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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Lu par : Rupert Degas
Durée : 26 h et 6 min
4,4 out of 5 stars (25 notations)

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Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.
©2006 Haruki Murakami (P)2006 Naxos AudioBooks

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Murakami sera toujours Murakami

Une histoire que seulement Haruki Murakami peut écrire, avec des frontières floues entre le rêve et la réalité, des passages secrets entre ces deux mondes, la lune, la solitude, des vies simples, la séparation, un monde parallèle. Toujours un plaisir de partir en voyage avec lui. Cependant, ce n’est pas le meilleur de ces romans, et la fin est un peu rapide.

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Great quality

The narrator's performance is outstanding, giving a distinctive voice to each character. The story itself is very engaging. I listened to it twice, with a 2-year interval in between. The second time, I saw the story in a different light, for some reason. It is the kind of book that matures together with the reader. Would probably read it a 3rd time sometime.

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Good book, outstanding reader

The book is really interesting, going into extremes of violence and kindness/integrity. The reader is amazing, by far the best performance I have encountered with audiobooks.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Shelley
  • 14/08/2007

Bizarre

Jumping into a dark well to think to the point of starvation, characters that resemble caricatures, seem to appear and disappear with names such as Crete and Malta, a cat that comes back with a different tail... all this makes this book odd and amazing. This is my second book by this author and I remain intrigued by his storytelling and style. My issue is only with the violence, where the author dwells on wartime atrocities, taking care to describe torture techniques a bit too graphically for my taste. The audio is effective and keep you going until the end.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21/12/2009

Wonderful

Bold. Funny. Horrific. Ethereal. And Fantastic in all senses of the word. Echoes of Dostoevsky, Kafka, Beckett. There are many, many memorable characters and scenes; but Murakami creates through these only the major pieces of a larger puzzle. He appears to be drawing parallels between two kinds of relationships (a) the interactions (loving, mundane, barbaric, kind, cruel, lustful, comic, duplicitous) humans have with each other and (b) the interactions (same list, pretty much) we have in our minds with our past, present, and future selves. These relationships cross and fade into each other so smoothly that neither we nor the characters are completely sure where one ends and another begins. A really wonderful book that feels like it will provoke thought for quite awhile.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jo Ann
  • 10/09/2006

Extremely worthwhile

I had read this book in hard copy. I enjoyed it even more listening to this audio version. The reader is brilliant, as is the novel. Be prepared for a surreal yet vivid, intriguing experience.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • R. Caviness
  • 23/02/2007

Fun Journey, but Lack of Resolution

3.5 stars. If you like Murakami, you will probably enjoy this. If you have not yet read a Murakami novel, I wouldn't recommend starting with this one -- it might prevent you from reading some of the most fun and engaging literature of modern times. Try Kafka on the Shore, perhaps.

Although generally engaging (I really did enjoy listening to the book), there are too many subplots that aren't adequately resolved, which left me feeling somewhat unsatisfied when I finished the book.

I've read elswhere that the original Japanese version was "stripped down" for the English translation as it was too long, and as a result, certain storylines being cut short. This is plausible.

The narrator is excellent.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Stevie
  • 01/10/2006

very enjoyable listen

I found this to be a very entertaining story. This is not the type of book I usually buy, and I'm glad that I tried it! It's a wonderful tale with several other stories within. It is well written and well read - very enjoyable.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • T. Moyer
  • 19/10/2006

Exotic

What a fun read. The story is a skillful tale that blends and blurs reality and unreality; and which is which? Ultimately all seem to be only facets of the same reality. Maybe that is too ambitious a description. It is enough to say that the story is interesting, mysterious, comedic, thought provoking but above all entertaining throughout. The narrator is excellent, and every character has their own personality and voice. I enjoyed this book very much.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Chiharu
  • 12/12/2006

Another Haruki's world

I actually read it in Japanese first, and was curious enough to listen to the English Audiobook. It is in a way scary because I did have my own imagination of the world of this book. However, I was NOT dissapointed. This is pretty good interpretation and performance. I loved it and listened three times so far.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jamie
  • 25/08/2006

Enthralling from chapter 1

I just downloaded this. I jump around a bit from genre to genre, but I alway gravitate to longer selections for the value and engagement. I'm not quite sure where I would put this as far as genre goes, but I was hooked after only a few chapters. The engineering is of good quality and the narrator keeps my attention and has good enunciation and pace. The story- well I will let you decide (I hate spoilers), but I can say this it's hard to put away once you get in to it. There is mild sexual content so be warned, but for anyone well read it is very tame.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Roger
  • 29/12/2007

Completely weird and undescribeable

As I slowly got into this book, I laughed out loud at times, was perplexed and filled with wonderment, and startled by some characters and actions which are so strange, others so real and horrific.... it is a very odd book. I doubt if I could "read" it but I loved listening to it.

