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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.

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    Megha 09-13-16
    Megha 09-13-16
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    "A long but enjoyable listen!"

    Struggled to finish, insanely lengthy but fabulous narration. Hard to believe all those different voices and accents have been by the same person, from a teenager to a war veteran. The third part of the book is by far the best, and the disjoint pieces start to make sense.

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    Tony 09-07-16
    Tony 09-07-16
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    "Multi-layered"

    I haven't written a review in a long time. I am a voracious reader but not a 'reviewer' but I cannot believe how many reviews are critical of the narration of this book. This is a multi-layered novel about history, mans inhumanity to man and animals ( in this case this is not a gender neutral topic as in general it is men who are inhuman ) unfailing love, never ending faith in others and so on. Rupert Degas did a masterful job of capturing the tone of each character and the storys' many twists and turns. He painted ( with a nod to his surname ) each character with aplomb. This is a novel in which you can slowly get lost in a good way. I really enjoyed the story and the performance.

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    Robert 08-11-16
    Robert 08-11-16 Member Since 2011
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    "One of those Rare Gems"
    Any additional comments?

    As I've stated before, you can read book after book and then all of a sudden you find a rare gem. This is one of those.

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    Robert Jung 07-07-16
    Robert Jung 07-07-16
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    "Superb performance"

    Excellent narrator, the best I ever heard! Dialogs feel like dialogs and not like someone reading from a book. Typical Murakami story but somehow a bit darker.

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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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
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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

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  • Dr. B. Ashim
    3/6/16
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    "Neither beginning nor end was clear"

    I did not enjoy this as much as I enjoyed 1Q84. (Ushikawa the detective is in both books, portrayed as a even less likable character in this one). Kafka on the shore was also much better than this IMHO.

    why didn't I like it? too many loose ends, and not as gripping as I was hoping. The fact that the ending does not make sense did not upset me, I have come to accept that from Mr M.

    The use of metaphor is as always out of the world, but again unlike the 'we are in this boat down the swift stream' metaphor in 1Q84, there wasn't a single metaphor that carried through the book, at least not that I could tell.

    I learnt quite a bit about the Japan-China conflict in Munchukuo, the graphic descriptions of violence and torture was quite surreal.

    Finally, the narration is superb, the rendering of several voices is convincing.

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  • Amazon Customer
    2/4/16
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    "A vocal tour de force by the narrator!"

    Typically random and rambling in parts. Dark and surreal but always interesting and intriguing. I loved Lieutenant Mamia's stories about the war. But the highlight was Rupert Degas' narration. He held what must have been difficult voices for long, long periods and gave each character a different and complete persona and voice.

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  • Bob
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    2/1/16
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    "Disjointed but Enjoyable"
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    The Wind Up Bird Chronicle is like… I've got this friend, he always talks about himself in great detail and never asks me about me - some people don’t like him and think him self obsessed, but I enjoy listening to him and find his constant self examination enthralling.
    The Wind up Bird lacks structure, it does not have much of a plot and as the title suggests can only loosely be understood as a single story. It consists instead of a series of mini stories presented in the form of long letters, long phone calls, long conversations and so on and so forth. However, I found the mini stories rich and compelling, as if I had sat down on a bus full of strangers and one at a time each person had told me something about them that nobody else knew.

    Narration - I am a huge Rupert Degas fan, however in this novel he seems to really struggle with the voices of the various female characters, and all bar one (Kumiko) seem over exaggerated.

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  • jon
    1/26/16
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    "hhmmmmmm"

    sorry too slow and weird for me couldn't finish it back to cops and robbers for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • braz2000
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    1/24/16
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    "I hate this book!"

    *contains spoilers* This book is terrible. I hate it so much I would like to punch the author and not stop until he is comatose and can never inflict this garbage on the world. I only finished it due to a book club commitment. The characters are not believable, relatable or sympathetic. The story is rambling and riddled with extraneous detail which add nothing to the story. Personally I would kick the lead to the curb long before his wife does. Where are his friends, interests, life? How could any intelligent human live like him? If you like the occult in a 'normal' setting, read the far superior James Oswald.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Giles K.
    12/3/15
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    "The best "long" Murakami book"
    Where does The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High, it's a long listen but compared to 1Q84 a much better story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle?

    I don't really want to spoil the story but there's a bit in Manchuria that will stick with you.


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

    Reasonable to good understanding of Japanese names and their pronunciations, which often becomes frustrating in other audio adaptions of Murakami books. He does a surprising good job at the female voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it will get a bit tedious and events will start to blend... also it's too long for that. The best way to enjoy it is in chunks of a couple of hours.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed "Norwegian Wood", "Kafka on the Shore", and "A Wild Sheep Chase" this is the next level up to get through Murakami's excellent repertoire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

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