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Marta

Maçussa, Portugal | Member Since 2012

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  • Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Adam Sims, Ian Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (456)

    Information is everything in Hard-boiled Wonderland. A specialist encrypter is attacked by thugs with orders from an unknown source, is chased by invisible predators, and dates an insatiably hungry librarian who never puts on weight. In the End of the World a new arrival is learning his role as dream-reader. But there is something eerily disquieting about the changeless nature of the town and its fable-like inhabitants.

    Daniel says: "Classic Murakami, No Ultraviolence"
    "Not my favorite HM but a lot of interesting issues"
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    Would you listen to Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World again? Why?

    Yes, probably. Because it's not a simple book and many of the lines drawn are revealed along the stories and they left me wondering for a long time on many of them.. I would like to revisit them a second time to think them over with a different depht.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World?

    The revelation of the interconexion of the two worlds, inner and outer. Classic Murakami, but here explored in a very specific aproach, a bit more on the futuristic side - very interesting ideas! Deserving more thought!


    Which character – as performed by Adam Sims and Ian Porter – was your favorite?

    Can't choose.. They are all great. But I had a lot of fun with the Pink Girl :)


    Any additional comments?

    This is not my favorite Murakami, but it is so rich in themes that I can't forget it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4277)
    Performance
    (3738)
    Story
    (3707)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "My favourite Murakami"
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    This is my preferred book - it is absolutely grand and wonderful. I can't say how much I enjoyed it. I started reading Murakami with this book and I am somehow sorry. I can now see the path he followed from his earlier stories and I probably would have enjoyed the others better if I hadn't discovered 'the end' at the begining.. You can find recurrent themes throughout his works and here they are distilled to the core, like polished diamonds. I loved the pace, the flow, the breathing of the story. The double voices are perfectly interpreted by the readers - congratulations, for me they are the perfect embodiment of the characters, fabulous, amazing. The story is fabulous as always but it takes on a monumental form. I am not sure I could read this on paper, but I was amazed and bewithched by this audiobook. I bow to you, master Murakami! :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1359)
    Performance
    (716)
    Story
    (713)

    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"
    "Fantastic!!"
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    Where does The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was one of my favorite, no doubt.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle?

    So many! I loved it all the way. I found particularly interesting the historic parts on Manchuria and Mongolia.


    Which character – as performed by Rupert Degas – was your favorite?

    The sisters are brilliant. But May is remarcably strong and funny - and the voice Degas gives her will stay in my head forever!


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of HM and this is probably my second preferred of his books, right after 1Q84. Very very rich, dense and intersting. Lovely!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1584)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (879)

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Melinda says: "Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies.."
    "It stays with you against your own will.."
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    If you could sum up Kafka on the Shore in three words, what would they be?

    IT gets under your skin no matter what.. I had mixed feelings while listening to it but I couldn't get it out of my head afterwords. And it keeps getting back to me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kafka on the Shore?

    The 'migration' of souls is a recurrent theme in Murakami and in this book it is very clear and beautifully put. The idea that we can help each other by 'receiving' their souls and doing something on their behalf, with their spirit in us is dramatic but very human and touching.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett and Oliver Le Sueur – was your favorite?

    I loved all of them, as usual. Murakami's chaaracters are all special and rich, 'normal' and unique, universal and japanese all at once.. The readers are perfect for each voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, as all of HM..


    Any additional comments?

    It is a pretty special book, even within the many I've read of Murakami. I wouldn't recomend it as a first book of the author, but it's a fantastic book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dance, Dance, Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (256)

    Quirky characters, a hotel with a phantom floor, sexy girls, rock music, especially Talking Heads - this gloriously imaginative romp around contemporary Japan defies description. A cult novelist with a huge international following, but also with a serious literary reputation, Haruki Murakami gains more fans with each book. Dance, Dance, Dance is one of his finest and most loved.

    Dr. says: "Another good listen from Murakami"
    "Listen to 'Wild sheep chase' before this one!"
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    What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've only hear Degas reading Murakami so I can't compare him to other authors but even with the western accent on a japanese tale I really enjoy his take on the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    You really undesrtand this book better if you read 'Wild sheep chease' before, otherwise it might start off a bit messy and you loose the meaning of many elements - the story and some characters follow the other book so it's really richer if you read them in order. Otherwise it's Murakami.. love him or leave him. I love him and can't get enough.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Wild Sheep Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (149)

    A Wild Sheep Chase is one of Murakami's most fantastical novels. An advertising executive, infatuated with a girl who possesses the most perfect ears (an erotic charge for him) uses a picture of a sheep with a star on its back. This catapults him into a weird adventure to find the mythical sheep up in the wilds of Hokkaido, Japan's northern island. There are strange encounters, a hotel with an extra disappearing floor, and other oddities.

    Louise says: "Counseling Needed"
    "Read this before 'Dance Dance Dance'"
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    What did you love best about A Wild Sheep Chase?

    I have by now read (more heard) many of Murakamis' books and am a big fan. However I would have loved that somewhere it had been mentioned that this book precedes 'Dance, Dance, Dance' - I heard it before and was a bit at a loss in the story. Definetely listen to this one before!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is basically one main character, so you can't escape him...


    What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

    Having started with 1Q84 I understand the comments about R. Degas being 'too american' for these tales, but I have come to apreciate his voice because I think he understands the charachters and flows very very much with the stories. 1Q84 is a special issue indeed, but these are fine readings!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Evil comes in all shapes


    Any additional comments?

    I started with the last of Murakami's books, 1Q84, and now I really apreciate the path he's done to get there, it's a fabulous book, really really beautiful. But I enjoy these earlier stories as well, they are more 'crude' and you can see many of the topic he revisits in different ways later on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Island of the Sequined Love Nun

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (513)

    Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise - a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation.

    Benjamin says: "redeeming light thriller"
    "Funny and whitty"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was my first book by the author and I had no expectations - I was very happily surprised to find out the story is not at all linear and obvious and the writting is clever and funny all the way. I will definetely search for more titles from C. Moore!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sory is not basic and the writing is really nice. It keeps you up and running all along - and smiling!


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    He got the character very well and was excellent doing the voices of the secondary ones too. He keeps up the pace of the story, no slowing down, very good.


    If you could rename Island of the Sequined Love Nun, what would you call it?

    "Have you considered living in the tropics?"


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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