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Around midnight, under a lonely streetlamp in a provincial town in Japan, lies a white woman, a blonde, alone, robbed of all four limbs yet undead. Indeed, a rumor's been circulating among the local girls that a vampire has come to their backwater, of all places.

Koyomi Araragi, who prefers to avoid having friends because they'd lower his "intensity as a human", is naturally skeptical. Yet it is to him that the bloodsucking demon, a concept "dated twice over", beckons on the first day of spring break as he makes his way home with a fresh loot of morally compromising periodicals.

Always disarmingly candid, often hilariously playful, and sometimes devastatingly moving, KIZUMONOGATARI: Wound Tale is the perfect gateway into the world of author NISIOISIN, the best-selling young novelist in Japan today. The prequel to BAKEMONOGATARI ("Monster Tale"), this is where the legendary MONOGATARI series, whose anime adaptations have enjoyed international popularity and critical acclaim, begins.

©2015 NISIOISIN (P)2016 Random House Audio

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NO POINT IN CRYING OVER SPILT BLOOD

This is not for the over 30 crowd. The first hour is totally taken over by a high school boy who sees a pair of panties. In a Marilyn Monroe type situation involving the most popular girl in school, this boy sees her panties and that is all he can think about for the next hour of the book. This causes him to go out and buy porn magazines. The book is also filled with more teenage angst then in any American YA girl book. The small parts about the vampire is fairly cool and different, but not to the point of putting up with all the childish ramblings of the main character. Anime books are similar to graphic novels and I have found that these books without the art work usually don't hold up.

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A good start, even for the most critical fans.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would only recommend this book to some friends, as this is definitely not a story for everyone. The story can easily be bogged down if you do not resonate with the characters inner turmoil and the thought provoking moral quandaries could just sound like teenage angst if you don't buy in to stories about kids in high school. Even for many Anime fans the verbose and palindromic writing can be mind melting giving some scenes a feeling of dragging on for eternity. Monogatari has never been for everyone, but it is for those listeners or readers who have a love for ten dollar words, being wrapped up in a flurry of wit while being sucked deeper into the rabbit hole.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Koyomi Araragi is by far the stand out character, and continues to be in later novels in the Monogatari series. He is both an everyman character, but also someone with a distinct and strong personality. Between his inner monologues and exterior arguing with himself you get a deep and rich understanding of how he thinks; thus allowing the author to almost meld the minds of the character and reader together.

Which scene was your favorite?

The standout scene in this audiobook comes almost purely from a delivery and character aspect. Hearing Christina Vee argue with herself as two separate characters was a true joy. While I wish they had used another actor to play Hanekawa it was still thrilling to hear.

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

There are two very strong scenes in this book which may either make or break the story for you; the first meeting of our two main characters (Araragi & Kisshot), and their stories climax towards the end. Each novel in the Monogatari series focuses heavily on a singular character and their interactions with Koyomi Araragi with the other characters coming in as strong supports to reinforce the actions of each character. For a majority of the novels, the main support or what could be argued as a tertiary main character to Koyomi is Kisshot. Both their first meeting, and the main story element which binds them together in this novel are very strong, and emotionally draining, but every step beforehand leads you to the finale which you are told from the start will not be a happy one.

Any additional comments?

The Monogatari series as a whole isn't an easy subject matter to translate into a simple written or spoken language. Most likely why it's taken so long for anyone to try and even tackle this expansive series. <br/>With that being said, Vertical has done an excellent job with translating the Novel but keeping dialog, character specific quirks, and the themes of the Monogatari series consistent between the anime and novels. While I would say they did only a serviceable job on the audiobook, it comes from high expectations. The source material is strong in creating an emotional resonance between the reader (or viewer) and the characters in action, so when the voices of them do not line up as you expected, it can be somewhat jarring. Even if the actors did a strong job overall. I will say that compared to the Japanese actor of Hanekawa who sounded more stern, mature, and serious; this iteration is given a more high pitched, giddy, and almost bubbly voice which I wouldn't say fits well, especially with later events in the series and I hope that Vertical reconsiders casting and brings in a different actor to play her. <br/><br/>I would say my main criticisms lie with the direction more so than casting, delivery, or the script. This is a biased point of view, but it seems the director definitely had the actors hold back on some scenes, opting for a bit more subdued approach compared to the anime & japanese actors deliveries. This is personal preference, but I would have rather scene the actors ham up the more dramatic scenes more, as the series has always been known to be bombastic, over the top, and incredibly verbose. <br/><br/>I can also say there is a definite problem with the pacing in a few areas. While this isn't a major problem, it definitely feels as though the actor playing Araragi was told to pick up his reading pace during a few scenes which could have been a little lengthier and more thought provoking. On the other hand, talking a mile a minute is definitely a key attribute to our protagonist, and nothing new the near frantic levels of dialog in the animation version of him. <br/><br/>

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  • Felipe DL
  • City Bell, Buenos Aires Argentina
  • 06-29-16

Gripping, funny, deep...A worthy listen

Great acting, which I didn't expect, this being my first audiobook experience, and usually not liking american anime dub acting (which clearly this isn't, but in theory would be close).

