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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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    Marta Maçussa, Portugal 07-24-12
    Marta Maçussa, Portugal 07-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my favorite HM but a lot of interesting issues"
    Would you listen to Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World again? Why?

    Yes, probably. Because it's not a simple book and many of the lines drawn are revealed along the stories and they left me wondering for a long time on many of them.. I would like to revisit them a second time to think them over with a different depht.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World?

    The revelation of the interconexion of the two worlds, inner and outer. Classic Murakami, but here explored in a very specific aproach, a bit more on the futuristic side - very interesting ideas! Deserving more thought!


    Which character – as performed by Adam Sims and Ian Porter – was your favorite?

    Can't choose.. They are all great. But I had a lot of fun with the Pink Girl :)


    Any additional comments?

    This is not my favorite Murakami, but it is so rich in themes that I can't forget it.

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    Marissa Candiloro 01-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Time well spent"

    Both narrators are excellent, and the storyline is enchanting and incredible. 10/10, I highly recommend

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    computer asset Sacramento CA 12-04-16
    computer asset Sacramento CA 12-04-16 Member Since 2010

    ball game

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    "Hard boiled wonderland"

    I love this author but this was not one if my favorites. I will purchase other books by this author.

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    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 12-04-16
    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 12-04-16 Member Since 2016

    Mountain biking, surfing, skiing, literature, philosophy, psychology, theology and my ipod.

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    "transcendental"

    two parallel stories of love, existence and nature of self. intriguing neuropsychology and the metaphysically transcendent.

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    Amazon customer 11-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful Exploration"

    Murakami explores the well trodden topic of human consciousness/sub- consciousness in an exceedingly imaginative and insightful manner. The layers of symbolism and representation are profound. Murakami is, without question, one of the great writers of our time.

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    Tea drinker 11-04-16
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    "Fantastic"

    Superb performance for a profound and wonderful book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will recommend it to others.

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    Mike Reiter 10-09-16
    Mike Reiter 10-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Starts promising then goes nowhere"

    It stays very promising with technician performing an important but routine assignment, a man stepped out his shadow a strange town, then it just goes nowhere. I stuck it out to the end hoping something would happen but it never did. I have listened to 60 hours of Sherlock Holmes stories in less elapsed time than it took to get through this.

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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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