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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 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,446
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,002

    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
    • Murakami sparkles as ever

    • By Nick on 22-01-12

    Regular price: £29.99

    • 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 1,428
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A new dimension of fiction and sleep

    • By Clare on 24-07-08

    Regular price: £59.09

    • Men Without Women

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 200
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 183
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 181

    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
    • Modern day Hemingway

    • By Suswati on 03-06-17

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Killing Commendatore

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 28 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 200

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Chapters messed up

    • By SABRE on 28-10-18

    Regular price: £27.99

    • 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 474
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 417
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 421

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Very poor narration

    • By LC on 15-05-17

    Regular price: £10.49

    • 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 992
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 718
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 714

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very different listen

    • By Martin on 04-05-09

    Regular price: £76.19

    • Norwegian Wood

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 522
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 401
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 400

    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
    • Excellent

    • By C. on 13-03-13

    Regular price: £45.59

    • Dance Dance Dance

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130

    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
    • Brilliant - a Murakami 'Masterpiece of weirdness'

    • By The Viscount on 04-10-16

    Regular price: £26.09

    • The Elephant Vanishes: Stories

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    A collection of off-the-wall short stories by Japan's leading contemporary novelist. An elephant vanishes; hunger drives a couple to rob McDonalds; an insomniac wife wakes in a different world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • When I think about short stories?.

    • By Welsh Mafia on 13-04-09

    Regular price: £36.19

    • Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims, Ian Porter
    • Length: 14 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 357
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 250

    Information is everything in Hard-Boiled Wonderland. A specialist encrypter is attacked by thugs with orders from an unknown source, is chased by invisible predators, and dates an insatiably hungry librarian who never puts on weight. In the End of the World a new arrival is learning his role as dream-reader. But there is something eerily disquieting about the changeless nature of the town and its fable-like inhabitants.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • surreal

    • By Anthony on 26-05-11

    Regular price: £41.39

    • A Wild Sheep Chase

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 240
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 172

    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
    • A Wild Sheep Chase

    • By Christine on 30-05-11

    Regular price: £36.19

    • Wind/Pinball: Two Novels

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Cleverly odd

    • By katie on 11-06-16

    Regular price: £18.79

    • Sputnik Sweetheart

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 79

    Sputnik Sweetheart is his ninth novel, written in 1999, and tells the story of a young woman - Sumire, an aspiring writer - who falls in love with an older, successful businesswoman and wine expert, Miu. Their relationship is told through the eyes of Sumire's close (male) friend. It is a curious, mysterious tale, told with the compassion and quirkiness that is the hallmark of Murakami's writing. Translated from Japanese to English by Philip Gabriel.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not his best

    • By Judith on 16-12-15

    Regular price: £27.59

    • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 436
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 397
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 397

    Tsukuru Tazaki's life was irreparably changed when his relationships with his high school best friends became severed during Tsukuru's college days, with no explanation. Now at 35, Tsukuru's girlfriend Sara suggests he goes to talk to these high school friends in person to mend the relationships. Tsukuru visited his friends in Nagoya and Finland one by one, and uncovers the real reason as to why their relations were broken off.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Colorless Tsukuru is just that.....

    • By Amazon Customer on 20-09-14

    Regular price: £20.89

    • Hear the Wind Sing

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Freedom

    • By William on 04-09-16

    Regular price: £10.49

    • South of the Border, West of the Sun

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Eric Loren
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 81

    Hajime tells the story of his relationship with Shimamoto, an unconventional girl, from their first meetings as children through to life as students. They drift apart, but come together years later when Hajime is married and a father of two.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful tale of love and yearning

    • By Andrea Edan on 16-11-16

    Regular price: £23.79

    • Short Stories

    • The Thoroughly Modern Collection
    • By: Doris Lessing, Haruki Murakami, A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated by: Harriet Walter, Walter Lewis, Roslaind Eyres
    • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21

    23 stories, all unabridged, from a diverse group of star writers and readers. A truly memorable collection with a wide appeal. Includes "The Years Midnight" by Helen Simpson, read by Harriet Walter; "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful Morning" by Haruki Marukami, read by Walter Lewis; "Bablady" by A. S. Byatt, read by Roslaind Eyres; "Hotel des Vaoyaguerus" by William Boyd, read by Martin Jarvis; and "Who?" by Fay Weldon, read by Julie Christie.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic Collection

    • By Emelyne on 26-06-08

    Regular price: £12.99

    • After Dark

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Judy Bennett
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    Here is a novel, set in Tokyo, of mysterious and intriguing chance encounters. The midnight hour approaches in an almost empty all-night diner. Mari sips her coffee and glances up from a book as a young man, a musician, intrudes on her solitude. Both have missed the last train home. The musician plans to rehearse with his jazz band all night; Mari is equally unconcerned and content to read, smoke, and drink coffee until dawn. Then they realise they've met before through Eri, Mari's beautiful sister.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another interesting short tale

    • By Mr. Anthony Dawson on 22-07-15

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

    • Volume 1
    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    In each story in this collection, Haruki Murakami sidesteps the real and sprints for the surreal. Everyday events are transcended, leaving the reader dazzled by this master of his craft. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is Murakami's most eclectic collection of stories to date, spanning five years of his writing.

    Regular price: £10.49

    • Hardboiled Wonderland und das Ende der Welt

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: David Nathan
    • Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Tokyo, ferne Gegenwart: Zwischen Wirklichkeit und virtueller Realität. Datendiebstahl ist an der Tagesordnung: Einem genialen greisen Wissenschaftler ist es gelungen, bei einer Gruppe professioneller Datenfälscher eine Gehirnwäsche durchzuführen. Er entnimmt ihnen Informationen, die er in Gehirne von unwissenden Versuchspersonen einspeist. Der 35-jährige Held und Ich-Erzähler ist der Einzige, der die Prozedur überlebt.

    Regular price: £24.29

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