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After Dark

Narrated by: Judy Bennett
Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 has 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.

The musician soon leaves with a promise to return before dawn. Shortly afterwards, Mari will be interrupted a second time by a girl from the Alphaville Hotel - a Chinese prostitute has been hurt by a client; the girl has heard Mari speaks fluent Chinese and requests her help.

Meanwhile, Eri is at home and sleeps a deep, heavy sleep that is "too perfect, too pure" to be normal. Her pulse and respiration are at the lowest required level. She has been in this soporific state for two months. And so Eri has become the classic myth: a sleeping beauty.

But tonight, as the digital clock displays 00:00, a faint electrical crackle is perceptible, a hint of life flickers across the TV screen in Eri's room, though the television's plug has been pulled.

©2007 Haruki Murakami (P)2007 Hodder and Stoughton Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Darkly entertaining" ( Publishers Weekly)
"A seductive and gratifying intellectual and romantic adventure." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Delightfully eerie gem

One of the less known novels of Murakami, "After dark" is an absolute gem of a read, an ode to the night and the weird people that live in it.

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A quckie

Nice short book, finished it in a day
Voice got a tad Annoying, recommend it though!

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A thoroughly entertaining listen.

Its a short book, this one. You can't help but be drawn into the crisscrossing stories of the characters; their quirks, hobbies, and mysteries. The narrator does an excellent job adjusting her voice for each character. I've read many of Harukis books over the decade. This one stands the test of time as one of my favourites.

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  • KB
  • 13-11-2019

narrators voices

narrators voices for some of the characters were distracting. the story went nowhere really. cheers

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  • THOMAS
  • 03-09-2011

Murakami - what else can you say?

Mentally paired for me with "Hard-Boiled Wonderland" as the two are published together in print, this is not Murakami's best novel (and some of his short stories are amazing) but it is quite good. The narrator is OK, British, but she tries just a little too hard in doing the voices at times, so that it gets annoying.