This was my first Muakami book, and I think I will try another. The story was very interesting, but seemed to drag on unnecessarily. Things were rehashed over and over ad nauseum. I also felt like some things were left unresolved at the end.
Also, Allison Hiroto was a terrible narrator. She read like you would read something to a kindergartener who you think might not understand, extremely slow and almost condescending. I don't know if she's always like that, or it was just this particular book. I played her sections at 1.5x speed and it helped. The male narrators were fine.
I'm not even sure what to say about this book. The word that keeps coming to mind is "conversational." There was nothing that was taking my breath away nor was it boring me. It was interesting and Murakami has a pleasant way of writing that makes the words flow. While I was enjoying the characters, I just never fell in love with the book. The readers were great and that definitely added to the experience but at no point was I rushing to turn the proverbial page. My biggest problem with the book was the repetitiveness in the 3rd section. There were repetitive parts throughout the book but I felt like the author didn't trust that I remembered what happened 800 pages ago so he had to remind me.
I haven't finished this one yet and I'm not sure that I will. I don't think I can take listening to Allison Hiroto narrate for another minute. She speaks SO slowly and feels the need to enunciate EVERY SINGLE letter in EVERY word. It's painful. It almost sounds like the automated voice that announces alerts in an airplanes cockpit. I tried to speed it up to 11/2 times but it was a little too fast. It's no wonder this book goes on for so long. Another narrator could knock a few hours off at least.
Editing this massive tome to a short story may have made it tolerable.
No. The two main narrators read without emotion and excessively slowly.
He repeated stories, statements, and thoughts so many times it was excruciating. Nothing was left for the reader/listener to discover. Even sex scenes were painfully mundane and emotionless.
I don't think it could be a 4 or 5 star for me. This was my first listen to this author, and, I think my last...I started skipping toward the last so that it could be over sooner...
I found the narrators tiresome. The monotone voice of the female, was not to my liking.
I believe the problem here was cultural differences. I personally could not make the leap over some of the character quirks. It also seamed unfinished.
Yes from both. I liked the performance and the story. It just went too long and had so much what turned out to be extraneous detail. The exact color of a package of food or the details of a label on a bottle of wine. It seemed like the author was afraid to leave anything to the reader's imagination.
First book that I've read by this author. I did read a short story and I liked that.
Very good. I have no problems with the narration just that the whole thing got tedious after a while.
Considering this story goes on for about 40 hours, very little happens. It meanders on and on. The pacing is poor, the plot is almost non existent, the milieu is so poorly developed it could have been set anywhere with carbon based life forms. The two main characters hardly went through any development.
The deep and sad irony is that this had the subplot of a character rewriting a work to make it more enjoyable. This book needed that treatment.
An excellent story and insight into modern Japan. The narration is first rate and the tale cleverly unfolds holding your interest to the end.
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.