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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Audiobook

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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Publisher's Summary

Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

©2006 Haruki Murakami; (P)2006 Naxos AudioBooks

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    Hallie south hiram, ME, USA 03-23-09
    Hallie south hiram, ME, USA 03-23-09
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    "Fantastic"

    I will miss traveling with Toru Okada through his strange world. This books stays with you for awhile. The narrator, Rupert Degas, was great; I even checked to see if there weren't two readers: one male and the other female. I look forward to listening to more from Murakami.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Seattle, WA 10-08-08
    Kyle Seattle, WA 10-08-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Good."

    I first read this book in its paper form, and loved it. I loved it even more the second time through on audiobook.

    One caveat: while the reader does an excellent job with the male voices, he doesn't do quite so well with the female voices. I think he makes the women sound much more unintelligent than I think was intended by Murakami. Despite that, it is still quite a good listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon-Kunde Linz 08-16-15
    Amazon-Kunde Linz 08-16-15 Listener Since 2010

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    "a deep and wired book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle to be better than the print version?

    no


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the girl she is trenched by life


    Which character – as performed by Rupert Degas – was your favorite?

    the girl


    Who was the most memorable character of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and why?

    the girl and the boy in the well


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    KT All Over the US 06-14-15
    KT All Over the US 06-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Hey Mr Wind-Up Bird!"

    Where to start with this one? OK, just to get this out of the way, you know how people use the phrase "to be comfortable in one's own skin"? Well, let's just say that after this book, I can't hear that phrase without blanching and wanting to scream almost to the point of madness "Stop saying that!!"

    The story overall is pretty mind bending stuff. Don't expect to make sense of it all or you'll go mad. Enjoy it for what it is and try not to think too hard. Trying to find deeper meaning in a Murakami book (but especially this one) may leave you a bit loony.

    As always, Murakami's imagination is second to none. The narrator did such a great job that for most of the book, I had assumed there were 2 narrators - one doing the guys and one doing the women. That's how good his female voices were.

    Overall I loved this book. However, (and I am totally serious here) a cryptic word of warning - with this book, once you listen to it, you can't ever UNlisten to it. There is a section of the book which, while totally and utterly brilliant, may seriously make some people wish that they had never listened to this book in the first place.

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    Adam Oak Ridge, NJ, United States 05-15-15
    Adam Oak Ridge, NJ, United States 05-15-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Indecipherable"

    As a fan of David Lynch and other inscrutable directors and writers, I found this one to really be a slog. Made it all the way through but in the end I am not very sure I get what the hubbub is all about. My suggestion is to take 18 of your hours and spend them somewhere else.

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    trog 04-09-15
    trog 04-09-15
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    "Nope Book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I just could not get into this book. I loved the narrator, but the story was hard to follow.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Haruki Murakami again?

    It hasn't. I just wound up dreading having to listen to it


    Which character – as performed by Rupert Degas – was your favorite?

    I can't tell


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle?

    The narrator was great. I really enjoyed listening to how he performed the different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read 1Q84 and I enjoyed that, but this was such a bore to me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Attella Long Beach, CA 03-08-15
    A. Attella Long Beach, CA 03-08-15 Member Since 2015

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    "What a trip."

    Murakami crafts a story so deftly, and so uniquely, as to spoil you for traditional linear storytelling forever. Or is it for past? Or for alternate reality?

    Simply excellent, and with outstanding narration to boot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christina 11-16-14
    Christina 11-16-14
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    "graphic sex"
    What would have made The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle better?

    I don't like graphic sex in my books.


    What was most disappointing about Haruki Murakami’s story?

    I don't like graphic sex in my books.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't like graphic sex in my books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Graeme Sydney, Australia 03-24-14
    Graeme Sydney, Australia 03-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Enter the strange but charming world of Murakami"

    I really enjoyed this surreal and charming novel. After just finishing reading it, my initial thought is that the charm of the story will be the thing I will end up remembering it for. As an actual story, not a lot actually happens - like an episode of Seinfeld set in the Twilight Zone. Haruki Murakami takes a lost cat, an unemployed man, a series of strange phone calls, a marital split and offbeat characters, adds some seemingly irrelevant subplots involving a Japanese WW2 survivor and psychics and weaves a tale that goes everywhere yet nowhere. I was also amazed at how well a novel translated from Japanese can hold up as literature when read in English.
    This is the second Murakami novel I have read and like the first (1Q84), the book dissolves into a vague ending where you are left wondering how all the various strands related to each other. That is sure to frustrate a lot of readers' but Murakami's magic seems to me to be the charm of the world you are entering when you begin reading his novels and the journey he takes you on.

