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MURAKAMI, H.: Kafka on the Shore (Unabridged)

    

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MURAKAMI, H.: Kafka on the Shore (Unabridged)

Kafka on the Shore is the latest novel by Japan’s leading literary novelist, who developed a world-wide cult reputation with Norwegian Wood. In Kafka on the Shore, Murakami continues with his remarkable combination of profound insight into humankind with a totally credible touch of the fantastical—a unique tour de force. The teenager Kafka Tamura goes on the run and holes up in a strange library in a small country town. Concurrently, Nakata, a finder of lost cats, goes on a puzzling odyssey across Japan. Only gradually do we find how these stories interweave.



Disc 1

  Kafka on the Shore
1.   The Boy Named Crow 00:04:00
2.   I do as he says, get everything else out of my head 00:04:06
3.   Chapter 1. Cash isn’t the only thing I take from my father’s study... 00:04:19
4.   My fifteenth birthday is the ideal point to run away from home... 00:06:06
5.   Before running away from home I wash my hands and face... 00:04:18
6.   Chapter 2. The following document, classified Top Secret... 00:05:12
7.   Speaking of children, how many were you in charge of... 00:03:38
8.   It was soon after you observed the airplane - like object... 00:05:38
9.   Chapter 3. It’s nearly dawn when I wake up... 00:04:29
10.   You were on the bus, weren’t you 00:06:34
11.   When we get back to the bus... 00:03:28
12.   Chapter 4. US Army Intelligence Section (MIS) Report 00:04:59
13.   It was wartime, and I was always mentally prepared... 00:04:02
14.   Was there anything unusual in the air 00:03:08
15.   After this then... 00:04:53


Disc 2

  Kafka on the Shore
1.   Chapter 5. I’m asleep when our bus drives across the huge new bridge... 00:04:53
2.   I decide to kill time till the evening... 00:05:19
3.   Right in front of the Komura Memorial Library’s... 00:05:35
4.   ‘Are you the one who does the tour’ 00:06:15
5.   At two o’clock I lay down my book... 00:05:58
6.   Our little group starts upstairs... 00:04:31
7.   I take the train back to Takamatsu Station 00:04:41
8.   Chapter 6. ‘Hello there,’ the old man called out 00:04:47
9.   ‘I must say, though, that for a human... ’ 00:05:06
10.   Otsuka stretched out to gaze at the photograph... 00:05:18
11.   ‘Instead of being smart, though... ’ 00:05:06
12.   Chapter 7. At 7.15 I eat breakfast... 00:04:38
13.   I start on my circuit training 00:06:41
14.   He takes the cordless phone... 00:05:46


Disc 3

  Kafka on the Shore
1.   Chapter 8. US Army Intelligence Section (MIS) Report 00:07:24
2.   So he stated categorically that special weapons... 00:04:54
3.   My hypothesis was this... 00:04:23
4.   Eventually, though, the army concluded... 00:05:13
5.   Chapter 9. When I come to I’m in thick undergrowth... 00:05:45
6.   I notice something dark on the front of my white T - shirt... 00:04:16
7.   I take a couple of deep breaths to calm myself down... 00:04:26
8.   Her apartment’s two blocks from the Lawson’s 00:04:04
9.   Chapter 10. ‘Is it all right, then, if Nakata calls you Kawamura’ 00:04:53
10.   Just then Nakata thought he heard a small laugh... 00:04:19
11.   The two cats began conversing... 00:05:42
12.   Nakata gave this some thought 00:04:07
13.   After saying goodbye to Mimi... 00:06:18
14.   Chapter 11. When I finish talking it’s pretty late 00:04:18
15.   She picks up my T - shirt... 00:05:26


Disc 4

  Kafka on the Shore
1.   After she turns out the light and gets into bed... 00:05:37
2.   This languid sensation spreads over my lower half... 00:03:57
3.   I wash all the dishes piled up in the sink... 00:03:53
4.   Chapter 12. October 19, 1972 00:05:37
5.   Most things are forgotten over time 00:06:09
6.   We climbed up the mountain... 00:06:06
7.   I’d like to say a few things about young Nakata... 00:07:09
8.   Chapter 13. It’s after twelve, and I’m eating lunch... 00:05:25
9.   I finish the sandwich... 00:04:53
10.   We drive through the twilight city streets... 00:06:08
11.   He listens to the music, humming the melody... 00:05:44
12.   My watch shows a little before nine 00:04:31
13.   I open the curtain at the window 00:03:38
14.   Chapter 14. Nakata visited the vacant plot of land for several days 00:05:17
15.   A week had passed since he first staked out... 00:04:35


