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    • 1Q84

    • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Length: 46 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6,983
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,215
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6,194

    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
    • WOW, WOW, WOW.

    • By Amanda on 11-06-11

    Regular price: $39.95

    • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • A Novel
    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 26 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,997
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great story. Make narrators "female voice" incredibly distracting

    • By Benjamin E. Flashman on 03-19-17

    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 1,662
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hauntingly Surreal...

    • By Douglas on 05-25-16

    Regular price: $38.50

    • 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 1,762
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,363
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,368

    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

    • Men Without Women

    • Stories
    • By: Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel - translator, Ted Goossen - translator
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 347
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 316
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 318

    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

    • 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 483
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 443
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 444

    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

    • Norwegian Wood

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 710
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 634
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 638

    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
    • Sorry, but I didn't like the narrator.

    • By Kelly McCarty on 10-30-15

    Regular price: $31.50

    • 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 79
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 68

    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

    • 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 980
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 879
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 878

    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

    • After Dark

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Janet Song
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 274
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 187

    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

    • 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 1,612
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 947
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 945

    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

    • Norwegian Wood

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 282
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 209

    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

    • 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 126
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    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

    • 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 2,027
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,295
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,294

    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

    • Wind/Pinball

    • Two Novels
    • By: Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen - translator
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 198
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 186

    In the spring of 1978, a young Haruki Murakami sat down at his kitchen table and began to write. The result: two remarkable short novels - Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 - that launched the career of one of the most acclaimed authors of our time.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Must For Murakami Fans

    • By Jay Quintana on 08-23-15

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Ellen Archer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and relentlessly entertaining. Here are animated crows, a criminal monkey, and an iceman, as well as the dreams that shape us and the things we might wish for. Whether during a chance reunion in Italy, a romantic exile in Greece, a holiday in Hawaii, or in the grip of everyday life, Murakami's characters confront grievous loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the impossible distances between those who ought to be closest of all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic, just like how all Murakami books are

    • By Maggie McMeekin on 05-05-15

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Dance Dance Dance

    • A Novel
    • By: Haruki Murakami, Alfred Birnbaum - translator
    • Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119

    As he searches for a mysteriously vanished girlfriend, Haruki Murakami's protagonist plunges into a wind tunnel of sexual violence and metaphysical dread in which he collides with call girls, plays chaperone to a lovely teenaged psychic, and receives cryptic instructions from a shabby but oracular Sheep Man. Dance Dance Dance is a tense, poignant, and often hilarious ride through the cultural Cuisinart that is contemporary Japan, a place where everything that is not up for sale is up for grabs.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling!

    • By karen on 12-22-16

    Regular price: $24.47

    • 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 332
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 288
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 291

    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

    • Sputnik Sweetheart

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 203
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 189

    Haruki Murakami, the internationally best-selling author of Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, plunges us into an urbane Japan of jazz bars, coffee shops, Jack Kerouac, and the Beatles to tell this story of a tangled triangle of uniquely unrequited loves.

    >A college student, identified only as "K" falls in love with his classmate, Sumire. But devotion to an untidy writerly life precludes her from any personal commitments until she meets Miu, an older and much more sophisticated businesswoman.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Satellites of Love

    • By Darwin8u on 05-28-15

    Regular price: $24.50

    • After the Quake

    • Stories
    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas, Teresa Gallagher, Adam Sims
    • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    The six stories in Haruki Murakami’s mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakami’s characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman.

    Regular price: $21.00

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