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    • Killing Commendatore

    • A Novel
    • By: Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel - translator, Ted Goossen - translator
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 28 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201

    In Killing Commendatore, a 30-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious 13-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Masterpiece and A Good Novel To Start

    • By Elif Kaya on 10-18-18

    Regular price: $42.00

    • 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 7,536
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,727
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6,701

    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

    • 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 2,721
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,483
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,485

    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 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,918
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,911

    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
    • Love it!

    • By bleadof on 10-04-16

    Regular price: $38.50

    • Norwegian Wood

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 830
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 745
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 748

    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

    • 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 126
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

    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 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,958
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,536

    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 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 436
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 399
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 400

    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 1,050
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 942
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 942

    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

    • A Wild Sheep Chase

    • A Novel
    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 557
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 510
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 514

    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

    • Killing Commendatore

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 28 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    A 30-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a strange painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious 13-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors.

    Regular price: $30.54

    • Kafka on the Shore

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,359

    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

    • 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 91
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 79

    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

    • 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 374
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 326
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 329

    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

    • After Dark

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Janet Song
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 299
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 209

    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

    • 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 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    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

    • Wind/Pinball

    • Two Novels
    • By: Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen - translator
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 201

    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

    • 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 167
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151

    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

    • 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 1,642
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 974
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 972

    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 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 309
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 230
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 235

    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

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