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 best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.
BONUS AUDIO: Audible interviews the translators of 1Q84, Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel.
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Von Fotofreak Am hilfreichsten 09.01.2015
Ein faszinierendes (Hör)Buch
Ein fantastischer Roman, der Fantasie, Spannung, Gefühl und Exotik vereint. Erstklassig umgesetzt als Hörbuch. Die einzelnen Kapitel werden aus der Perspektive unterschiedlicher Personen erzählt, was durch unterschiedliche Sprecher umgesetzt wird. Die Sprecher nehmen sich Zeit und sind sehr ausdrucksstark, die englische Sprache ist sehr gut zu verstehen.
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Von Axel Am hilfreichsten 26.02.2012
Haruki Murakami at its best
End is approaching (about 9 hours left) and I am still fascinated by the story. The book is exciting and tantalizing from the beginning. It is difficult to stop listening but generally easy to listen (e.g. in the car) and to follow the story even after some days of not finding time for it. For non natives, the English is relative easy to follow, similar as Ken Follett.
As usual for Murakami, it is a combined love, mystery, crime (some), and fantasy story with a philosophical touch, a lot of strange thinking, the typical Murakami blend of fantasy and realism....very entertaining; simply a brilliant, ingenious book. The main characters are well described with interesting and positive personality; so it’s easy to get “into” the story and being a part of it.
It is a typical Murakami book, but perhaps more interlaced, complex as previous books (1000 pages!), with several levels but it never gets boring when I am listening (...in the car or during simple house work).
You have to listen to it if you are a Murakami fan. I also can recommend it for people which never have listen/read Murakami but like long stories such as the ones from Ken Follett, Jeffry Archer, Stephen King, James Clavell etc..
performance and narrator: ***** (all three)
value for price: *****
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