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5 out of 5 stars
By Sonia on 05-13-12

Imagine if you were a character within a book...

Imagine how it would feel if you were a character within a narrative world - and knew it. To top it off the pesky author of the novel you live in keeps changing his mind. There are subtle differences in the way your world is articulated - mirroring the editing process.

There is a sense of melancholy in that some characters, such as the Leader, are unable to be something other than how they are figured in the narrative. He is restricted by this story world. His communiaction with the little people suggests his constructedness - he is aware of his fictionality - he knows he is merely a figment of an author's imagination, and is bound to do what the little people tell him to do.

I don't think I could get through this book by reading the print version. I've read a lot of Murakami's novels before, but this one is particularly long. In addition, there is a lot of layering to this novel, where there is the slightly nuanced repetition of story lines. It was nice listening to them- they are like the receding and returning tides of the ocean (yes, a weird simile, but you'll get what I mean if you listen long enough).

I highly recommend this to people who enjoy fantasy,science fiction, magic realism, narrative studies, Eng Lit majors, people who love Japan, Murakami, etc. etc.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Phillip on 02-04-12

complex, surreal and very very long

I am a huge Murakami fan. I think his style is very suited to the audiobook format, especially as music features as almost another character. In addition to listening to the audiobook I also ended up downloading several songs, and searching for albums that the characters were listening to.

This is a vast novel, and if you have not encountered Murakami before, perhaps try something like the windup bird or a shorter story to begin with. For me, IQ84 is a wonderful story, that turns in on itself and was the perfect companion on a long hour long compute back and forward to the office.

It is a story about murder, history, cult religion, violence, family ties but at its heart it is about love. It is wonderful.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Anniebligh on 12-19-11

Blown away by this

OK this is not for Murakami virgins.
We have three voices. Same alternate world of two moons.Girl, Boy and a mystery.
I think the music is important, and I think Art is important. Intentional or not I see Jeffrey Smart in the freeway and steps and "Tiger in your Tank' signs.
A kind of shared dreamscape. A shared reality that does shift.While each voice connects, the shared experience of sitting on top of the slippery dip and looking at the two moon is an image I will not forget.
I put this, 1Q84 alongside James Joyce 's Ulysses, each explores the limitations of the spoken or written word and deliver human experience of this world.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 04-19-12

How many loose ends can one book have???

Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

The story sets up so many intriguing scenarios that you want to keep reading, the female role was completely repetitive and annoying at times but it was still enough to keep on. It was on the verge of becoming an intricately bound novel with multiple layers, instead it fell flat in almost all plot lines, Characters appear & disappear,they suggest a larger story which is then left mostly untouched, yes there are 2 moons we get it!.I got to the end and went back through the book again to see if I missed any chapters?????

Has 1Q84 turned you off from other books in this genre?


What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The ability to finish, far to long and repetitive in the main points.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 02-21-17

1Q84 - Romantic sci-fi saga by Murakami

phew. One has to say as great of an author as Murakami is this story is a little long winded and probably slightly over indulgent on the author's behalf. It's essentially a beatiful love story and worth reading of you have weeks to spare. it's not one of Murakami's best works but I'd be stunned if it wasn't the longest.

Anyone familiar with the author will recognise some of themes and characters that have been rehashed (somewhat aimlessly) here. Some of the story's subplots are a little tangient and never conclude (again somewhat typical of the author's spiritualistic stightly endulgent style. sometimes working in his favor).

Great translation I'm sure. A lot of skill and effort was out in by the team who made the audio production. Beautifully read. if it wasn't for this I would have given up after book one. Thank you.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Miss Kris on 04-06-16

Save yourself the effort

Ridiculously and unnecessary long and incredibly repetitive in the descriptive. The story line leaves a lot to be desired.

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