The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Haruki Murakami

Narrated By: Rupert Degas

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: September 2013

Duration: 26 hours 16 minutes

Summary:

Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.

In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria.

Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.

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  • Crystal Ballard

    I love this book. So much do I love this book that I suffered through a full day of the narrator. It's taken me years to be able to read this book again without hearing his voice narrating the female characters. It pretty bad. Word of advice for male narrators: just don't try to sound like a woman. It's never going to come off right.