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MURAKAMI, H.: Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Unabridged)

Information is everything in Hard-boiled Wonderland. A specialist encrypter is attacked by thugs with orders from an unknown source, is chased by invisible predators, and dates an insatiably hungry librarian who never puts on weight.

In the End of the World a new arrival is learning his role as dream-reader. But there is something eerily disquieting about the changeless nature of the town and its fable-like inhabitants.

Told in alternate chapters, the two stories converge and combine to create a novel that is surreal, beautiful, thrilling and extraordinary.



Disc 1

  Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Unabridged)
1.   1. Elevator, Silence, Overweight 00:06:22
2.   On the whole, I think of myself… 00:06:11
3.   I turned my attention to what lay beyond… 00:04:16
4.   This was pretty much what I was thinking… 00:05:35
5.   2. Golden Beasts 00:07:01
6.   No sooner have the first animals plodded… 00:07:02
7.   3. Rain Gear, INKlings, Laundry 00:06:10
8.   All at once I was plunged into darkness… 00:05:27
9.   Seconds passed. 00:06:31
10.   'Accordin' t'my information, those INKlings…' 00:06:08
11.   'That's why I called for your services…' 00:08:06
12.   Semiotecs traffic illegally obtained data… 00:06:17


Disc 2

  Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Unabridged)
1.   4. The Library 00:05:29
2.   'This is a poor town.' 00:05:38
3.   'As you can see, no one visits here.' 00:05:58
4.   5. Tabulations, Evolution, Sex Drive 00:06:32
5.   'You two live alone' 00:07:01
6.   'What say we drop the subject' 00:06:30
7.   'Why didn't you tell me that…' 00:06:39
8.   6. Shadow 00:06:45
9.   Dreamreading proves not as effortless… 00:06:04
10.   'Once I am settled in, I will be…' 00:06:06
11.   7. Skull, Lauren Bacall, Library 00:05:29
12.   Something put me on edge… 00:05:52
13.   At eleven o'clock, I left the apartment… 00:05:03


Disc 3

  Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Unabridged)
1.   After I left the restaurant… 00:06:11
2.   Back at the apartment… 00:06:40
3.   I picked up the stainless - steel tongs… 00:06:42
4.   8. The Colonel 00:07:01
5.   If the Workers' Quarter… 00:06:08
6.   9. Appetite, Disappointment, Leningrad 00:06:29
7.   'Overwork. I mean, if you were really…' 00:06:04
8.   The difference was not simply one of appearance… 00:07:26
9.   'You're a real whiz at these explanations…' 00:07:07
10.   'Professor Petrov – for that was his name…' 00:06:43
11.   10. The Wall 00:05:14
12.   I follow him outside. 00:04:28


Disc 4

  Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Unabridged)
1.   11. Dressing, Watermelon, Chaos 00:05:13
2.   'In view of all contingencies,' they went on… 00:05:39
3.   12. A Map of the End of the World 00:06:09
4.   The River rushes down in a torrent… 00:04:57
5.   On a dark November afternoon, we set out… 00:06:20
6.   13. Frankfurt, Door, Independent Operants 00:07:36
7.   'I know you're going to think I'm terrible…' 00:06:03
8.   The supermarket customers gradually increase… 00:06:59
9.   I turned around to watch… 00:07:06
10.   'All right, I think you guys…' 00:06:02
11.   'Most of the Calcutec compu - systems…' 00:06:24
12.   14. Woods 00:05:06
13.   We gaze at the clouds on the Northern Ridge… 00:05:31


Disc 5

  Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Unabridged)
1.   The farther I venture from the wall… 00:05:49
2.   My eyes still closed, I think… 00:05:34
3.   15. Whiskey, Torture, Turgenev 00:05:50
4.   'Nobody's gonna doubt you.' 00:05:52
5.   'We're gonna go now.' 00:06:59
6.   When I was alone again… 00:06:21
7.   I shut the book… 00:05:51
8.   16. The Coming of Winter 00:06:44
9.   I close my eyes and try to collect… 00:04:59
10.   I beg a pair of work boots from the Colonel… 00:05:42
11.   17. End of the World, Charlie Parker, Time Bomb 00:07:02
12.   'So you didn't go to school…' 00:07:16


