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Sputnik Sweetheart

Narrated by: Adam Sims
Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Haruki Murakami is unquestionably Japan's leading novelist with his many works - fiction and non-fiction - consistently reflecting contemporary Japanese life while, unusually, sustaining an international appeal through a deeply human perspective.

Sputnik Sweetheart is his ninth novel, written in 1999, and tells the story of a young woman - Sumire, an aspiring writer - who falls in love with an older, successful businesswoman and wine expert, Miu. Their relationship is told through the eyes of Sumire's close (male) friend. It is a curious, mysterious tale, told with the compassion and quirkiness that is the hallmark of Murakami's writing. Translated from Japanese to English by Philip Gabriel.

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©1999 Haruki Marukami (P)2013 Naxos AudioBooks

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Unique storyline

I found the story didn't have a satisfying or happy ending. The narrator made the young female character sound like a know-it-all most of the time and I found it slightly annoying. It took me a while to finish it. I loved Murakami's Norwegian Wood and Kafka way better and I would reread those, unlike Sputnik Sweetheart unfortunately.

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I like anything Murakami

This book does not disappoint. That's it, and that's all I can really say about it.

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  • Easy Function
  • 15-03-2019

Haruki! You always deliver :)

Thank you for this wonderful book. Murakami is something else. Try it, hopefully you'll love it!

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  • Raven
  • 14-08-2017

Stunning story and narration.

Although I love all of Haruki Murakami's collection, because of its subtle beauty, I am very particular when choosing an audiobook of his novels. This one I love the most, mainly for the wonderful narrator: he vividly and expertly recreates a strange world of Murakami.

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  • Ian C Robertson
  • 09-08-2015

Wonderful

Murakami seems to deliver beautiful stories so effortlessly. It's like listening to a great Haiku that lasts a long time. I loved this little indulgence, so beautifully crafted with such full characters and a delicious whimsy that is like McEwen at his best and Rushdie at his poetic standard. And all of this about something so mundane, yet so extraordinary as the disappearance of a treasured friend, a search and an ending. Of course, there are the recurring themes of loneliness and not fitting in and even a cameo cat. Simple and wonderful.
I'm not convinced about Adam Sims. I see he has read other Murakami and that he's got acting credentials from serious theatre in the UK. The latter intrigued me given the US accent he used for this performance. I like his men and I am indifferent about his women.

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  • Kao-Yi
  • 24-06-2015

must read

Can't stop listening until the end........cool wind blows from Greece while listening to this amazing story....

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  • harald
  • 01-03-2015

haruki speaks what i dont have words for, as

loved the part at the end when tsumire says hes a part of her, and she of him.

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  • Nilay Dervish
  • 17-02-2020

bit of a letdown..

Started out very well but couldn't really properly develop. Struggled finishing the last chapters and the final was an anti-climax after chapters of repetition of the same thing basically. Pointless fillers, weak plot. Murakami's language and humor as well as the set-up at the outset were outstanding but then it was like even he was bored to properly wrap it up. It's just may be that this is not an entry book to Murakami.

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  • Judith
  • 16-12-2015

Not his best

Nice enough
Raunchy and sweet
Elements of this story appear in other books
He has developed so much since writing this novel

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