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  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies..

  • By Mel on 05-09-12

‘If you can’t get it across in words, then it’s better not to try.’

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-19

Double feelings, but I don’t think that I could recommend this to anyone. I appreciate the attempt to do justice to the absurd, but goddamn, if you believe there are aspects of reality that do not lend themselves for expression in words, then stick to it and don’t try to, at least not for the length of an entire book. Loved the narration, the atmosphere and the fantastical elements, the author is definitely very skilled. But insofar as it tries to discuss ideas (which it does, a lot), the work lacks depth and a critical attitude. Ideas are usually presented as one-dimensional truism that do not provoke thought. If you want some thoughtful writing on darkness and the absurd, go read Kierkegaard. (Or any ‘continental’ philosopher for that matter.)

  • The Odyssey

  • By: Homer, Emily Wilson - translator
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. In this fresh, authoritative version - the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman - this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's Readings of Dialogue Overdone

  • By D. Terry on 12-21-18

Impressive

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-18

I was continually surprised at the excellence of the Odyssey as a story, of Emily Wilson’s feeling for poetic English and of Claire Danes’ strong en human telling. In fact, ‘human’, might be the best word to describe all three; I have never felt a story this old come this close. Very well done.

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