I have been looking forward to the release of this book for ages. I downloaded it so I could enjoy a what should have been a fabulous story. Unfortunately the delivery was SO distracting in that it was so deadeningly boring...a rata tat monotone drone by a woman who should NEVER be allowed to voice another book again. I was glad that that they shifted narrators every once in awhile but the man was no better. It reminded me of the recent Star Wars movies that force the actors to speak in monotone. Perhaps it was intentional but it was so off-putting I couldn't finish it. I will go buy the book instead.
Save your money. They need a redo. This was a disgrace. (full disclosure: this is my first negative review for an audiobook. I've been disappointed before but never felt the need to warn others. This was different. Egregious)
"community college prof"
I would give the author another chance, but this book simply fails to live up to the hype.
Nothing by him. Not for a while.
The narrators are very good at what they do. I've hard Mark Vitore (sp?) several times before.
Disappointment. So many unresolved issues. So many characters who didn't serve any real purpose other than to make the book longer and more plodding.
Very strange. I read Stephen kings 11/22/63 and then 1Q84. These books are very similar in many ways. They both have the premise that there are parallel Worlds or universes which can be reached either by a time bubble or ladder if you know where they are located. In each instance the fissure is used to travel between parallel worlds. They are both similarly are driven by powerful love stories and romance and a great deal of detective work to understand how the parallel universe functions. Mr. Kings novel is grounded in a real event, the assassination of JFK, and the consequences of reversing the assassination.In Mr Murakami 's parallel universe there are two moons and little people who direct events through receivers and perceivers and a devoted religious sect. Because this world is so alien and fantastic there is never a clear understanding of how or why it functions. Both books are lengthy and could have used better editing. Particularly 1Q84 gives excruciating details about events such as going to the bathroom, sleeping, inner thoughts that have no meaning to the story. For instance there are pages about a rubber plant which are boring and irrelevant to the story, In the end I did not understand much about the parallel world despite hundreds of pages which dealt obliquely and peripherally with the way the new religion sakikaki functioned. In summary this book was like the movie " who killed roger rabbit", a hybrid between toons and real people. Although interesting, ultimately the experience was like eating junk food . Mr. Kings work is more interesting and has more substance, and because it is anchored in real events and history much more compelling. Also Mr. King has the advantage of being written in English while 1Q84 is translated form Japanese. But, are there really parallel universes and time travel? Lots of thinking about it anyway.
Female voice is a little irritating -- very pedantic especially when it comes to the dowager. Dialogue is sometimes repetitive and a little unimaginative, but the story is gripping.
Tengo - realistic and swept up by the events.
A better production of the voice. The voice over (Alllison Hiroto) has very pronounced syllables and these ruin the entire book. Unlistenable! Also the voice over is whispering pretty much the entire beginning of the book, which leads to an unintelligible experience.
I couldn't get through so far
The voice over (Alllison Hiroto) has very pronounced syllables and the studio has failed to produce these out of the recording, which ruins the entire beginning of the book. Also the voice over is whispering pretty much the entire beginning of the book, which leads to an unintelligible experience.
Haruki Marukami's unique blend of fantasy and reality is on vivid display in 1Q84. The penchant for placing unremarkable characters into fantastic situations, the detailed descriptions of impossible events, the nonchalant presentation of the supernatural, and the utter sincerity of his protagonists in accepting their places in a topsy-turvy world are all hallmarks of Murakami's highly original fiction. Part hard-core detective novel, part historical fiction, part fairy tale, and part love story - all mixed together into a rolling monster of a novel, and don't forget the political commentary and the sex. As you are drawn deeper into this strange and wonderful place, you'll find that it's perfectly natural that little people crawl out of the mouths of sleepers to weave giant cocoons out of lint in the night. It's just another normal day, except that today there are two moons instead of one. A secret underground headed by an old widow that tracks down sex criminals? Why not?
The eagerly awaited English translation does not disappoint, and the team of narrators assembled by Audible does a creditable job of delivering the book - especially Alison Hiroto. 1Q84 is destined to rank as one of Murakami's greatest novels, and Murakami is unquestionably one of the most imaginative writers of our age. Even if you've never read him before, this book would be a fine place to start. At 47 hours, it's a commitment on the scale of War and Peace, but you will find yourself sorry to see it come to an end. Just like Aomame and Tengo, you may find that you'll want to stay in 1Q84 forever.
I travel, work hard and listen to books in my commute to and from work. Finding books that I wouldn't have time to read easy to listen to.
A bit of everything, it will stay with you for a long time. I will read more of murakamis books the translators enjoyed several of his writings and I also want to continue with his works.
Enjoyable and entertaining
I loved how the littlle people described the muza and the datr and throughout the story they kept the sound of those words.
I thought the voice changes with different charaters was unique.
Thank you for sharing a few quality hours with me.
The plot is very weak and the writing sloppy. Nothing is resolved at the end to reward 20+ hours of listening.
Overall the narration was quite good, but they had to struggle with the repetitive writing and far fetched story line.
A real disappointment from an author that I had previously liked.
I like when different characters have different narrators. It gives life to different people.
The vortex of events that make the characters spin around a single concept but still prevent them from interacting.
Tango's personality is more in sync with mine so for that reason I can connect better with him.