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Randy Thill

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  • Wind/Pinball

  • Two Novels
  • By: Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen - translator
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

In the spring of 1978, a young Haruki Murakami sat down at his kitchen table and began to write. The result: two remarkable short novels - Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 - that launched the career of one of the most acclaimed authors of our time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Must For Murakami Fans

  • By Jay Quintana on 08-23-15

too young for me

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

I love Haruki Murakami's writing. It appears I like his later works better than his younger ones. These stories are OK, but at 70, they did not appeal to me. Youth's follies and interests are no longer what capture's my interests.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lone Wolf

  • A Noah Wolf Thriller, Book 2
  • By: David Archer
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

When Team Camelot is handed an unusual mission to rescue the abducted daughter of a foreign president, Noah and the rest go into it with confidence, and are quickly successful. Back home, they are ready to celebrate, but something doesn't feel right. The mission was too easy, and there are indicators that someone may have discovered who they are and tracked them back to Neverland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Noah may have some feelings after all...

  • By shelley on 09-07-16

Lone Wolf

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-17

Definitely a book about a guy written by a guy. I am one who likes most types of stories and found this entertaining as an audio book. I would never have read the whole book, since it was lacking in depth throughout the book. Since I work with my hands it was just right...allowed me to work, think when I needed to, and encourage me to stay at my bench a little longer to hear what happened next.

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,935
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,910

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

well woven story

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

Reviewed: 04-30-13

Would you consider the audio edition of 1Q84 to be better than the print version?

haven't read the book

What did you like best about this story?

I loved that the characters were well developed and that we were allowed to realize how they were connected via intuition...which could be done because of the story within the story.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the scenes where they were checking the moon....the power felt/amazement/ realizations that occurred while stopping time and watching them.

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

Just a lot of smiles, thank you!

Any additional comments?

I guess every book has undercurrents and symbolism. This one was so able to let the reader draw their own parallels to the "real world" while giving a crisp, clean story that kept me interested til the very end....even if I knew what the ending had to be!