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  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (669)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "no great shakes"
    Overall

    This book was just too far "over the top" for me. Maybe it was the translation, maybe it is just the way of the oriental thought pattern; maybe just the Murakami style of fiction. But something was lost. Too "fantastical"; too immaginative; too "unbelievalble". Adventure and the supernatural can be great if done w/ some sense of realtiy, but this one really went a bit far into outerspace. Would have given it a 2star, but some of the sexy scenes, and soft-ball gore were well done (so I gave it an extra star). YMMV.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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