Disc 5

  Kafka on the Shore
1.   Nakata sighed, took out his thermos... 00:06:59
2.   They came to a corner in a residential area... 00:04:58
3.   ‘So you really don’t know who I am.’ 00:05:42
4.   Chapter 15. Oshima climbs into his Miata and flips on the headlights 00:03:59
5.   It’s after 6 a.m. when I wake up 00:04:08
6.   Sitting in these quiet woods... 00:04:55
7.   Like someone excitedly relating a story... 00:05:07
8.   Back inside the cabin... 00:04:58
9.   In the afternoon dark clouds suddenly colour the sky... 00:03:52
10.   Chapter 16. The black dog stood up and led Nakata... 00:05:10
11.   ‘What you want to do is take Goma home’ 00:04:41
12.   ‘Is the Governor going to make Nakata a soldier... ’ 00:05:50
13.   Nakata stared at the scene before him without a word 00:06:19
14.   Johnnie Walker started whistling again 00:06:20


Disc 6

  Kafka on the Shore
1.   Chapter 17. It’s my third night in the cabin 00:04:18
2.   On the fourth day Oshima turns up late in the morning 00:05:47
3.   He takes a small box of lemon drops... 00:05:40
4.   We’re waiting at a red light... 00:05:58
5.   Miss Saeki’s boyfriend died when he was 20... 00:05:40
6.   Eventually Oshima became her assistant... 00:04:57
7.   Chapter 18. Nakata found himself face up in a clump of weeds 00:05:49
8.   Standing at the entrance, Nakata removed his hat... 00:05:33
9.   The young policeman had listened to the whole story... 00:04:02
10.   This was the kind of story TV news programmes lapped up... 00:04:24
11.   Chapter 19. It’s Monday and the library’s closed 00:04:33
12.   The next morning Oshima arrives... 00:04:22
13.   ‘Is there one of your superiors I could talk to’ 00:05:14
14.   Oshima picks up her business card again... 00:04:38
15.   ‘How could any woman of generous spirit... ’ 00:05:24


Disc 7

  Kafka on the Shore
1.   After a while Oshima finishes his lunch... 00:05:50
2.   Chapter 20. It was already past 8 p.m. 00:04:45
3.   At noon, office workers from the nearby buildings... 00:05:27
4.   The young man, Togeguchi, told Nakata... 00:03:22
5.   ‘Mr Nakata, what do you think about the way the world’s going’ 00:06:06
6.   Nakata spent an hour at the Fujigawa rest area... 00:05:46
7.   Not long after this Nakata found a lorry driver... 00:03:19
8.   Chapter 21. SCULPTOR KOICHI TAMURA STABBED TO DEATH 00:06:16
9.   Oshima picks up the paper and scans the article again 00:05:33
10.   FISH RAIN FROM THE SKY! 00:04:55
11.   Oshima stays silent for quite some time... 00:03:14
12.   And I proceed to tell him everything 00:04:22
13.   Chapter 22. The lorry Nakata was riding in arrived in Kobe... 00:04:39
14.   ‘I’m especially dumb.’ 00:05:53
15.   Nakata had a waitress fill his little thermos... 00:03:48
16.   It was impossible for Nakata to go on to public junior high... 00:04:27


