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Publisher's Summary

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.

Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.

©2014 Haruki Murakami (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Such is the exquisite, gossamer construction of Murakami's writing that everything he chooses to describe trembles with symbolic possibility." ( Guardian on Norwegian Wood)
"Brilliantly combines elements of the surreal, film noir and existentialist enquiry." ( Sunday Times on Dance, Dance, Dance)

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Awesome Listen

Great collection of short stories. Story telling is an art and Murakami is a master of it. Each story will transport the listener to the world of the complex characters in it.

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Enthralling....Enchanting

the narration is ultra smooth....ordinary stories with extraordinary insight... a fine read by murakami..kudos to him

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deep thought s

i like the thoughts and incidents and stories. could get a bit monotonous so you can give it a break between chapters. i would recommend reading till the end.

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Some deep, some shallow or was it just me....

this is my first Murakami, and after reading many reviews I decided to start with these short stories. some of them were brilliant and I really enjoyed them. others went by without depicting anything significant. Overall crux is, Men or Women, all humans go through the same set of pain and pleasure emotions. Though our society demands an independent person to be stronger in all aspects, men without women show the vulnerable aspect of such lives. Actually it's our emotional state that will take us forward on a journey to understand these characters. Murukami does try to open the door for us. For me, a lot of it didn't work, so this review. Maybe I will read other works from same author to understand and appreciate his messaging better.

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Interesting stories, nice narration, lacks connect

I found this book falling short on expectations. While the individual stories were interesting, I felt a lot of thrust was on peripherals or metaphorical detailing than the real characters or their connections especially in the second half of the book. The stories I liked were Drive my Car and An independent organ - both get into the loss of love and how the protagonists deal with it. Haruki's style of writing and the choice of words, even in translation are really rich. I also liked the narration on audible.

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Completely positive 😀 and attention seeking book.

I loved it, it was an awesome journey listening to it.
I would recommend it to everyone

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Beautiful tales of men and their women

The narrative is absolutely beautiful and gripping. It makes its way to you through all the cacophony of the day.

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just surreal

Final story, men without women is one of the most beautiful stories I've ever heard. Truly touching:)

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deep and all that but

it was ok ok. the thing with Haruki is, he boils the plot first on a very low flame, then in middle it gets a bit interesting, but again he slows it.
here though, I started on the wrong foot. I didn't read that it was a collection of stories, and kept expecting the stories to meet.
And some stories were absolutely bore. I have been lonely, I have been a man without woman, but still didn't relate too.

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Captivating but endings are left unfinished

Narration is good. The stories are captivating in the beginning but some of them are left unfinished. Maybe that is the way the author wanted it to be. Branding relationship between men and women in a certain way is the common thread in the stories.

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  • Suswati
  • 03-06-17

Modern day Hemingway

Taking​ the title from the original Ernest Hemingway novel, Haruki Murakami has updated it for a modern audience in different parts of the world, primarily Japan.

It is a series of portraits of men who have chosen the path of loneliness away from women and the void that it creates when running away from intimacy. Beautiful, simplistic with a wonderful flow, Murakami has a spectacular way of building characters and their anecdotal narratives.

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  • Patrick
  • 24-08-17

Murakami deserves better

I have loved some recent books and this narration by Bruno Roubicek throws into relief the importance, the vital importance, of a good narrator. The writing had a deadened, flat quality and Murakami is never dead or flat. I really didn't like this (as you might have gathered, lol).

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  • Jason
  • 22-09-18

Sadly let down by the narrator

Why would anyone narrate a book or ( short story ) and give a Japanese characters a dodge geordie accent .

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  • Mr Adam Farrell
  • 19-09-18

The narration is pretty poor,

The stories are rambling but provocative and unmistakably Murakami. Enjoyable if not his best work.
The narration is pretty poor, particularly his use of accents, the lowlight being a Geordie accent in one story which makes it difficult to listen to.
The voice is monotonous and lacks characterisation.

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  • MArina MM
  • 14-08-18

Bad narration

there's something about the narrator that iabvery annoying, I try to imagine the Japanese characters but the pitch and accent from the narrator ruined the whole experience.

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  • Pamela Scott
  • 11-07-17

Absorbing

I’m a big fan of Murakami and thought this collection of stories was really enjoyable. I listened to it walking to work and found myself completely absorbed, unwilling to turn it off. As I’ve said in previous reviews of his work, there is something I really love about Hurakami’s writing. I find it absorbing, almost hypnotic. I found myself drawn deep into every story. I liked that I had no expectations for the story, they all took me by surprise and ended somewhere I never expected, full of odd turns. My favourite story was Sansa In Love. This is such a funny, weird and brilliant story, it stopped me in my tracks and I couldn’t stop laughing. Pure genius. I have to say the title story is the weakest in the collection. I loved the premise but found it rambled a lot and didn’t work. Men Without Men is very good and I’d recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-03-19

Free credit worthy.

Now I enjoyed the stories as I felt that some of them revisited characters in 1Q84, the wind up bird chronicles and killing commendatore or Kafka on the shore. The narrator however ruined the whole book for me. He read the story so slowly, several times I picked up my phone to make sure it was still on and playing. If the story was read by an enthusiastic narrator you could easily shave an hour off the total running time.
This is definitely one to be missed in Audible format. Buy the book and get Alexa to read it to you.

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  • Solaire
  • 08-05-18

7 stories... 4 excellent, 3 merely good

As with most collections of short stories, some are better others, but overall the quality is really high. My personal favourite is the one about the bar owner. Very good narration too, pacing and intonation are spot on.

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  • Lana
  • 07-08-17

Very disappointed

Expected better twisted stories from Murakami, this book was very boring barely managed to listen till the end

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-18

Culturally interesting, slightly offbeat stories

I found the Japanese context quite interesting but ultimately the stories were a bit monolithic and somewhat odd. There's also a sense of the stories ending abruptly, perhaps because the author had run out of steam on that idea. Not really an attention grabber, I was quite keen to get to the end of this audio book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-02-18

The accents ruin it

I know it’s not Japanese but it should not be cockney it loses its majesty

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-07-17

Very Murakami in tone

These are great gentle moments of Murakami, and perfectly capture one of the elements that I enjoy most in his writing, namely the simple matter of fact feelings that compose much of being a man away from the corrosive effects of machismo

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  • eyeknownuffin
  • 14-03-20

A peek into another world

Murakami’s short stories are laden with experiences & emotions you don’t usually get in such a format. This series is perfect for anyone just starting out with audiobooks. It didn’t hurt that Obama had it in his 2019 must-read list.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-21

A thought provoking series of stories

I was very captivated by the first few stories. They all either teach of guide us in a way, but you have to read between the lines to see the message. You take what you need from this book as I did...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-21

Could've been better

Writing was typical enjoyable Murakami but a collection of short stories could've been tied together more tightly to make up one story would've been much preferred. From halfway onwards it struggled to keep my attention.