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3.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 5 3.94 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Haruki Murakami Narrator: Adam Sims, Rupert Degas, Teresa Gallaghe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The six stories in Haruki Murakami’s mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakami’s characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman.

An electronics salesman who has been abruptly deserted by his wife agrees to deliver an enigmatic package—and is rewarded with a glimpse of his true nature. A man who has been raised to view himself as the son of God pursues a stranger who may or may not be his human father. A mild-mannered collection agent receives a visit from a giant talking frog who enlists his help in saving Tokyo from destruction. As haunting as dreams, as potent as oracles, the stories in After the Quake are further proof that Murakami is one of the most visionary writers at work today.  

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ushers the reader into a hallucinatory world where the real and surreal merge and overlap, where dreams and real-life nightmares are impossible to tell apart.”

    New York Times

  • “Both mysterious and somehow quite familiar.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Haruki Murakami remains one of the most accessible Japanese writers for Western readers.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Trim, beautiful, diamond sharp, and profoundly layered in…mystical symbolism and daily absurdities. Murakami’s evocations of grace and possible redemption are startling, dangerous, and moving.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “In these stories…Murakami proves himself to be almost as fantastic—and as heroic—as his creations.”


  • “One of the great Japanese exports.”


  • “His characters are so persuasive, and the storytelling so spacious…Murakami’s crisp, accomplished stories in After the Quake have great immediacy.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Murakami has written a series of deeply evocative stories.” 

    Tulsa Today

  • “The stories here are well-crafted and lyrical…They are sometimes absurd, sometimes quite funny, but they all have real epiphanies and real moments of feeling.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Murakami has created a series of small masterpieces.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Spare yet richly mysterious and emotionally prismatic, these unpredictable tales explore the subtle ways the earthquake affected those who live far from its epicenter yet who are nonetheless shaken to their very core…Haunting.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “It really is a wonderment to see how Murakami develops bizarre, ‘impossible’ premises into emotionally and thematically satisfying explorations of genuine human longing, extremity, epiphany, and growth. This writer goes from strength to strength. Magnificent.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennie | 2/16/2014

    " No real reason why I liked this one, I just did. The stories don't resolve themselves the way they do in some of Murakami's other collections but I just enjoyed spending a little time in this book. I liked Honey Pie the best because it reminded me of Norwegian Wood, but something about Thailand really grabbed me too. Super-Frog Saves Tokyo made me feel nostalgic for Kafka. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jana | 2/13/2014

    " This is what I know: I love Murakami, but I think some time will pass until I again pick up one of his books. I kind of cannot stand him right now. This is really not a fair review, but, just to say, I am frowning. So, that makes sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Richard Janzen | 2/9/2014

    " Several short stories somewhat connected to the Kobe earthquake. I liked them. Dec 07 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Danny Miller | 1/18/2014

    " Impulse buy at the author suggestion of a friend. Finished it in 2 days. "

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