"The best "long" Murakami book"
High, it's a long listen but compared to 1Q84 a much better story.
I don't really want to spoil the story but there's a bit in Manchuria that will stick with you.
Reasonable to good understanding of Japanese names and their pronunciations, which often becomes frustrating in other audio adaptions of Murakami books. He does a surprising good job at the female voices.
No, it will get a bit tedious and events will start to blend... also it's too long for that. The best way to enjoy it is in chunks of a couple of hours.
If you enjoyed "Norwegian Wood", "Kafka on the Shore", and "A Wild Sheep Chase" this is the next level up to get through Murakami's excellent repertoire.
An amazing story, which was brought alive by Rupert Degas' brilliant narration. I can't recommend it enough.
"Odd story, brilliant narrator"
No, whilst I enjoyed the book, I wouldn't listen again.
I've never read anything like Murakami, so I could only compare this to 1Q84.
I feel Rupert Degas brings a lot to the story. He reads very clearly and with wonderful characterisations.
"A great story"
A mother triumph for the author . Please read this book with the understanding you are about to be taken by the hand to a beautiful and violent place .
"Hard to understand"
Its so long!! And hard to understand maybe its better to read vs listening. Sad ending.
"Just rather odd"
I chose this book due to previous rave reviews. I had never read anything by this author, and like to vary my listening. I guess this just wasn't my cup of tea. I didn't empathise with the very strange protagonist and his weird sexual fantasies, and I didn't really care what happened to him either in the present or in the future - in fact it seems perfectly understandable that both his wife and his cat might have had the desire to do a runner. The other characters were in equal measure odd and dull, and I found their extremely lengthy ramblings on the meaning of life mind numbingly boring. I found the story bizarre in the extreme, and I didn't enjoy the more brutal scenes. I'm sure there is plenty of deep meaning, there are definitely threads of symmetry in the intertwined tales, and I have no doubt that you could study this book and come up with some great essays on literary technique, but as entertainment, it did absolutely nothing for me, and I couldn't wait for it to end. And the ending? Like the rest of the book, an uneventful disappointment.
"Unique and engrossing"
This is the second Murakami I have read and I really like his writing. Bit surreal but in a worldly way. Powerful main story with others intertwined. Fabulous characters brought vividly to life by Mr Degas (a top class narrator). Love his use of language - feels like quality.
"Amazing narration, weirdly interesting book"
a David Lynch movie
It was quite a lengthy book but the amazing narration actually made it possible to go through
"Miss one sentence and you could miss the story."
Murakami is master of every detail yet can hide the larger ones right till the end.
Rupert Degas is phenomenal as every character there is no limit to his capabilities.
"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.