I've listened to a bunch of Murakami books and I have enjoyed the better part of them tremendously. 1Q84 was definitely worth the wait, though I found it a bit too long.
I loved the way the story was told from different viewpoints of the characters. The narration was rather good with a few pointers.
Being a regular murakami-reader and a big fan of the Rat trilogy, I missed Jay Rubin's vocal interpretation of Ushikawa. (but that's personal)
The vocal interpretation of Ushikawa became even more confusing when taken over by the male narrator of this book. I would prefer an audio version where each separate character is narrated and colored by one narrator.
The female voice dragged a bit towards the end of the book. (Sounding more and more like an airport flight-announcer... sorry.)
The male voice had a very, very heavy american accent which to my taste could have been tuned down a bit.
The book is definitely worth your credit. I would not recommend it as a first Murakami-read, though. Going trough the trilogy of the rat first (pinball 1973, dance dance dance, a wild sheep chase ) and through The wind-up bird chronicle helps to appreciate the literary universe that is murakami's. It definitely added to my listening pleasure.
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