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The Elephant Vanishes Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,380 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Haruki Murakami Narrator: various narrators Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal. A man sees his favorite elephant vanish into thin air; a newlywed couple suffers attacks of hunger that drive them to hold up a McDonald’s in the middle of the night; and a young woman discovers that she has become irresistible to a little green monster who burrows up through her backyard.

By turns haunting and hilarious, The Elephant Vanishes is further proof of Murakami’s ability to cross the border between separate realities and to come back bearing treasure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Charming, humorous, and frequently puzzling.”

    New York Times

  • “Enchanting…Intriguing…All of these tales have a wonderfully surreal quality and a hip, witty tone. Mr. Murakami has pulled off a tricky feat, writing stories about people who are bored but never boring. He left me lying awake at night, hungry for more.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “These are beautifully written stories, often funny, always moving.”

    Chicago Tribune

Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Wendy White | 2/19/2014

    " As someone who feels they are experiencing a mid-life crisis in their late twenties, this book filled me with a mixture of hope and shared melancholy. Read to dip into the lives of people touched by strangeness, who pass through it like a mist, for the most part. Murakami finds beauty in strange places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Simon Bailey | 2/1/2014

    " It takes a lot for a short story to win me over, so often you reach the end with only a 'so...?' but by the second story here I was taken. Delivered with a simplicity and directness which defies the little works of magic that each one is. There is a great comic at work here too, but overall i feel like this has stirred and chimed with the inner melancholy lying a little below the surface of things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Manda Harsy | 1/30/2014

    " I liked over half of the short stories in this book. I enjoy the straightforwardness and dryness of the author who states things as they are and often has characters who do so as well. (although maybe that is the translation?) Most of these stories involved some outer-world experience or unexplainable occurance that Haruki Murakami does not try to explain. it still works and is nice. I especially enjoyed the story about the young boxer's tale called, The Silence. I loved the story about the relationship between a sister and her brother in Family Affair, and I enjoyed the story On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning which is about well what it sounds like. The other stories are good too like the Kangaroo Communique and the Dancing Dwarf and The Window. But I did not care for TV People and I didnt finished "Sleep" because it creeped me out and was a little too close to home (it is about an insomniac). Anywho it's a great book to read especially for something contemporary and different. I liked Norwegian Wood a little better overall, but I liked some of the short stories better than it...but i guess that is how short stories go.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Qiling Liang | 1/28/2014

    " It's much better than the Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. "

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About the Author
Author Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages. He is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Franz Kafka Prize and the Jerusalem Prize.