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MURAKAMI, H.: Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The) (Unabridged)

Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world come a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden, sisters who are very peculiar indeed, an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds…



Disc 1

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   BOOK 1: The Thieving Magpie - June and July 1984 00:06:59
2.   This caught me off guard. 'Why is that' I asked. 00:05:28
3.   I was loading groceries into the refrigerator when the phone rang. 00:07:36
4.   Why had Kumiko been frequenting such a place 00:06:42
5.   Then she took a box of Hope regulars from her pocket … 00:06:30
6.   Right over there is where the cats go through,' she said … 00:05:58
7.   Are you asleep' the girl asked … 00:06:21
8.   At home, I took in the washing and prepared a simple dinner. 00:03:56
9.   Chapter 2: Moon and Eclipse of the Sun 00:07:01
10.   It was shocking to me, too, to realize that in six long years … 00:06:46
11.   Kumiko took a long, slow breath, held it in a while, and let it out. 00:04:35
12.   Chapter 3: Malta Kano's Hat 00:05:11
13.   When the phone rang at 2.30, I was napping on the couch. 00:03:50


Disc 2

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   I opened the wardrobe and looked for my polka - dot tie. 00:06:48
2.   There was something strange about her eyes. 00:06:09
3.   I nodded, but this was simply a physical movement of the head … 00:06:14
4.   I felt relief on hearing this. 00:06:50
5.   Chapter 4: High Towers and Deep Wells (Or, Far from Nomonhan) 00:06:05
6.   For about a year after we were married, Kumiko and I … 00:06:49
7.   Instead of a flower arrangement or a calligraphic scroll … 00:07:17
8.   He went on talking about Nomonhan for another hour. 00:06:22
9.   Chapter 5: Hooked on Lemon Drops 00:07:22
10.   I finally reached the vacant house. 00:06:44
11.   Hey,' said someone. I snapped my eyes open. 00:05:47
12.   I touched my hairline. Maybe she was right. 00:05:26


Disc 3

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   We cut through the yard and walked around… 00:04:23
2.   Chapter 6: On the Births of Kumiko Okada and Noboru Wataya 00:06:39
3.   What she did then was to shut herself off from the outside world. 00:06:50
4.   It was shortly after I had married his daughter that I heard … 00:06:43
5.   In front of the cameras, he played the role of Man of Few Words. 00:06:43
6.   I had felt awkward in his presence from the start… 00:07:38
7.   Chapter 7: The Happy Cleaners 00:07:08
8.   So this was Creta Kano. 00:07:27
9.   Chapter 8: Creta Kano's Long Story 00:07:08
10.   I nodded. 'All the time she was wandering through the world …' 00:07:10
11.   Whenever I bumped into something, it would leave a bruise …' 00:05:20
12.   When I heard this, after all I had endured over the years… 00:04:40


Disc 4

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   Unfortunately for me, however, the wall turned out to be …' 00:07:00
2.   But then one night, when I was propositioning men …' 00:06:52
3.   Chapter 9: Culverts and an Absolute Insufficiency of Electricity 00:06:50
4.   Your voice is strange,' she said. 'What’s wrong' 00:06:58
5.   But you're getting married next week' 00:06:09
6.   Mr. Wind - up Bird!' came a voice from the garden. 00:06:09
7.   We stopped off at the company's Shimbashi office … 00:06:43
8.   Chapter 10: Magic Touch 00:06:41
9.   You mean like ghosts' 00:05:53
10.   I sat on the sofa and used some scissors to cut the envelope open. 00:07:02
11.   I took the money from the envelope and put it in my wallet. 00:05:39
12.   Now the people in the district are dying to have my brother run.' 00:05:36


Disc 5

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   Chapter 11: Enter Lieutenant Mamiya 00:06:59
2.   Sorry,' I said, 'but I'm pretty busy right now.' 00:06:32
3.   I have been in Tokyo two weeks altogether on this trip …' 00:04:45
4.   He took a sip of green tea. 00:03:54
5.   Chapter 12: Lieutenant Mamiya's Long Story: Part I 00:06:34
6.   I was chosen to be the commanding officer of the escort… 00:07:33
7.   We proceeded to the Khalkha River and followed it to the south. 00:07:27
8.   We were setting up camp that evening … 00:06:41
9.   As I said earlier, Honda had absolutely no combat experience… 00:06:34
10.   The sun rose the next morning… 00:07:14
11.   When we reached the ford, just before dusk … 00:07:41
12.   Chapter 13: Lieutenant Mamiya's Long Story: Part II 00:06:10


