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A Wild Sheep Chase

著者: Haruki Murakami
ナレーター: Rupert Degas
シリーズ: Rat
再生時間: 9 時間 35 分
カテゴリー: 洋書, Fiction
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あらすじ・解説

A Wild Sheep Chase is one of Murakami's most fantastical novels. An advertising executive, infatuated with a girl who possesses the most perfect ears (an erotic charge for him) uses a picture of a sheep with a star on its back. This catapults him into a weird adventure to find the mythical sheep up in the wilds of Hokkaido, Japan's northern island. There are strange encounters, a hotel with an extra disappearing floor, and other oddities.

A Wild Sheep Chase is an early Murakami work, but its remarkable and individual voice makes it one of the most thrilling of his books. Superbly read by Rupert Degas with an edge of Raymond Chandler.

©2002 Haruki Murakami (P)2006 Naxos AudioBooks

批評家のレビュー

"With the help of a fluid, slangy translation, Murakami emerges as a wholly original talent." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Louise
  • 2006/12/15

Counseling Needed

I fear severe withdrawl now that I only have one more book to delve into. Haruki Murakami has to be the most imaginative writer I have ever come across. His material profoundly provocative. And funny is very laugh out loud hilarious.
Normally I never revisit a book, but I have already begun with Wind Up Bird and this one will be no exception. These novels are written in minute detail though not overly wordy. Hopefully he has others coming down the pike. If you have not yet listened to any of these novels trust me you will be in for a royal treat. A Wild Sheep Chase is another masterpiece. Only thing for me is that Haruki is highly addictive.

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ashley
  • 2007/05/30

Great read from Degas

Murakami seems to divide critics somewhat but for me this is a great novel. I've read it a number of times, and got the audiobook mostly because I wanted to hear Rupert Degas reading it. I recognised his voice from the Raymond Chandler series and thought that his noir style read would really suit Murakami. And it did, in spades. A brilliant listen

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anniebligh
  • 2009/09/08

A Good Listen

Our hero is led to look for a sheep.

An Haruki Murakami 'detective story'.

I enjoyed Rupert Degas portrayal.

As I have not read this book before, I have had no internal voice to compare with Rupert Degas' voice. For me the Haruki Murakami story is well presented with Rupert Degas reading.


In short..an excellent listen.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Marta
  • 2012/07/24

Read this before 'Dance Dance Dance'

What did you love best about A Wild Sheep Chase?

I have by now read (more heard) many of Murakamis' books and am a big fan. However I would have loved that somewhere it had been mentioned that this book precedes 'Dance, Dance, Dance' - I heard it before and was a bit at a loss in the story. Definetely listen to this one before!

Who was your favorite character and why?

There is basically one main character, so you can't escape him...

What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

Having started with 1Q84 I understand the comments about R. Degas being 'too american' for these tales, but I have come to apreciate his voice because I think he understands the charachters and flows very very much with the stories. 1Q84 is a special issue indeed, but these are fine readings!!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Evil comes in all shapes

Any additional comments?

I started with the last of Murakami's books, 1Q84, and now I really apreciate the path he's done to get there, it's a fabulous book, really really beautiful. But I enjoy these earlier stories as well, they are more 'crude' and you can see many of the topic he revisits in different ways later on.

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • James en Ariège
  • 2011/12/22

Fantastic, pity about the accents.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great story. Classic Murakami. Very well read. My only gripe is the accent of the reader. I know your main market is the US, but couldn't you have got someone with even a slight Japanese accent? It was very hard to visualise the characters as Japanese when everyone had a variety of US accents. Still worth purchasing though.

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sandra
  • 2009/07/25

I just didn't get it

I've heard this narrator, Degas, before and am usually impressed, but here, he stumbles in his characterizations. To appreciate this book, you must be a Murakami fan or you won't get it either.

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  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Mark
  • 2007/03/15

Reader Gets In the Way

I've read every English translation of Murakami's books, including A Wild Sheep Chase. I slogged through this Audible Book and cannot recommend it.

The reader uses Western voices that are just wrong. A previous reviewer mentioned a James Mason imitation. Let me add a Dustin Hoffman "Tootsie" imitation. Japanese women sound like a bad Blanche DuBois? Aargh.

Listen to NPR's "Selected Shorts" to hear what Murakami should sound like. I was astounded by how closely that reader matched the voice in my head when I read that short story.

