• Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,092 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is Haruki Murakami’s deep dive into the very nature of consciousness. 

Across two parallel narratives, Murakami draws listeners into a mind-bending universe in which Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to dazzling effect. What emerges is a novel that is at once hilariously funny and a deeply serious meditation on the nature and uses of the mind.

©2010 Haruki Murakami (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“He has become the foremost representative of a new style of Japanese writing: hip, cynical, highly stylized, set at the juncture of cyberpunk, postmodernism, and hard-boiled detective fiction....Murakami [is] adept at deadpan wit, outrageous style.” (Los Angeles Times Magazine)

“Fantastical, mysterious, and funny...a fantasy world that might have been penned by Franz Kafka.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Rich in action, suspense, odd characters and unexpected trifles...[a] provocative work.” (The Atlantic

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Human Wonder and the End of my Patience.

To be brief, the story s entertaining and insightful. The way he writes women isn't.

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Highly recommend

Always love this author, but this book I loved more than most. Melancholy and poetic, it was so engaging. I also loved the narrator. The voice acting for this was perfect and really suited the story.

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Very cool.

Long-winded, yet simultaneously awesome. Reminds me of the first time I took acid. A must read.

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Yet another Mesmerizing adventure murakami took me on

I have to admit that in the beginning the book started as less interesting as other murakami books that I have read but it moved along, I became more and more absorbed.
Compared to the other books, it also seemed more clear to me and the abstract ideas made more sense. But the greatest beauty, as with all other murakami works, was the way it was told and the web was weaved. Just beautiful.

The performance was pretty great too. Kirby's voice, in my opinion, fits murakami's writing style very much.

I now look forward to my next Murakami adventure.

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so glad this book is over

the book started out great, interesting, compelling "page turner" then hit a wall of boring that never ended. he goes into details about brain waves, mental circuitry, lines of consciousness, neuron pathways and mind programming into a lengthy depth that made me glaze over. I find myself thinking about anything except what was being narrated and i had to rewind it like 3 times just to say off it, and I'm not going to understand this and i just wanted to get to the end.

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Very enjoyable

This is a well written and well read book. A friend suggested this is the right place to start with Murakami and I will definitely be reading or listening to more of his books. The performance is great the characters are well constructed and the narrative builds to a satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended

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Fascinating

My first novel by Murakami, the story is twisted and entertaining. Heyborne is also great!

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It’s a shame he can’t write women

I loved everything about this book, except for the ridiculous way he writes women and the borderline pedophilia inherent in writing a literal child trying to seduce a 35-year-old man. Is it so hard not to be creepy and weird about women and girls? To write them as more than lust and body type obsession? It was enough to repeatedly take me out of what was otherwise an incredible story.

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An Early Murakami Gem

Like all of his masterpieces, get ready to wish this audiobook last you an eternity.

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Well narrated, but barely a story

This was a struggle to listen to even though I'm a Murakami fan generally, because you expect the story to go somewhere or wrap up into an allegory and neither of those actually happens. Pretty sad about listening to this whole book.

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