Audiobooks Make Weed Wacking a Pleasure
This was my first Murakami book, and it'll probably be my last. I actually enjoyed it, but with major reservations.
It was very repetitive. Like watching a marathon end-to-end TV series, when they give you recaps every 24 minutes. Like the reader/listener is stupid, and not paying attention.
The prose was very utilitarian. No wit, no humor.
It's a fantasy, but some parts are so ridiculous that author devotes four sentences trying to convince you why it isn't that ridiculous.
I thought all three narrators were good. Some folks seem to have a problem with the female narrator, Allison Hiroto. She seemed fine, but I wish all three narrators would settle on common pronunciations of the Japanese names.
The ending was the most predictable of any book I've read/heard. If 2/3 way through the book you asked a group of readers how it would end, half would give the exact actual ending, and probably a third would come up with a much better ending.
There are complaints that the audiobook was too long. Yep. I think 1Q84 could have been much better with some tweaking and editing, and a lot more finesse.
I couldn't even finish the first part of the book. The narration of Allison Hiroto was so horrible it made me not want to finish. She read this book as if it were a fairytale. So she's reading a sex scene or a murder scene and it sounds like she's reading to a 3 year old. I don't know why anybody would think that's ok. It really downgrades the story. If I ever actually read this book it would be on paper.
It's long, but it's worth it. Loved this book, and I continue to think of it long after moving on.
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.