Rat

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 498 ratings

Wind/Pinball: Two Novels 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
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    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

  • 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 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24

    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 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    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 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 251
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 182

    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 155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146

    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