I enjoy books about history, politics, physics, and anthropology. My favorite fiction author is Kurt Vonnegut.
A very long, slow, drawn out narrative, but done with expert pacing and good characterization. One warning I will give if you're not familiar with Murakami: there are a lot of questions and mysteries set up in the story that never really get resolved or made more clear. You never find out quite what the little people are, or what the motivations of many of the characters are. Know that there is no "payoff" at the end. If you can enjoy the story for what it is during the middle and appreciate Murakami's attention to momentary detail without feeling disastified with the lack of a conclusion, then you'll enjoy this. If you like action and compelling plots, this will be a very frustrating book for you.
It's hard to say if you'll enjoy Murakami's style or not, since it is definitely not for everyone. If you would like to know if you'd enjoy this story, I would recommend listening to Murakami's short stoy "The Elephant Vanishes", which I believe is available for free on Audible. That will give you a sense if you will enjoy the tone and pacing of this much longer narrative.
1Q84 was best and most engrossing audiobook I have listened to thus far. I listened at times I normally would have been listening to podcasts and music because I was so loathe to wait to hear more.
The story is well crafted, classic Murakami. I might call it his masterwork.
Dawnknitella in Oregon
While I appreciate the aesthetics of the writer, Ms. Hiroto was too slow and methodical for me. Nearly robotic. If I had read this myself I think I would have liked it better, I could have sped through the dinner cooking and long musings that occupied the characters thoughts. Not that it isn't like that in real life, and I understand it was in contrast to the strange happenings that were going on in the world otherwise, but I just felt it was overdone. Very long book that I keep dozing off to.
The book starts off strong.
I loved the beginning with its strong female character and uncertainty about what's going on, but then it lost me with its drawn out non-events and arbitrary support of child abuse.
The book needs a lot of editing. I liked the part about the amazing story that go so much publicity, but then the story is recited, and it's not that amazing or even interesting. All of the interesting parts at the beginning of the book are counteracted by too much information later on. Maybe the point of the book is everything is meaningless.
The book is told from several points of view, and it was annoying when the same event was told from multiple vantages with no new information or insight. A third point of view character is added late in the book that provides no new information at all.
There are much better books to spend 47 listening hours on.
I love a long book, but this one was kind of ridiculously long. It must be like 1200 printed pages. I also like a weird book, but this was weird in a bad way- creepy sexual things going on with underage girls, etc. It never explained a lot of what it rambled on about in the end....like a mystery with out a conclusion. Not sure what the point was of this book or all the hype about it. At least I was entertained enough to finish it. I also enjoyed the narrators, especially the men. Won't listen or read another book by this author, though.
Where do I start??
Stated above.....narration, slightly interesting story.
Say something about yourself! I am a runner and avid listener to books. Audible allow me to do my two favorite things at the same time.
The story brought the reader back and forth between alternate universes. The sense of time shifting kept me engaged and curious about how they tied together. It was like switching from one language to another for a new speaker of a language.
I was intrigued by the Christian themes of rebirth, immaculate conception and naive faith. I remain curious about these aspects of the book and continue to mull them over in my mind well after reading the book. I find it odd for Murakami and I am intrigued by it.
At first the narrators drove me nuts but they became endearing to me as I became pulled further and further into their lives.
I would find it difficult to eat with any of them for fear of being swept away into another reality.
Be patient as it takes a bit to get pulled into this book but once the magnet gets you it is difficult to let go.
The first time through you listen to it in a rush because you want to know where it's going to go next. I'd listen to it for a second time to pick up on the finer interweaving of the story.
I was both surprised (which is good, I don't like predictable) but also I felt like that's where it had to end. I like how the author didn't tie up all the details. He left the reader/listener to think on these and come up with their own ideas.
I've never listened to these narrators but I think they did a wonderful job.
No. It was an easy book to listen too but long.
Disappointment. I was very unhappy with the story.
I only listened to the first couple hours. I was so disappointed with the book that I never finished it. I wish that I had been able to return it.
The style of the book was stiff and the story line was equally so. I only listened to the remainder of the book out of the same curiosity that a bad car accident brings on my ride to work. Save yourself from this car wreck.
The first half of this novel was very engaging and descriptive. I enjoyed every moment listening. The details were vivid and interesting and the ideas were imaginative. The second half unraveled some of the mystery of the first half, but then left me restless to get to the end.
Possibly. I think the novel was too long for the story, so I might consider trying a shorter novel.
This is the first performance I have heard from these narrators. I enjoyed them very much and felt their range of voices was convincing.
I can not imagine this as a movie or series that would not fizzle part way through.