So disappointed. I was looking forward to reading this book. I like a long book and the storyline seemed intriguing. It was well written and well narrated but sooooooooooo slow. It should have been 1/4 of its actual length. And the ending!!!!!!! For me, the only great thing in this book was the translation. Superb! As a translator myself, I understand the challenges involved and they were more than surpassed. Add to that the fact that two different people worked on it and the story was still seamless. Extremely impressive!
Say something about yourself!
I don't know if the storyline was ruined in the translation or if Japanese audiences expect such bizarre writing techniques. The never ending unrelated details where so distacting you can't find the essence of the story
I couldn't even get through this book. I tried skipping ahead, tried it at 2x speed, nothing worked to keep me in the book
The narrators did as good a job as they could with the material they were given.
Too many to mention. In addition, the sequence of events was so distracting you couldn't piece it together.
In brief, this story needed a lot of editing I only made it half way through this book, or about 23 hours. This is the first time in three years that I haven't finished a book I've selected and there have been some stinkers. Very little happens in the first 13 hours of the book. The weak characters aren't particularly interesting and are like children in that they are told what to do through the story. The writing is sterile and has very little warmth or life to it; however this could partly due to the narrators who are below average. Even the sex scenes early in the book were described without passion and sounded more like a government report to me.
No. Allison Hiroto was particularly bad. The person that performed Tengo's story was below average. Neither performer brought the story to life.
Boredom. The writing and/or performances were too sterile to invoke any emotions.
I promised myself I would not write this until I finished the book so I could be fair. I bought this because it got so many good reviews everywhere. After the first hour though I had a completely different impression than apparently 98% of the readers. The book is so boring end elongated that it is so painful to get through. The story is told between 3 view points and each one tells parts of the other's story; many parts.
The other problem is that the woman who voices Ow Mame is so dry. Here pronunciation is perfect but her speech is so dry it is almost maddening. I would love to hear more from the guy who read Ichikawa though. Especially a crime novel.
The setting is the quite unique: a sci-fi tale told set in 1984 Japan. Also the story is not predictable, you can't guess what will happen next
I didn't like the ending. It was too abrupt and still left questions unanswered.
I thought the narrators did a great job. There are multiple narrators and they were able to help convey the personality of characters through their narration.
I think I would take the private investor character out to dinner (I forgot his name) he seemed to be incredibly smart. He was so interesting that I would listen to a book just with him as the main character.
I was underwhelmed by the plot. It was ok, but not as good as I thought it would be. It was especially irritating to listen to the thoughts of the main 2 characters -- because they would often repeat or rephrase thoughts, or have some tangent, off the wall thoughts that didn't seem to move the story along. I also didn't like the fact that some questions are not answered at the end of the story. However overall it was a good (long) listen.
I loved this story. It was alittle slow to start but once the plot thickend I was pretty rivited.
Murakami???s story was excellent, however, the narrator that read parts by Mr. Ushikawa absolutely destroyed the listening experience for me. What annoying ???Spit Mouth??? clicks and slurps???forget about the violent gasps for air. If / When I figure out which of the male contributors read the Ushikawa character, I???ll never purchase another audio book he???s involved in.
If the story had tied everything together at the end. I felt like I did right after I watched the last episode of Lost on T.V.
First one I have read by this author.
Narrators were good.
Disappointment. As long as this book was, the author failed to tie all the loose ends together and explain everything.
I am left with the impression that the author was paid by the word. There was so much repetition and fluff in this story she made Stephen King look like he writes fortune cookies. I was optomistic in the beginning and then deeply disappointed at the end. I would not recommend this book to others.
I read this book because it screamed surreal to me, and I am left pondering it. Murakami is surreal. There are loose ends. I smile when I find the one star "I don't get it" and "huh??" ratings along with the copious five star ratings. So, if you like to understand everything about a book and have all loose ends tied up in a pretty package, you should probably pass on this book. But if you like to sink your teeth into something big that you will turn over in your mind for days and weeks on end, this is your book. Go for it!
Murakami pays homage to Kafka, Jung, Doystoevsky, Orwell and Tolstoy. Brilliantly even, he weaves them into the story like old friends. I'm not a spoilers person, so let me just say that the way he weaves Jung in is simply brilliant. And to do that in the same scene that he borrows the first line of Anna Karenina from Tolstoy - well, the characters and the scene deserved no less.
Murakami also quietly painted a picture of the 1980's. I was amazed at how Murakami did this with so little reference to popular music. Classical music played a large role in story, as did the noticeable absence of modern conveniences. 1Q84 is a world populated by word processors, floppy disks, pay phones and telephones with cords.
This was my first Murakami book, and now I can't decide between listening to Kafka on the Shore and The Windup Bird Chronicles next. I do plan to start working my way through his works now.
Making the characters more dimensional. They were flat and very much like cookie cutouts. There was too much unnecessary description and not enough necessary description. There were things thrown in that seemed to come out of left field.
An image of what they looked like, above and beyond their descriptions.
None, they all seem to be essential.
This book reads like a first novel with mistakes a first time writer would make. None of the characters seemed to be individuals, with their own individual speech patterns or colloquialisms. Also, none of the characters ever seem to react to situations in a way that would make sense to the average person. Important characters are not given names until near the end of the book, instead being addressed by their title. For example: The dowager. or the much older, married girlfriend. And often descriptions or backgrounds are repeated, ad nauseum. The way the writer has of making one character repeat another character becomes very annoying after a while, as well. Last, but not least, the story line is very confusing. I'm sure it will make sense when I get to the end. If I get to the end.