Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage

  • by Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by Bruce Locke
  • 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The new novel - a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan - from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since IQ84.
Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.


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Just below the Surface

A slow soak in a bath of music, color, friends, loneliness, philosophy, creation and death. Murakami is a genius at writing with emotions swirling beneath the text. He gets the importance of the notes AND the silence of prose; of the unsaid, dreamy place that is both recognized and strange.

This isn't his most exciting work, but it is clearly not a throw-away either. It brings all the usual suspects to the Murakami table. Murakami writes best when he makes the reader feel like they are just near the surface of wakefulness. He bends the reader into a zone where it feels like a strange contractive tendency of the surface between sleep and wakefulness between musical, lucid dreams and surreal, philosophical nightmares.

It feels like you are balancing blind on the edge of a train platform; you feel the sound of the train and feel the compression of his words, but don't know if the Murakami train is going to hit you from the left or the right.
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- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"

Great book ruined by the narration

How could the performance have been better?

Whoever directed this audiobook was out of touch with the spirit of Murikami's message. The reader is to take on Tsukuru's life, to become him and travel through his story. This is the way all Murikami books are meant to be read; and to produce an audiobook for English speaking audiences but narrate it with an accent creates a barrier between the reader and the character. Be warned, it isn't good. The narrator sounds board and flat and with the accent it really clashes with what we (the Murikami fan's) expect. My advice, skip the audiobook and read this one.

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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-12-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audio