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Hannes
  • 2007/03/08

sublime to the ridiculous

On the heels of what was in the balance a very worthwhile listen...Kafka on the Shore expertly narrated, I tried A Wild Sheep Chase, and lasted to the bitter end just so I could pan it. The book meanders aimlessly via affected dialogue, quirky but otherwise shallow characters, with a story line from Hell, and basically leads up to one of the most pathetically unimaginative endings I can imagine. Unfortunately the narration made it just that much worse. Degas's baseline nasal drawl is bad enough but when he attempts character portrayal it is almost unbearable...from the pseudo-James Mason of one character to a cheesy Brooklyn (?) accent of The Rat, and when the end of this book was within sight, he comes up with an absurd peppery/staccato manner of speech for The SheepMan, who as a character is just part of the downward slide in this book. Was I just lucky with Kafka on the Shore, or is A Wild Sheep Chase more typical of Murakami?

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • RomulusRom
  • 2019/11/01

A Wild Ride

Murakami takes you on a lovely journey in his trademark style with bizarre happenings, back stories and twists and turns. As always wonderfully read by the excellent Rupert Degas.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019/10/29

Painfully beautiful

Loved it, Murakami has a genius way to touch the human soul in its deepest.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Christine
  • 2011/05/30

A Wild Sheep Chase

I have only just discovered Murakami and I loved this book. I spent the whole time not quite sure what the plot was but I could not leave it alone until it brought me to the excellent ending. Listening to it was an added bonus as the narrative was excellent. I cannot wait to get it to my next Murakami and definitely through Audible again.To anyone who likes something different, something that leaves you thinking at the end, I would recommend this book highly.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sara
  • 2009/09/23

Strangely compelling book

A journalist is commissioned to find a magic sheep.

The sheep has a red star on its flank.

The sheep possesses people and uses them in it's bid to rule the world.

The man is accompanied by his girlfriend who has perfectly erotic ears.

Classic Murakami.

Entertaining.

Wierd.

Well-read.

Recommended.

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Antti
  • 2015/10/17

Unhinged Metaphysics

I really like Murakami. He seems to think of stories how, say, Thomas Pynchon does: they're a bit like jazz that swerves unexpectedly, plays with different moods and often ends because, well, things have to end sometime (or not - just as Mr Joyce for further instructions). To be blunt, it's more often than not in the journey itself, not the destination. Or we’ve already been to the destination and now just take a freewheeling stroll around the block, or in the nearby woods.

Yet every Murakami I’ve come across has the kind of crescendo baked inside it that makes it seem like there is a huge climax at the end of the steps. Yet the word "climax" also has a Murakamian sense, and this is the most difficult aspect I've yet to learn while reading his books. Almost none of his works have had a satisfying resolution in proportion to my mounting expectations, two books notwithstanding. "Kafka on the Shore" is the first one I encountered, this is the second.

Everything seems to fall into place in relation to my towering expectations. It’s mouthwatering stuff, with that trademark unhinged metaphysics Murakami employs masterfully. And there’s always a bittersweet taste to it in Murakami’s writing, as if we had just glimpsed the might-have-been, knowing it would fade away as quickly as our comprehension of what we’d witnessed. Or, as that already mentioned master of English words has written, ”if you should happen upon it, your strongest certainty is not that you have discovered it but returned to it. In a single great episode of light, you remember everything.”

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Isabelle
  • 2013/04/13

Superb and surreal

I've loved all the Haruki Murakami books that I've listened to so far. Rupert Degas does a great job narrating, using only the accents and voices needed. A wild sheep chase and the follow-up Dance, Dance, Dance tell the story of a very likeable journalist and the strange adventures he has. It is a strange book (like all Murakami books) but very enjoyable and captivating.



I would recommend listening to this book and the follow-up in the right order, though this is not essential as each stands up on its own.

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Hollie
  • 2018/06/27

Not bad at all

Narrator took a few chapters to get used to, however very talented! I love Murakami's books.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018/06/22

loved the book

This book wasn't like anything else I read before. The story is so interesting and very unusual and I enjoyed the book very much.
When I started listening to it, I told my friends that I came across this book which is about a man with ear fetish haha the story of course evolved.
Highly recommend

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • TerrorNola
  • 2017/05/19

Fantastic escape

A brilliant story, excellently performed by Rupert Degas. A must for any Haruki Murakami fans.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • MR C K GRAHAM
  • 2016/06/12

One of his weaker offerings. Wouldn't recommend it

Storyline was so stupid, I thought this has to be good. However, I was very disappointed as it faded badly as it progressed.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Roger Hopewell
  • 2016/04/28

Weird

But not nearly as weird as the hard boiled wonderland. I liked it and the performance (though struggling slightly with men doing female parts)

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Creative Butterfly
  • 2019/01/19

I just didn't get it

It took everything in my being to get through this book, I thought perhaps getting to the end I would see the point of the book, but I just didn't. The narration frustrated me as the people were Japanese and so the American dialect was just all wrong (however if it was an American book the narrators accents were good).

