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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (71,582 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Haruki Murakami Narrator: Rupert Degas Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9780804166591
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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is many things: the story of a marriage that mysteriously collapses; a jeremiad against the superficiality of contemporary politics; an investigation of painfully suppressed memories of war; a bildungsroman about a compassionate young man’s search for his own identity as well as that of his nation. All of Murakami's storytelling genius, combining elements of detective fiction, deadpan humor, and metaphysical truth, and swiftly transforming commonplace realism into surreal revelation, is on full, seamless display. And in turning his literary imagination loose on a broad social and political canvas, he bares nothing less than the soul of a country steeped in the violence of the twentieth century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dreamlike and compelling…Murakami is a genius.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Seductive…A labyrinth designed by a master, at once familiar and irresistibly strange.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A significant advance in Murakami’s art…a bold and generous book.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A beguiling sense of mystery suffuses The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and draws us irresistibly and ever deeper into the phantasmagoria of pain and memory…Compelling [and] convincing.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • Dreamlike and compelling. . . . Murakami is a genius. Chicago Tribune
  • A beguiling sense of mystery suffuses The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and draws us irresistibly and ever deeper into the phantasmagoria of pain and memory. . . . Compelling [and] convincing. Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • Digs relentlessly into the buried secrets of Japan’s past . . . brilliantly translated into the latest vernacular. Pico Iyer, Time
  • Mesmerizing. . . . Murakami’s most ambitious attempt yet to stuff all of modern Japan into a single fictional edifice. The Washington Post Book World
  • A significant advance in Murakami’s art . . . a bold and generous book. The New York Times Book Review
  • A stunning work of art . . . that bears no comparisons. New York Observer
  • With The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Murakami spreads his brilliant, fantastical wings and soars. Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Seductive. . . . A labyrinth designed by a master, at once familiar and irresistibly strange. San Francisco Chronicle
  • An epic . . . as sculpted and implacable as a bird by Brancusi. New York Magazine
  • Mesmerizing, original . . . fascinating, daring, mysterious and profoundly rewarding. Baltimore Sun

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aloom127 | 2/16/2014

    " It was good! Slow moving, but unique and intriguing. A interesting fictional voyage through lonely Tokyo. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Imaneeeee | 2/9/2014

    " I tried but no.This is probably the worst Book i've ever read.Just...What are you getting at dear Haruki? apart from writing about a guy whose activities involve making sandwiches , looking for a cat, drinking coffee,making sandwiches,looking for a cat, drin...coff..ee.Lookin f..a. I can't.I need my money back because this book was a pain in the A.bye. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey Spadoni | 2/7/2014

    " A little slow at first, but it gets trippier and wierder as you get deeper into it. Murakami is insane in the best way possible. This book is winning! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 2/7/2014

    " I've never enjoyed being confused more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kara | 1/28/2014

    " Make sure you hit up a doobey when reading this. Creative but bizarre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandra | 1/27/2014

    " The best book I've read in a decade. And the fact that it's in translation did nothing to impede the experience. It's an amazing novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexandria | 1/18/2014

    " A waste of my precious time... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niall Best | 1/3/2014

    " One of the greatest and surrealist literary books ever written, even though it's said it lost allot in translation from its original Japanese it still captured my imagination so much it takes pride of place on my book shelf as one of my favorites and a timeless classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hitesh | 12/26/2013

    " can't get any bizzare than this "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Mwaniki | 12/25/2013

    " Everyone who loves Murakami, will tell you... this is the book he was born to write. That is the truth. Read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nolynylon | 11/16/2013

    " The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle reads as if Neil Gaiman were Japanese and the Navidson house were a dry well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri Trespicio | 11/10/2013

    " Interesting read for sure...but I was a little frustrated b/c I wasn't sure what it all MEANT. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eugenio Tena | 11/8/2013

    " Haunting, traditional and modern Japan collide in a metaphysical adventure, my favourite Murakami "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michel Andermann | 10/24/2013

    " After reading six Murakami books, among them Tokyo Blues, Kafka and 1Q84, I wouldn't hesitate in declaring this one the best of all. It has over 850 pages and you still wished it had twice that "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey Bui | 10/7/2013

    " You won't understand anything until you read it all until the end. Don't be afraid of the thickness of the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bilgen | 2/26/2013

    " A great fantasy book, indeed Murakami is a pop culture writer but still he takes us somewhere very different yet the same world we are living. I especially like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gonçalo Hall | 11/1/2012

    " One of the best books I ever saw. Just an awesome story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 10/21/2012

    " Read this while you're unemployed. It adds an extra level of awesome to the experience, though it still holds plenty of awesome even if you are working. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hendrik | 5/10/2012

    " It left me with a bitter feel of unease whilst reading. But on the last... ten or twenty pages it revealed a harmonic end, which made me feel comfortable. But I recommend everyone to read it through. Only this way you'll feel better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandie | 3/1/2012

    " one of my favorite books by my favorite author. do yourself a favor and read this. I've read twice and will definitely read again one day! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naira Sharity | 12/20/2011

    " Another half-way through because I was simply too bored to finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 5/30/2011

    " I am told it was brilliant but it was a bit too weird and obscure for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonny | 5/27/2011

    " I enjoyed the surreal aspects of the narrative. However, I found myself wanting the writing to be more precise. Is it the translation? Is Japanese difficult to translate into English? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PEN Center USA | 5/25/2011

    " Media coordinator Heather Simons has just started this book and is already blown away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noel | 5/24/2011

    " There is no way to describe this book other than: there was my life before I read this book, and there is my life after. They are not the same life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 leah | 5/22/2011

    " a very interesting book, lots of twists and turns. i've always loved murakami's poetry-like style: it's so fluid and reminds me of a lullaby. loved this novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 5/18/2011

    " A lifeless japanese David Lynch-like story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 5/17/2011

    " Entertaining and imaginative. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharee | 5/16/2011

    " It leaves you feeling as though the book were written especially for you - a claim almost as ridiculous as the things that happen in this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 5/14/2011

    " In the first chapter of this book I read the line:

    "Without wind to move the branches, the shadows looked like permanent stains, destined to remain imprinted on the pavement forever."

    That was the moment I knew I wanted to keep reading. "

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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

Rupert Degas can be heard reading numerous audiobooks, including the Saga of Darren Shan series by Darren Shan, and his narrations have won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has also lent his voice to numerous cartoons, including Mr Bean, Robotboy, Bob the Builder and has performed in more than thirty radio productions, including The Gemini Apes, The Glittering Prizes, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.