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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
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    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"
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  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
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    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"
    Murakami vaulted into the upper echelon of international fiction writers with this bold and imaginative novel, at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.
  • Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
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    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.."
    A teenage boy who runs away from home and an aging simpleton long-damaged by a bizarre affliction embark on parallel odysseys, only to be drawn together for reasons that unfold in mesmerizing fashion.
  • A Wild Sheep Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
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    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"
    An executive creates a seemingly benign ad campaign that catapults him onto a surreal and elaborate quest to find a mythological sheep. This quirky and captivating literary thriller put Murakami on the map internationally.
  • What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
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    From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.

    Rick says: "It is what it says it is"
    Murakami's popular work of nonfiction is a charming and intimate look at writing, running, and the incredible way they intersect, rich with vivid memories and insights, including the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer.
  • Dance, Dance, Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
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    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"
    In the sequel to A Wild Sheep Chase, Murakami takes us on another fast-paced, tense, poignant, mysterious, and often hilarious ride through the cultural Cuisinart that is contemporary Japan.
  • Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Adam Sims, Ian Porter
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    (574)
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    (448)
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    (455)

    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"
    Winner of the Tanizaki Literary Prize (Japan's equivalent of the Pulitzer), Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World tells two distinct but parallel stories that converge in a futuristic Tokyo.
  • After the Quake

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas, Teresa Gallagher, Adam Sims
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    Overall
    (165)
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    (57)
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    (58)

    In 1995, the Japanese city of Kobe suffered a massive earthquake. Nearly 6,000 people died. After the Quake was the imaginative response from Japan's leading novelist, Haruki Murakami.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent"
    Six evocative stories comprise Murakami's inventive response to the 1995 Kobe earthquake, featuring an array of fascinating characters struggling with their own upheavals.
  • The Elephant Vanishes: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By John Chancer
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    (162)
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    (60)
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    A collection of off-the-wall short stories by Japan's leading contemporary novelist. An elephant vanishes; hunger drives a couple to rob McDonalds; an insomniac wife wakes in a different world.

    Jennifer says: "Beautiful Collection"
    A collection of 15 stories that capture the author's deadpan mania and gift for dislocation, further proof of his ability to cross the border between separate realities--and to come back bearing treasure.
  • After Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Janet Song
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    Overall
    (132)
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    (59)
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    (61)

    Here is a short, sleek novel of encounters, set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn, and every bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami's masterworks The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore. At its center are two sisters: Eri, a fashion model slumbering her way into oblivion, and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny's toward people whose lives are radically different from her own.

    Jessie-messie-bo-bessie says: "Very enjoyable, but loose ends"
    Murakami combines the pyrotechnical genius of his previous books with an infusion of heart in this sleek, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the spooky hours between midnight and dawn.
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