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1Q84 | [Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)]

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 realises, 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.

©2011 Haruki Murakami (P)2011 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"It is a work of maddening brilliance and gripping originality, deceptively casual in style...vibrating with wit, intellect and ambition." (The Times)

"Eerie, suspenseful and packed full of gorgeous ordinary details and provocative extraordinary events...funny, fresh and intensely surreal. Unmissable." (Marie Claire)

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  • Mark
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    1/28/12
    Overall
    "Intriguing, but needs editing and better narrators"

    As many earlier reviewers have commented, there are two fundamental flaws with this audiobook. Firstly, the book itself is far too long. This is Murakami's fault rather than anyone else's, and ironic given the emphasis on literary editing in the Tengo half of the book. Actions and thoughts are described at excruciating length, then recapped again and again.

    The second problem is the narrator of the Aomame chapters (half the book), whose af-fec-ted-ly arch delivery, stuttering through every syllable, would get on anyone's nerves after a few minutes, never mind 20+ hours.

    One other issue is the Americanised translation and narration, which may also grate on British listeners. Also, the two narrators haven't even agreed on how to pronounce some key terms (e.g. Sakigake).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    1/20/12
    Overall
    "1Q84"

    The narration is painful, and the plot is dreadful. It was so bad on so many levels that I started to find it funny.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    Battle, United Kingdom
    1/27/12
    Overall
    "1Q84 by murakami"

    this is another brilliant book by Haruki Murakami. I loved every minute of it. now i am going to listen to The Wind Up Bird again

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
    1/23/12
    Overall
    "wow"

    a fantastical story wonderfully read by all three narrators.

    My first Murakami. I've never read/heard story telling like this before. I am hooked!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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