I am not averse to listening to long books. I have made it through both "War and Peace" and "Atlas Shrugged". In the hands of good narrators even the longest books are a pleasure.
This, however, is only a fair story. And a pretty common one as science fiction goes. There's a mystery that ties together a couple of main characters. Their stories run parallel for a while then the stories intersect. In some places I could see the next scene coming a mile away. But all in all, it's not a bad story. A good editor would have made this a great story and cut down at least 30% of the text.
But the narrators really spoiled this for me. For some reason, the female character's tale is told at an excruciatingly slow pace. At times I sped this up to double speed, something I have never done, in an effort to move things along. Even at double speed I wanted to reach into the recording and shake this narrator and scream, "All right already, get on with it!" The male readers are almost as bad. Seriously...where was the production director on this one?
Can't recommend this audio. Get the print edition and skip liberally through this tale.
His writing is so incredible 3 stars are warranted for his writing alone. However, if you are going to take me on a magical ride to some spectacular world, you have to take me on a magic ride back. I am feeble minded. You cannot leave me with myriad unanswered questions. When he writes in the book that Air Chrysalis did not explain the little people, I was hoping he would not do the same. Not only did he fail to tie up those loose ends but many other were left dangling. I feel like I wasted over 30 hours of listening (I listen at 1.5 speed) and I get no closure on the other universe ... the little people, Fukaeri , other characters, etc. The writing was incredible, but I hate being left in the dark.
I am sure this book has the worst ending, or non-ending of any book I have ever listened to. The story moves along weaving a tale of supernatural events sloooooowly linking together people, and just when it seems the action may, kinda, sorta, maybe start and some answers to questions dealing with the cult, why they want the girl, what do the "little people" say to them, what the alternate world is - why are some able to move between them, ect, ect ---- the story just ends.
Let me put it this way, if this book was a restaurant review of a place you were interested in eating at it would be like this; This restaurant has tables, chairs a very clean bathroom, wait staff that are attentive and food that is brought out on plates, some of the food is served in bowels.
That would be it, but it would take 35 hours to say it.
Business Physicist and Astronomer
This is a book in need of an editor. It could easily be cut in half without losing a beat. I had a miserable time getting through it---the characters are bland, by design, as it is some sort of 1984 type saga. But really, once you get a handle on the personalities, nothing they do is unpredictable. I can't imagine taking this thing on in print.
There are interesting ideas. But to me, the book feels like it was written by a 17 year old with a good imagination but no real writing talent. Hey wait! That's the premise of the book "Air Head Chriswillbuythis". Well I did. I don't regret it but don't recommend it either.
Husband. Dad. 3D Nerd. Tech Junkie. Saints fan. Part of the Squid clan.
Not if you paid me.
Ultimately, there isn't a character in this book I felt any connection to or compassion for. Each character is mind-numbingly introspective, yet they were all completely unlikeable for the things they do throughout the course of the story. Moreover, the characters never seem to change within the story - they seem to be animatronic props the author simply fiddles with the entire time. Finally I was also highly upset that this book ended so abruptly and with such a simple, cliche ending. There are simply so many loose ends that go unresolved that it's hard to call the book "finished" even though it was a bloated 40+ hour listen to get to the point where the author finally stopped writing. My advice, don't waste your time with this.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
the story was pleasant but not great. I could of rated it higher if it was a shorter book. But for a 46 hour book very little happens. The explicit talk about sex does not fill the gaps. There is even talk toward the end on gun control. How politically correct can you get. The writing was good and by that i mean the characters were well developed. Narration was great.
You could cut the sappy stuff and the obvious product placements and make this a compact sci-fi thriller.
Maybe John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath"
Too many to count. I just couldn't buy the "little people." I also struggled with how the characters dealt with the "second moon." Some of the writing was really hocky: the use of "It's Only a Paper Moon" lyrics in a grave situation just made me cringe. Finally, I accept product placement in novels, but I got tired of all the pimping
This story dragged on and on, with little tiny detail after little tiny detail; yet the author is always talking about the "little people" with no rationale follow-through of what the little people are.
Also, Allison Hiroto's reading is spoken in an excess attempt to pronounce every vowel and consonant of every word in precise English, and gives the listener the experience that she is reading to a child.
Anything not read by Allison Hiroto
I like my horror, techno-thrillers, and science fiction. Which is why Jurassic Park and The Lost World are 2 of my favorite books ever!
This was a strange one. I was never bored, but the ending was not very compelling. A bit anti-climactic. There is a bit of sex throughout the book, so listen responsibly, kiddies!
I really enjoyed the narration. Both of the main narrators were soothing and gentle, and the third introduced late in the book was also very good.
Now, on to the biggest problem with this book. As many reviewers have pointed out, this book is repetitive. Here is an example (don't worry, it's not actual dialogue, just my impression of a typical conversation)
A: Are you hungry?
B: No, I already ate.
A: You already ate.
A:In other words, you put something in your mouth, chewed and swallowed?
A: Was it good?
B: It was good.
A: In other words, You enjoyed it?
A. In other words, you are stating an affirmative?
This kind of conversation happened so many times, it may be responsible for an eighth of this book's length.
Though the story had some extremely moving moments, they were few and far between. It was different, though, that's for sure. My final analysis, the long journey is better than the destination.
This is a very long book that took me months to read, but was worth it.
The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies
in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question.
Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that,
soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled. As Aomame's and Tengo's narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of
the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that
instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator;
a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector. A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of
self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell's, 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami's most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan,
and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers. BONUS AUDIO: Audible interviews the translators of 1Q84, Jay Rubin
and Philip Gabriel.