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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Audiobook

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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Publisher's Summary

Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

©2006 Haruki Murakami; (P)2006 Naxos AudioBooks

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    Kyle Seattle, WA 10-08-08
    Kyle Seattle, WA 10-08-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Good."

    I first read this book in its paper form, and loved it. I loved it even more the second time through on audiobook.

    One caveat: while the reader does an excellent job with the male voices, he doesn't do quite so well with the female voices. I think he makes the women sound much more unintelligent than I think was intended by Murakami. Despite that, it is still quite a good listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Simon 10-02-17
    Simon 10-02-17
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    "well, well, well..."

    what a romp. hated the voice acting. it was good voice acting, i just hated it.
    the story was wondrous, quite a romp.
    i liked the parts with japanese people in them. and russians. mongolians less so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hugo Maia Vieira 09-30-17
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    "At least, not for me"

    The narrator is really good! But the story...

    I don't know if that is the culture difference (I'm from Brazil) but I couldn't connect with the characters and the story. It is a slow book and the story have to much nonsense branches. I struggled to finish it.

    It seems to be a metaphor for how to deal with pain and uncertainties of life, but for me, it didn't work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RomulusRom 08-28-17
    RomulusRom 08-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Too much of Murakimi, even for Murakami."

    I'm a big fan of Murakami. He writes fantasy grounded in daily human stories and behaviour. He is meandering. His train of thought goes places. But in "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" this train goes off the track way too many times to be enjoyable.

    There are parts in this book that are absolutely brilliant and then there are parts that are really quite tedious. Most of the latter was "thanks" to May Kasahara, a character I could not stand, in part because of the (rightfully) annoying voice Degas gives to the character. I almost skipped those parts.

    All in all this was OK, but it's definitely not one of Murakami's best. He lets his trademark style run a bit rampant here.

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    Yiyun Shanghai 07-26-17
    Yiyun Shanghai 07-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator is Amazing"

    The chain of story line is interesting and ina way weird.
    The skill of narrator is unbelievably good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rufina 02-25-17
    rufina 02-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Hard to care for these characters"

    It's hard to care for these characters because none of them are particularly likeable. I guess that's the intention, but I found it hard to get into a story where the characters lack depth, especially the female characters, they are very sexualised but all seem to lack a believable emotion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron 12-28-16
    Ron 12-28-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent performance and acting by the narrator"

    However, I was left with many questions and open ends. Overall, I enjoyed investing my time listening to this book, and I'll probably listen to more of Murakami's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megha 09-13-16
    Megha 09-13-16
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    "A long but enjoyable listen!"

    Struggled to finish, insanely lengthy but fabulous narration. Hard to believe all those different voices and accents have been by the same person, from a teenager to a war veteran. The third part of the book is by far the best, and the disjoint pieces start to make sense.

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    Tony 09-07-16
    Tony 09-07-16
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    "Multi-layered"

    I haven't written a review in a long time. I am a voracious reader but not a 'reviewer' but I cannot believe how many reviews are critical of the narration of this book. This is a multi-layered novel about history, mans inhumanity to man and animals ( in this case this is not a gender neutral topic as in general it is men who are inhuman ) unfailing love, never ending faith in others and so on. Rupert Degas did a masterful job of capturing the tone of each character and the storys' many twists and turns. He painted ( with a nod to his surname ) each character with aplomb. This is a novel in which you can slowly get lost in a good way. I really enjoyed the story and the performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 08-11-16
    Robert 08-11-16 Member Since 2011
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    "One of those Rare Gems"
    Any additional comments?

    As I've stated before, you can read book after book and then all of a sudden you find a rare gem. This is one of those.

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  • Roger Hopewell
    9/4/16
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    "Murakami, unique and compelling"

    Humm, what to make of this one. Enjoy is not the right word. Its done now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Viscount
    8/30/16
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    "A Masterpiece from a Master Story Teller"
    What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Rupert Degas superbly acts all the characters - there are many voices and all clearly discernible - from old soldiers, teenaged girls, cynical politicians and our frequently baffled protagonist. Rupert Degas brings them all to life.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the most captivating novels I have ever read or listened to - a truly compelling tale from start to end. Quite what it is about is hard to say as plot-wise it doesn’t have a clearly obvious beginning, middle and end. The protagonist, Toru Okada, relates a series of events about his life that occur over a period of a year or so in the 1980s. They range from the mundane to the fantastical - it is not entirely clear whether all of the events actually occur, or whether he dreams, imagines or fantasises some of them. The events are interspersed with the memoirs of an old soldier, written in letters to Okada, relating some of his horrific experiences in Manchuria and later in Siberia - these are gripping enough for a book in their own right, and some of the soldier’s accounts have a profound effect on Okada’s behaviour. What is it all about - what does it all mean? Well that is left to us, the reader/listener, to work out for ourselves. Is it just a series of exquisitely narrated events or a profound meditation on the depth of war guilt in the modern Japanese psyche? Make of it what you will, it is a compelling, if rather lengthy, story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PC London
    8/12/16
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    "Superbly renditioned audio book of a great novel"

    It's one of my favourite novels, and this narration brings all the characters to life. Excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    8/9/16
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    "Terrible"

    Just awful drivel. Not worth the hours of your life it takes to listen to it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kirsty H
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    6/25/16
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    "Ok but I've enjoyed others more."

    listened to a few of Haruki Murakami's novels and thoroughly enjoyed them, the combination of real and surreal.
    This one I found the characters whiney and unlikeable. Can't judge if that was down to the words or the way it was vocalised.
    While the narrator made it obvious which character was speaking at any given time most of these voices grated.
    This is highly subjective though but did reduce my rating from good to ok

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maxine
    greenhithe, United Kingdom
    6/22/16
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    "So good I've listened twice so far..."

    I simply love this story. Complex, compelling and narrated beautifully. A story to make you think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/19/16
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    "interesting characters"

    interesting characters, amazing narrator but too long, the intertwinings of the characters lacks a clear focus throughout the book. however it is mostly well-written and the author has a great sence of humour

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pm
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    5/30/16
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    "Felt like work..."

    I struggled through the book at many points but equally, there were bits that were riveting. I preferred Murakami's 'Kafka on the shore' better. I don't think I would have made it through the book if I had attempted reading it. Rupert Degas made the book come alive. Anyway, I am glad I finished the book but it will be some time before I attempt another Murakami title.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shirley
    4/7/16
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    "Bit frustrating"

    Although the performances were excellent the storyline itself left far too many unanswered questions. A really interesting narrative and very thought provoking but I think the author thinks we're all much more analytical and intelligent than we are in reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R. Fountain
    London, United Kingdom
    4/6/16
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    "I have absolutely no idea what I just listened to!"

    Excellent narrator and despite being a fan of Marakami's previous books, this one was particularly weird (more so than usual). I'm still trying to figure out what it was about and what actually happened!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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