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1Q84 Audiobook

1Q84

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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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    Dave Alexandria, VA, United States 04-02-12
    Dave Alexandria, VA, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Dreamlike, but repetitive and enigmatic."
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1Q84 to be better than the print version?

    I don't know that I could have made it through the print version. Since it was read to me, while I was able to accomplish other things, I was able to finish it.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I wish the ending provided a bit more closure, though I suspect it was a calculated decision by the author to leave certain questions unresolved.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the narration of the book was well done, and the use of different narrators for different characters was very effective.

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    Dave Faris 04-02-12
    Dave Faris 04-02-12
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    "Dreamlike, but repetitive and enigmatic."
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1Q84 to be better than the print version?

    I don't know that I could have made it through the print version. Since it was read to me, while I was able to accomplish other things, I was able to finish it.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I wish the ending provided a bit more closure, though I suspect it was a calculated decision by the author to leave certain questions unresolved.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the narration of the book was well done, and the use of different narrators for different characters was very effective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Stokes Fairport, NY USA 04-02-12
    Kevin Stokes Fairport, NY USA 04-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Story is veeeerrryyy long and draaaawwwwwn out"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    Not from this author


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    It was ok but the story could have been told in about one quarter the size of this book without leaving anything out. I fell asleep while listening a few times but didn't bother to rewind because hard anything happens. I didn't miss anything. It is almost like the author is purposely going on an on about irrelevant details just to make the novel bigger. For example, at one point he lists all the contents of the woman's refrigerator.
    In addition, there is alot of pointless sexual scenes which weren't interesting or necessary. A couple of the characters engage in intercourse with prepubescent minors. I imagine there are quite a lot of people who would find this too disturbing to read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked when he talked about Checkov and the Cat Town story. I liked the parts where they follow Bobblehead.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    never


    Any additional comments?

    The narrators did a great job. There were parts to this book that were good, but there are much more enjoyable books you could listen to.

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    Margaretmary 04-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "listen to this story at 1.5 speed"
    Was 1Q84 worth the listening time?

    The readers of this long book read very slowly. Save yourself 10 hours and listen to it at 1.5 speed if you can. Otherwise, I am not sure if it is worth the time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leonora Montreal, QC, Canada 03-30-12
    Leonora Montreal, QC, Canada 03-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Lost in translation?"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    I shall not likely try another work by this author or one read by the narrators of this book.
    Poor writing - or was it possibly well written but tragically lost in translation?, poor, repetitive dialogue together with mediocre narration rendered the characters unbelievable and kept this listener struggling to remain interested in the story.


    Would you recommend 1Q84 to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The story idea has merit but not enough for me to recommend the work without a major re-write, a more careful translation and relentless editing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The lack of inflection in the female narrator's reading made it difficult to listen to, while the male narrators were simply not credible.


    Any additional comments?

    Over-writing, liberal use of weary clichés and severe under-editing mar what could potentially have been a good story. Definitely not a book I shall be listening to again.

    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.

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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.

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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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