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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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  • Philip
    Exeter, United Kingdom
    10/20/13
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    "Tests your patience, despite occasional brilliance"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    About 10 hours taken off the story, which would have been easily done by deleting some of the countless repetitions and redundant sentences. Also less of the adolescent's preoccupation with genital/sexual description and the removal, somehow, of the very discomfiting feeling that one is assumed to share and enjoy the author's borderline immoral fantasies.


    Has 1Q84 put you off other books in this genre?

    No, but I don't think I'll be buying anything else by this author.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Oddly ungrammatical question – how about 'what does the narration bring'?. The readers are very good, although the female reader was very slow. Added to an already glacial pace, it was sometimes excruciating.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Growing disappointment as the story creaked along, sometimes not moving along at all and even going backwards, relieved at times by some truly beautiful passages and lovely similes.


    Any additional comments?

    I would advise all but the most diehard fans of this author to avoid this book. Uniquely in my experience, it falls miles short of rewarding the demanded investment of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sara
    torquay, United Kingdom
    10/14/13
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    "great story, poor narration"
    Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by the narrators?

    The author is fantastic. The male narrator is good, however the female narrator does not hold my attention, which is a problem considering she reads half the book.


    What other book might you compare 1Q84 to, and why?

    It does not compare due to its originality.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    As previously stated, female narrator is dull and hard to follow.


    Did 1Q84 inspire you to do anything?

    Only read more books by the author


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    Epping, United Kingdom
    10/4/13
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    "Very unusual but totally absorbing"

    This is an odd one. Long, very repetitious with largely unsympathetic characters who are emotionally stunted in some way. Yet, if you let the story wash over you, it gradually draws you in. I would not have wanted to have spent the 40+ hours it would take to read this book on the page, but, as an audio book it's good, you can get on with something else, if you miss a bit it doesn't matter, the main points of the plot are recapped at regular intervals.

    I have not given the book 5 stars, although I thought that I would when I was about 2 thirds of the way through as the ending was something of a disappointment.

    Entertaining escapism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    BEDFORD, United Kingdom
    8/12/13
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    "Like having teeth pulled"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different readers and a more concise translation


    Has 1Q84 put you off other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    A robotic, painfully slow and repetitive performance especially by Allison Hiroto.


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria Collins
    Burnage, United Kingdom
    8/6/13
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    "A little disappointing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's a long book and after reading the summary, seemed to be a good story. I was disappointed. There was no depth to anyof the book's characters, the story clung together by threasds that you expected at some point to be reconciled but never were and the female narrator was so wispy and slow that you couldn't imagine for a moment the character she played was supposed to be a cold hearted assassin.
    Still - it got me through 2 days of painting the garden fence but I could imagine there must have been better options


    Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

    No. I think the writer is just not to my taste in style, authenticity or taste.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    There were 3 narrators, 2 man and a woman. Besides the woman who was so wishy washy it grew on your nerves, the men had more emotion and decent accents to their characters.


    Do you think 1Q84 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.
    I cannot see where the book could go from the point it finished. it porbably should have finished earlier.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    Orpington, United Kingdom
    8/3/13
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    "Er, what?"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Devotees of Murakami, of whom I know there are many. Anyone new to this author should try something shorter first.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Probably not, but I might try something shorter one day.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Accents were not easy to listen to - particularly the main male narrator.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 1Q84?

    I would have reduced it by half! The detailed lengthy sections on various characters sexual activities / thoughts in particular were just boring.


    Any additional comments?

    The fact that I ploughed through to end of this enormously long book I suppose says something. The initial premise of the book was interesting, but it never really developed into anything further and I felt cheated by the lack of any resolution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gery Lynch
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    7/27/13
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you listen to 1Q84 again? Why?

    I would certainly listen again. But probably to excerpts, as I found the book to be very long.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1Q84?

    I especially enjoyed the beginning when Aomame is descending to 1q84 from 1984, this part is very atmospheric.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The subtle use of accent would not have happened in My head


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Amazement as the imagination to create another universe/world with all the same rules, well mostly the same rules.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the book to be slightly reminiscent of Manga genre. I don't mean it was a cartoon, it was the story and the ethos of the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs V
    Rowlands Gill, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Engrossing"
    If you could sum up 1Q84 in three words, what would they be?

    Engrossing, immersive and imaginative


    What other book might you compare 1Q84 to, and why?

    This is a very unique book. I can't think of any other like it. The writing was so precise yet so descriptive. The story moved slowly but drew me in. It had strong elements of fantasy yet at the same time was very real.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard the narrators' other performances.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sink into a dark world of sinister cults, murder and true love across realities.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved listening to this book and highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annabel
    Sandy, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "My life stopped for a week"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    While I was listening to 1Q84 my life basically stopped for a week, I was so engaged. The plot is so bizarre and interesting. I would definitely recommend this. The voice actress for Aomame was very good, being of Japanese ethnicity, thought the reader for Tengo sounded very American. Not a huge deal, but it slightly detracts from the atmosphere. It takes a while to get going, but it is so exciting when it does and the two narratives begin intertwining. I must say that the ending slightly let it down, as I felt not all questions were answered. Overall though, a fantastic listen.


    What other book might you compare 1Q84 to, and why?

    It is very reminiscent of Murakami's other works, though this, I would say, is his most inventive story and most engaging characters.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Nope.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole mystery of the 'little people' is just fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth buying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robin
    derby, United Kingdom
    5/16/13
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    "Complex and fascinating book"


    This is a long book with a complex narrative winding two discrete stories. It is constantly interesting and uses language beautifully. This is more significant because the book was written in Japanese so the translators have done an excellent job.

    It is a book that you cannot put down but also not want it to end. It really is a brilliant book both entertaining and challenging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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