Disc 8

  Kafka on the Shore
1.   Nakata had worked steadily for 37 years at the factory... 00:04:16
2.   Nakata hadn’t seen the sea in years... 00:03:37
3.   Chapter 23. I don’t know if a ghost is the right word... 00:06:22
4.   Around nine Oshima roars up in his Miata... 00:05:39
5.   During our lunch break Oshima hands me a single... 00:05:34
6.   As it gets near closing time Miss Saeki comes downstairs... 00:05:44
7.   ‘What triggers people to become living spirits... ’ 00:04:42
8.   I listen to the record three times 00:06:33
9.   Chapter 24. It was already 8 p.m. when their bus from Kobe arrived... 00:04:15
10.   Hoshino was born into a farming family... 00:05:05
11.   ‘Hey Gramps, so you made it, eh’ 00:05:12
12.   The pain Hoshino felt at that instant was awful... 00:06:16
13.   Chapter 25. I fall asleep for a short time... 00:05:49
14.   All of a sudden I realise... 00:04:33
15.   ‘So you’re saying that Miss Saeki maybe found those words... ’ 00:03:21


Disc 9

  Kafka on the Shore
1.   Oshima leans back against the counter... 00:05:33
2.   At lunchtime I take over from Oshima... 00:06:28
3.   Miss Saeki glances at her watch 00:07:18
4.   Chapter 26. It was already pretty late in the afternoon... 00:06:49
5.   The next morning they went to the tourist - information booth... 00:06:07
6.   They went back to their inn... 00:03:26
7.   ‘Mr Hoshino, I don’t know how many times... ’ 00:04:18
8.   Chapter 27. It’s 2.47 when I notice that the girl’s here... 00:04:09
9.   The next day, in the afternoon... 00:05:33
10.   Oshima sits down on the bed... 00:05:34
11.   She smiles faintly, and it continues to hover around her lips 00:04:32
12.   Chapter 28. For a man his age Colonel Sanders... 00:04:28
13.   Fifteen minutes later the girl arrived... 00:07:03
14.   Chapter 29. I call up Sakura from the public phone... 00:03:15
15.   ‘So where’s our little runaway staying these days’ 00:04:25


Disc 10

  Kafka on the Shore
1.   I sense a presence and open my eyes 00:05:24
2.   And you’re sucked into a time warp 00:05:29
3.   Chapter 30. The two of them scrambled over the low hedge... 00:05:21
4.   They cautiously continued down the path... 00:04:05
5.   ‘Take it home and put it next to your bed.’ 00:04:57
6.   Chapter 31. Just after one o’clock I take coffee... 00:05:15
7.   For 20, maybe 30 seconds, we’re lost in our own thoughts 00:04:23
8.   She closes her eyes 00:05:23
9.   Once more I take her hand in mine 00:06:25
10.   Miss Saeki came to my room after nine that night.. 00:03:37
11.   ‘What are you thinking about’ 00:03:54
12.   Chapter 32. When Nakata woke up at 5 a.m. he saw the huge stone... 00:05:38
13.   Nakata was by the window... 00:05:09
14.   After a couple of hours... 00:06:04
15.   By this time the thunder was deafening 00:03:44
16.   ‘So what did this Johnnie Walker make you do... ’ 00:04:30


Disc 11

  Kafka on the Shore
1.   Hoshino looked up and swept the room with his eyes 00:03:35
2.   Chapter 33. I get the library ready to open... 00:05:47
3.   In the station I pass by policemen making their rounds... 00:04:37
4.   ‘Nobody’s going to help me.’ 00:04:03
5.   ‘That’s part of your theory, isn’t it’ 00:05:08
6.   Chapter 34. The massive bank of thunderclouds crossed the sky... 00:05:29
7.   With time on his hands... 00:05:53
8.   As Hoshino enjoyed his second cup... 00:05:10
9.   He left the cinema... 00:04:04
10.   Chapter 35. When the phone rings at 7 a.m... . 00:06:02
11.   Oshima changes gear to pass a white Toyota... 00:05:42
12.   ‘She’s in a very delicate place right now.’ 00:05:28
13.   Chapter 36. When he got back to the inn... 00:04:53
14.   ‘Enough with the stupid jokes!’ 00:06:11
15.   Hoshino threw his belongings into his bag... 00:03:20
16.   ‘So,’ Hoshino said, ‘you killed somebody, huh’ 00:03:42


