I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
I thought it was a great story, very original and enjoyable. The problem was that it went for too long unnecessarily. There seemed to be a lot of duplication and repetitiveness. I would highly recommend this one though as it is very different.
This book is long. Very long. And while that in and of itself is not bad, it was difficult to not notice portions that seemed unnecessary and tedious. It is well written by most standards and an interesting story, but Murakami has set his bar so high with previous works like Kafka On the Shore and The Windup Bird Chronicle, that 1Q84 suffers by comparison. Many questions and plot threads are left completely unanswered or simply swept away in a sentence or two. This is particularly annoying because in a novel that is 46+ hours, it seems more time could have been devoted to wrapping up loose ends and less time toward star- (moon?) crossed lovers narrowly missing each other at various moments.
It's good, but not nearly as compelling as past works that I have enjoyed.
The narration is good, particularly the male readers.
I wasn't prepared for the multiple references to lesbian experiences or the descriptive flashbacks one character keep having. about his mother's affair. With explicit detail the author describes breasts, female parts, etc. This is not what I thought this book would contain. Unless you are into that walk away from it.
Leave the sexual experiences out or prep the reader about it's explicit nature
They both did a great job. Their accents made for good listening.
Curiosity at first. I wanted to know where the story plot was going. Then disappointment. I couldn't see the rest of the story through the sex and descriptions of orgasms.
If books have ratings this is rated R.
1. The narrators maintain a pretty consistent voice level and speak clearly.
1. The story wasn't super horrible.
1. The narrator for Aomame spoke slowly, as if she was reading for children.
2. A third narrator is added in part 3 for a character that played a minor role previously and drastically changed the voice of the character.
3. Descriptions, dialogue, and inner monologues often repeated the same points consecutively. He would often describe something the same way or have a character say or think the same thing in three consecutive sentences.
4. There were way too many pointless sex scenes. It was as if the author forgot he was writing a bad fantasy novel and thought instead that he was writing a bad romance novel at times. They did not drive the plot or add substance.
5. Characters jumped to irrational conclusions that were correct, presumably because the author couldn't find a sensible way to have the characters arrive that those conclusions any other way.
6. The author, or perhaps the translators, used the phrase "any number of times" to mean "many times," which is not the literal meaning of this phrase. Things like this are a pet peeve of mine, so this is more of a personal con.
I had not read or listened to any Haruki Murakami books before this. I've read reviews that say this is one of this worst books, but it has made me nervous about trying an other book of his. I'm most concerned that his repetitive way of describing things is part of his writing style.
No. The story started off really well and looked like a typical Murakami book. However, in the middle of the book the story just went bad and a character that was added basically ruined the story. Also, the voice for this character was annoying and made me want to fast forward all the chapters involving this character.
Yes. I have read most of his books. This was by far the most disappointing.
The first part of the story was really interesting. The story dropped off really fast though. If I had not invested so much time in the book I would have stopped listening.
No. Not a very good story.
Read/Listen Kafka by the sea or Norwegian Wood. Murakami has better books out there.
I was eagerly anticipating this book as I am a huge Murakami fan but what a let down. I am not sure I even know where to start with my complaints.
1) The plot is silly and pointless – I know Murakami stories are filled with absurdity and odd events but they still contain a kernel or a plot that is intriguing, interesting, or intelligent. 1Q84 has none of those. Instead we are left with a story that is rather empty and dull (where is the mystery or hook to keep me listening). To say it was a slog would be an understatement. I am not even got to waste your time with the plot but it is kind of one of those lost lover plots there was a small semblance of an interesting story but it just gets lost . I was disappointed with the lack of Orwell connection that was alluded in the plot.
2) The book is way too overlong for such a simple and empty story – I have no problem with long books but make the plot intriguing; make me continue to read; amuse me; fill it with smart ideas and themes; fill it with good writing. Murakami does none of this it seems that he wrote this book by the word because the overlong story contains no real interesting themes or story. It is like all bad literary filler. I am kind of repeating point 1 but if you think I repeat in this review wait until you listen to iQ84.
3) A huge waste of talent – Not sure if Murakami needed a paycheck or just wrote an unintentional clunker but when you read something like this by one of your favorite writers it really turns you off any future work and makes you question everything else you read by him. How can the same guy who wrote ‘Hard Boiled Wonderland’ and ‘After the Quake’ make such an uninspired work.
4) Bad Writing – Let me be clear this book contains almost none of Murakami’s crackling dialog, prose, descriptions, or magic realism. The magic realism subplots and conceits go nowhere; the dialog is ordinary and lacks the crackle of his other works; the prose is dry and pedestrian. There are also some sex descriptions that are unintentionally funny.
The narration is decent except when the reader reads the Dowajour character and then it moves from a snail to a glacier pace.
I'm just a simple man who is trying to be water.
The concept of experiencing dual dimensions, although they weren't clearly defined within the universe of the book.
Annoying, consistent, talented.
Find a better story.
I got really used to the characters - felt like I knew them well. There was plenty of time to develop them since the book was so long. That said, I felt like the story went in different directions and didn't tie back cleanly in the end. Make no mistake, this turned out to be a love story. Perhaps all of the other stuff was an elaborate setup for guy gets girl. But there's no reason why they should have ended up together. It just seemed that all of a sudden this is where the author wanted to take us. I know some of the reviews are that this is a
Not too fast, not too slow, but just right. I love the style of the author, narrator and characters who do come alive in this reading.
Audiobooks Make Weed Wacking a Pleasure
This was my first Murakami book, and it'll probably be my last. I actually enjoyed it, but with major reservations.
It was very repetitive. Like watching a marathon end-to-end TV series, when they give you recaps every 24 minutes. Like the reader/listener is stupid, and not paying attention.
The prose was very utilitarian. No wit, no humor.
It's a fantasy, but some parts are so ridiculous that author devotes four sentences trying to convince you why it isn't that ridiculous.
I thought all three narrators were good. Some folks seem to have a problem with the female narrator, Allison Hiroto. She seemed fine, but I wish all three narrators would settle on common pronunciations of the Japanese names.
The ending was the most predictable of any book I've read/heard. If 2/3 way through the book you asked a group of readers how it would end, half would give the exact actual ending, and probably a third would come up with a much better ending.
There are complaints that the audiobook was too long. Yep. I think 1Q84 could have been much better with some tweaking and editing, and a lot more finesse.
I couldn't even finish the first part of the book. The narration of Allison Hiroto was so horrible it made me not want to finish. She read this book as if it were a fairytale. So she's reading a sex scene or a murder scene and it sounds like she's reading to a 3 year old. I don't know why anybody would think that's ok. It really downgrades the story. If I ever actually read this book it would be on paper.