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    • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • A Novel
    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,336
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,127
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,131

    In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat.... Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid 16-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful book, flawed narration.

    • By REBECCA on 02-08-14

    Regular price: $45.50

    • Kafka on the Shore

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    • Length: 19 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609

    With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • What's better than Murakami? More Murakami

    • By Dr. Curmudgeon on 04-11-14

    Regular price: $38.50

    • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims, Ian Porter
    • Length: 14 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,522
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,311

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Grown-up Hiyao Miyazaki

    • By Ryan on 03-07-12

    Regular price: $44.09

    • 1Q84

    • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7,282
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,496
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6,471

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I've never read a book quite like this one

    • By Joey on 04-23-12

    Regular price: $39.95

    • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    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. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly recommend

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-23-18

    Regular price: $35.00

    • What I Talk about When I Talk about Running

    • A Memoir
    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,877
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,466

    From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It is what it says it is

    • By Rick on 03-10-09

    Regular price: $12.57

    • Norwegian Wood

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 755
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 677
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 680

    This stunning and elegiac novel by the author of the internationally acclaimed Wind-Up Bird Chronicle has sold over four million copies in Japan and is now available to American audiences for the first time. It is sure to be a literary event.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Beautiful, Wistful...

    • By Douglas on 02-18-16

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Killing Commendatore

    • By: Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel - translator, Ted Goossen - translator
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 21 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    The much-anticipated new novel from the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of 1Q84 and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Killing Commendatore is an epic tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art - as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby - and a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers. 

    Regular price: $42.00

    • Men Without Women

    • Stories
    • By: Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel - translator, Ted Goossen - translator
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 398
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 366

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Murakami Being Murakami

    • By Jay Quintana on 05-10-17

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage

    • By: Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated by: Bruce Locke
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,017
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 912
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 912

    The new novel - a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan - from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since IQ84. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good, brooding book, terrible reading

    • By Elias F Ponvert on 06-12-15

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Kafka on the Shore

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,060
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,321

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies..

    • By Mel on 05-09-12

    Regular price: $62.99

    • A Wild Sheep Chase

    • A Novel
    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 521
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 476
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 479

    A marvelous hybrid of mythology and mystery, A Wild Sheep Chase is the extraordinary literary thriller that launched Haruki Murakami's international reputation.

    It begins simply enough: A 20-something advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend, and casually appropriates the image for an insurance company's advertisement. What he doesn't realize is that included in the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man in black who offers a menacing ultimatum: Find the sheep or face dire consequences.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • ...narration like Frank Muller and David Lynch...

    • By Frank on 05-25-14

    Regular price: $28.00

    • South of the Border, West of the Sun

    • A Novel
    • By: Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated by: Eric Loren
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 349
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 304
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 307

    Born in 1951 in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime - beginning in Japanese - has arrived at middle age wanting for almost nothing. The postwar years have brought him a fine marriage, two daughters, and an enviable career as the proprietor of two jazz clubs. Yet a nagging sense of inauthenticity about his success threatens Hajime's happiness. And a boyhood memory of a wise, lonely girl named Shimamoto clouds his heart.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A River of Unmindfulness

    • By Darwin8u on 10-12-13

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Elephant Vanishes

    • Stories
    • By: Haruki Murakami, Alfred Birnbaum (translator), Jay Rubin (translator)
    • Narrated by: Teresa Gallagher, John Chancer, Walter Lewis, and others
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal. A man sees his favorite elephant vanish into thin air; a newlywed couple suffers attacks of hunger that drive them to hold up a McDonald's in the middle of the night; and a young woman discovers that she has become irresistible to a little green monster who burrows up through her backyard.

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Underground

    • The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche
    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Feodor Chin, Ian Anthony Dale, Janet Song
    • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124

    From Haruki Murakami, internationally acclaimed author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Norwegian Wood, a work of literary journalism that is as fascinating as it is necessary, as provocative as it is profound.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Just as you breathe, you dream your story

    • By Darwin8u on 08-26-15

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Norwegian Wood

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 294
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 220

    Toru Watanabe, approaching middle age, hears The Beatles song "Norwegian Wood" in an airplane and, with Proustian vividness, it transports him back to his student days in Japan with Naoko, Midori, and Storm Trooper.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wistful, magical, poetic, touching

    • By Tim on 04-03-06

    Regular price: $48.51

    • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    In 1982 Murakami began running to keep fit. Here he reflects on his running experiences. Equal parts travelogue, training log, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, this is a must-listen for fans of this masterful author and for the increasing number of people who find a similar satisfaction in running.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Like listening to a friend

    • By Kasper on 01-27-18

    Regular price: $11.18

    • A Wild Sheep Chase

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 372
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 208
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 212

    A Wild Sheep Chase is one of Murakami's most fantastical novels. An advertising executive, infatuated with a girl who possesses the most perfect ears (an erotic charge for him) uses a picture of a sheep with a star on its back. This catapults him into a weird adventure to find the mythical sheep up in the wilds of Hokkaido, Japan's northern island. There are strange encounters, a hotel with an extra disappearing floor, and other oddities.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Counseling Needed

    • By Louise on 12-15-06

    Regular price: $38.49

    • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 26 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,629
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 962
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 960

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Bizarre

    • By Shelley on 08-14-07

    Regular price: $81.17

    • After Dark

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Janet Song
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 286
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 198

    Here is a short, sleek novel of encounters, set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn, and every bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami's masterworks The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore. At its center are two sisters: Eri, a fashion model slumbering her way into oblivion, and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny's toward people whose lives are radically different from her own.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Intriguing book, Poor Narration

    • By Ellen Clary on 07-27-08

    Regular price: $23.93

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