- Audio CD: 15 pages
- Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks; Unabridged edition (1 May 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9626344059
- ISBN-13: 978-9626344057
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 13.4 x 6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kafka on the Shore (Contemporary Fiction) Audio CD – Audiobook, Box set, Unabridged
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`His books are very moving and poetic' --Red Magazine
Haruki Murakami is the David Lynch of literature; everything doesn t always make sense, but it's so compelling you can't stop listening or trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together. Such is the case with Murakami's mind-bending Kafka on the Shore, which follows the lives of 15-year-old Kafka and an old man named Nakata, who might be aspects of the same person... or maybe not. What we do know is that Kafka runs away from home to find his lost mother and sister and winds up living in a library in the seaside town of Takamatsu, where he spends his days reading literature. Then he's suspected of being involved in a murder. In alternating chapters, we also hear the story of Nakata, who makes a living as a 'cat whisperer,' searching for lost pets. He embarks on a road trip searching for a particularly hard to find cat, traveling far away from his home for the first time, and the narrative suggests he's fated to meet Kafka. But does he? Oh, and there's also truly bizarre appearances by Johnnie Walker and Colonel Sanders. Oliver Le Sueur as Kafka and Sean Barrett as Nakata both give hypnotic readings of the main and supporting characters. Le Sueur performs double duty for Kafka and the teen's inner voice, Crow, reading with such gravitas that you might find yourself leaning forward a bit with expectancy for the next line of dialogue or intricate detail. Barrett's deep, warm voice is perfectly grandfatherly as Nakata, whose uncertain destination and deep wonder at the world he has never seen is the lynchpin of the novel. Barrett's voice is a national treasure in Britain having voiced Shakespeare, Dickens, and Beckett and you'll wish he narrated just about every book once you hear how he commits to Nakata. As Kafka prepares to leave home, his alter ego tells the boy that he's about to enter a metaphysical and symbolic storm. 'Once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure if the storm is over, but one thing is certain when you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in.' That can also be said of any listener who chooses to explore Murakami's beautiful, enigmatic world --Audible
About the Author
Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949.
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The other character is an older man called Nakata, a master cat-finder who is able to converse with cats although he can neither read nor write.
Both Kafka and Nakata find their way to Takamatsu although they never meet. During their wanderings they meet all kinds of characters, some of them have a surrealistic nature. Indeed quite a few scenes have a dream-like quality because they are not rational. It is as if the reader were reading a sort of stream-of-consciousness but its form is fully structured unlike similar passages found in James Joyce or Virginia Wolf. It is a tale of quest which is highly inventive with cats conversing with people, fish raining from the sky and soldiers rambling in a forest, un-aged since the second World War...
The superb reading for Naxos Audiobooks is done by Sean Barrett and Oliver Le Sueur. A fantastic performance.
All I can say is go ahead and read this and also get "Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" and "Norwegian Wood" too. It is pretty much guaranteed that you cannot go wrong with those.
The story follows a 15 year old boy running away from his past and a man in his sixties who after a strange occurance in the 2nd world war is hurt and never recovers. The story follows the 2 of them and despite them never meeting their lives are intertwined.
This book is strange yet completely compelling. Well worth reading, warning to commuters - this book is over 400 pages and heavy!
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The voices in this audio version are excellent. This book is amazing, and I enjoyed getting to listen to it when I needed to work, cook, and clean, (in addition to reading the... Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2012 by Angie Kiker
I'd give the story itself 4/5 stars but as this is an audio book, the narrators are also being reviewed. Read morePublished on 26 May 2008 by G. Chambers