Rat

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 362 ratings

Hear the Wind Sing 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.

©2016 Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen (P)2016 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Hear the Wind Sing

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    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

  • Book 2

    • Pinball, 1973

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Most interesting insight into an author's beginnings

    • By Earnest on 18-04-16

    Regular price: £10.49

  • Book 3

    • A Wild Sheep Chase

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 150

    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

  • 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 112
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    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