Disc 6

  Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Unabridged)
1.   18. Dreamreading 00:04:00
2.   There would be a landscape I have not seen before… 00:04:58
3.   19. Hamburgers, Skyline, Deadline 00:06:15
4.   While we waited for the food to come… 00:07:14
5.   'But suppose I took you up on the offer…' 00:05:46
6.   'How about the INKling - repel device…' 00:06:14
7.   20. The Death of the Beasts 00:05:21
8.   I gaze at their hushed forms… 00:04:41
9.   21. Bracelets, Ben Johnson, Devil 00:06:14
10.   Exactly five minutes later we arrived… 00:06:18
11.   'What made your grandfather choose this…' 00:07:36
12.   We continued scaling the mountain… 00:06:28
13.   The aged Devil sat on a rock… 00:07:16


Disc 7

  Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Unabridged)
1.   22. Gray Smoke 00:06:23
2.   I chase up the pieces of memory left to me… 00:05:03
3.   'When she was alone in her room…' 00:07:00
4.   23. Holes, Leeches, Tower 00:05:54
5.   'Sorry I couldn't help you…' 00:05:42
6.   'There's the altar,' she said… 00:06:02
7.   There ended the memory. Though I couldn't… 00:05:57
8.   24. Shadow Grounds 00:06:10
9.   The Gatekeeper retrieves a ring of keys… 00:06:04
10.   I look up at the elm tree overhead… 00:05:20
11.   25. Meal, Elephant Factory, Trap 00:07:18
12.   'You gave me some numbers to shuffle…' 00:06:00
13.   'So our behavioral patterns run according to commands…' 00:06:30


Disc 8

  Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Unabridged)
1.   'Now, the original cognitive system…' 00:06:26
2.   'You're saying you reproduced our minds' 00:06:49
3.   'But the truth is, aside from myself…' 00:07:25
4.   I leaned my head back against the rock wall… 00:07:09
5.   'Then, what's this about the world ending' 00:07:02
6.   26. Power Station 00:06:04
7.   We pause on the rock and gaze… 00:05:30
8.   'Good - day,' I raise my voice… 00:05:28
9.   27. Encyclopedia Wand, Immortality, Paperclips 00:06:00
10.   'That's how you can fit data of any length…' 00:06:14
11.   'Now, which way to the exit, please' 00:06:16


Disc 9

  Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Unabridged)
1.   28. Musical Instruments 00:07:19
2.   I reach for a wooden instrument… 00:06:49
3.   29. Lake, Masatomi Kondo, Panty Hose 00:06:12
4.   So the System hangs out a sign… 00:06:16
5.   'Keep moving!' she yelled… 00:05:37
6.   The couple in the Skyline came to mind… 00:05:53
7.   One thing led to another… 00:06:40
8.   30. Hole 00:07:22
9.   There are now six old men… 00:06:56
10.   31. Fares, Police, Detergent 00:07:07
11.   The girl claimed the back pages… 00:06:09
12.   A person with twenty - four hours left… 00:06:26


Disc 10

  Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Unabridged)
1.   32. Shadow in the Throes of Death 00:06:02
2.   'So how do we escape' 00:04:57
3.   'Then, of course, there's love…' 00:05:54
4.   33. Rainy - Day Laundry, Car Rental, Bob Dylan 00:04:59
5.   I moved on to the patisserie… 00:05:09
6.   Was that so depressing 00:05:11
7.   My prize retrieved… 00:05:02
8.   34. Skulls 00:05:09
9.   I take a sip of coffee… 00:04:41
10.   She meditates on her hands folded… 00:05:47
11.   35. Nail Clippers, Butter Sauce, Iron Vase 00:05:47
12.   Having settled on an aperitivo… 00:05:54
13.   'But it's none of my creation…' 00:06:17
14.   The oven timer rang: the pizza was done… 00:06:05


Disc 11

  Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Unabridged)
1.   36. Accordion 00:05:52
2.   After a time, I am able, as if by will… 00:05:16
3.   37. Lights, Introspection, Cleanliness 00:05:06
4.   The unwaking world was as hushed… 00:04:34
5.   As dawn drew near… 00:05:59
6.   38. Escape 00:06:02
7.   The Gatehouse is deserted… 00:05:54
8.   We head east on the snowbound roads… 00:06:55
9.   39. Popcorn, Lord Jim, Extinction 00:06:16
10.   So much for literature… 00:06:06
11.   'You know, it might be dangerous there…' 00:06:32
12.   40. Birds 00:08:01

Total Playing Time: 13:59:49






Author(s):
Murakami, Haruki

Reader(s):
Porter, Ian; Sims, Adam

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: NAX33812

Barcode: 9789626343388

Physical Release: 2010

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