Number9Dream

  • by David Mitchell
  • Narrated by William Rycroft
  • 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Number9Dream is the international literary sensation from a writer with astonishing range and imaginative energy - an intoxicating ride through Tokyo's dark underworlds and the even more mysterious landscapes of our collective dreams. David Mitchell follows his eerily precocious, globe-striding first novel, Ghostwritten, with a work that is in its way even more ambitious.
In outward form, Number9Dream is a Dickensian coming-of-age journey: Young dreamer Eiji Miyake, from remote rural Japan, thrust out on his own by his sister's death and his mother's breakdown, comes to Tokyo in pursuit of the father who abandoned him. Stumbling around this strange, awesome city, he trips over and crosses - through a hidden destiny or just monstrously bad luck - a number of its secret power centers.
Suddenly, the riddle of his father's identity becomes just one of the increasingly urgent questions Eiji must answer. Why is the line between the world of his experiences and the world of his dreams so blurry? Why do so many horrible things keep happening to him? What is it about the number 9? To answer these questions, and ultimately to come to terms with his inheritance, Eiji must somehow acquire an insight into the workings of history and fate that would be rare in anyone, much less in a boy from out of town with a price on his head and less than the cost of a Beatles disc to his name.

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Another great listening experience

It took me longer (than with previous David Mitchell books) to become truly engaged with Number9dream - there were parts I resisted liking. As the story unfolded though, I began to care about Eiji and his fate and it became another book to savour. I may come back to it again in the future - to see what I missed the first time. The reading was excellently performed. Shame he did not also record Black Swan Green....
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- ML

Very good but not Mitchell's best

Would you listen to Number9Dream again? Why?

I might but probably not.
I did love the narrators voice so sometimes I re-listen just for that


Who was your favorite character and why?

There is really one main character


Have you listened to any of William Rycroft’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't but I will look for them.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Too long


Any additional comments?

Generally I love David Mitchell. The plot of this book jumps around a lot, which can be fine, but I didn't feel like they hung together. Or that the various themes really needed each other.
It was interesting to have the Japanese setting.

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- Mrs. Mina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-13-2013
  • Publisher: Recorded Books