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There's a girl at their school who is always ill. She routinely arrives late, leaves early, or doesn't show up at all, and skips gym as a matter of course. She's pretty, and the boys take to whispering that she's a cloistered princess. As the self-described worst loser in her class soon finds out, they just don't know what a monster she is.

So begins a tale of mysterious maladies that are supernatural in origin yet deeply revealing of the human psyche, a set of case files as given to unexpected feeling as it is to irreverent humor. So begins the legendary novel that kicked off the MONOGATARI series, whose anime adaptations have enjoyed international popularity and critical acclaim.

This first of three parts introduces Senjogahara and Hachikuji, and fans of the blockbuster prequel KIZUMONOGATARI will be delighted to meet their favorite crazies again: the weirdly reliable narrator Araragi, class president among class presidents Hanekawa, shady problem-solver Oshino, and a certain pale, blonde former vampire.

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Witty Chatty Fun

I recommend this book to fans of short stories, surreal realism, and witty, often humorous, dialogue.

This book consists of two short stories, Hitagi Crab and Mayoi Snail. The former is on the shorter side and the latter is on the longer side. But both are memorable and hilarious. They each also follow the same formula of introducing a character, their problem, and aiding them into solving their problem. Except the problem is never truly what it seems, there are twists within twists. Furthermore, though there are monsters and gods, everything is strongly grounded in reality… except when it’s not.

The greatest part is not the formula or the setting, but the character interactions and dialogue. The characters play off each other, play word games with each other, and just all around go on crazy entertaining tangents. I can’t count how many times I was laughing out loud.

So, this book is a great escape that will make you think and it isn’t too anime-like to put off people who aren’t a fan of anime/manga/etc.

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Been loving these since 2016. Hope they do more.

Was always a fan of the Monogatari series and loved them since they first released Kizumonogatari. Am really glad they are doing more of them. Hope they do the whole novel series.

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A Wild Ride

I normally don’t like books read by more than one person. They tend to feel like they’re trying too hard or something of the sort. That is not the case here. The full cast does a wonderful job of bringing the story to life, and I enjoyed listening to them as much as I’ve enjoyed any audiobook performance.

The story was much more psychological than I expected, and the irreverence displayed by the characters as they quipped back and forth amid talk of monsters, emotions, and what it means to be alive had me laughing, thinking, and crying in equal measure.

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Satisfying!

From the anime, to the books and manga, Bakemonogatari is one of my favorite modern creations.

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better than the anime

good voice actor but sometimes does feel out of place.
the stories is interesting as it should be.

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Gem

Nisioisin books are always unique gems. Love the dialogue. I have these in RL and in audio book form. Performances in these books are unrivaled.

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fantastic

I love these books. They are so creative and funny that one cannot help be sucked into their world and enjoy every exchange between the characters. I plan to read the whole series as they become available.

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great book on tape

really great story especially after hearing kizu. the voice actors do a great job as well.

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Wonderful

The cast is amazing!! There is the occasional flub when the main character will read someone else’s line but it’s barely notable. The performance was great and I loved it.

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Wacky crazy Fun

The story was a fun read with characters that you never get tired of. This book had me laughing the whole time on how the the characters would interact with one another. Plus the voices who read the lines deliver it well. I would recommend this to those who would enjoy a story of an awkward guy trying to help those in need from the paranormal or in this case aberration situations.

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  • 09-07-20

If you found this book, you'll love it

The narration is top notch: It has Aggretsko, Hawkmoth and Marionette If this founds its way into your recommended books, give it a go Worst case scenario, its only 6 hours, so you'd still have 10 hours if you got a goodnight sleep

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  • SC7639
  • 08-06-20

Loved it

They should use these voice actors for a dub of the anime! the story is very fun but also has some safe themes

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  • A. Culverhouse
  • 06-02-20

More please!

If your into the supernatural you need to listen to these. The series was recommended to me by a friend and I bought over a few years all the animé for it. However I have never had time to sit and watch them as they are not in English dub so would need my actual concentration. On the other hand these are excellently translate and highly involving.

This is such a good series, I'm so pleased that these are comming out. Please continue to release the entire series! The writing, translation and voice acting is all brilliant. I love the commentary from the author at the end of each book, it for some reason really adds to the work and your left feeling like the author would make a very interesting friend.