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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage

By: Haruki Murakami,Philip Gabriel - translator
Narrated by: Bruce Locke
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Publisher's Summary

The new novel - a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan - from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since IQ84.

Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

©2014 Haruki Murakami (P)2014 Random House Audio

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Just below the Surface

A slow soak in a bath of music, color, friends, loneliness, philosophy, creation and death. Murakami is a genius at writing with emotions swirling beneath the text. He gets the importance of the notes AND the silence of prose; of the unsaid, dreamy place that is both recognized and strange.

This isn't his most exciting work, but it is clearly not a throw-away either. It brings all the usual suspects to the Murakami table. Murakami writes best when he makes the reader feel like they are just near the surface of wakefulness. He bends the reader into a zone where it feels like a strange contractive tendency of the surface between sleep and wakefulness between musical, lucid dreams and surreal, philosophical nightmares.

It feels like you are balancing blind on the edge of a train platform; you feel the sound of the train and feel the compression of his words, but don't know if the Murakami train is going to hit you from the left or the right.

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Great book ruined by the narration

How could the performance have been better?

Whoever directed this audiobook was out of touch with the spirit of Murikami's message. The reader is to take on Tsukuru's life, to become him and travel through his story. This is the way all Murikami books are meant to be read; and to produce an audiobook for English speaking audiences but narrate it with an accent creates a barrier between the reader and the character. Be warned, it isn't good. The narrator sounds board and flat and with the accent it really clashes with what we (the Murikami fan's) expect. My advice, skip the audiobook and read this one.

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Seriously? Japanese accent really necessary?

I don't understand why the publishers of Murakami's "Colorless Tsukuru..." decided that it was a good idea to have the actor speak in a heavy Japanese accent for all the dialogues in the audible book. Seriously effing annoying and maybe racist. I don't know if I can continue listening.

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Good story RUINED by horrible dialogue reading

What would have made Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage better?

The narrator should have read the dialogue with the same voice he read the exposition. As it is, this is a horrible recording. I'm returning it. I have all the other Murakami audiobooks and they are great listening experiences. For some bizarre reason, someone thought it was a good idea to have the dialogue spoken in an accent that I guess was supposed to be Japanese, and yet sounded like no one I've ever heard in my 47 years on earth.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tsukuru was interesting, except when we had to listen to his dialogue.

Would you be willing to try another one of Bruce Locke’s performances?

If he doesn't try an accent, I suppose so, but otherwise, not a chance.

Any additional comments?

You endure the dialogue rather than enjoy it. Frankly, having the narrator speak in this dialect is one of the stupidest decisions in audiobooks history. The story might in fact be better than 4 stars, but, due to how terrible this listening experience was, there's no way I can give it a 5.

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Charlie Chan

The narrator has the worst fake Japanese accent. Sounds more like the old racist Charlie Chan movies. It was astoundingly bad. There was absolutely no need for that fake accent. It was as though the narraration was making fun of Murakami being Japanese. I stopped listening because it was so distracting to the story. Why didn't anyone else notice ? Amazing. As a Japanese I felt insulted.

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Very unfortunate narration...

What did you love best about Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage?

A big fan of Muruakami - so I love it all.

How could the performance have been better?

The accents used in the narration our horrible. Sorry, but no other word to use. I'm having a hard time finishing the book, which I'm sure I would have loved otherwise.

Any additional comments?

Please do not use those voice accents ever again. Thank you.

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Beautiful Story. Odd dialogue narration

It Is hard for me to believe that Murakami is not aware of the odd dialogue in Bruce Locke's performance. I have listen to nearly 300 books and most of Murukami's material. The use of the Japanese accent is inconsistent with all of his other books. Why do it here? The depth and tone of the story could have been extraordinary if the dialogue had been performed normally. The book is definitely worth a listen. But really should be redone with the accented English removed. When Locke simply narrates the story the results are dark and moving.

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We're all victims of our youth

A brilliant reminder of how each stage of our lives sets us up for the next one, I found this Murakami as challenging and ultimately satisfying as all the rest: which is to say, when it's over you find yourself saying this can't be the end. This book is in desperate need of a book club so you can talk through what the small tangent tales say about the main story line.

This is a great introduction of a brilliant author - - despite the off-putting accent the narrator adopts when the characters are speaking. I haven't a CLUE why this was done, but it feels uncomfortable at best and racist as worse. If you can get past that, the story itself is almost like a young adult book reminding us of how it feels to be young, vulnerable, and so at the mercy of the friends who you adopt as family.

But, if you don't enjoy tangents, the occasional mystical thread, or if you need a beginning, middle, and end to be happy, this is probably not the book for you. But, if you want to let go, think hard, and are willing to get on board the fantasy train, you'll enjoy this one a lot.

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Good, brooding book, terrible reading

The dialogue was read with this incredibly grating Japanese accent. It's in translation, it's not about Japanese speakers try to speak broken, stilted English. I mean, FFS, it's not like Japanese speakers sound like they have accents when they're speaking to each other in their native language, this came off as a stupid affectation.

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Why does the dialogue have an accent?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He used a sort of Japanese dialect for the dialogue, which continually pulled me away from the story. Not sure if this was a producer's decision or even Mr. Murakami's... but it really sucked the listening pleasure of another wonderful novel by Mr. Murakami.

Imagine Crime and Punishment where Raskolnikov and others have a Russian dialect in the dialogue and the narration does not. It makes sense in something like Ulysses, and Jim Norton is quite brilliant, but that is how the characters would have sounded in Ireland. I doubt very much that if I met Mr Murakami's characters in Tokyo, that they would be speaking English with a Japanese accent. I know where the story takes place; I don't need a dialect to help me see that the characters are Japanese.

It's actually a bit offensive I would think. I'm Portuguese and think i'd be quite put off if a narrator were reading an English translation of a Saramago novel with a Portuguese dialect... Whatever that might be.

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