Rat

10 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,415 ratings

Wind/Pinball: Two Novels Publisher's Summary

Hear the Wind Sing follows the fortunes of the narrator and his friend, known only by his nickname, the Rat. The narrator is home from college on his summer break. He spends his time drinking beer and smoking in J’s Bar with the Rat, listening to the radio, thinking about writing and the women he has slept with and pursuing a relationship with a girl with nine fingers.

©2015 Haruki Murakami (P)2015 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1-2

    • Wind/Pinball: Two Novels

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Hear the Wind Sing follows the fortunes of the narrator and his friend, known only by his nickname, the Rat. The narrator is home from college on his summer break. He spends his time drinking beer and smoking in J’s Bar with the Rat, listening to the radio, thinking about writing and the women he has slept with, and pursuing a relationship with a girl with nine fingers.

    Regular price: $20.03

    • 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 217
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 204

    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

  • Book 1

    • Hear the Wind Sing

    • By: Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen - translator
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    Hear the Wind Sing is the first novel by Haruki Murakami. First published in the June 1979 issue of Gunzo, one of the most influential literary magazines in Japan, it was published one month later as a book. Hear the Wind Sing is the first book in the Trilogy of the Rat, a series of independent novels that include Pinball, 1973 and A Wild Sheep Chase, followed by the epilogue Dance Dance Dance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • vignette

    • By zaid on 08-25-18

    Regular price: $14.00

    • Hear the Wind Sing

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Hear the Wind Sing follows the fortunes of the narrator and his friend, known only by his nickname, the Rat. The narrator is home from college on his summer break. He spends his time drinking beer and smoking in J's Bar with the Rat, listening to the radio, thinking about writing and the women he has slept with, and pursuing a relationship with a girl with nine fingers.

    Regular price: $10.84

  • Book 2

    • Pinball, 1973

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Three years after Hear the Wind Sing, in 1973, the narrator has moved to Tokyo to work as a translator and live with indistinguishable twin girls, but the Rat has remained behind despite his efforts to leave both the town and his girlfriend. The narrator finds himself haunted by memories of his own doomed relationship but also, more bizarrely, by his short-lived obsession with playing pinball in J's Bar.

    Regular price: $13.26

    • Pinball, 1973

    • By: Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen - translator
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Published in 1980 by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Pinball, 1973 is the second book in the Trilogy of the Rat series. It is preceded by Hear the Wind Sing (1979) and followed by A Wild Sheep Chase (1982) and is the second novel written by Murakami.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a talent

    • By Ripley on 06-15-18

    Regular price: $14.00

  • Book 3

    • 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 566
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 520
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 524

    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

    • A Wild Sheep Chase

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 377
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 217

    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

  • Book 4

    • Dance Dance Dance

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Combine an offbeat cast of characters with Murakami's idiosyncratic prose, and the result is the remarkable story Dance Dance Dance: high-class call girls billed to MasterCard, a psychic 13-year-old dropout has a passion for talking heads, and meet a hunky matinee idol doomed to play dentists and teachers. Don’t forget the one-armed beach-combing poet, an uptight hotel clerk and one very bemused narrator caught in the web of advanced capitalist mayhem.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hypnotically magical and weirdly fun...

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-11-17

    Regular price: $27.81

    • 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 169
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153

    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