic skills but his voice and a way he was acting characters out was annoying!
Not sure as the book is a slow paste with no much dynamic and this does not sale.
"Do I have the stamina to get to the end!"
Yes, but for the insight into some Japanese cultural views rather than for the story. It seems to be a series of small scenes, which may or may not go somewhere. I'm still on the journey.
Its a book I need quiet to listen to, as opposed to my favourite story telling books that draw me in and block out the world.
"Not my taste"
Reduce it by half
A book with a proper story
Yes, got the Name of the Wind. He's an excellent reader and brings characters to life.
I give up after about half of the book. There is no story line to follow, I don't engage with the characters, and I keep dozing off.
"I still don't know what to think of it"
One thing for sure, this is the weirdest and most bizarre book I have ever come across..
Stories of the most ordinary and boring daily routines blend here with unexpected situations, strange dialogues and terrorising tales from the II WW, almost as if the author was playing with the reader, trying to put his emotions to sleep to suddenly wake him up with the most violent and detailed torture or a bizarre sex scene one can imagine.
The pace is slow, yet what doesn’t happen is almost as significant to what does, making it for a quite a frustrating read/listen at times.
What kept me going was the fact that I had no way of guessing where the author was taking his story and how it was going to end. Having said that, I found the ending disappointing yet not at all out of a character..
One thing for sure, this book was so weird, I really don’t know what to think of it..
hence the ***** and * star
"Interesting, perseverance required though"
The story is quite intricate and requires attention throughout.
I found the narration to be quite annoying at times. I would recommend persevering through this though as the story is worthwhile.
If you're looking for an 'easy' listen, this isn't it. It is enjoyable with effort though.
"The Wind-up Bird Chronicles"
I have read the book, listened to the auido version and still have no idea what its all about. But I like it! Its the same Murakmi version of how events and life happen. I will definitely read or listen to it again one day
"Blathers on and on and on ..."
Blathers on and on and on getting less and less interesting. Only really saved by the superb narration by Rupert Degas. Would benefit from a good editor.
"Intriguing with wonderful narration"
Having mulled over the events of this novel I'm still convinced I've missed something that should have been more obvious. Murakami's books are always somewhat obscure, in that they blur the edges between reality and dream and deal with the elelment of human experience that can't settle into the artificial strictures of society, and which is both fascinated and horrified by the nastier brutalities of life. To that extent, this novel is the best example of his writing muse, but it also makes it difficult to pennetrate in any intellectual way. Perhaps that's the point, that the reader is supposed to be baffled and unable to rationalise anything about it!
All that aside. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The narration by Rupert Degas is a tour-de-force masterclass in how to read a book - simply fantastic. All the characters have their own convincing voices and personalities and he never falters with the pace of the novel.
Don't let anything I've said put you off buying this title if you're prepared to go on an existential roller-coaster ride. I'm going to listen again very soon.
"5 stars for the story, 1 for the character voices"
This is my second book by this author. I love the fact that I just never know where he's going next and it's quite a ride. Some of his metaphors I found so quirky and utterly refreshing the way he presents them.
The only unfortunate part was some of the truly awful voices the narrator came up with . Every time May or the midget spoke I wanted to turn off my ipod they were so grating.Then there was the Japanese officer with a Texan accent. Whaaaaaaat????