I didn't know what to expect when I downloaded this book. I had just visited Berlin and I study the Holocaust, so I thought this book would have a bit of both in novel form. It was better than that. The mystery was wonderful. The romantic aspect was not your every day story. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and don't wish to give any of its mystic away, but it has all parts of what is necessary for a good romantic mystery. I really liked this book and highly recommend it.
If you have never thought about listening to a book because you thought, well, whatever you thought, this book will change that!
Tina Fey does the narration on her own book and there were so many times I was laughing out loud (more than just LOL). She has most definitely learned how to make lemonade out of the lemons and then learned how to sell it! I am so grateful that she is able to put into words how she sees (saw) things. She eloquently expresses many of my thoughts!
Completely entertaining and I loved the PDF that was included. I will be listening to this quite a few times and seldom to do re-read or re-listen to books.
What's funny, is even though I had seen great reviews of this book, I avoided it because the cover is so unattractive. After reading the book, I saw somewhere on the net a byte from her dad saying the book wouldn't do well because of the cover! Yeah, her humor is partly derived from her father.
But you will enjoy it!
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.
I stopped listening to this one, before I even reached the second chapter because the audio and narration was very, very poor.
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