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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:
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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

  • “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
  • A witty adventure . . . a piece of verbal anarchy . . . a labyrinthine mystery from start to finish. San Francisco Chronicle
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Eline | 1/14/2014

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

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