I shall not likely try another work by this author or one read by the narrators of this book.
Poor writing - or was it possibly well written but tragically lost in translation?, poor, repetitive dialogue together with mediocre narration rendered the characters unbelievable and kept this listener struggling to remain interested in the story.
No. The story idea has merit but not enough for me to recommend the work without a major re-write, a more careful translation and relentless editing.
The lack of inflection in the female narrator's reading made it difficult to listen to, while the male narrators were simply not credible.
Over-writing, liberal use of weary clichés and severe under-editing mar what could potentially have been a good story. Definitely not a book I shall be listening to again.
I'ts like going to bed tired and snugging under a nice warm blanket. The universe of Murakami is welcoming, embracing and familiar.
Tengo is a favorite character as he is the red thread through the story. He is the objective storytellers tool.
Kafka on the shore was equally superb
Maybe the dosha :-)
Audiobook addict with eclectic interests.
And the Band Played On.
Yes. The narration and story were both painfully slow.
I'm disappointed that I didn't cut my losses and put the book down earlier. I was waiting for something to pull the treads of the story together in some interesting plot twist. I'm amazed that there are so many readers who loved the book.
I've been listening to this book since the 3rd of Feb and it has become one of the best books i've ever "read". if you like sci fi with a little erotica mixed in you'll love this book. it did start a bit slow but it got good really fast.
This was my first Muakami book, and I think I will try another. The story was very interesting, but seemed to drag on unnecessarily. Things were rehashed over and over ad nauseum. I also felt like some things were left unresolved at the end.
Also, Allison Hiroto was a terrible narrator. She read like you would read something to a kindergartener who you think might not understand, extremely slow and almost condescending. I don't know if she's always like that, or it was just this particular book. I played her sections at 1.5x speed and it helped. The male narrators were fine.
I'm not even sure what to say about this book. The word that keeps coming to mind is "conversational." There was nothing that was taking my breath away nor was it boring me. It was interesting and Murakami has a pleasant way of writing that makes the words flow. While I was enjoying the characters, I just never fell in love with the book. The readers were great and that definitely added to the experience but at no point was I rushing to turn the proverbial page. My biggest problem with the book was the repetitiveness in the 3rd section. There were repetitive parts throughout the book but I felt like the author didn't trust that I remembered what happened 800 pages ago so he had to remind me.
I haven't finished this one yet and I'm not sure that I will. I don't think I can take listening to Allison Hiroto narrate for another minute. She speaks SO slowly and feels the need to enunciate EVERY SINGLE letter in EVERY word. It's painful. It almost sounds like the automated voice that announces alerts in an airplanes cockpit. I tried to speed it up to 11/2 times but it was a little too fast. It's no wonder this book goes on for so long. Another narrator could knock a few hours off at least.
Editing this massive tome to a short story may have made it tolerable.
No. The two main narrators read without emotion and excessively slowly.
He repeated stories, statements, and thoughts so many times it was excruciating. Nothing was left for the reader/listener to discover. Even sex scenes were painfully mundane and emotionless.
I don't think it could be a 4 or 5 star for me. This was my first listen to this author, and, I think my last...I started skipping toward the last so that it could be over sooner...
I found the narrators tiresome. The monotone voice of the female, was not to my liking.
I believe the problem here was cultural differences. I personally could not make the leap over some of the character quirks. It also seamed unfinished.