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Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Audiobook

Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

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Publisher's Summary

Information is everything in Hard-boiled Wonderland. A specialist encrypter is attacked by thugs with orders from an unknown source, is chased by invisible predators, and dates an insatiably hungry librarian who never puts on weight. In the End of the World a new arrival is learning his role as dream-reader. But there is something eerily disquieting about the changeless nature of the town and its fable-like inhabitants. Told in alternate chapters, the two stories converge and combine to create a novel that is surreal, beautiful, thrilling and extraordinary.

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    Marta Maçussa, Portugal 07-24-12
    Marta Maçussa, Portugal 07-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my favorite HM but a lot of interesting issues"
    Would you listen to Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World again? Why?

    Yes, probably. Because it's not a simple book and many of the lines drawn are revealed along the stories and they left me wondering for a long time on many of them.. I would like to revisit them a second time to think them over with a different depht.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World?

    The revelation of the interconexion of the two worlds, inner and outer. Classic Murakami, but here explored in a very specific aproach, a bit more on the futuristic side - very interesting ideas! Deserving more thought!


    Which character – as performed by Adam Sims and Ian Porter – was your favorite?

    Can't choose.. They are all great. But I had a lot of fun with the Pink Girl :)


    Any additional comments?

    This is not my favorite Murakami, but it is so rich in themes that I can't forget it.

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    Jonas 06-19-17
    Jonas 06-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book and decent narration."

    I love Murakami's books and this one is no exception. I didn't quite fall for the separate narration, and in hindsight would probably have read the book myself rather than to listen to the audiobook. But all in all, great experience.

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    C. Mabry Italy 06-04-17
    C. Mabry Italy 06-04-17 Member Since 2014

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    "one of murakamis best"

    keeps you guessing until the very end. full of philosophical depth.would read and read again.

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    Devon Healy 05-07-17
    Devon Healy 05-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "not my favorite murakami"

    glad I read it but not my favorite murakami read. if you haven't read murakami before I suggest starting with Kafka on the shore or the wind up bird chronical.

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    Kirsti Schellenberger 04-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating!"

    Possibly my favorite Murakami novel to date. The characters are intriguing and surprisingly endearing, and I found the plot more accessible than some of his other works. The story clips along with the usual Murakami twists and shifts, but I wasn't struggling to keep up. The narrators are both excellent as well. They really draw you in and make the words live. Complex, but definitely fun!

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    John 04-13-17
    John 04-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Short and sweet"

    The last 7-8 chapters are what I love the most. While his trademark surrealism is present throughout, the philosophical aspect, the prose and the mediations on life don't really pop out to me until then. And while I enjoyed the whole piece, it was a much calmer ride than other works (smashing hulk men aside). Overall the brevity is a help this time around as I think I would have lost interest of it were too much longer.

    That said, I loved the characters and in the end, as always with his works, I have been left with a lot to think about ask with a lovely story as my guide. This is one I wouldn't mind listening to again

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    Michael 03-02-17
    Michael 03-02-17
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    "Good dreamlike book with alot of thilling turns"

    I likes the dreamstyle of murakami. Alot of psychology. There is also a good two story in one books moving together. The characters are a little shallow exept the main character but well written. You really get into the mind of the main character when moving deeper into his endevour.

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    Alberto P 02-23-17
    Alberto P 02-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great narration, incredible storytelling technique!"

    Double sided story telling brought by the master of unorthodox writing himself, Murakami brought to light the very essence of being human against the stark materialistic realities of the world. Loved every second of it, except the very last sentence. The narrating voice turned a 180, from Murakami to Camus for a very pessimistic anti-climatic ending. Is it to late for a sequel?

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    Marissa Candiloro 01-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Time well spent"

    Both narrators are excellent, and the storyline is enchanting and incredible. 10/10, I highly recommend

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    computer asset Sacramento CA 12-04-16
    computer asset Sacramento CA 12-04-16 Member Since 2010

    ball game

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    "Hard boiled wonderland"

    I love this author but this was not one if my favorites. I will purchase other books by this author.

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