I could not get my head around the sheep, the ears or the whale's penis. I really can't explain more than that. If you like an abstract book that goes slow then this may be for you.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Brookethechicken
  • 2018/11/20

Read rather than listen.

I knew that this was a part, either 3 or 4 but I can’t remember which, of a larger collection that are all about the story’s narrator and his friend The Rat. As I was advised you didn’t need to have read the other parts and because in comparison to those, this one sounded much more interesting, I skipped them. I’m not sure if it was due to that or not, but this didn’t grab me as much as Murakami’s stories usually do. Im not saying I didn’t like it, because I did, but I think that might be a bit more to do with loyalty to the author than enjoyment of the story.
I think what I feel is ...maybe a little disappointed that I used one of my monthly credits to buy it over something else that I might have enjoyed much more. A large part of my lack of enjoyment of this recording was as result of the performance so had I read the book myself I may feel differently.
A note on the narrator. I have listened to other books read by Rupert Degas, The Name of the Wind by Pat Rothfuss among others and thoroughly loved them. Admittedly, Name of the Wind is one of the best stories written in the last 25 years in my opinion but the narrated performance by Rupert Degas was a big part of the audio enjoyment.
I just really didn’t enjoy his reading of the wild sheep chase though unfortunately. In the first few paragraphs especially I found that the character sounded unnecessarily . . . brash, or cocky but kind of in a spiteful way; as though he was going about his day and doing everything he did with one eyebrow raised. He sounded more like a normal guy when the narrator did what I would call ‘quiet reading’ which I can only explain as how you might read to a child and when you want them to fall asleep, not in a boring whispering monotone kind of way, but in a kind of gentle, no sudden movements or loud noises kind of way.
The other thing and this is actually what I found really off putting and my reason for the low rating on performance, was the voices.
I know there needs to be voices, but a voice that sounds like an outback hillbilly from some country hick town doesn’t work when the story is set in Japan and the characters are in the mountains of Hokkaido. Jay the bartender and the couple at the railway station, I’m pointing at you.
I know that probably sounds like im really nitpicking but I think that part of what a lot of people enjoy about Murakami’s works are their settings and that little thing just really messed that up.
So in summary, I wouldn’t recommend you buy this book from audible and listen to it, BUT I would suggest you find a copy of the book somewhere and READ it yourself and I think that it would be much more enjoyable in that way.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2018/01/06

Great but with my voice

If you’re reading ‘A Wild Sheep Chase’ then I guess you’re already invested, like I am. Murakami delivers another great story in the series and again leaves me with a melancholy satisfaction.

Whilst listening to the book, I began to see where some idea of 1Q84 had began to grow from and that added an extra bit of joy to my experience. His way of storytelling and characters are so interesting, it’ll keep you reading from chapter to chapter.

I only really have one negative about this audiobook. I read the previous two in the series “Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball” as the omnibus Wind/Pinball. I loved the narrator of that omnibus and I grew to picture each character in a certain way. However, this narrator completely ruined it. I pictured Rat as the guy sitting alone in a bar drinking beer kind of like your typical noir gumshoe type of cop. Cool, smart, has that stare. But with this narrator, he made him out to be like Gilbert Godfrey!? It was disgusting. Then there’s the Sheep Man. Incomprehensible and annoying. It totally ripped me out of the book. In some parts, it’s as if the characters suddenly became American. It’s as if he forgot where the book took place.
However, I bared through the book because it was such a great novel.

If you can put up with the narrator, I highly recommend this book.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • M. O'Brien
  • 2017/08/23

A challenging style

This wasn't a book I'd normally listen to but it was recommended to me by a colleague. I found it very descriptive & fanciful. I was challenged by it so in that respect I enjoyed it but probably won't pick up any of Murakami's books.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Melinda - YarnderWoman
  • 2017/07/26

Always a pleasure

Murakami is a world-class writer and this book does not disappoint. Elements of the bizarre mixed with out-there characters, this book is a joy from start to finish.

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