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Although I love all of Haruki Murakami's collection, because of its subtle beauty, I am very particular when choosing an audiobook of his novels. This one I love the most, mainly for the wonderful narrator: he vividly and expertly recreates a strange world of Murakami.
Murakami seems to deliver beautiful stories so effortlessly. It's like listening to a great Haiku that lasts a long time. I loved this little indulgence, so beautifully crafted with such full characters and a delicious whimsy that is like McEwen at his best and Rushdie at his poetic standard. And all of this about something so mundane, yet so extraordinary as the disappearance of a treasured friend, a search and an ending. Of course, there are the recurring themes of loneliness and not fitting in and even a cameo cat. Simple and wonderful.
I'm not convinced about Adam Sims. I see he has read other Murakami and that he's got acting credentials from serious theatre in the UK. The latter intrigued me given the US accent he used for this performance. I like his men and I am indifferent about his women.
Raunchy and sweet
Elements of this story appear in other books
He has developed so much since writing this novel
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I found the story didn't have a satisfying or happy ending. The narrator made the young female character sound like a know-it-all most of the time and I found it slightly annoying. It took me a while to finish it. I loved Murakami's Norwegian Wood and Kafka way better and I would reread those, unlike Sputnik Sweetheart unfortunately.
This book does not disappoint. That's it, and that's all I can really say about it.