• A Wild Sheep Chase

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Series: Rat, Book 3
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-27-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (373 ratings)

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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.
©2002 Haruki Murakami (P)2006 Naxos AudioBooks
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Critic Reviews

"With the help of a fluid, slangy translation, Murakami emerges as a wholly original talent." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Louise on 12-15-06

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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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Ashley on 05-30-07

Great read from Degas

Murakami seems to divide critics somewhat but for me this is a great novel. I've read it a number of times, and got the audiobook mostly because I wanted to hear Rupert Degas reading it. I recognised his voice from the Raymond Chandler series and thought that his noir style read would really suit Murakami. And it did, in spades. A brilliant listen

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christine on 05-30-11

A Wild Sheep Chase

I have only just discovered Murakami and I loved this book. I spent the whole time not quite sure what the plot was but I could not leave it alone until it brought me to the excellent ending. Listening to it was an added bonus as the narrative was excellent. I cannot wait to get it to my next Murakami and definitely through Audible again.To anyone who likes something different, something that leaves you thinking at the end, I would recommend this book highly.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 09-23-09

Strangely compelling book

A journalist is commissioned to find a magic sheep.

The sheep has a red star on its flank.

The sheep possesses people and uses them in it's bid to rule the world.

The man is accompanied by his girlfriend who has perfectly erotic ears.

Classic Murakami.

Entertaining.

Wierd.

Well-read.

Recommended.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 01-06-18

Great but with my voice

If you’re reading ‘A Wild Sheep Chase’ then I guess you’re already invested, like I am. Murakami delivers another great story in the series and again leaves me with a melancholy satisfaction.

Whilst listening to the book, I began to see where some idea of 1Q84 had began to grow from and that added an extra bit of joy to my experience. His way of storytelling and characters are so interesting, it’ll keep you reading from chapter to chapter.

I only really have one negative about this audiobook. I read the previous two in the series “Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball” as the omnibus Wind/Pinball. I loved the narrator of that omnibus and I grew to picture each character in a certain way. However, this narrator completely ruined it. I pictured Rat as the guy sitting alone in a bar drinking beer kind of like your typical noir gumshoe type of cop. Cool, smart, has that stare. But with this narrator, he made him out to be like Gilbert Godfrey!? It was disgusting. Then there’s the Sheep Man. Incomprehensible and annoying. It totally ripped me out of the book. In some parts, it’s as if the characters suddenly became American. It’s as if he forgot where the book took place.
However, I bared through the book because it was such a great novel.

If you can put up with the narrator, I highly recommend this book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By M. O'Brien on 08-23-17

A challenging style

This wasn't a book I'd normally listen to but it was recommended to me by a colleague. I found it very descriptive & fanciful. I was challenged by it so in that respect I enjoyed it but probably won't pick up any of Murakami's books.

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