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Publisher's Summary

The six stories in Haruki Murakami’s mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakami’s characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman.

An electronics salesman who has been abruptly deserted by his wife agrees to deliver an enigmatic package - and is rewarded with a glimpse of his true nature. A man who has been raised to view himself as the son of God pursues a stranger who may or may not be his human father. A mild-mannered collection agent receives a visit from a giant talking frog who enlists his help in saving Tokyo from destruction. As haunting as dreams, as potent as oracles, the stories in After the Quake are further proof that Murakami is one of the most visionary writers at work today.

©2007 Haruki Murakami (P)2014 Random House Audio

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A short story collection full of wonder and magic

This book would have been worth the price of admission if the last story were all there were to it, but each story is unique and captivating. The regular change of narrator also adds a certain freshness to each reading.

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I wasn't ready for this collection when first I pu

I first purchased this collection of stories a number of months ago. I tried to get through the first few stories, but I lost interest. I picked it up again two weeks ago or so, and just finished the end of it. I do most of my listening while I'm driving and puttering around in my office.
I was living in Japan at the time of the earthquake, and returned to the United States a few months after. I had lived in Japan for 18 years. the stories all rang true for me.
the only thing that bothered me about the stories was that he never seems to have a satisfying ending. he seems to intentionally leave the story open-ended.
once I accepted that, it was much easier to get my head and heart around the stories. this is a collection of stories that I will probably go back to again.

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Not my favorite

I love murakami, but this lacked the sharp prose that I so love. The narration was distracting.

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The second narrator takes some getting used to in terms of his overall tone and cadence.

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Not the best story I{ve listened to but it was still good. Kind of weird, which I usually like but I just couldn't follow along. It probably be better if I had a hardcopy and could see the text.

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Reading is very annoying

Please 'don't act' the characters, in their imagined voices and inflections, it is not a theatrical performance an audio reading; please just read in clear and non passionate regular voice.

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