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Men Without Women Audiobook

Men Without Women: Stories

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Publisher's Summary

A dazzling new collection of short stories - the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed Haruki Murakami since his best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.

Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.

©2017 Haruki Murakami (P)2017 Random House Audio

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    Jay Quintana 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Murakami Being Murakami"

    A man meets his wife's lover and finds out he likes the guy. A Tokyoite teaches himself to speak with a Kansai accent. A bug turns into Gregor Samsa. People disappear. Men and women remain enigmas to each other. Sadness. Loneliness. We're in Haruki's World. There's a familiarity to all these stories, and yet, they never fail to entertain.

    Murakami doesn't top himself here, but neither does he show a loss of talent. If you liked his other short stories, you'll most likely enjoy these. The converse is also true.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 07-31-17
    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 07-31-17 Member Since 2009
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    "modern male uncertainty and mystery and doubt"

    ? does modern urban life seem uncertain, mysterious and almost "inhuman" at times
    ? would it help to read an author who can lovingly tease out these struggles
    ? if haruki murakami wins the nobel prize one day, would it surprise you

    by its' title, murakami's wonderful book invites comparison to ernest hemingway
    he tells us about a series solitary men struggling to understand and interact with women
    each of the men finds this task slow, difficult, enigmatic and, at times, defeating

    i suspect murakami believes men's true selves are ground down by modern life
    their awkward attempts to reach out to women are really attempts to find themselves
    murakami's tender insightful text lends an all-embracing nobility to these struggles





    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 07-27-17
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 07-27-17

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "That's how we become Men Without Women"

    "That's what it is like to lose a woman. And at a certain time, losing one woman means losing all women. That's how we become Men Without Women."
    -- Haruki Murakami, Men Without Women

    This is a soft Murakami. A lot of his novels are dreamlike, but this one seems more like an emotional smell than a memory. There just isn't a lot to grab onto. It reminded me of petting a sea anemone flower at a local aquarium. I knew I was doing it. I was even thrilled a bit as I was doing it. It just didn't register in the way I predicted.

    Anyway, the book is a series of short stories, I've included my ranking for each:
    1. Drive My Car - ★★★★
    2. Yesterday - ★★★
    3. An Independent Organ - ★★
    4. Scheherazade - ★★★★
    5. Kino - ★★★★
    6. Samsa in Love - ★★★
    7. Men without Women - ★★★

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    jolie d.k. los angeles, ca 09-18-17
    jolie d.k. los angeles, ca 09-18-17 Member Since 2017

    robot ninja

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    "Interesting "

    At times gripping, deeply fascinating; at other moments eye rollingly indulgent, I'm sure it will take time to finish digesting the complex offering Murakami provides here. I enjoyed it and though it didn't go places I was expecting I'm glad I selected this.

    I had to stop playback several times because I was so distracted by the cringe worthy mispronounciation of certain Japanese words. Aiko, yakuza, Shinjuku, and for chrissake the author's name and the original title of the book ...I am dumbfounded that those are so difficult to get right. Otherwise the narration was neutral and inoffensive. On the bland side, with limited range for interpreting female characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Z. Harrison 08-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Great Collection"

    Anyone who has loved and lost will see him or her self in these stories. Some are grounded, others fantastic.

    I think the only thing I wasn't wild about was all the literary references. Felt too smart. That took away from some of the genuine feelings, at least for me. That said, it's a great collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Working Man 08-04-17
    Working Man 08-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Reader"

    The reader's tone was absolutely perfect. Second only to the reader of Kafka on the Shore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Lehrer SANTA BARBARA, CA, US 08-02-17
    Karen Lehrer SANTA BARBARA, CA, US 08-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Disapointing for Murakami lovers"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, this is the only Murakami I would not recommend, and I love Murakami. Clearly some of his books are better than others in general. This one is a waste of time in my opinion. I've listened to nearly every offering, and this one is populated on his fixation on his sex organ, flat and boring short stories. Not very interesting ones at that. I kept going thinking the next story would be an improvement, but sadly they all had similarities.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    They all blend together, I don't think there was enough of a break between stories. It would have been better to state the name of the story if there is one before just jumping in, in the same breath. Also would have helped to alternate readers, so there would be more of a break to distinguish the stories.


    Could you see Men Without Women being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Kaufmann Florida 07-18-17
    John Kaufmann Florida 07-18-17 Member Since 2017

    surfing medical doctor emergency and urgent care

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    didn't care for the narrator ''s voice. Too soft, too gentle not like murakami voice

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    Brian San Francisco, CA 07-09-17
    Brian San Francisco, CA 07-09-17
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    "Beautiful and nuanced stories"
    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    The vocal nuances helped make what is almost a poetic recital, effortless to absorb


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

    Like much of HM's writing, I think about the stories over and over for years.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Jersey City, NJ, United States 07-09-17
    Michael Jersey City, NJ, United States 07-09-17

    Michael Gates... I'm an Audible author!

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    "Middling Murakami -- but that's not a bad thing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Compared to, say, "The Elephant Vanishes", the quality of the stories here are more variable. Some of them are fascinatingly odd, some are just minor studies of eccentric characters. To me, even the latter are worthwhile, and I think Murakami fans will agree.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I enjoyed it. Just wished there were more of the top-notch stories.


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    Heyborne clearly "gets" Murakami's narrative voice and the cadence of this prose. I felt like I was listening to Murakami himself.


    Was Men Without Women worth the listening time?

    Yes, for this Murakami fan.


    Any additional comments?

    Not the best introduction to Murakami for neophytes, but most devotees of the author will want to hear this collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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