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After the Quake

Written by: Haruki Murakami
Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins

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Publisher's Summary

In 1995, the Japanese city of Kobe suffered a massive earthquake. Nearly 6,000 people died. After the Quake was the imaginative response from Japan's leading novelist, Haruki Murakami.

©2002 Haruki Murakami (P)2006 Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"These six stories, all loosely connected to the disastrous 1995 earthquake in Kobe, are Murakami at his best. The writer, who returned to live in Japan after the Kobe earthquake, measures his country's suffering and finds reassurance in the inevitability that love will surmount tragedy, mustering his casually elegant prose and keen sense of the absurd in the service of healing." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • 18-04-07

Excellent

True Murakami! This was the best story I have dowloaded yet. I have read severval Murakami and this is up there with Wind Up Bird. Some of the stories are strange but they easily pull you in. The last one had me in tears. I would recommended this book to anyone even if you aren't a great fan of Murakami, as I am.

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  • Louise
  • 10-02-07

Addicting

Haruki's imagination is immense. There is no psychotic killer lurking; no murder to be solved. But as each story unfolds the listener is treated to chuckles because humor abounds. Mundane becomes fun and wonderous within his novels.
I've listen to all on audible and anxious for his next book.

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  • 14-10-09

I only bought this because it was on sale....

My first experience with Murakami was listening to Kafka on the Shore and I was pretty disappointed. When I saw this on sale, I decide to give him a second chance and I am glad I did. If someone would have given me a brief description of the content of these short stories, I would have passed on this too. But, I am so glad I didn't. These stories stirred me in a way that very few books have.

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  • Tim
  • 03-05-13

Well Uniformed

If you want to read stories from Haruki Murakami, "After the Quake" is the one to get. Unlike his other novellas, like The Elephant Vanishes, these set of stories revolves around the Kobe earthquake in 1995. They are excellent and a great way to get into Murakami's thought patterns.

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of this author, but most of his short stories felt short and awkward until I read After the Quake. This is a must read for any Murakami's groupies. He is pretty much a rockstar among Japanese authors and I'm not Japanese.

Maybe they translated these stories better than the rest, but it was fantastic because it is classic writing from this author.

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  • chris
  • 10-10-09

Renewed my faith

My first Murakami book was "South of the Border," which is still his best to me and unfortunately is not available on Audible. I've read many others and gradually fell out of love with the author, especially with "Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman." That's where I decided I'm done. Then I bought After the Quake, which is a much older work. Its four short stories and I finished it in two settings. I found the stories to be very good and it renewed my faith in Murakami. Also, they are narrated very well as are his other books on audible.

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  • Anniebligh
  • 26-09-09

I love this author

A series of short stories.
If you have read 'Kafka' or 'A Wild Sheep Chase' and enjoyed them you will enjoy these short stories.
My reading is ecclectic and I enjoy a range of genre.
In Hauaki Murakami I hear a great author.
I think highly of any translator who turned Japanese to English. I did not enjoy each story equally. Does that matter?
A good listen if you enjoy Murakami.

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  • Darryl
  • 01-05-14

good not great

really enjoyed Kafka on the Shore (very PKD like) and got this on the strength of that, and while these stories are good and very well narrated, I can't rate it high enough to compete with Kafka. these stories are a little less surreal except one perhaps and they all tie together due to the Quake. Still very good and will try more Murakami. Hoping for more from Kawabata and Tanazaki both of whom I've liked what I've read. All rather different styles but interesting to see Japanese lit. and love Mishima's Sailor Who Fell From Grace.

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  • Renny
  • 16-04-12

Feeble

I really enjoy reading Murakami, but this one was very very feeble for me... Short stories that barely have time for characters to be created. Seems like the drafts that he then uses in his real novels.

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  • Eric
  • 05-11-09

better than i thought

just some great short stories. i was put off by the frog story. then it turned out to be the best story in the book.