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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Jung 07-07-16
    Robert Jung 07-07-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

    0 of 0 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

    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
    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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  • 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
  • Vivienne F
    5/5/15
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    "Just rather odd"
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    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

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