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Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Audiobook

Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

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Publisher's Summary

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. Told in alternate chapters, the two stories converge and combine to create a novel that is surreal, beautiful, thrilling and extraordinary.

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    Rishabh 08-19-16
    Rishabh 08-19-16 Member Since 2015

    Nerdy|Day Dreamer|Music Tripper|Lazy Bummer|Gadget Freak|Impromptu Traveler|Photography Amateur|Bookworm|Creativity Aficionado

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    "Abstract"

    Not happy with the ending. But it's poetic. So will live with it. Starts well. Slow in the middle. Performance of narrators is good. The translation is awesome. Loved the story overall.

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    C. Smith San Diego, CA 05-17-16
    C. Smith San Diego, CA 05-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Could not get through it."

    The quality of the reader's voice and his tone was just unbearable. I give the story 5 stars because it is Murakami. But I have no idea because it was too grating to endure.

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    H 05-17-16
    H 05-17-16 Member Since 2014

    rodrigh

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    "Boring and long"

    could have been written shorter. it repeats many times the same thoughts and ideas. not his best work.

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    PJF 05-08-16
    PJF 05-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "OK, but Not Great"

    There are problems with the narration, which is unfortunate because for the most part the guy's voice is easy to listen to. That said, when you have to pull out a dictionary, search google, and ultimately consult an e-book to determine if the guy's pronunciation is off, or if Murakami is making up new words for the story there's a problem. For example, the word "sanctuary" is used many times throughout the novel, and yet the narrator insists on pronouncing it "SANG-turry." Another example is the word "pathos" in which he says "path - aws" every time it appears in the text. These and similar mispronunciations will be distracting to readers who are used to hearing these words.

    Beyond that, if you've read a lot of Haruki Murakami and are just coming across this book, you may be a disappointed that this book deviates from his usual formula of having a painfully ordinary guy placed in a fantastic circumstance, because the protagonist of the first narrative is anything but ordinary. So much that it took me nearly a third of the book to realize that it wasn't a strange world that the story was unfolding it, it was a guy with a strange background interacting with what he knows. I much prefer the style of his later books.

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    Rebecca Livaudais New Orleans, LA 05-07-16
    Rebecca Livaudais New Orleans, LA 05-07-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Strange"

    Strange characters. strange story. lots going on but no real point to anything. it did keep me interested to anything the end though.

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    louietree california 05-04-16
    louietree california 05-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "too weird for words."

    sometimes Mr murakami tells incredible stories and sometimes he rambles incoherently. either that or there are important nuances lost in the translation from Japanese to English. this was a very bizarre, very disjointed, and at times moderately misogynistic story about a guy losing his mind. I don't know, maybe I just missed the brilliant part, but it's definitely not a favorite.

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    boxfuss 04-30-16
    boxfuss 04-30-16
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    "An odd book."

    Quite an unusual story. I don't know what to make of it, as a matter of fact. I've re-read the last chapter and the story is still very opaque to me. Kind of seems like a metaphor for mental illness.

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    Gwen McRae Los Angeles, CA 90232 04-15-16
    Gwen McRae Los Angeles, CA 90232 04-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A fun and thought provoking adventure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. I got forced into reading this book by a book club - I hate sci-fi, or anything "not real," this however transcended genres and felt like a fun adventure that constantly was making me think.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked how real and relatable the main character felt.


    What does Adam Sims and Ian Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing the two different reading styles was a constant reminder of what world you were in. Helpful and also creative


    Who was the most memorable character of Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World and why?

    I liked the shadow - he was sassy.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book!

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    Reviews by L Odessa, TX United States 12-17-15
    Reviews by L Odessa, TX United States 12-17-15 Member Since 2014

    Snotty, elitist lawyer who reads too much and is kind too little.

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    "Overhyped"
    What did you like best about Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World? What did you like least?

    I liked Hard-Boiled Wonderland more than the End of the World. What I liked least about it was the typical "oh I'm so literary let me write about a bunch of superfluous sex because that's how you know I'm literary" bullshit Murakami pulls.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not more Murakami.


    What about Adam Sims and Ian Porter ’s performance did you like?

    They were competent performances.


    Was Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World worth the listening time?

    Sure. I mean, Murakami isn't a terrible writer, he's just not as good as some people. This is a good story, but not a great one.


    Any additional comments?

    Yet more fantasy fiction that has pretensions to literacy. Which is fine. As far as stories go, this one was not terrible, but not exactly great either. The narrative structure was fairly cool, and there were some great scenes, but overall Murakami was being his usual slightly-better-than-mediocre self.

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    Andrea Moya Muñoz 09-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Magical"

    I love Murakami. I think this is up there with The Wind up Bird Chronicle for me. Having two actors read each voice made the distinction between them even more stark, one sounded young and modern and the other older and more solemn. How the mystery of both parallel worlds unfolds and the descriptions are totally riveting. Had a surreal experience running at dawn through a park as the second narrator described the Town and the unicorns, I felt like I could see the scene in front of me as the sun began to tint the sky and the trees. Not your typical novel and go for a runner

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