The Elephant Vanishes

Version: Unabridged
Author: Haruki Murakami
Narrator: Rupert Degas , John Chancer
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Published In: June 2006
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 31 minutes
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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.

Reviews (3)


Written by Anonymous on September 21st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

im surprized this guy got published! dull and bland, couldnt even read it all, i sent it back.

Not for me

Written by William Kurry on January 25th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I found these stories to be more than "off the wall." I thought they were very original but tedious and boring. If you look at consumer reviews on Amazon's web site, most readers give rave reviews. It must be me and my temperment.


Written by Anonymous on October 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Listening to this book is like listening to my husband watch anime on TV while I'm in another room. The overly self-conscious characters seem to have extremely adolescent dialog running through their heads. The strange sex scene seemed to have been written by someone who's never had sex but thinks about it a lot. This is an awkward book that became annoying rather fast. I never made it to the end of the book.

Author Details

Author Details

Murakami, Haruki

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into thirty-four languages, and the most recent of his many honors is the Yomiuri Literary Prize, whose previous recipients include Yukio Mishima, Kenzaburo Oe, and Kobo Abe.