How many times did the author refer to Proust? Enough already, we get the point. A good story until the last third or so. A unique story, and way of telling a story, but ultimately a flawed and somewhat unsatisfying story.
Haruki Murakami is an outstanding storyteller. I have read most of his books. They all have so many layers. They live with you for a long time. This book is no exception. The story gives you a lot to ponder. The narration is excellent, it adds so much. I really recommend this book
The two narrators did very good jobs. Both were able to change in different voices or tones to play various roles. It hears like a drama on radio. Th story itself is interesting and full of humanities concerns and expressions, which is one of the best characteristics of Murakami's novels.
Sentient Being, Planet Earth
Superb story, wonderfully read. What a joy it was to hear every word. Definitely a non rush vacation book. Thrilling with a wonderful end to a new beginning.
It's a boy meets girl, special powers, compact non earth beings, two moons, a vegetarian cat with Tolstoy and Shakespear thrown in for good measure kind of book.Warning parents - it's a bit earthy (not for children or non adults). Well worth the time and credit.
The narrators do a wonderful job with each character, weaving the chapters together seamlessly. This book is extremely long, yet I was enthralled throughout, couldn't wait to get in my car every day. I highly recommend this listen!
Written by another author, this could just be a very strange story. But Murakami spins a masterful and captivating tale that makes you route for the main characters and leaves you wanting more.
Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.
Where to begin with this one. Let's start with the story! It all starts when Aomame (green peas) jumps out of a taxi cab on the over crowded freeway to make an appointment. This little piece took forever for the author to get to. There is way, way way to many descriptive sentences in the book. It was like he was getting paid by the word.
The story really made no sense to me at all so much so that I don't what to say about it. There are little people that communicate with receivers, who have sex with young per-pubescence girls who want to bring the next prophet. Then there are receptors who also have sex with the receivers. And can sense the little people who make Air Chrysalis. There is a cult living in a commune, a extremely ugly detective and a host of strange characters playing out their soon to be intertwine lives under two moon.
This book made it really hard for me on several issues. Should I post a bad review? Do I finish a book I don't like just to post a bad review? When do I cut my loses on a book I don't like? How do you write a bad review? So here are my reasons for not liking this audiobook.
1. Narrator for Aomame was monotone throughout the audiobook.
2. The story was overly descriptive.
3. If the book was written in Japanese, takes place in Japan then why don't the narrators have a Japanese accent.
4. The complete change in characters voice from book 2 to book 3. Ushikawa, went from a goofy English voice to a dark Dick Tracey voice. (My bad Japanese translation of his name is River of Tooth Decay. LOL!!)
5. The story line is hard to follow.
6. Too many inter monologues over the same thing over and over again.
7. The characters motivations are clear to the reader but not to no one else. (If that makes sense).
8. I just didn't get it!
I have only a four words for this book. Slow. Repetitive. Boring. Convoluted. FYI, I didn't complete it. I have 5 hours left out of 47. I think that is good enough for me to draw a few conclusions. I might get back to it..... Never mind!
Phantasmagoric, lyrical, ethereal
Alice in Wonderland
No, but the characters are cast beautifully
When the two main characters finally see each other after 20 years. Its very tender and sweet.
1Q84 an excellent book with one foot in fantasy and another in modern reality. It's not overly sentimental and you can feel the pull a long forgotten magical past balanced by the drag of modern life. While it is a long read there isn't a lot of time spent being consumed by past deeds and it moves along at a consistent pace.
I come from Ireland, went to college in the States, and now live and work in Japan.
This book was a huge hit in Japan although many Japanese readers don't know what to make of this guy: "He writes like a Westerner in translation", they claim, and it is true that Murakami is equally well known over here as a translator. He is an elusive figure, choosing to live in New York, and refusing to appear on Japanese TV. He says he wants to be able to walk the streets of Tokyo without being recognized. Given the frenzy that surrounds even minor celebrities in Japan, that makes sense. He has long been disdained by the Japanese literary elite but he sells more books than any of them, not only in this country but overseas as well. Few contemporary Japanese authors are read in other countries but it seems everything Murakami writes is almost simultaneously rendered into English and then other languages. In this case, parts 1 and 2 were started by one translator and part 3 embarked upon by another so that the whole work could appear as a single volume. Was Murakami helpful? Not really. The two translators (both resident Americans) got together from time to time to keep the whole rambling work more or less even in tone. One would have to say they did a good job considering how elliptic the Japanese language can be (many sentences have no subjects, verbs can be elusive and vague, often you can't tell who is speaking: what the hell is going on?) and consequently the work comes across more sharply in English than it does in the original Japanese. (OK, OK I got through about 5 pages of the Japanese original before turning to the English where everything started to make better sense). Murakami is obviously a force to be reckoned with in spite of the muted weirdness and recurring obsessions which come out in all of his books -- but he is not about to explain any of this. Take it or leave it. In an impressed but puzzled sort of way, we do.
This is a great story playing with the magic between fiction and reality in a convincing way, exciting too with mystery, action and (strangely) a lot of realism. Fascinating. The narrators are wonderful, they give the text a meaning beyond the written word. Great work!