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.
1Q84 ranks in my top 10 of audiobooks.
Many of the scenes with Tango were memorable to me. I found his character interesting and very likable. I enjoyed the part when he told the story of the Cat Town to his father.
I believe the narration brought to life the level of loneliness that was present in the many of the characters. I'm not sure I would have been able to sense that as much if I had only read the text.
This was not a book I wanted to listen to in one sitting.
This was a very long listen, but worthwhile. There were times when I found myself saying or thinking the names of the players just going through the day. My only complaint is that Murakami left a lot of unanswered questions. I wish that the story had tied up a few more loose ends.
This book captivated me from the start. I am not a big fun of the Si-Fi. But this story got me in and I was listening all my free time.
I listened to the entire book to make sure I wasn't missing any major plot twists or surprise endings. There were neither. The book plods along for 46 hours with no real tension. The characters are flat, and even when shocking things were happening in the book, I didn't feel a sense of tension.
Perhaps I missed the finer allusions, and lost some of the Japanese cultural references, but I did not like this story. I thought it was long and boring. Do yourself a favor, get "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. Just as long and far more engaging.
It's a good story, but after the fist few hours felt like it was discovery Channel, that re hashes everything after every commercial break. I kept on saying to my car radio " Ok We know that already let's get on with the story !!".
Luckily the Audible app has double speed, helped to get thru the commercials.
It's as if it was written with TV in mind, I'd find a better way to jump between characters and not re hash every move.
Murakami's use of similes and metaphors is extraordinary. One that stands out is "he stood out like a bug walking across yogurt." He did weave the three narratives together very well.
The ending was like so many other long novels, you feel like the author reached a point where he was tired of working on it and wanted to wrap it up very quickly.
1Q84 was three novels in one; however, each could not be told on its own. It reads like three separate novels because of the many,many repetitions. If they had edited more carefully, it would not have been so long. I got to the point where I was fastforwarding, something I never do. The plot was good; however, the way he ended it left many questions unanswered. With all of that said, since it was my first foray into contemporary Japanese literature, I did enjoy most of it. I am glad I listened to it versus reading it because I would have gotten hung up on much of the pronounciations.
This very long book had a number of story lines that were interesting at some point, but which fell flat or just petered out. The conclusion left me thinking, "...I just listened to 47 hours of storytelling and the best you can give me is two grade school kids who were fated to be together?". The book made some feeble attempts at being thought provoking and asking interesting questions, but these were short lived, with the story soon headed off in other, more banal directions. Even the fantasy aspects of the novel were never developed. The writing and performance kept me engaged to the end, but there is no part of the story that I am glad to have experienced.