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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27,640 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Haruki Murakami Narrator: Rupert Degas Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Trilogy of the Rat Release Date: August 2013 ISBN: 9780804166539
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It begins simply enough: A twenty-something advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend, and casually appropriates the image for an insurance company’s advertisement. What he doesn’t realize is that included in the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man in black who offers a menacing ultimatum: find the sheep or face dire consequences.

Thus begins a surreal and elaborate quest that takes our hero from the urban haunts of Tokyo to the remote and snowy mountains of northern Japan, where he confronts not only the mythological sheep, but the confines of tradition and the demons deep within himself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Marvelously engaging, at turns witty, dry, wicked, even loopy. Reading A Wild Sheep Chase is like spending a splendidly foul weekend with the Four Raymonds–Chandler, Carver, Massey, and Queneau. Frederick Barthelme
  • A witty adventure . . . a piece of verbal anarchy . . . a labyrinthine mystery from start to finish. San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Murakami is a mythmaker for the millennium, a wiseacre wiseman.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A delight…Equal parts screwball comedy, detective story, and heroic quest.”

    USA Today

  • “A witty adventure…A piece of verbal anarchy…A labyrinthine mystery from start to finish.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • Murakami is a mythmaker for the millennium, a wiseacre wiseman. New York Times Book Review
  • "A delight . . . equal parts screwball comedy, detective story, and heroic quest. USA Today

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/11/2014

    " it was inventive and made me keep reading...Murakami has a great imagination. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy Birdsong | 1/22/2014

    " Interesting read, but a bit hard to follow and convoluted. I like this writer, but would recommend other books of his before this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michiel | 1/18/2014

    " For some reason I did not particulary like this one of Murakami... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eline | 1/14/2014

    " Call me superficial, but I prefer the more accesible books by this 'Japanese Kafka' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/7/2014

    " So very odd and intriguing. My first Murakami, but very refreshing. Loved its quirkiness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delacey | 1/3/2014

    " Murakami has yet to disappoint me. While this book isn't the masterpiece that Kafka on the Shore or The Wind Up Bird Chronicles is, it still charmed me with its casually reality-bending story. Murakami consistently reaches past the intellect and speak to some other part of the psyche. I am anxiously awaiting the publication of the English-language version of his latest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni | 1/2/2014

    " wow it got better and better and had a perfect ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zack Najarian-Najafi | 12/20/2013

    " The book that made Murakami Murakami. Cats, ear fetishism, chain smoking, drinking, lots of sex, surreal dream sequences; it's all here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michaela | 11/25/2013

    " freaky freaky: a hotel, another dimension, a sheepman and again a guy lost in the anonymity of a city, dealing with his lack of commitment... great book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luis Correa | 11/20/2013

    " It took me forever to read this, but I did it. Used to his shtick by now, but I'm still laughing. An especially redemptive end after a tedious beginning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sid | 11/3/2013

    " This book is filled with metaphor and aphorisms; very beautifully written. I love the symbolism and the pacing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Royce | 9/29/2013

    " Interesting, to say the least "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisan | 9/27/2013

    " the town belonged to the river from the very beginning, it would always be that way... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 e. | 11/23/2012

    " Read this at the New River Gorge in between climbs and in our tent at night. I need to get my hands on the first two books in the trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ella Ferris | 11/7/2012

    " really enjoyable read and utterly unique! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 9/26/2012

    " Another pleasantly weird, quirky and witty book from Murakami. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/13/2012

    " I picked up this book to listen to while I was exercising. It turned out to be really interesting! I really liked the writing style. Now I look for other things he has written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gianfranco Lanzio | 7/7/2012

    " It started weird, meaning it was too normal. The things got weird and the book felt normal Murakami again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Mcmillan | 6/8/2012

    " The one to start with. I've since read the rest of his fiction too. This is the one I recommend to folks new to his work. Follow with Dance, Dance, Dance. One of a kind, Murakami is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jens Poder | 12/26/2011

    " My absolute favourite by this author. A disturbing paranormal tale of a quest for a very special sheep, and an amazing portrait of a classic male Murakami protagonist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sven Waldmann | 11/5/2011

    " This book is a modern classic! I found it in 2006 and have read it several times since. A weird, yet harmonious mixture of student novel, crime story and phantasy. Thrilling, deep and highly addictive. The best Murakami I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caley (Katie) Kleczka | 7/4/2011

    " A great detective story, colourful characters, a good pace to the plot, and a dose or two of surrealistic nonsense. I thought it was brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/23/2011

    " This may have been one of the strangest books I read, and I don't necessarily understand it, but I did really enjoy the dreamlike style & was intrigued by the weird plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austin | 5/22/2011

    " Fantastic book from start to finish. The author brings out the mindset of the unnamed main character on everything he comes cross and his perception of the people around him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy | 4/26/2011

    " This may be the best written book ever.....I'm afraid that I was not prepared for it and didn't get to enjoy it like I should. Perhaps when I am ready , I will go back and read it again. ( This is not a sarcastic review at all. It's the best way I can describe this book) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 4/23/2011

    " Interesting read, but a bit hard to follow and convoluted. I like this writer, but would recommend other books of his before this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Levi | 4/18/2011

    " Best 50c I ever spent.

    Nice and complicated with enough ridiculous situations and characters to keep you totally hooked "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 4/13/2011

    " My first Murakami book, and to date, my favorite. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clark | 4/11/2011

    " Murakami continues to impress me- definitely worth checking out "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xavier | 4/9/2011

    " Wow! This book is everything I like about Murakami: Extremely descriptive, an almost dream-like narrative, and wacky/unique characters. :) Also, I never knew learning about sheep could be so interesting! I look forward to reading the 4th book of the series Dance, Dance, Dance. "

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About the Author
Author Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is a Japanese author of fiction and nonfiction works. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage topping the New York Times bestsellers list in 2014. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages. Murakami is the recipient of numerous awards, including the World Fantasy Award, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Franz Kafka Prize, and the Jerusalem Prize.

About the Narrator

Rupert Degas can be heard reading numerous audiobooks, including the Saga of Darren Shan series by Darren Shan, and his narrations have won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has also lent his voice to numerous cartoons, including Mr Bean, Robotboy, Bob the Builder and has performed in more than thirty radio productions, including The Gemini Apes, The Glittering Prizes, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.