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1Q84 Audiobook

1Q84

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....

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

As Aomame's and Tengo's narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell's, 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami's most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

BONUS AUDIO: Audible interviews the translators of 1Q84, Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel.

VIDEO: Our narrators step in front of the camera to read your thoughts on Murakami.

©2011 Haruki Murakami (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Murakami is like a magician who explains what he's doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers.... But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves." (The New York Times Book Review)

“Profound . . . A multilayered narrative of loyalty and loss . . . A fully articulated vision of a not-quite-nightmare world . . . A big sprawling novel [that] achieves what is perhaps the primary function of literature: to reimagine, to reframe, the world . . . At the center of [1Q84’s] reality . . . is the question of love, of how we find it and how we hold it, and the small fragile connections that sustain us, even (or especially) despite the odds . . . This is a major development in Murakami’s writing . . . A vision, and an act of the imagination.” (David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times)

1Q84 is one of those books that disappear in your hands, pulling you into its mysteries with such speed and skill that you don’t even notice as the hours tick by and the mountain of pages quietly shrinks . . . I finished 1Q84 one fall evening, and when I set it down, baffled and in awe, I couldn’t help looking out the window to see if just the usual moon hung there or if a second orb had somehow joined it. It turned out that this magical novel did not actually alter reality. Even so, its enigmatic glow makes the world seem a little strange long after you turn the last page. Grade: A.” (Rob Brunner, Entertainment Weekly)

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    Kindle Customer 03-29-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Soooo Booooring"
    What would have made 1Q84 better?

    Moving faster


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Can't get to the end. Never quit a book but I am about to quit this one!


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators???s performances?

    The narration was fine.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicolai Bjornemyr, Norway 03-29-12
    Nicolai Bjornemyr, Norway 03-29-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Murakami when best"
    What did you love best about 1Q84?

    I'ts like going to bed tired and snugging under a nice warm blanket. The universe of Murakami is welcoming, embracing and familiar.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tengo is a favorite character as he is the red thread through the story. He is the objective storytellers tool.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Kafka on the shore was equally superb


    If you could take any character from 1Q84 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Maybe the dosha :-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl raleigh, NC, United States 03-26-12
    Cheryl raleigh, NC, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2009

    Audiobook addict with eclectic interests.

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    "I want my 47 hours back"
    What do you think your next listen will be?

    And the Band Played On.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. The narration and story were both painfully slow.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I'm disappointed that I didn't cut my losses and put the book down earlier. I was waiting for something to pull the treads of the story together in some interesting plot twist. I'm amazed that there are so many readers who loved the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    aja 03-24-12
    aja 03-24-12 Listener Since 2010

    I love books!

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    "This could be real"

    I've been listening to this book since the 3rd of Feb and it has become one of the best books i've ever "read". if you like sci fi with a little erotica mixed in you'll love this book. it did start a bit slow but it got good really fast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Audible Reader 03-21-12

    somerandomguy

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    "Didn't Need To Be That Long"

    This was my first Muakami book, and I think I will try another. The story was very interesting, but seemed to drag on unnecessarily. Things were rehashed over and over ad nauseum. I also felt like some things were left unresolved at the end.

    Also, Allison Hiroto was a terrible narrator. She read like you would read something to a kindergartener who you think might not understand, extremely slow and almost condescending. I don't know if she's always like that, or it was just this particular book. I played her sections at 1.5x speed and it helped. The male narrators were fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nor'easter 03-18-12
    Nor'easter 03-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Well written but leaves a lot to be desired."

    I'm not even sure what to say about this book. The word that keeps coming to mind is "conversational." There was nothing that was taking my breath away nor was it boring me. It was interesting and Murakami has a pleasant way of writing that makes the words flow. While I was enjoying the characters, I just never fell in love with the book. The readers were great and that definitely added to the experience but at no point was I rushing to turn the proverbial page. My biggest problem with the book was the repetitiveness in the 3rd section. There were repetitive parts throughout the book but I felt like the author didn't trust that I remembered what happened 800 pages ago so he had to remind me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Atlanta, GA, United States 03-16-12
    Michelle Atlanta, GA, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "UUUUUUUUGHHHHHhhhhhhh!"
    Any additional comments?

    I haven't finished this one yet and I'm not sure that I will. I don't think I can take listening to Allison Hiroto narrate for another minute. She speaks SO slowly and feels the need to enunciate EVERY SINGLE letter in EVERY word. It's painful. It almost sounds like the automated voice that announces alerts in an airplanes cockpit. I tried to speed it up to 11/2 times but it was a little too fast. It's no wonder this book goes on for so long. Another narrator could knock a few hours off at least.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mel United States 03-16-12
    Mel United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Repetitive"
    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Editing this massive tome to a short story may have made it tolerable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    No. The two main narrators read without emotion and excessively slowly.


    Any additional comments?

    He repeated stories, statements, and thoughts so many times it was excruciating. Nothing was left for the reader/listener to discover. Even sex scenes were painfully mundane and emotionless.

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    simmons 03-12-12
    simmons 03-12-12
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think it could be a 4 or 5 star for me. This was my first listen to this author, and, I think my last...I started skipping toward the last so that it could be over sooner...


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    I found the narrators tiresome. The monotone voice of the female, was not to my liking.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States 03-12-12
    Christopher GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Awemazing Performance!!! Story not so much....."
    What disappointed you about 1Q84?

    I believe the problem here was cultural differences. I personally could not make the leap over some of the character quirks. It also seamed unfinished.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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