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    • 1Q84

    • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 230
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 230

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Struggled to finish. Unnecessarily Long.

    • By Amanda on 25-09-2015

    Non-member price: $45.57

    • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    In 1982 Murakami began running to keep fit. Here he reflects on his running experiences. Equal parts travelogue, training log, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, this is a must-listen for fans of this masterful author and for the increasing number of people who find a similar satisfaction in running.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Murakami x Porter - dream collaboration

    • By Shauna on 03-04-2018

    Non-member price: $16.38

    • Kafka on the Shore

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A bit of a drag

    • By Maya on 28-03-2018

    Non-member price: $92.26

    • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 26 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 88

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, terrible narration

    • By Charlie on 29-10-2015

    Non-member price: $118.89

    • Killing Commendatore

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 28 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    A 30-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a strange painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious 13-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • You have to love Murakami to finish it!

    • By Emilia on 05-11-2018

    Non-member price: $42.54

    • Men Without Women

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all. Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very Murakami in tone

    • By Amazon Customer on 22-07-2017

    Non-member price: $22.94

    • Norwegian Wood

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 101

    Toru Watanabe, approaching middle age, hears The Beatles song "Norwegian Wood" in an airplane and, with Proustian vividness, it transports him back to his student days in Japan with Naoko, Midori, and Storm Trooper.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book. Very touching.

    • By Alexander Roxborough on 10-02-2019

    Non-member price: $71.05

    • Wind/Pinball: Two Novels

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    Non-member price: $29.34

    • Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, Volume 2

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong, Judy Bennett, Kris Milnes, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Here is the second audio volume of an eclectic, eccentric, and altogether brain-bending new collection of short stories from the best-selling Japanese author. Included are "Hunting Knife", "Birthday Girl", "A Perfect Day for Kangaroos", "Man-Eating Cats", "The Rise and Fall of Sharpie Cakes", "Firefly", "A 'Poor Aunt' Story", "Nausea 1979", "Dabchick", "Tony Takitani", "New York Mining Disaster" and "Where I'm Likely to Find It".

    Non-member price: $22.46

    • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    Tsukuru Tazaki's life was irreparably changed when his relationships with his high school best friends became severed during Tsukuru's college days, with no explanation. Now at 35, Tsukuru's girlfriend Sara suggests he goes to talk to these high school friends in person to mend the relationships. Tsukuru visited his friends in Nagoya and Finland one by one, and uncovers the real reason as to why their relations were broken off.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Colourless, but intriguing.

    • By Kellie Gurrie on 29-09-2015

    Non-member price: $32.62

    • Dance Dance Dance

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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
    • Fantastically narrated

    • By Anonymous User on 14-01-2019

    Non-member price: $40.74

    • Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

    • Volume 1
    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    In each story in this collection, Haruki Murakami sidesteps the real and sprints for the surreal. Everyday events are transcended, leaving the reader dazzled by this master of his craft. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is Murakami's most eclectic collection of stories to date, spanning five years of his writing.

    Non-member price: $15.72

    • The Elephant Vanishes: Stories

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: John Chancer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Full of Murakami’s uniqueness.

    • By Brookethechicken on 14-02-2018

    Non-member price: $56.38

    • Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims, Ian Porter
    • Length: 14 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 43

    Information is everything in "Hard-Boiled Wonderland". A specialist encrypter is attacked by thugs with orders from an unknown source, is chased by invisible predators, and dates an insatiably hungry librarian who never puts on weight. In "The End of the World" a new arrival is learning his role as dream-reader. But there is something eerily disquieting about the changeless nature of the town and its fable-like inhabitants. Told in alternate chapters, the two stories converge and combine.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Weird editing issues

    • By Adam Richardson on 16-05-2019

    Non-member price: $64.58

    • Sputnik Sweetheart

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Adam Sims
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Unique storyline

    • By Anonymous User on 06-05-2017

    Non-member price: $43.05

    • A Wild Sheep Chase

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Read rather than listen.

    • By Brookethechicken on 20-11-2018

    Non-member price: $56.38

    • Short Stories

    • The Thoroughly Modern Collection
    • By: Doris Lessing, Haruki Murakami, A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated by: Harriet Walter, Walter Lewis, Roslaind Eyres
    • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 7

    23 stories, all unabridged, from a diverse group of star writers and readers. A truly memorable collection with a wide appeal. Includes "The Years Midnight" by Helen Simpson, read by Harriet Walter; "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful Morning" by Haruki Marukami, read by Walter Lewis; "Bablady" by A. S. Byatt, read by Roslaind Eyres; "Hotel des Vaoyaguerus" by William Boyd, read by Martin Jarvis; and "Who?" by Fay Weldon, read by Julie Christie.

    Non-member price: $19.75

    • After Dark

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: Judy Bennett
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightfully eerie gem

    • By Davide Gaido on 25-05-2017

    Non-member price: $20.28

    • 1Q84, Buch 3

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: David Nathan
    • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Als Tengo seinen komatösen Vater im Krankenhaus besuchen will, findet er in dessen Krankenbett eine Puppe aus Luft vor, die ein Abbild Aomames als junges Mädchen in sich birgt. Er greift nach ihrer Hand, und eine unsichtbare Verbindung entsteht. Fortan wartet Tengo darauf, der Puppe nochmals zu begegnen, doch vergebens. War das Signal nicht stark genug, um die zwischen Leben und Tod schwankende Aomame zu retten?

    Non-member price: $16.18

    • 1Q84, Buch 1 & 2

    • By: Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated by: David Nathan
    • Length: 30 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Aomame ist knapp 30, Geschäftsfrau und auf dem Weg zu einem wichtigen Termin. Zu Beginn von Haruki Murakamis Roman 1Q84 sitzt sie in einem Taxi auf der Tokioter Stadtautobahn im Stau. Im Radio läuft eine Sinfonie, die ihr merkwürdiger Weise bekannt vorkommt, und merkwürdig ist auch der Rat, den der nicht minder merkwürdige Taxifahrer ihr mit auf den Weg gibt: Um nicht zu spät zu kommen, solle sie doch einfach aussteigen und verbotenerweise über eine Wendeltreppe die Hochstraße verlassen. Aomame folgt dem Rat - und findet sich plötzlich in einem Paralleluniversum wieder, in dem sie brutale Männer mordet und in dem zwei Monde am Himmel stehen. Aus 1984 ist das Jahr 1Q84 geworden.

    Non-member price: $18.89

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