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  • Lily Von Shtupp
  • 02/11/2006

Exceptional narration.....Awesomely quirky story

Let me begin by saying that this is a very strange story indeed. It will stay with me for a good while. I do want to emphasize, however, that I feel that the narrator did an exceptional and very entertaining job with very difficult material. I loved most parts of this story and ...well, some parts were horrifically fascinating. Like a gruesome traffic accident that you cannot look away from even though you know you'll have nightmares from the sight. This is not a book that has a "specific" story but rather an intimate portrait of a microcosmic slice of humanity. I cried, I laughed (especially at the neighbor girl, May [sp?]) and I cringed. In fact, I believe I ran almost the entire gamut of emotions that I am capable of...including some disappointment in the way in which the author finished this story. I don't always expect everything wrapped up in neat tidy bundles but I felt a little flat, so to speak, in the last act. Would I have missed this opportunity to have entered this world and met these characters? Emphatically no. Would I have liked a slightly different conclusion? yes.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 28/07/2013

I LOVE Rupert Degas

Murakami and I have a very strange relationship. I've read most of his books, though I didn't like any of them particularly. That's why I never look for them, never intentionally buy them - they just find their way through friends, family and coincidence to me.

This time, it was Rupert Degas who made me buy the book. He is one of the greatest voice actors in my opinion. I love his deep voice, his intonation, the way he gives characters voices. He does an excellent job in this book too, great performance!

Regarding the book itself - it's typical Murakami. It starts normal enough, then it get's weird, strange characters appear, and a mysterious story evolves, which will never completely make sense. But this is one of the better ones. You still kinda get what it is about, and the characters are more humane than they are normally in his books.

So if you like Murakami anyways - you'll like this book. If you generally don't like him - try it anyways. It's really pretty good. And if you don't know who Murakami is ... well, you're in for a ride ;)

All in all I recommend this book. The story is interesting and only sometimes frustrating, and Degas is just A W E S O M E.
Check it out :)

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  • ivo
  • 16/11/2016

Narrator destroys the book

Gibt es irgendetwas, das Sie an diesem Hörbuch ändern würden?

Rupert Degas completely destroys the book with his overacting of voices.
While the male characters are still tolerable - the woman's voices are a farce. Mimmicking women's voices is the number one mistake of audio book narrators. It's always annoying and always sounds like a bad parody of gay people. Nowhere near woman's voices. But what Rupert Degas does in this book beats everything. His performance as a 16 year old girl sounds like 5 year old, brain damaged ladyboy/transvestite. Has he ever heard a 16 year old speak?!! Or Imagine an erotic phone conversation with a supposedly hot woman - which sounds here like phone sex with Dame Edna!
I'm a huge fan of Haruki Murakami (I read/listened to ALL of his books) - the more disappointed I am about this terrible voice performance. It totally ruined the book for me. Honestly, all the amateur readers at librivox do a better job than Rupert Degas here. It's a pity cause his real voice sould be very pleasant and his reading style good. I can't understand why audible accepted such a horrible performance. This is supposed to be an AUDIO BOOK and not AUDIO PARODY! A good narrator subtly underlines the emotions of people as they speak - but must NEVER try to mimmick voices!

Please, Murakami fans, and everybody else, be aware - the voice acting here is really horrible!

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  • Dr. Martin
  • 09/10/2015

Voice actor overacts the characters

Was mochten Sie nicht am Vortrag von Rupert Degas?

The voice of Rupert Degas is terrific. He can do so many. But he overdoes it. Continuously. The women are terribly whiny, the man too arrogant. It sometimes even reduces the characters. It gets ridiculous from time to time and really distracts from the story. Turning it down a bit would've helped.

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  • Andreea Tolea
  • 08/05/2015

Strange story but captivating

I will probably never read something from this author... Too deep and dark... But it has a great way of developing the story line. Couldn't stop listening to it.. Apart from the very bloody parts which i fast forwarded :D.

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  • Amazoner
  • 21/07/2019

Ein klassischer Murakami...

Toll verschwurbelte Geschichte mit interessanten Ausflügen in die jüngere japanische Historie des frühen 20ten Jahrhunderts. Interessante Charaktere und wie immer bis zuletzt mysteriös und schwer zu durchschauen.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Marion
  • 22/06/2019

Sehr gut, wenn man bereit ist.....

... sich kurz mit der Geschichte Japans zu befassen. Es lohnt sich allein deshalb, weil die sonst scheinbar konfuse Geschichte, einen Sinn bekommt.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • HideoGojira
  • 19/06/2019

Best book I ever read.

If feels like reading a David Lynch film. At first you don't really understand anything, and by the end the only thing that you do understand, is that even though not everything can ever be fully answered and might seem meaningless at times, the process of trying to comprehend it all, makes it worth living through.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Marit Besthorn
  • 21/04/2019

An amazing story skillfully told and read!

Loved it! The storyline is intricate and intriguing, the language used very beautiful so I enjoyed it a lot.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Christina
  • 12/06/2018

Spannende Geschichte, Stimmen übertrieben

Die Story ist typisch Murakami. Voller Wendungen, mystisch und fähig, den Leser völlig in eine andere Welt zu ziehen. Die Geschichte ist zwar insgesamt nicht mein Favorit, doch es gibt einige Passagen, die mich sehr beeindruckt haben und noch immer zum Nachdenken bringen. Der Sprecher ist leider nicht optimal. Die Erzählerstimme ist gut, aber die anderen werden übertrieben dargestellt (besonders die Frauen). Das geht so weit, dass man denkt, er parodiert die Figuren.

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  • El Mago
  • 26/02/2017

My first H.M book!

What can I say about a book that completely blew me away....I knew very little about the author and his style of writing, but his name crossed my path endless times and it was time for me to give him a chance. As it turned out this book gave me a chance to remember how beautiful literature really is..please read it and become "Mr.Wind up bird" or my favorite character Mia Kasahara