Disc 6

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   A short time later, one of the Mongolian soldiers came out … 00:07:56
2.   He removed his gloves and put them in his coat pocket. 00:07:07
3.   Fine,' said the Russian. 'Fine.' 00:07:21
4.   Before long, the entire skin of Yamamoto's right arm had come off … 00:06:30
5.   They set me on a horse and lashed me to the saddle. 00:07:03
6.   I believe that I lost consciousness from the impact, for just a moment. 00:07:03
7.   How much time went by after that I do not know. 00:07:23
8.   At this point in his story, Lieutenant Mamiya looked at his watch. 00:07:28
9.   We reached the bus stop and waited. 00:05:50
10.   When Mr. Honda told me on the bank of the Khalka River …' 00:03:47
11.   BOOK 2: Bird as Prophet - July to October 1984 00:03:46
12.   I waited until 9.30 and dialled Kumiko's office. 00:04:50


Disc 7

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   Just after 1 o'clock, the phone rang. 00:06:19
2.   I decided to make spaghetti for lunch again. 00:07:11
3.   To the owner, I said only that I had forgotten my receipt. 00:04:53
4.   Chapter 2: No Good News in This Chapter 00:06:39
5.   Poor Mr Wind - up Bird,' she said. 00:05:47
6.   Where are we' I asked. Creta Kano didn't answer. 00:06:53
7.   Creta Kano again. Two wet dreams in a short interval … 00:04:21
8.   Hmm, that's hard for me to say. 00:04:32
9.   Chapter 3: Noboru Wataya Speaks 00:06:53
10.   She called me a week ago and said she had something to discuss …' 00:07:30
11.   Noboru Wataya pushed his untouched glass of iced tea aside. 00:04:58
12.   Noboru Wataya went on staring at me… 00:05:34
13.   Chapter 4: Divine Grace Lost 00:06:40


Disc 8

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   Outer Mongolian troops had thrown me into a deep, dark well … 00:06:32
2.   In any case, I am grateful for the chance to have met you … 00:06:55
3.   I did not see what she meant. 00:05:39
4.   Chapter 5: Views of Distant Towns 00:07:18
5.   When I did wake up, I took a knapsack from the drawer. 00:06:24
6.   I sat on the edge of the well curb and listened. 00:05:51
7.   Chapter 6: Inheriting Property 00:06:58
8.   Kumiko, though, was fascinated. 00:06:02
9.   I was living in Asagaya at the time, in a one - room apartment … 00:06:00
10.   Chapter 7: Recollections and Dialogue on Pregnancy 00:07:09
11.   In fact, though, I did not want Kumiko to have an abortion. 00:06:46
12.   Kumiko thought about this for a while, rubbing her stomach … 00:05:41


Disc 9

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   I stayed on the move for a very long time. 00:07:38
2.   Chapter 8: The Root of Desire 00:06:10
3.   I wandered up and down the corridor until I passed … 00:05:57
4.   I went back to the living room, opened the new bottle of whisky … 00:06:09
5.   Chapter 9: The Well and Stars 00:05:40
6.   I looked up again at the stars. 00:06:43
7.   Hey down there! Mr Wind - up Bird!', shouted May Kasahara. 00:06:53
8.   Chapter 10: May Kasahara on Death and Evolution 00:06:04
9.   I mean…this is what I think, but…people have to think seriously…' 00:06:05
10.   And so now you're crushed, Mr. Wind - up Bird … 00:04:54
11.   Chapter 11: Hunger as Pain 00:07:29
12.   To divert my attention from the intense pain of these hunger pangs … 00:07:15


Disc 10

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   I decided to take a different look at things. 00:06:32
2.   But she didn't respond. It seemed there was no - one there any more. 00:07:05
3.   I went to the toilet and took a long pee with my eyes closed. 00:06:07
4.   Why this need arose in me so suddenly, why it happened … 00:06:12
5.   There was always something very close and delicate between us … 00:07:57
6.   Chapter 12: Discovered When Shaving 00:06:49
7.   Malto Kano fell silent once again. 00:06:40
8.   Walking back down the alley to my house … 00:06:59
9.   No bad memories you associate with the place, then' 00:03:58
10.   I thought about calling the old property agent … 00:05:31
11.   Chapter 13: Creta Kano's Story Continued 00:06:53
12.   Does that hurt, Mr. Okada' 00:07:00


