Audiobook CD - 2011
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The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84--"Q is for 'question mark.' A world that bears a question." Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

As Aomame's and Tengo's narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell's-- 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami's most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant bestseller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

Publisher: [Grand Haven, MI] : Brilliance Audio, p2011.
Edition: Unabridged library edition
ISBN: 9781455830503
Characteristics: 38 audio discs (46 hr., 46 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: 1Q 84


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Jan 18, 2017

Amazing and engaging sci-fi audiobook, and I was fortunate to have enough time to listen to it all as I got hooked and it would have been hard to stop!

Jun 29, 2016

If I can't understand it without an explanation, then I can't understand it with an explanation, so I'll leave my hundreds of questions unanswered.

Nov 30, 2015

One of Murakami's best books!

brightman Jan 06, 2014

Obviously, a few things are 'lost in translation'. Although Murakami does speak and write English, this novel was written in Japanese. I found that the develpment of characters and setting placements, to be extermely well written. The only negative I can point to in this story, is that, at times, Murakami tends to ramble on a bit, and can be repetitive, albeit the areas of redundancy are parts of the plot he does not want to be misunderstood, and therefore he emphasizes parts while being redundant.
All-in-all, I am very glad I listened to this work. My previous high for a novel was the 36 Discs that Stephen King's Gunslinger series ends with. This book took 38 discs, and unless your retired, off work, or are well enough off not to work, you will need to renew the three weeks check out time at least once. I listened to the 38 discs in about 27 days (1 renewal)

JoanWolschleger Mar 24, 2012

I remained interested in the story during all 38 CD's of it. I wish it didn't have so much detail though especially about Hushakama. I would have preferred that when the couple escape from 1Q84 it was clearly stated they were back in 1984. Maybe the story lost something in translation to English.


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