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Books in series4
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(4.2 based on 196 ratings)
  • 1
    Hear the Wind Sing | Haruki Murakami

    Hear the Wind Sing

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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.

    Freedom

    Murakami almost permits you to explore strange ideas and fleeting thoughts by doing it himself.
    These may go off at a tangent but then are brought..Show More »

    Reviewed on 04 September 2016 by William (London, United Kingdom)
  • 2
    Pinball, 1973 | Haruki Murakami

    Pinball, 1973

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    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.

    Most interesting insight into an author's beginnings

    Every paragraph in this very early novel, from a favourite author of mine, "flashed forward" to me as I recognised elements/links/ themes to the many ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 18 April 2016 by Earnest ()
  • 3
    A Wild Sheep Chase | Haruki Murakami

    A Wild Sheep Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    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.

    A Wild Sheep Chase

    I have only just discovered Murakami and I loved this book. I spent the whole time not quite sure what the plot was but I could not leave it alone un..Show More »

    Reviewed on 30 May 2011 by Christine (Southampton, United Kingdom)
  • 4
    Dance Dance Dance | Haruki Murakami

    Dance Dance Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    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.

    Brilliant - a Murakami 'Masterpiece of weirdness'
    Reviewed on 04 October 2016 by The Viscount ()