The story surprised me enough for what ia basically a origin story with elements previously hinted at in the saga. I'd say in all it's fair to read this before you read or watch the latest material. But as a starting point it should work really well. As it is, it still brings a whole new dimension to all the characters involved. Kiss-shot, of course, and the protagonist, but also, much yo my delight, to my now-favorite girl, Hanekawa.

As usual with these late-into-a-series origin stories, the story is informed by the previously published books, and it's also followed by a more natural continuation in the publishing order. But that doesn't hurt the enjoyment, it's just that you see where the author is going to go/comes from in terms of character exploration.

So yeah, this audiobook I can wholeheartedly recommend both to fans of the anime and newcomers. It was even the audiobook which made me.a fan of the genre. I hope the rest of the books in the saga are published in this form too, because now I know I'll want to get them all.

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So bad that I’m embarrassed for the author.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This could have been a 4 star listen if I were a twelve year old Japanese boy who had never spoken to a girl.

Has KIZUMONOGATARI turned you off from other books in this genre?

ABSOLUTLY!

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

Maybe

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None. This was written by a VERY socially awkward Japanese boy for other VERY socially awkward boys.

Any additional comments?

I want my money back.

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DEFINITELY do not buy if you're over 30 yo

What disappointed you about KIZUMONOGATARI?

Cringe-worthy dialogue. Cheesy sound effects. Endless painful whining and self-deprecating thoughts of main character.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing else by this author.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

Not really.

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

Extreme disappointment. A great deal of eye-rolling.

Any additional comments?

I'm up to Chapter 6 and thus far my experience has been painful. Look, I've listened to other YA fiction before and some works in the genre can be quite good. This is not one of them. I wish I had put more credence in the most critical review here: "This is not for the over 30 crowd...The book is also filled with more teenage angst then in any American YA girl book. The small parts about the vampire is fairly cool and different, but not to the point of putting up with all the childish ramblings of the main character."

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A strange yet beautiful tale.

I'm not one to do many reviews and most of the time I just go in and say things like. Oh it was so good, I loved it, you should read this so on and so forth. But after finishing this i find myself rather happy, had I rolled my eyes at parts? Yes, but it amazes me that as someone who has read his entire life and finds it hard to be captivated by a story, I find this one to be a treasure.
Most may not agree with me as there are things that others just don't like but I urge you at least give this a listen or buy the book because in the end it is a beautiful tale of humanity and excepting ones mistakes while trying to make everyone happy.

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  • Justin
  • Souderton PA
  • 07-05-16

very fun

this story is fun and not afraid to make fun of anime/light novel stereotypes at the same time being serious and captivating! the Japanese translation isn't bad!! I hope we get more light novels in the future.

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Extremely well acted light novel

What did you love best about KIZUMONOGATARI?

Easily one of the best narration performances I've heard on Audible. It's great to actually have both a male and a female voice actor as falsetto doesn't quite work here. To have more than one male part is outstanding.

What other book might you compare KIZUMONOGATARI to and why?

Not really comparable to anything else, this is a problem in the West about not having light novels (novellas).

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

No, but I hope more performances are sold here.

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absolutely amazing

I love this book style and overall presents it's a one-of-a-kind writing style with gives me goosebumps anyway it's really hard for me to like tell you how good this book is just need to try it for yourselves like it's very different

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Great narration, but story is lacking

Would you try another book from NISIOISIN and/or the narrators?

I would have to do a lot of research and read a lot of comments on the book before hand. This book had so much potential, IMO, but if failed to deliver the intense story I was hopping it to be.

Would you recommend KIZUMONOGATARI to your friends? Why or why not?

I personally wouldn't, I own a few other anime related Novels and I found those more enjoyable to read than this book sadly.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Keith Silverstein, Eric Kimerer, and Cristina Vee did an amazing job with narrating their characters.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I most certainly wouldn't entertain the thought of seeing/owning it.

