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1Q84 Audiobook

1Q84

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Publisher's Summary

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 realises, 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.

©2011 Haruki Murakami (P)2011 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"It is a work of maddening brilliance and gripping originality, deceptively casual in style...vibrating with wit, intellect and ambition." (The Times)

"Eerie, suspenseful and packed full of gorgeous ordinary details and provocative extraordinary events...funny, fresh and intensely surreal. Unmissable." (Marie Claire)

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  • David
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "A fascinating journey"

    1Q84 is by far one of the best audiobooks i've listened to this year, and is in fact the first one that I have had to shift medium back to printed word because I couldn't stand the wait! Although the story can be a bit confusing at times, it is worth it to find out how the journeys of Aomame and Tengo progress, and how the story of the Air Chrysalis fits into everything. Buy this book, you will not regret it. 5 stars does not do it justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • inspector
    Falmouth, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "other worldy"

    I got completely sucked into this. Some people have made critical comments about the way it's read out but from my experience the reading fits perfectly with the way the book is written. I have to do some long car journeys and in a few of them I'd put this on at the start and hours later I'd emerge from the world of 1Q84 and the weird logic that flows through it and its mesmerising characters. Brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MJT
    Altrincham, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "A strange new world"

    Part of the weirdness of this book is that the world it describes is ours, except that it is not. There are no differences that the average observer can percieve and yet the motivations of the charachters are completely alien. If you want "thought provoking" then this is a book that will do that. It has been brilliantly translated, and equally narrated, the characters have all the usual human foibles which interact with the story rather than just being there to flesh out the volume and the narrators make the people believeable, there is a superb dipiction of the most unpleasent characters I have even come across, you just love to hate him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C.
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    3/13/13
    Overall
    "Very good"

    This is a very long novel, at times sentimental and predictable, but on the whole well written and entertaining. The two male readers are good, while the constantly monotonous female reader is mostly unconvincing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    CHEADLE, United Kingdom
    3/2/13
    Overall
    "female narrator is unbearable"

    I am strongly considering returning this, because although it strikes me as a good book, the female narrator is unbearable and the male narrators are merely not as bad as she is. I do not recommend it at all - the stars are for the writing alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • andrew
    London, United Kingdom
    2/2/13
    Overall
    "A poor shadow of Murakami's earlier masterpieces"

    This novel is really quite heartbreaking. I love Murakami's writing - I have read and enjoyed all of his earlier works. I really hope this is just a temporary wobble from this masterful writer. Still, this novel was such a struggle towards the end (I actually gave up before getting there) that I will think twice about buying the next novel, especially if it weighs in at 900+ pages! It reads like a moderately skilled novice writer copied Murakami's style but didn't quite have the talent to create the magic that makes Murakami's writing so wonderful. You recognise the style, but it's like a dull caricature of Murakami's other work. It opens with promise (i was full of anticipation listening to the first chapter), but then it just drags on and on - a Wagner opera without the good bits. So what happened? Who knows - perhaps Murakami is uncomfortable with his success? It's actually hard to know where the problem occurred here, much of the fault could be in the translation and, as a few of the other reviewers have pointed out, certainly it needs to be edited - I mean, seriously! The book is long and slow, whole sections of the story are repeated, you even get the same phrases repeated - this is particularly obvious in audio book form because you can get through it so much faster (some times you find yourself wondering if you haven't accidentally loaded a part of the book you have already listened to). I reckon you could have edited this down by at least a third and got a much more engaging story. Another notable change is the switch to the third person from the usual first person writing. Perhaps this took Murakami himself out of the novel and with him went the magic? All together, a bit of a disaster really and a waste of an awful lot of time without much reward. I hope Murakami gets back to himself in his next novel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katie
    12/26/12
    Overall
    "Really well written"

    I've now listened to a few Haruki Murakami books, and have enjoyed all of them. Interestingly, this one was translated by more than one person, which you might think would make the style a bit bitty, but it doesn't at all - it flows well throughout. As with all his novels I've read/listened to, it's a bit weird - sort of sci-fi and sort of everyday life, all mixed up together. Somehow he manages to make it work and easy to follow. And although he does use the same kind of mix of genres in other books, they are still very different from each other. He also writes incredibly well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Wakefield, United Kingdom
    12/25/12
    Overall
    "Disappointing - living up to the title is hard."

    This is an intriguing story but an unsatisfying "read"; If I want magical realism, I'll opt for the depth and wit of Rushdie rather than the cold surrealism on offer here.



    'Cold' being the operative word. The book just leaves me cold. The actors/readers are professional if unemotional, but I don't think the fault lies with them. I think the characters themselves come across as unemotional. Perhaps this is a cultural artifact. The Japanese attitude towards sex can be very 'matter of fact', but for all the sexual content in this book it "reads" with all the passion and emotion of an Ikea flat-pack instruction manual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bruce
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Science Fiction and Surrealism"

    If you are thinking of entering the world of Science Fiction and Surrealism for the first time, this book is a definite choice. It held my attention from beginning to end. Haruki Murakami doesn't waste words, each word has it place and is necessary for his tale. The word pictures he paints make every page a reality in the surrealist world which he conveys to the reader. I read it both as an audiobook and in its hard cover format. He has whet my appetite for more of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "Emperors New Clothes"

    I know I am probably wrong but I just didn't think this was all that great. I didn't really get it although the story was okay it dragged a little and I didn't feel especially moved by it. A lot of people have raved about it and maybe I am too simple minded but it's all just a bit dull.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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