Kafka on the Shore

Version: Unabridged
Author: Haruki Murakami
Narrator: Sean Barrett , Oliver Le Sueur
Genres: Literature
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Published In: May 2006
# of Units: 15 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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In Kafka on the Shore, Murakami, Japan's leading literary novelist continues his remarkable combination of profound insight into humankind with a totally credible touch of the fantastical - "...like an Indiana Jones movie or something." The teenager Kafka Tamura runs away from home to the island of Shikoku, where he spends his time at a private library. Concurrently, Satoru Nakata, a finder of lost cats, goes on an odyssey across Japan in search of an "entrance stone." Gradually, these parallel stories interweave in an engaging and moving novel.

Reviews (3)

magic carpet ride

Written by Angie Teal from Northfield, NH on February 7th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The story is about a 15 year old boy, who is running away from home to escape an oedipal curse put on him by his father, and a mentally retarded old man, who 'needs to put things right'. It is a book full of introspection, self-reflection, philosophy, mythology, literature and fine arts. It is also very funny, the conversations between the old man Nagata and the truck driver Hoshino, are slapstick quality. There is some violence, sexual content and a very short disturbing scene with animal torturture. Just hop on for a psychedelic ride on a magic carpet of fantasy and metaphors. I enjoyed the narrator's crisp British accent, it was easy to tell the characters apart.

Very cool

Written by Charles on July 2nd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is a very cool book. I sent this one back early, but I did get through about 7/8ths of it. The promise of the climax is not terrifically alluring (so I skipped it), but the adventure up until the climax is very cool and funny. I recommend this one.

Really really bad

Written by ABW on November 29th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I wanted to like this book. I really did. But I just couldn't. It was slow and self-indulgent in its characters' constant introspection. It was unnecessarily graphic in some scenes, which added nothing to the story. The language was ridiculously clinical in many places...whether the author meant the characters to appear detached by the word choice, I do not know. Do not waste your time on this book.

Author Details

Author Details

Murakami, Haruki

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into thirty-four languages, and the most recent of his many honors is the Yomiuri Literary Prize, whose previous recipients include Yukio Mishima, Kenzaburo Oe, and Kobo Abe.