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    Eric 06-13-13
    Eric 06-13-13 Member Since 2013

    6' kicking it like a champ! Boooom!

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    "Crazy story! So Glad I Listened"

    My wife has been begging me to download this book for the longest time. So glad I finally did it.

    The translation from Japanese to English was nearly flawless in my opinion.

    I love the story. The way Haruki Murakami writes makes me feel like I'm tripping on LSD while listening. He gets in you head in such a way that I almost feel like I'm hallucinating and not listening to a book, but actually watching a really weird Japanese Anime movie in my mind. Very Cool!!

    My one and only MAJOR complaint was that narration by Rupert Degas. Specifically, when he reads as a girl character. He sounds completely disturbing and I was actually getting douche chills while listening. The 1st time I heard him read as "May", I almost stopped listening... Not kidding, it that disturbing!!!

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  • Andrew
    10/25/15
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    "brilliant!"

    An amazing story, which was brought alive by Rupert Degas' brilliant narration. I can't recommend it enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toby
    8/11/15
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    "Odd story, brilliant narrator"
    Would you listen to The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle again? Why?

    No, whilst I enjoyed the book, I wouldn't listen again.


    What other book might you compare The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle to, and why?

    I've never read anything like Murakami, so I could only compare this to 1Q84.


    What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I feel Rupert Degas brings a lot to the story. He reads very clearly and with wonderful characterisations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ivor
    7/16/15
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    "A great story"

    A mother triumph for the author . Please read this book with the understanding you are about to be taken by the hand to a beautiful and violent place .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • marian
    6/27/15
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    "Hard to understand"

    Its so long!! And hard to understand maybe its better to read vs listening. Sad ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vivienne F
    5/5/15
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    "Just rather odd"
    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book due to previous rave reviews. I had never read anything by this author, and like to vary my listening. I guess this just wasn't my cup of tea. I didn't empathise with the very strange protagonist and his weird sexual fantasies, and I didn't really care what happened to him either in the present or in the future - in fact it seems perfectly understandable that both his wife and his cat might have had the desire to do a runner. The other characters were in equal measure odd and dull, and I found their extremely lengthy ramblings on the meaning of life mind numbingly boring. I found the story bizarre in the extreme, and I didn't enjoy the more brutal scenes. I'm sure there is plenty of deep meaning, there are definitely threads of symmetry in the intertwined tales, and I have no doubt that you could study this book and come up with some great essays on literary technique, but as entertainment, it did absolutely nothing for me, and I couldn't wait for it to end. And the ending? Like the rest of the book, an uneventful disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lesleyboyd
    scarborough, United Kingdom
    4/21/15
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    "Unique and engrossing"

    This is the second Murakami I have read and I really like his writing. Bit surreal but in a worldly way. Powerful main story with others intertwined. Fabulous characters brought vividly to life by Mr Degas (a top class narrator). Love his use of language - feels like quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spyri Dela
    4/14/15
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    "Amazing narration, weirdly interesting book"
    What other book might you compare The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle to, and why?

    a David Lynch movie


    Any additional comments?

    It was quite a lengthy book but the amazing narration actually made it possible to go through

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mark
    2/27/15
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    "Miss one sentence and you could miss the story."

    Murakami is master of every detail yet can hide the larger ones right till the end.
    Rupert Degas is phenomenal as every character there is no limit to his capabilities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jedberg
    WATERLOOVILLE, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Well worth the listen"
    Where does The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As the far as the audio element it was on a par with most of what I've listened to; not noticeably better but definitely not poor.


    What other book might you compare The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle to, and why?

    It's hard for me to think of a good comparison, in many ways very little happens in the book and there's no climactic point to the story. But to me that was the point, it was interesting and full of content, and a refreshing change to a lot of what's out there. I don't know if that's true of Japanese novels or if it's specific to Murakami, but I've read several of his books (and am making my way through the rest) and I recommend trying them.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I can't describe an exact emotion, but I was definitely emotionally invested in the characters, they were brilliantly written.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Joanna M. Benko
    U.K
    12/6/13
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    "Not sure what to think about it"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The storyline is interesting and would not change a thing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The female character has is interesting. You know that she holds the mystery but have to wait for her to reveal it.


    What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

    I hated it and that is the reason why I only gave the book 3 stars. I have no doubts that he might have actic skills but his voice and a way he was acting characters out was annoying!


    Could you see The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Not sure as the book is a slow paste with no much dynamic and this does not sale.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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