This book was recommended by someone I really like and admire, but I couldn't get through the first disc. The narrator's voice was creepy, particularly when he read the women speaking. I commute a lot and love listening to audiobooks, but I will give this one a pass and will give the book another try as a read.
I have noticed that many japanese authors draw the the reader in slowly but strongly. The story starts our seemingly boring with details about one unemployed man's daily life, but as you get past this (the first 3 discs) you will find a very fascinating story unfold. Just like a lake that is very quiet, but very deep, so is this story and as you dive deeper it draws you in until you can't stop listening to it. It does contain very graphic descriptions of s** and violence. The war stories told in there were among the most disturbing that I ever heard. Just like most classics, many readers will not want to take the time to get into it, but those who do will find a true treasure.
Okay, I commute a lot so I go through several audio books. I started looking at what is recommended. I rented The Wind up Bird Chronicle based on a recommendation. What a disappointment. I couldn't even get through the first disc. It was so boring it about put me to slip. The ATTEMPT at sexual intrigue was lame and just ended up being obscene. Perhaps if I went further in it would have gotten better...or perhaps not and I would have wasted even more time. I will have to remember the person that recommended it on this site. I prefer books like Patrick O'Brians Aubry/Maturin series but also like anything that is well written. This book in my opinion was not.
i listened to this book for a book club, so that's the only reason i finished these cds. it was painful. i couldn't get into the book and the narrator kind of drove me nuts with all of his voices and his tone. big waste of time. how can they claim this is a classic? really weird writing, lost in translation.......
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.