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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Haruki Murakami Narrator: Adam Sims Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9780804166676
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Haruki Murakami, the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, plunges us into an urbane Japan of jazz bars, coffee shops, Jack Kerouac, and the Beatles to tell this story of a tangled triangle of uniquely unrequited loves.

A college student, identified only as “K,” falls in love with his classmate, Sumire. But devotion to an untidy writerly life precludes her from any personal commitments, until she meets Miu, an older and much more sophisticated businesswoman. When Sumire disappears from an island off the coast of Greece, K is solicited to join the search party and finds himself drawn back into her world and beset by ominous, haunting visions. A love story combined with a detective story, Sputnik Sweetheart ultimately lingers in the mind as a profound meditation on human longing.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Grabs you from its opening lines…[Murakami’s] never written anything more openly emotional.”

    Los Angeles Magazine

  • “Murakami…has a deep interest in the alienation of self, which lifts [Sputnik Sweetheart] into both fantasy and philosophy.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • Grabs you from its opening lines. . . . [Murakami’s] never written anything more openly emotional. Los Angeles Magazine
  • Murakami is a genius. Chicago Tribune
  • Murakami has an unmatched gift for turning psychological metaphors into uncanny narratives. The New York Times Book Review
  • An agonizing, sweet story about the power and the pain of love. . . . Immensely deepened by perfect little images that leave much to be filled in by the reader’s heart or eye. The Baltimore Sun
  • [Murakami belongs] in the topmost rank of writers of international stature. Newsday
  • Murakami . . . has a deep interest in the alienation of self, which lifts [Sputnik Sweetheart] into both fantasy and philosophy. San Francisco Chronicle
  • Not just a great Japanese writer but a great writer, period. Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • Murakami’s true achievement lies in the humor and vision he brings to even the most despairing moments. The New Yorker
  • Perhaps better than any contemporary writer, [Murakami] captures and lays bare the raw human emotion of longing. BookPage
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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

Adam Sims is an actor who trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. His narration of Farley Mowat’s Never Cry Wolf won an AudioFile Earphones Award. His recordings for radio include Wenny Has Wings, The World According to Humphrey, and The Salamander Letter, all for the BBC. Film and theater credits include Band of Brothers on HBO; Lost in Space and The Madness of George III at the West Yorkshire Playhouse; Alice in Wonderland with the Royal Shakespeare Company; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Regent’s Park; and Snake in Fridge at the Royal Exchange Theatre, for which he won the award for Best Actor at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards.