I enjoyed the narration of this book, it was paced very well. I loved the cultural differences contrasted between Japan and the US and their views of the meat and food industry, in marriage and love, and business of documentaries and television. I believe the book becomes politically-themed and the the author's views are conveyed through the writing of this novel. So, my decision to download her other book is still not made as of this writing as a result. I know the meat industry and the world of medicine is far from perfect and I'm not sure if it is an appropriate subject for entertainment, frankly, I was saddened by the effects and abuses of adulterated food. I did not find modern medicine blunders very entertaining either. I gave this book 3 stars, because it held my attention through the storytelling in spite of some of the content and end results. I thought this book would be a little more light-hearted. I was not prepared for the gloom.
If you like magical realism, then this audio is for you. I read this in print over 10yrs ago and was hooked on Murakami for life. Hearing it again in audible, I was equally impressed. I can not wait till audible gets the whole Murakami library, but for now I will relish every title they've recently added.
This novel is beautifully written, and keeps your attention. I love that the plot shifts from early adulthood to late adulthood in an almost seamless fashion. You will not be dissatisfied with this download. The author taps into the social/medical aspects of the elderly and what we as a society subject our aging relatives to in a nursing home setting. This book also reveals a time of the true traveling circus, no longer existent in quite the same form, especially given political correctness, i.e., freak show. This is a novel about being human.
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