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.weiterlesen
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I LOVE Rupert Degas
- Shana Shinigami
Narrator destroys the book
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!