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Linda

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  • 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
    (4476)
    Performance
    (3904)
    Story
    (3879)

    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"
    "Unusual and fascinating storyline"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I started listening to Murakami after reading a NYTimes review of his book What I Talk about when I talk about running. I liked his stream of consciousness autobiographical style and went on to listen to The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles. Anyone who liked the Wind-Up Bird will enjoy 1Q84.


    What other book might you compare 1Q84 to and why?

    Murakami has a style all his own. This has similarity to Wind-Up Bird as the narrative jumps between the main characters telling various unique stories yet ties together one story .


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The different narrators tie the various stories to those who tell the stories in a way that wouldn't occur in reading. Since the narrators have different styles and voices, what might be a little confusing is clear in narration. The female narrator has a peculiarly Japanese female voice. In my limited experience with Japanese women, they have an unusual delicate vocal quality that the female narrator captures and allowed me to picture the Aomame character.


    Any additional comments?

    Murakami is clearly expressing his social commentary on the current lifestyle of many young adults.

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