A Wild Sheep Chase : Rat

  • by Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by Rupert Degas
  • Series: Rat
  • 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Wild Sheep Chase is one of Murakami's most fantastical novels. An advertising executive, infatuated with a girl who possesses the most perfect ears (an erotic charge for him) uses a picture of a sheep with a star on its back. This catapults him into a weird adventure to find the mythical sheep up in the wilds of Hokkaido, Japan's northern island. There are strange encounters, a hotel with an extra disappearing floor, and other oddities.
A Wild Sheep Chase is an early Murakami work, but its remarkable and individual voice makes it one of the most thrilling of his books. Superbly read by Rupert Degas with an edge of Raymond Chandler.


What the Critics Say

"With the help of a fluid, slangy translation, Murakami emerges as a wholly original talent." (Publishers Weekly)


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Counseling Needed

I fear severe withdrawl now that I only have one more book to delve into. Haruki Murakami has to be the most imaginative writer I have ever come across. His material profoundly provocative. And funny is very laugh out loud hilarious.
Normally I never revisit a book, but I have already begun with Wind Up Bird and this one will be no exception. These novels are written in minute detail though not overly wordy. Hopefully he has others coming down the pike. If you have not yet listened to any of these novels trust me you will be in for a royal treat. A Wild Sheep Chase is another masterpiece. Only thing for me is that Haruki is highly addictive.
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- Louise

Reader Gets In the Way

I've read every English translation of Murakami's books, including A Wild Sheep Chase. I slogged through this Audible Book and cannot recommend it.

The reader uses Western voices that are just wrong. A previous reviewer mentioned a James Mason imitation. Let me add a Dustin Hoffman "Tootsie" imitation. Japanese women sound like a bad Blanche DuBois? Aargh.

Listen to NPR's "Selected Shorts" to hear what Murakami should sound like. I was astounded by how closely that reader matched the voice in my head when I read that short story.
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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-27-2006
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks