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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (31,076 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Haruki Murakami Narrator: Janet Song Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9780739343074
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At its center are two sisters—Eri, a fashion model slumbering her way into oblivion, and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny’s toward people whose lives are radically alien to her own: a jazz trombonist who claims they’ve met before, a burly female “love hotel” manager and her maid staff, and a Chinese prostitute savagely brutalized by a businessman. These “night people” are haunted by secrets and needs that draw them together more powerfully than the differing circumstances that might keep them apart, and it soon becomes clear that Eri’s slumber—mysteriously tied to the businessman plagued by the mark of his crime—will either restore or annihilate her.

After Dark 
moves from mesmerizing drama to metaphysical speculation, interweaving time and space as well as memory and perspective into a seamless exploration of human agency—the interplay between self-expression and empathy, between the power of observation and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/17/2014

    " This is most likely going to be one of my new favorites of his. So keenly observant, and his aesthetic has always agreed with me. Had to read this in one sitting. He creates dialogue with such elegant undercurrents, and he never fails to surprise me. I think it was good that I haven't read his work in a while--my experience was fresher without comparison. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 भुसाल | 2/3/2014

    " How could he weave all the people and their stories together?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Syl | 1/11/2014

    " If you like Murakami's way of write you will find a light novel with all his habitual ingredients: characters who meet and cross paths, stories that go from the real to the oniric world and then come back, and music putting a soundtrack. And I enjoyed the book, but it lack something, it's as if Murakami had not told the whole story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 duo-la | 1/1/2014

    " A thoroughly satisfying and engrossing binge read. I'm gonna read it again right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy P | 12/23/2013

    " Murakami is one of my all-time favorite authors and I still think this book is rather mediochre. The plot idea is clever (as usual) and the elements of creepiness are just right, but overall the prose is just not that great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Prakash | 12/22/2013

    " "...people's memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. Whether those memories have any actual importance or not, it doesn't matter as far as the actual maintenance of life is concerned. They're all just fuel. Advertising fillers in the newspaper, philosophy book, dirty pictures in a magazine, a bundle of ten-thousand-yen bills: when you feed 'em to the fire, they're all just paper. The fire isn't thinking. 'oh, this is Kant'...To the fire they're nothing but scraps of paper. It's the exact same thing. Important memories, not so important memories, totally useless memories: there's no distinction - they're all just fuel." (pp 168/9) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janell Leary | 12/18/2013

    " This was my first book by Murakami, It was interesting and wierd, but I can't believe it was on the recommended list for the common core. I would NEVER teach this book to sophomores. In Utah, I could not get away with the sex scenes, the language, or the themes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lewis Cooney | 12/10/2013

    " Murakami Never disappoints. Another great succinct read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dane Myers | 10/27/2013

    " Really a very awesome book. Undoubtedly Murakami-esque, but structurally and narratively very interesting. Definitely one of his more cohesive novellas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 12/10/2012

    " I really enjoyed the characters in this book, and how it takes place all in one overnight setting, starting just before midnight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 9/8/2012

    " Interesting book, but I liked some of his others better. Won't give up on him yet, but I've found the stories to be hit or miss for level of interest. There is little closure with this author, but makes you think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mohammed | 6/1/2012

    " Enjoyed the narrator's sharp descriptions, loved the characters; which Murakami did a terrific job at fleshing them out, and enjoyed the art house films & jazz music mentions, but it misses something crucial. Uncertain of what it is, but I found myself a bit unsatisfied after I was finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 *Redacted* | 9/27/2011

    " Excellent psychological writing from Murakami. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben Harris | 9/19/2011

    " Not my favorite Haruki Murakami book. I kept waiting for something more to happen... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 8/22/2011

    " I liked this one even better than 1Q84. More ordinary and yet more extraordinary for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cory | 7/30/2011

    " Very good short novella. Less weird than some of Murakami's other works but he captures the mood delioghtfully as always "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cesar Munoz | 7/17/2011

    " A beautiful yet creepy tale of how nighttime changes our perspective of life... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Morin | 5/18/2011

    " Murakami leave a few too many loose ends in this one for me to feel completely satisfied but it was still incredibly interesting. If you put together the referenced jazz music throughout the book you'll have a pretty solid playlist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aliisa | 5/17/2011

    " It was pretty good. Not his best work. It leaves lots of unattached strings and makes you wonder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bressa | 5/17/2011

    " I couldn't lay this book down. From the moment I started to read I completly got drawn in to the book. The characters are very intresting, the more you get to know about them, the more you will love them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/10/2011

    " not at all what I expected. fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adriana | 4/25/2011

    " Hasta ahora el libro de Murakami que más he disfrutado. Por momentos sentí que leía el guión de una película de David Lynch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 4/15/2011

    " Feeling like a partially completed novella, it lacks the interest and depth I normally find in his books. "

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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

Janet Song is the recipient of multiple Earphones Awards and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of 2008. Recent audiobooks include Euna Lee’s The World is Bigger Now and Lisa See’s Shanghai Girls. She lives and works in Southern California as an actor on stage and screen.