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  • 1
    Hear the Wind Sing | Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen - translator

    Hear the Wind Sing

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen - translator
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (13)
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    (13)
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    (13)

    Hear the Wind Sing is the first novel by Haruki Murakami. First published in the June 1979 issue of Gunzo, one of the most influential literary magazines in Japan, it was published one month later as a book. Hear the Wind Sing is the first book in the Trilogy of the Rat, a series of independent novels that include Pinball, 1973 and A Wild Sheep Chase, followed by the epilogue Dance Dance Dance.

    Compelling, but not as good...

    as his later work. It has elements of later masterpieces like Norwegian Wood, but it is still more a beginning effort.

    Reviewed on March 07 2016 by Douglas (Auburn, WA, United States)
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    Hear the Wind Sing | Haruki Murakami

    Hear the Wind Sing

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
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    Hear the Wind Sing follows the fortunes of the narrator and his friend, known only by his nickname, the Rat. The narrator is home from college on his summer break. He spends his time drinking beer and smoking in J's Bar with the Rat, listening to the radio, thinking about writing and the women he has slept with, and pursuing a relationship with a girl with nine fingers.

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  • 2
    Pinball, 1973 | Haruki Murakami

    Pinball, 1973

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
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    Three years after Hear the Wind Sing, in 1973, the narrator has moved to Tokyo to work as a translator and live with indistinguishable twin girls, but the Rat has remained behind despite his efforts to leave both the town and his girlfriend. The narrator finds himself haunted by memories of his own doomed relationship but also, more bizarrely, by his short-lived obsession with playing pinball in J's Bar.

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    Pinball, 1973 | Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen - translator

    Pinball, 1973

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen - translator
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
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    (2)
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    Published in 1980 by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Pinball, 1973 is the second book in the Trilogy of the Rat series. It is preceded by Hear the Wind Sing (1979) and followed by A Wild Sheep Chase (1982) and is the second novel written by Murakami.

    Compelling, but not as good...

    as his later work. It has elements of later masterpieces like Norwegian Wood, but it is still more a beginning effort.

    Reviewed on March 07 2016 by Douglas (Auburn, WA, United States)
  • 3
    A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel | Haruki Murakami

    A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (271)
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    A marvelous hybrid of mythology and mystery, A Wild Sheep Chase is the extraordinary literary thriller that launched Haruki Murakami's international reputation.

    It begins simply enough: A 20-something advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend, and casually appropriates the image for an insurance company's advertisement. What he doesn't realize is that included in the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man in black who offers a menacing ultimatum: Find the sheep or face dire consequences.

    ...narration like Frank Muller and David Lynch...

    Murakami is always perfect, I think. At least, I really, really like everything I've ever read by Haruki Murakami.

    What make this book a litt..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 25 2014 by Frank (IL)
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    A Wild Sheep Chase | Haruki Murakami

    A Wild Sheep Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (186)

    A Wild Sheep Chase is one of Murakami's most fantastical novels. An advertising executive, infatuated with a girl who possesses the most perfect ears (an erotic charge for him) uses a picture of a sheep with a star on its back. This catapults him into a weird adventure to find the mythical sheep up in the wilds of Hokkaido, Japan's northern island. There are strange encounters, a hotel with an extra disappearing floor, and other oddities.

    Counseling Needed

    I fear severe withdrawl now that I only have one more book to delve into. Haruki Murakami has to be the most imaginative writer I have ever come acro..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 15 2006 by Louise (WINTON, CA, USA)
  • 4
    Dance Dance Dance | Haruki Murakami

    Dance Dance Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
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    Combine an offbeat cast of characters with Murakami's idiosyncratic prose, and the result is the remarkable story Dance Dance Dance: high-class call girls billed to MasterCard, a psychic 13-year-old dropout has a passion for talking heads, and meet a hunky matinee idol doomed to play dentists and teachers. Don’t forget the one-armed beach-combing poet, an uptight hotel clerk and one very bemused narrator caught in the web of advanced capitalist mayhem.

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    Dance Dance Dance: A Novel | Haruki Murakami, Alfred Birnbaum - translator

    Dance Dance Dance: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Alfred Birnbaum - translator
    • Narrated By Josh Bloomberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
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    (5)

    As he searches for a mysteriously vanished girlfriend, Haruki Murakami's protagonist plunges into a wind tunnel of sexual violence and metaphysical dread in which he collides with call girls, plays chaperone to a lovely teenaged psychic, and receives cryptic instructions from a shabby but oracular Sheep Man. Dance Dance Dance is a tense, poignant, and often hilarious ride through the cultural Cuisinart that is contemporary Japan, a place where everything that is not up for sale is up for grabs.

    Compelling!

    This book is half science fiction and half mystery. I didn't think I would like it at first but I couldn't put it down -- or stop listening. It became..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 22 2016 by karen (Chicago, Il United States)