Disc 11

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   As I told you before …' 00:07:29
2.   At last, the man stopped moving his fingers.' 00:07:11
3.   Chapter 14: Creta Kano's New Departure 00:06:52
4.   I was still officially a student …' 00:07:28
5.   What could Noboru Wataya have possibly wanted from Malta Kano' 00:07:00
6.   This, then, is how I have spent the twenty - six years of my life.' 00:04:43
7.   Creta Kano bit her lip. 00:04:25
8.   Chapter 15: The Only Bad Thing That Ever Happened in May Kasahara's House 00:07:07
9.   Great bikini,' I said. 00:06:48
10.   You know, Mr. Wind - up Bird …' 00:06:46
11.   When she said this, she touched the wound next to her eye. 00:04:56
12.   Oh, forget it. But you know, Mr. Wind - up Bird …' 00:05:36


Disc 12

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   Chapter 16: The Simplest Thing 00:07:15
2.   Every day, I would take the train to Shinjuku at 10 o'clock … 00:07:31
3.   But what the secret was, what had been concealed there … 00:07:59
4.   At first I kicked and beat him out of sheer terror … 00:08:00
5.   BOOK 3: The Birdcatcher - October 1984 to December 1985 00:07:05
6.   Early October saw the death of the uncle of Noboru Wataya … 00:07:14
7.   Sometimes I climbed the garden wall and went down… 00:05:58
8.   Old Mr Ichikawa looked at me in a way that showed I had aroused … 00:06:16
9.   Chapter 2: Waking from Hibernation 00:06:57
10.   I repeated the routine every day, as I had done the previous summer … 00:05:40
11.   Chapter 3: What Happened in the Night 00:08:14


Disc 13

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   But no one woke up, the man went on digging without a break … 00:04:03
2.   Chapter 4: Buying New Shoes 00:08:07
3.   Before long, the Haydn came to an end - an abrupt and messy end. 00:07:02
4.   The room was so utterly still that when I held my breath … 00:06:57
5.   I finally understood as I was undressing. 00:09:31
6.   Chapter 5: A Place You Can Figure Out If You Think About It Really, Really Hard 00:04:14
7.   I'm in the mountains again, in another place surrounded by a wall … 00:05:45
8.   Chapter 6: Nutmeg and Cinnamon 00:06:13
9.   The woman showed up a little after 3 o'clock. 00:06:48
10.   Let’s have dinner,' she said. 'Can you eat' 00:04:59
11.   Was there a reason for that' She ignored this question. 00:05:32
12.   Chapter 7: The Mystery of the Hanging House 00:05:15
13.   Tight Security and Secrecy 00:03:50


Disc 14

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   Chapter 8: Down in the Well 00:06:14
2.   Now a single wall is the only thing separating me … 00:05:51
3.   Chapter 9: The Zoo Attack (or, A Clumsy Massacre) 00:07:51
4.   Everyone knew this to be the truth … 00:06:32
5.   The director handed the lieutenant a list of animals … 00:07:32
6.   We always sat across from each other at the same table … 00:06:07
7.   I took a long time to explain, little by little … 00:06:28
8.   The Chinese workers said to the vet … 00:07:18
9.   The transport ship cut its engines as ordered … 00:07:55
10.   Chapter 10: So, Then, the Next Problem (May Kasahara's Point of View: 2) 00:04:12
11.   I told you before how I got out of that high - class hotel … 00:05:08
12.   Chapter 11: Is This Shovel a Real Shovel (What Happened in the Night: 2) 00:06:50


Disc 15

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   Chapter 12: M's Secret Cure 00:04:58
2.   Chapter 13: The Waiting Man 00:06:40
3.   Finding it difficult to speak, I simply nodded. 00:06:50
4.   After patting his knees several times with outstretched palms … 00:06:37
5.   First of all, Dr Wataya is not opposed to the idea of reconsidering …' 00:07:46
6.   In addition to which, it's going to cause Noboru Wataya … 00:06:12
7.   Chapter 14: Cinnamon's Strange Sign Language 00:06:35
8.   Cinnamon never spent a day at school,' said Nutmeg. 00:06:54
9.   The Residence was not a big house, and it had minimal furnishings. 00:03:47
10.   I told Cinnamon the story of the submarine and the zoo …' 00:05:16
11.   Chapter 15: This Could Be the End of the Line (May Kasahara's Point of View: 3) 00:04:33
12.   Life is so strange, though. 00:05:16
13.   Chapter 16: The World's Exhaustion and Burdens 00:06:10


