In the year 1Q84, we are introduced to two parallel stories. In one, author Tengo revises an extremely poorly written book-- helping it to win a writing contest and become a best seller. Oh, how I wish he could have revised 1Q84! I am unsure if the problem comes from having the voices of two separate translators, or if this was just a truly poorly written book. A good editor could have reduced the download by at least ten hours and nothing would have been lost. In fact, I skipped one entire section and still could follow the tedious redunancy. One of the most irritating aspects was the repetition of thoughts, facts and actions echoed by the characters both aloud and in their thoughts. Originally the book was published as a three book serial in Japan. A good editor could have removed much of the unnecessary repetition--especially for the audible version. The book within the book was described as "awkward but with great promise." Unfortunately, the same could be said for this download.
I would not listen to this story again. I think Murakami wrote better books and the sexually explicit content made me uncomfortable.
I liked three stories that converge in the end.
Each of the narrators did a wonderful job at making each character distinct.
Murakami creates this hauntingly strange world with sticky characters that capture the imagination, both the plot and each character is a mixture of light and shadows, enough of a plot to keep me intrigued.
I have only read the WindUp Girl and that book was only ok for me, so I did not understand they hype about Murakami, now I am so glad I took another chance and read this!
Explain more of the twists;- What happened to Tengo's mother- Why did the Nurse in Cat Town die once- Etc.
Maybe I'm just missing something?
Could have been shorter - lots of tangents
The odd female narration fits well with the unusual story line.The male narration is a welcome relief though - interwoven with the the female.
I think it needs one - lots of unanswered questions.But not sure I could wade thru a follow up....
Lots of loose ends left at the conclusion of the story.Who the heck was the NHK Collector knocking on peoples doors? The ghost of Tengo's father????
Say something about yourself!
I'm not much for Sci-Fi though I do enjoy Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut. So I hesitated to try this one. Until I heard someone read Chapter 1 on a Selected Shorts podcast and became intrigued. I thoroghly enjoyed this book and didn't want it to end.
The seemingly slow pace was perfect for the very interior quality of the story. We really get to know the main characters through their thoughts. The shifts of perspective among the characters were well timed, not confusing. I thought I might have trouble with the Japanese names so I started out writing them down but there was no need--they were different enough and each character had such unique distinguishing features that it was no problem!
This is my third Murakami book, and I'll be taking a break for a while. I find the supernatural in his books entertaining, but when he relies so heavily on it, and doesn't wrap it up in the end, I'm disappointed.
It took a while for me to get into this book, in the middle I thoroughly enjoyed it, then the ending left me wanting resolutions for plot points I thought were important elements to the story. Oh well, moving on now.
When trying to remember how the various incidents and events of the story were connected, I realized that the book could have been half its length and still surreal and atmospherical. However, it remains an excellent and unique book, definitely recommended, unless you get bored or impatient too quickly.
Nobody, it was a hard listen, very very slow. I never even made it thru the first of four downloads.
Not genre, just author.
None I could make it to. Just a waste of money and time for me.
This is much too long for the little substance there is. What kept me listening was the wonderful narration, especially by Allison Hiroto. She made the main character real for me.
There is too much repetition and detail making it about three times longer than necessary. I often found I was no longer listening but did not need to replay as I had missed nothing.
I often thought of abandoning. The story is good but not worth 44 hours. If I had been reading the book I would definitely have given up after a few hundred pages but the fine narration made it always a good listening experience.
I love Murakami novels, and this one didn't disappoint. It was weird enough, but also logical enough to follow. It's a long book, so if you're looking for something to really immerse yourself in, this could be for you. I would definitely recommend it to a friend.
Even though he comes in late in the book, Oshikawa is great. I laughed aloud a couple of times during his parts. Such a villain!
The narrators are great. They do multiple characters well, and are pretty natural. I did find the speed of the book slow, but it was slow enough that I could speed it up in the audible app and it still seemed pretty normal.I compare all narrators to my gold standard, which are the narrators in The Help. These narrators are very different, but so is the novel. They are more... formal, in a way.