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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,323 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Haruki Murakami Narrator: Patrick Lawlor, Ellen Archer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the bestselling author of Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle comes this superb collection of twenty-four stories that generously expresses Murakami’s mastery of the form. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and relentlessly entertaining. Here are animated crows, a criminal monkey, and an iceman, as well as the dreams that shape us and the things we might wish for. Whether during a chance reunion in Italy, a romantic exile in Greece, a holiday in Hawaii, or in the grip of everyday life, Murakami’s characters confront grievous loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the impossible distances between those who ought to be closest of all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This collection shows Murakami at his dynamic, organic best…In Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, Murakami demonstrates brilliantly the perils of trying to squeeze life into prefabricated compartments.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • A true miscellany [or] more like one of those overstuffed, career-spanning CD box sets…[But] the tales seem to speak with one, very seductive, voice. That voice, in each of these wildly varied excursions into the strange, dim territory of the self, says that someone named Haruki Murakami is still looking, quixotically, for something less fragile, less provisional than the usual accommodations we make do with on the road. Terrence Rafferty, New York Times Book Review"A virtuosic demonstration of Murakami's incredible range . . . thrilling, funny, sad, moving, scary--all at once. Since 1980, the year Haruki Murakami wrote his first short story, the Japanese author has been a walking definition of genius . . . He is a master of tone, and can manipulate a reader's curiosity at will, [and he] approaches the large subjects indirectly, through mood and bizarre occurrences, and always trusts his reader to be moved.
  • “Whimsical, magical, daring or sometimes played with the mute in the bell of the trumpet…The best of these linger far beyond the reading of them.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A warning to new readers of Haruki Murakami: You will become addicted…His newest collection is as enigmatic and sublime as ever.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Murakami’s writing perfectly captures the way surreal, even seemingly supernatural, encounters can subtly alter the terrain of everyday life.”

    Washington Post Book World

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Aleem | 2/20/2014

    " One of the best collection of short stories I've ever read. If you're a fan of Murakami you don't need me to say anymore. If you aren't, this collection is a wonderful introduction and will allow you to see if like his work before digging into one of his novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katherine Baber | 2/7/2014

    " Another collection of short stories by my current favorite author, some of them completely surreal and some profoundly quotidian. Not my favorite of his collections, but enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarimah Latiff | 2/5/2014

    " Bought this book on Sunday 7th Sept 2008 in Borders, Singapore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jill | 2/4/2014

    " This collection of 24 stories spans Murakami's career and provides some stories not previously translated into English. Some stories are definitely better than others but it is a good book to pick up and put down and intermix with other reading. As usual ,the really fantastic Murakami story provides you with an out-of-reality experience and completely messes with your perspectives and your head. A must read! "

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