Disc 16

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   Don’t worry,' he said, with a laugh. 'The tax man won't …' 00:05:45
2.   Maybe I shouldn't say this to you, Mr Okada, but you're ready…' 00:05:30
3.   Chapter 17: The Fitting Room 00:05:44
4.   Nutmeg continued her work for more than seven years… 00:03:49
5.   Chapter 18: A Stupid Tree Frog Daughter (May Kasahara's Point of View: 4) 00:04:25
6.   I don't have any idea what's happening to me … 00:04:23
7.   Chapter 19: The Subterranean Labyrinth 00:06:28
8.   Nutmeg had told me that Cinnamon had customized every inch … 00:07:05
9.   Chapter 20: Nutmeg's Story 00:06:35
10.   Nutmeg went on to compile a magnificent record … 00:06:42
11.   You’ve probably heard his name,' Nutmeg said. 00:06:58
12.   Not long after she sold the company … 00:06:41
13.   Chapter 21: The Mystery of the Hanging House: 2 00:08:09


Disc 17

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   Chapter 22: Jellyfish from All Around the World 00:08:09
2.   That is just one manifestation. 00:08:31
3.   Chapter 23: Counting Sheep 00:07:12
4.   Ishiwara was of the opinion that Japan should not turn … 00:06:56
5.   Chapter 24: The Signal Turns Red 00:07:26
6.   If it comes out that his brother - in - law is involved in something …' 00:06:11
7.   Chapter 25: Triangular Ears 00:03:51
8.   Chapter 26: The Wind - up Bird Chronicle No. 8 (or, A Second Clumsy Massacre) 00:06:06
9.   Not that he was a passive creature, indeed, he was more decisive … 00:07:14
10.   Four hours later, the soldiers were back with the mule and wagon … 00:07:48
11.   When the four Chinese had finished throwing the bodies … 00:05:06
12.   Now only the young Chinese prisoner with the number 4 … 00:03:38


Disc 18

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   I've been ordered to beat this guy to death …' 00:07:04
2.   At that very moment, the young Chinese batter in uniform … 00:06:08
3.   Chapter 27: Cinnamon's Missing Links 00:05:33
4.   His stories employed 'wind - up bird' as a key phrase … 00:05:34
5.   Chapter 28: You Just Can't Trust a House (May Kasahara's Point of View: 5) 00:05:35
6.   You know as well as I do what the place was like after that … 00:04:03
7.   Chapter 29: A Vacant House Is Born 00:04:22
8.   Chapter 30: Malta Kano's Tale 00:07:05
9.   Malta Kano put the receiver down on the table … 00:05:40
10.   I took a machine gun bullet during the fierce battle … 00:06:42
11.   Whenever the number of deaths increased to the point … 00:07:42
12.   This educated prisoner was none other than the Russian officer … 00:05:43
13.   One time, in an offhand manner, I asked him about the convicts … 00:06:49


Disc 19

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   Another day when I was walking by the station, that big sergeant … 00:04:50
2.   And what do you want in return' I asked. 00:04:59
3.   Chapter 31: The Bat Vanishes 00:06:12
4.   While concentrating all my attention on the sound, I fell asleep. 00:06:44
5.   The door was open. 00:05:51
6.   Chapter 32: The Job of Making Others Use Their Imaginations 00:07:24
7.   The work environment steadily deteriorated as a result… 00:06:40
8.   For some inexplicable reason, he appeared to have complete … 00:06:45
9.   My plan was to kill Boris. 00:07:02
10.   I have known for a long time that you wanted to kill me …' 00:06:56
11.   Chapter 33: A Dangerous Place 00:07:06
12.   And the broadcast returned to the studio … 00:07:27


Disc 20

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   Who could have turned out the lights 00:08:20
2.   Chapter 34: The Light of a Firefly 00:07:09
3.   Strictly speaking, I didn't come here to see you.' 00:07:23
4.   You didn't know exactly what had happened to your sister …' 00:04:42
5.   She followed this with a long silence, as if checking the truth. 00:04:20
6.   Chapter 35: Just a Real Knife 00:05:29
7.   Again, without warning, the knife came. 00:06:57
8.   I leaned my back against the wall and told myself, it's OK … 00:06:26
9.   Chapter 36: The Story of the Duck People 00:05:38
10.   So then you know what I did I got naked. Don't ask me why. 00:04:31
11.   Chapter 37: Two Different Kinds of News 00:06:11
12.   It took me a while to absorb these facts as facts. 00:06:59


Disc 21

  Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1.   Chapter 38: The Wind - up Bird Chronicle No. 17 (Kumuko's Letter) 00:07:30
2.   Chapter 39: Goodbye 00:08:02

Total Playing Time: 26:04:33






Author(s):
Murakami, Haruki

Reader(s):
Degas, Rupert

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: NAX41812

Barcode: 9789626344187

Physical Release: 09/2006

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