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  • After Dark

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 211

Here is a short, sleek novel of encounters, set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn, and every bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami's masterworks The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore. At its center are two sisters: Eri, a fashion model slumbering her way into oblivion, and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny's toward people whose lives are radically different from her own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing book, Poor Narration

  • By Ellen Clary on 07-27-08

Slow and well crafted

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

Haruki Murakami definitely has a unique voice and way with words that forces you to think about what you're reading. He is also extremely skilled in painting a vivid image and forcing the reader to live in and observe it.

That being said, this is the kind of book that can't be interrupted or listened to halfheartedly. I only gave it four stars for now because I need to go back again and ingest this book more mindfully. I think I missed the arching metaphor that highlights what the book is /really/ about because there were times when I couldn't be as invested in it as I would've liked to be. After that, I'll most likely adjust my rating.

The narration is smooth and effective. I found Janet Song's voice to be compatible with Haruki Murakami's writing.

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  • The Time Machine

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,890
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,703
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,704

The science fiction classic that coined the term "time machine" and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel. A must listen for any fan of science fiction!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Random Pauses in Speech. (Captain Kirk narrates)

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-04-14

As Everyone Else Has Said, Awful Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

This is only the second audiobook I've ever read; the first one being a nonfiction book, so I thought I might be the only one falling asleep to this guy's voice and getting annoyed with the pauses. It's nice to know it wasn't just me. I fell asleep multiple times trying to finish this book, and the narrator has an amazing skill of time traveling himself. Meaning he can make four hours stretch into a week. Phenomenal!

Great story, though. It's easy to see why it's a classic.