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1Q84 Audiobook

1Q84

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Publisher's Summary

Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine)

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question.

Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

As Aomame's and Tengo's narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell's, 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami's most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

BONUS AUDIO: Audible interviews the translators of 1Q84, Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel.

VIDEO: Our narrators step in front of the camera to read your thoughts on Murakami.

©2011 Haruki Murakami (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This imaginative, lengthy novel satisfies as a mystery, fantasy, and humorous coming-of-age tale—all blended with the vagaries of love and loss in a dystopia mired in strange cults and mathematical/musical dreamscapes. One surmises that it's no accident that the book's enigmatic title relates to George Orwell's 1984." (AudioFile)

“Profound . . . A multilayered narrative of loyalty and loss . . . A fully articulated vision of a not-quite-nightmare world . . . A big sprawling novel [that] achieves what is perhaps the primary function of literature: to reimagine, to reframe, the world . . . At the center of [1Q84’s] reality . . . is the question of love, of how we find it and how we hold it, and the small fragile connections that sustain us, even (or especially) despite the odds . . . This is a major development in Murakami’s writing . . . A vision, and an act of the imagination.” (David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times)

1Q84 is one of those books that disappear in your hands, pulling you into its mysteries with such speed and skill that you don’t even notice as the hours tick by and the mountain of pages quietly shrinks . . . I finished 1Q84 one fall evening, and when I set it down, baffled and in awe, I couldn’t help looking out the window to see if just the usual moon hung there or if a second orb had somehow joined it. It turned out that this magical novel did not actually alter reality. Even so, its enigmatic glow makes the world seem a little strange long after you turn the last page. Grade: A.” (Rob Brunner, Entertainment Weekly)

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    Gornak 08-01-17
    Gornak 08-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "My least favorite Murakami book"

    I did not like this book.

    The story itself is relatively ham-handed, in spite of its surrealism. You may not encounter many books similar to this one, but you would have far more luck with second-rate anime. A girl gets transported to a different world full of poorly written non-believable characters, quasi-philosophical pronouncements on relationship, and a slow story full of filler content.

    Surrealism works when it is selectively placed. However, it loses power when it is literally everywhere at every point. When every other paragraph is surrealistic, Murakami's trademark ambiguity begins to feel more like "blah blah blah" than like something that puzzles and intrigues the reader.

    This may have been tolerable, had the story's characters were at all believable. However, they rarely feel like real people. Everything they do has something to do with ominous premonitions, half of what they say is some non-chalantly deep statement that seems like it might have some meaning about life in general, and very few of their interactions seem intuitive and human.

    Additionally, the Murakami cannot seem to stop describing women's breasts. It seems like he cannot write a chapter containing a female character without going into some description of "the beautiful swelling of her chest," her pubic hair, or how horny she is. He occasionally does the same thing for one of the male characters, but not nearly as much, and rarely to the same extent. The main female character cannot seem to stop looking at herself in the mirror and wondering if her breasts should be bigger. She also cannot help but be attracted to the other (also attractive) female characters in the book, whose nipples are then amply described. After a while this gets extremely annoying, and the book begins to remind me more and more of said second-rate anime show where every other scene involves an attractive-but-insecure girl with an upskirt shot.

    Lastly, the story takes place in Japan. But you may almost not know it. Specific names are Japanese, but that is about it. References to literature are inevitably to European or American literature. Music - American jazz, Rolling Stones, Bach, you name it. But never Japanese. I believe there was a brief reference to Kurosawa at one point - but the rest of movie references are to American films. Food? European or American. Alcohol? Wine or whiskey. Paintings? European. And there is a LOT of reference to such things. Just virtually nothing Japanese. Mind you, this is not a deal-breaker for me. But it is very odd.

    I have read several of Murakami's books, and liked a couple. But this one is very much on the bottom of the pile for me, and it may be a long time before I will want to pick up another one of his books.

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    Gary 07-01-17
    Gary 07-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Are you serious?"

    I had been told this book was wonderful. It was also on my suggested books because I listened to 1984 and rated it highly. If you're in the same spot I was you will be sadly let down. I would hardly call this a "dystopian novel". It's more of a strange science fiction/ soft core sex novel. I was really let down.

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    Lukas 02-12-17
    Lukas 02-12-17
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    "Different paces of narration"

    I liked the story a lot, and the interpretations as well. What I had a hard time was that each chapter was narrated by one of the two narrators, and they have a different speed. So every time a chapter changed, I had to pause whatever else I was doing to change the speed of the audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DJ Alden, New York, US 01-14-17
    DJ Alden, New York, US 01-14-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Together at last"

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It held my interest wondering when The two protagonist would finally get together. The story held my interest as they came so close only to pass like two ships in the night.listening to the two translators comments at the end of the story has made me want to read other Japanese stories in translation. I would recommend this book to anyone who has the time to commit to the story.

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    David H. 10-17-17
    David H. 10-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book! Could've been shorter. "

    I really enjoyed this story. It is well crafted and carries through the epic length. However, I found some of the characters conversations could have been shorter. The author really went on sometimes which made the book seem a tad too long. Could've used one more fat-trim on the final edit. Otherwise a great listen.

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    Chris F. Paterniti Cleveland, OH 10-17-17
    Chris F. Paterniti Cleveland, OH 10-17-17
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    "5* at 70% Through this Book, That's how good it is"

    I can't recall what persuaded me to get this book (besides the nice price!) but at first I wasnt in love with it... there's a fair amount of character development in this 40+ chapter saga...but The richness of each persona is precisely what I have come to love. Furthermore, the Narration is quite possibly the best I've experienced since my recent foray into AudioBooks. The narrators are so vivid and emotion in their readings, that their voices envelope the personas of each character. The Best part (for me) is the fact that is a story about a 'ghost written' and thusly 'translated' book, that has been edited by another person... Which as an American reading a Japanese book, is kind of the same thing on a Meta level. I can't wrap my head around how it would be possible to have such flowery and elegant prose in English without this book either being WRITTEN in English originally, OR with the Translator(s) taking quite some liberties to creatively augment the original work of fiction with their own embellishments.

    Its a Fun, Unique story that makes me want to explore both the other narrator and author's works.

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    Rachel Chastanet Chesapeake, VA 10-08-17
    Rachel Chastanet Chesapeake, VA 10-08-17
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    "Great if you have a huge amount of time to pass"

    Very very slow and odd story. Probably great for the kind of people who actually read Proust. Also may be better appreciated by listeners with a better understanding of Japanese culture.

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    lanamaniac New York, NY 10-02-17
    lanamaniac New York, NY 10-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Too odd too long "

    Really gets weird in the middle. The details that were less fantastical were the bear parts. Otherwise so many things felt unnecessary and too many rough loose ends. After hour 20 I wanted it to end. Not my cup of tea even tho the beginning was so interesting.

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    R. Hilton Texas 10-02-17
    R. Hilton Texas 10-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Gratuitous eroticism clouds the story "

    1Q84 is based on a promising premise of intersecting parallel universes. The characters are intriguing, the situations are interesting and suspenseful. Unfortunately, the author fills much of the dialogue with gratuitous eroticism, child sex, incest, and shallow relationships. If that's OK for you, enjoy. I just think the author invests too much in the pornography rather than delving more deeply into the stated premise.

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    "Meh"

    5 words: Boring, misogynic and too long. If a review wouldn't have to be at least 15 words, that would be all I have to say about this.

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