Disc 12

  Kafka on the Shore
1.   They walked through the pines... 00:03:08
2.   ‘As you said, it’s happening.’ 00:04:04
3.   Chapter 37. We stop at a town to have a bite to eat... 00:06:14
4.   It’s after two when he gets ready to leave 00:05:20
5.   She’s very different from you 00:04:46
6.   Chapter 38. Hoshino looked up car - rental agencies... 00:04:44
7.   They sat at the table and ate their dinner 00:05:56
8.   At 8.30 they went out to the rental car... 00:04:40
9.   They went back to the apartment at six 00:06:50
10.   Chapter 39. My second day on the mountain passes leisurely... 00:06:21
11.   That night I lie there in the darkness... 00:05:39
12.   I make up my mind 00:05:54
13.   Chapter 40. Next to the sign that read Komura Memorial Library... 00:04:57
14.   ‘Is there a particular field or book you’re looking for’ 00:03:17
15.   They picked some books from the stacks... 00:04:57


Disc 13

  Kafka on the Shore
1.   After lunch, Hoshino stood up... 00:03:58
2.   Hoshino and Nakata read books until two... 00:04:09
3.   The two men returned to the reading room... 00:03:32
4.   Chapter 41. When I go to the woods this time... 00:06:00
5.   I hike along, spraying marks on the trees as I go... 00:04:19
6.   Before long my mind wanders into the realms of dreams 00:03:27
7.   ‘Did I really murder my father’ I ask 00:04:05
8.   Chapter 42. Once the two of them were alone... 00:03:54
9.   Miss Saeki closed her eyes, then opened them... 00:05:48
10.   She laid her hands on top of the three files on her desk 00:03:29
11.   Nakata carried the three thick files downstairs 00:05:24
12.   Chapter 43. With all my baggage gone I can travel light... 00:04:28
13.   As if I’m being shoved from behind by some huge heartbeat... 00:06:13
14.   The boy named Crow continues... 00:03:51
15.   Not long afterwards the two soldiers appear 00:06:25
16.   Chapter 44. They took the three files to a river bed... 00:03:37
17.   ‘We can’t do it now.’ 00:04:29


Disc 14

  Kafka on the Shore
1.   Hoshino lifted the old man in his arms... 00:05:18
2.   He let out a deep sigh 00:06:54
3.   Chapter 45. As advertised, the path from the “entrance”... 00:05:03
4.   ‘Do you know why people have to do such cruel... ’ 00:05:13
5.   The place is surrounded by a high, green ridge 00:04:04
6.   I go to the kitchen and look to see what’s in the fridge 00:05:43
7.   When I wake up it’s dark all around 00:03:49
8.   ‘They told me you’re 15,’ she says 00:06:09
9.   Chapter 46. After Nakata’s death... 00:05:25
10.   As soon as he got up... 00:04:59
11.   The more he talked... 00:04:07
12.   The Boy Named Crow 00:05:22
13.   The man cleared his throat once more... 00:03:59
14.   Chapter 47. I wake up a little after dawn... 00:04:45
15.   We’re sitting across from each other... 00:04:36


Disc 15

  Kafka on the Shore
1.   When the sun is a little bit past its highest point... 00:04:51
2.   Silence descends on us for a time 00:06:00
3.   Silently she lets go of me 00:05:22
4.   There still isn’t a soul along the way 00:06:07
5.   Chapter 48. ‘Gimme a break,’ Hoshino repeated 00:04:47
6.   Hoshino sighed. ‘So what is this thing’s real identity’ 00:05:09
7.   He laid all his weapons out on the living - room table... 00:05:56
8.   Hoshino went over to Nakata... 00:05:43
9.   Once he’d closed the entrance... 00:04:40
10.   Chapter 49. Just after nine the next morning... 00:06:37
11.   He takes out a cigarette from the pocket of his T - shirt... 00:04:40
12.   It’s a little before 1 p.m. when we arrive... 00:04:58
13.   ‘What are your plans now’ Oshima asks 00:06:24
14.   Shouldering my backpack, I walk to the local station... 00:05:34

Total Playing Time: 19:04:57






Author(s):
Murakami, Haruki

Reader(s):
Barrett, Sean; Griffin, G.; Philpott, Daniel; Rollett, Bob; Sueur, Oliver Le; Sutton, Georgina

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: NAX40512

Barcode: 730099096324

Physical Release: 05/2006

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