Men Without Women

  • by Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel - translator, Ted Goossen - translator
  • Narrated by Kirby Heyborne
  • 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A dazzling new collection of short stories - the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed Haruki Murakami since his best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.
Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.
Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.

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Murakami Being Murakami

A man meets his wife's lover and finds out he likes the guy. A Tokyoite teaches himself to speak with a Kansai accent. A bug turns into Gregor Samsa. People disappear. Men and women remain enigmas to each other. Sadness. Loneliness. We're in Haruki's World. There's a familiarity to all these stories, and yet, they never fail to entertain.

Murakami doesn't top himself here, but neither does he show a loss of talent. If you liked his other short stories, you'll most likely enjoy these. The converse is also true.
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- Jay Quintana

Not a place to start with Murakami

This collection was inconsistent. Some high points, some low points, but mainly in the middle. While Murakami's style comes through, I don't think this collection shows him off very well. I would think a person new to Murakami might think "what's the fuss?" after reading this.

Many of the main characters have strange but strongly held beliefs. That isn't unusual for Murakami characters, but most of them had little to offer otherwise, so some of the stories came off as just strange.

Of the stories, I thought "Kino" was the best.

Kirby Heyborne has a neutral, flat delivery; seemingly perfect for Murakami. The problem is that in the (rare) instances where the text called out for an emotional reading, Heyborne couldn't or didn't follow through.
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- sgonk

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio