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Nekomonogatari (White)

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By: Nisioisin
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

Launching into new territory that the author hadn’t mapped out when he embarked on the series, Nekomonogatari (White) tells the tale of heroine Tsubasa Hanekawa from her own perspective, in her own voice - if that can hold true for a damaged soul who, depending on who you’re asking, suffers from a split personality or a supernatural aberration.

The bone-chilling brokenness of her household, where father and mother and daughter keep three separate sets of cookware in the same kitchen and only ever prepare their own meals, and the profound darkness nurtured in the genius schoolgirl’s heart, come to life, if that is the word, through her self-vivisection.

As for our customary unreliable narrator, Araragi, we seem to learn revealing tidbits about him now that we have an outside view of him at last, while his lady friends Senjogahara, Hachikuji, et al, freed from his predilection for proudly inane banter, show subtly new faces to us via their female interlocutor. Welcome to the second season. 

©2018 Nisioisin (P)2019 Random House Audio

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More please

The voice cast is exceptional.
Any fan of the series will love it.
Chronologically this story takes place after bake and nise, so its a bit odd why they did this one first.
Any fan of the anime, this was the first arc of (5 eps) of "Monogatari Series: Second Season".

Highly recommended, I love this and hope they adapt more.

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Magnificent book, and a fantastic performance

By far this is the best cast, soundtrack, I've ever heard. I hope the cast of this book (and the other Monogatari audiobooks) will continue to narrate audiobooks. Their performance takes these phenomenal light novels to a whole new level. When I first saw the price, I thought that it's too much, however, considering this version it is worth the money.
If it is possible, I would like to listen to the soundtrack. Unfortunately I couldn't find it anywhere, but I think uploading them to spotify, or selling them exclusively would be a good idea.

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we need more please

We now need the rest of this series. I know there seems to be a lot of interest for that to happen online. audible please make it happen!

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I have to watch the anime.

I do hope that they make more audio books for this series as well as other light novels.

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Meandering

Although released first this is the second story in the audio series so far and is more a tale of introspection than one of fast-paced action, like Kizumonogatari.

The voice acting remains top tier quality, and is worth listening for that alone, but the story felt a little long and a little meandering compared with Kizu, which I listened to first.

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  • Eric K.
  • 10-04-19

More like this!!!

please keep making audiobooks like this for Japanese light novels. It was tremendous! I'll continue to buy and listen to every one, especially from the Monogatari series.

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  • Bernard Kazlab
  • 05-05-19

Finally after 3 years another one!

Listened to Kizumonogatari 3 times already and was hoping for more Monogatari audio books. Finally after 3 years another one is made. Hope they can continue adapting the rest of the Monogatari series.

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  • Kyle Rosa
  • 11-04-19

Classic Nisioisin

An interesting perspective from the mind of Tsubasa Hanekawa. You get to see both a new side to her and to Araragi. It was strange that they didn't adapt Bakemonogatari next, but I just hope they get around to it.

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  • Carlos Vidal
  • 20-05-19

Fantastic Performance of a Great Book

This book, like Kizumonogatari before it, makes an outstanding case for the need for more audiobook renditions of popular Japanese novels. The whole cast performs their rolls exceptionally, especially Christina Vee when she's voicing the mischievous Black Hanekawa.

Nekomonogatari White is well worth a listen, but it should be noted that you should listen to Kizumonogatari first. Also I highly advise you to read or watch the other stories in between as well. Unfortunately none of them have audiobooks, but it's worth the trouble to find the other stories and catch up to be able to listen to this version of Niso Isin's fantastic series.

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  • izzy
  • 24-05-19

Great but strange choice

Book 7 so odd choice after Kizumonogatari but as a long time fan still enjoyable

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-04-19

Great book, minor quibbles

The story itself is fantastic, and the narrator/voice actors do a good job throughout. My only issues are that there was some weird editing at the start of each chapter, and towards the end there's like a minute of overlayed dialogue. A more tangential question is why they chose to adapt this book from the middle of such a long series, but long time fans will enjoy this audiobook. Please make more!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-11-19

Give me More...!

love it! Give me more...! Please bring more of the Monogatari series to Audible. I will definitely buy them. Everyone should buy them. They are really well done. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Mousa
  • 19-09-19

Please buy this.

Why? Because it's soo good. That should be reason enough. Also because i want them to continue the series and you buying it will make you happy, will make my happy, and will make vertical happy. As for the story i don't think it needs anymore praise. Nishio Ishin is a genius through and through. His style really shines here and any fan of the series will love this. I suspect even someone unfamiliar with it will fall in love. Vertical really blew it out of the park with this one. There's an unprecedented level of production quality that i haven't experienced in any other audiobook. It's extremely well made and enjoyable till the very end. And that right there is the problem. That it ended. That there are about 21 more amazing books and they haven't been made into an audiobook yet. So don't hesitate. BUY THIS BOOK. TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO BUY IT. TELL STRANGERS TO BUY IT. AND TELL VERTICAL TO MAKE MORE OF THIS. ALSO BUY KIZUMONOGATARI.
THANK YOU.

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  • Connor
  • 14-05-19

I love Monogatari!!!

Please make more of these! I love them so much!! The actors reading do a fantastic job portraying characters that you used to only be able to experience in Japanese.

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  • Pikminiman
  • 10-06-20

Phenomenal Character Writing & Flawless Allegory

This story contains probably the cleanest and most elegant allegory I've ever come across for expressing the mindset of an unloved child and the abuses she might levy against herself.

Most of Tsubasa Hanekawa's contemporaries look to her and wonder *how* she can maintain her grades, fairness, and beauty. This book answers those questions, and it does so with an illustrative grace that belies this franchise's reputation for action and sexuality. The book pulls it off by focusing not on the how, but on the why, which digs deeply into Tsubasa's psychology.

I'll always appreciate how seamlessly this story balances narrative tension against character. Too often, characters serve the narrative or the narrative serves characters. In Nekomonogatari White, though, the main character arc *is* the story, and it never feels like any part is missing.