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to enjoy this book, truly i did. However there was so much about this book that annoyed me that I couldn't bring myself to enjoy it. The VA was great and full of emotion, but even with all their passion it couldn't save it for me. There was a lot of repetitive full names and titles, such as "Class President among Class Presidents" and Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade, the iron-blooded, hot-blooded yet cold-blooded vampire" were the biggest and I felt that after the a couple of mentions it would drop, boy was I wrong. <br/><br/>As for the story, The opening didn't quite grab me at first, but when the task of defeating the Vampire Slayers who defeated Kiss-Shot was introduced I was hooked. The three issuing battles, if you could even call them that, were really fast and had no intense moments except towards the end of the second, even the final battle was lack luster. <br/><br/>I've watched my fair share of anime and whenever Ecchi scenes take place I find them quite comical. So the constant mention of "painties" through out the book began to annoy me. Towards the half way mark in Chapter 16 or so I found myself cringing so much at the awkward Echhi levels and I had to skip 15 seconds, stop, listen and then skip more because I couldn't take it. <br/><br/>Overall I have to give this book a 3 out of 5 starts. The only redeeming factor this book has going for it is the Voice Acting. I got this book for $.99 thanks to the newest promotion for resubbing and I'm a little glad I spent that than a full $14 for a normal credit. Hopefully after another listen of the book in the future I will change my mind, but I'm not keeping my fingers crossed for it.

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  • Michele Bianchi
  • 06-22-17

Great introduction to the Bakemonogatari world

Would you listen to KIZUMONOGATARI again? Why?

This is one of the rare occasions in which I would read or listen again to a book.<br/>Not only the story is absorbing, but the narrators do a pretty good job at making the characters come to life.

What did you like best about this story?

As a Bakemonogatari fan I loved how this book explains all the things that were thrown at the viewer in the anime and never explained.<br/>As an anime fan, it was like reading an anime series.<br/>As a fantasy fan it is a smart urban fantasy tale with a nice, fresh spin on vampires and monsters and their relations with humans. If you are fed up with all that cliché modern fantasy novels that look like they were all made from the same mold look no further!

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Having watched multiple Bakemonogatari series and knowing how western voice actors tend to always get the tone of the voice of anime characters wrong I was pretty scared by how this might have ended.<br/>However, even though the characters sometimes sound strange (there are some times in which characters convey a specific emotion through their voice when it is obvious that they should convey another one, especially if you know the characters from previous works) this audiobook's voice performance greatly surpassed my expectations.<br/>The main character's narrator was the best one of the three, sounding almost like the Japanese voice actor, and Cristina Vee did an awesome job when performing the lines of the younger versions of Kisshot.

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

"Lots of talking involved"

Any additional comments?

If you are a Bakemonogatari fan and you ended up on this audiobook I think you do not need my review to decide whether to buy it or not.<br/><br/>However, if you are a fantasy fan I would suggest you to give it a shot, but be mindful that some parts look like they came out of a dictionary definition of "Japanese wackiness". If you like these kind of things or can overlook some wackiness you are in for a great ride.

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  • ciaran
  • 10-17-17

Spot on.

Listened to this with my audible trail not expecting much but it blowed me away. It's really good.

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  • sean
  • 06-28-17

a very long name and panties

ok book even though I got it free and hearing the long long character's name board me something something blade. the part about the panties was funny then it kept going just my review and one of the bad guy's is called turkey :-S

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  • D Whyatt
  • 06-26-17

Good story, terrible pacing

Although the story, or, the idea of the story itself is quite good and done in an area that isn't usually used for vampire stories, the pacing is incredibly slow with the scene just going on and on and on with constant talking about stuff that just is not necessary to the scene or is just plainly already known to the listener. This most of all is what dragged the story down for me. The voicing in the story overall though was superb with great acting and a great story explanation at the end which was written by the original writer is what helped to bring my score back up for it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-18-17

excellent work by all the crew and cast

Where does KIZUMONOGATARI rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the better audios in a while

What did you like best about this story?

As I'm still waiting to see the final part of the Anime this was an fantastic way to find out what happens to all. As future stories in the series never explain the why or what happens to Kiss Shot

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

I felt all captured the voice for the roles especially as there is no dubbed Anime version they have left their imprint on the roles

Any additional comments?

I know it isn't likely but I really hope this series continues to be transferred into audio book.

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  • Cage
  • 04-01-17

Exactly what I was looking for

After seeing anime and the movies, this gives more depth to the story.
Really enjoyed this, and looking forward for the next releases

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  • madmaxthe7th
  • 01-01-17

really enjoyed the way this story was performed.

this is a great story that has been performed to a high standard. I am a fan for life now and can't wait for more of the same.