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Narrated by: David Shih
Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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The long-awaited translation of the novel behind the cult classic Japanese movie. 

In this gloriously over-the-top tale, Aoyama, a widower who has lived alone with his son ever since his wife died seven years before, finally decides it is time to remarry. Since Aoyama is a bit rusty when it comes to dating, a filmmaker friend proposes that, in order to attract the perfect wife, they do a casting call for a movie they don't intend to produce. As the resumes pile up, only one of the applicants catches Aoyama's attention - Yamasaki Asami - a striking young former ballerina with a mysterious past. Blinded by his instant and total infatuation, Aoyama is too late in discovering that she is a far cry from the innocent young woman he imagines her to be. The novel's fast-paced, thriller conclusion doesn't spare the listener as Yamasaki takes off her angelic mask and reveals what lies beneath. 

Contains mature themes.

©1997 Ryu Murakami; translation copyright 2009 by Ralph McCarthy (P)2019 Tantor

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chilling, mysterious and haunting

incredible audiobook to an incredible story, incredibly narrated, translated. I absolutely adore the movie, and felt like it was overdue that I checked out the book. I was not disappointed at all!

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great narrator, story was very lackluster

I really enjoyed the narrator but jeez the story was awful. It was so anticlimactic.

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Not the best, not the worst.

Well written, psychological/ slow burn type horror or thriller story. it was hard to decide whether to give it 3 or 4 stars for me. ultimately went with 4 because I thought the build up and ending was well executed.