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MURAKAMI, H.: Elephant Vanishes (The) (Unabridged)

    
      

 

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MURAKAMI, H.: Elephant Vanishes (The) (Unabridged)

A collection of off-the-wall short stories by Japan’s leading contemporary novelist. An elephant vanishes; hunger drives a couple to rob McDonalds; an insomniac wife wakes in a different world. Murakami is a cult figure throughout the world with an increasing reputation.



Disc 1

  The Wind Up Bird and Tuesday’s Women
1.   Play with flash player The Wind Up Bird and Tuesday’s Women 00:04:21
2.   Play with flash player I wash up plate and pans while boiling a kettle... 00:03:58
3.   Play with flash player ‘Easy’ I say ‘now hold on just one minute.’ 00:03:56
4.   Play with flash player I go to the kitchen for that drink of water... 00:05:33
5.   Play with flash player At twelve - thirty I go out shopping as usual... 00:05:33
6.   Play with flash player ‘I’m in bed right now,’ the woman says... 00:03:16
7.   Play with flash player A little before two o’ clock... 00:04:27
8.   Play with flash player The homes that sandwich the passage are of two distinct... 00:05:16
9.   Play with flash player I turn around to look behind me, and there, in the yard... 00:05:26
10.   Play with flash player I open the gate and step in, following the girl... 00:05:50
11.   Play with flash player The girl gets up from her deckchair and disappears... 00:04:12
12.   Play with flash player For the time being there isn’t a sound... 00:05:50
13.   Play with flash player I awake to find I’m alone 00:06:31
  The Second Bakery Attack
14.   Play with flash player The Second Bakery Attack 00:06:27
15.   Play with flash player ‘I once attacked a bakery. Long time ago.’ 00:04:22
16.   Play with flash player Of course, it wasn’t true that nothing had happened... 00:04:23


Disc 2

  The Second Bakery Attack
1.   Play with flash player The Second Bakery Attack (continued) 00:04:48
2.   Play with flash player Altogether there were three McDonald’s workers 00:06:18
  The Kangaroo Communiqué
3.   Play with flash player The Kangaroo Communiqué 00:05:24
4.   Play with flash player Actually I started to write you a letter... 00:04:45
5.   Play with flash player Still and all, this imperfection business... 00:06:42
6.   Play with flash player Let us now address the topic of sex 00:04:14
7.   Play with flash player Let me say a little more about myself... 00:04:44
  On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning
8.   Play with flash player On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning 00:05:32
9.   Play with flash player Now, of course, I know exactly what I should have said... 00:05:42
  Sleep
10.   Play with flash player Sleep 00:04:53
11.   Play with flash player In any case, what I have now is nothing like that... 00:04:35
12.   Play with flash player He drives his Sentra out of the condo parking garage... 00:04:32
13.   Play with flash player After I’ve had my swim, I use the rest of my afternoon... 00:03:37
14.   Play with flash player I remember with perfect clarity that first night... 00:05:42
15.   Play with flash player I got out of bed and went into the bathroom 00:04:11
16.   Play with flash player I shook my head. Stop thinking, I told myself 00:03:45


Disc 3

  Sleep
1.   Play with flash player Sleep (continued) 00:04:06
2.   Play with flash player I went back to the sofa and started reading... 00:04:22
3.   Play with flash player While I cleared the table, my husband sat on the sofa... 00:04:38
4.   Play with flash player At ten o’clock, I got into my bed... 00:04:14
5.   Play with flash player And so a week went by 00:03:09
6.   Play with flash player One afternoon I went to the library and read... 00:03:29
7.   Play with flash player Now my inability to sleep ceased to frighten me... 00:05:36
8.   Play with flash player One time I stood and stared at my sleeping husband’s face... 00:04:04
9.   Play with flash player I left the bedroom and went back to the living room... 00:05:30
10.   Play with flash player I’m taking off my pyjamas and putting on jeans... 00:06:05
  The Fall of the Roman Empire, The 1881 Indian Uprising, Hitler’s Invasion of Poland (...)
11.   Play with flash player The Fall of the Roman Empire, The 1881 Indian Uprising, Hitler’s Invasion of Poland, And The Realm of Raging Winds 00:03:36
12.   Play with flash player 2. The 1881 Indian Uprising 00:01:58
13.   Play with flash player 3. Hitler’s Invasion of Poland 00:01:01
14.   Play with flash player 4. And the Realm of Raging Winds 00:04:34
  Lederhosen
15.   Play with flash player Lederhosen 00:03:52
16.   Play with flash player ‘They weren’t really shorts,’ she says 00:05:34
17.   Play with flash player The shop that sold the lederhosen was in a small town... 00:05:52
18.   Play with flash player She – the daughter who’s telling me this story... 00:03:28
  Barn Burning
19.   Play with flash player Barn Burning 00:04:17


Disc 4

  Barn Burning
1.   Play with flash player Barn Burning (continued) 00:04:59
2.   Play with flash player Thereafter I met up with the guy a number of times... 00:03:59
3.   Play with flash player Midway through the feast, having polished off the wine... 00:04:08
4.   Play with flash player ‘I’d like to hear about this barn thing,’ I said 00:04:13
5.   Play with flash player I nodded. Just how was I to accept this at face value 00:06:27
6.   Play with flash player The following day, I went to a bookstore... 00:05:00
7.   Play with flash player The next time I met the guy was in the middle of December... 00:06:31
  The Little Green Monster
8.   Play with flash player The Little Green Monster 00:05:03
9.   Play with flash player Of course not, it said to me, cocking its head 00:05:14
  Family Affair
10.   Play with flash player Family Affair 00:04:37
11.   Play with flash player Why had her attitude toward me changed so much... 00:05:20
12.   Play with flash player I had started living with my sister five years earlier... 00:04:15
13.   Play with flash player Then she showed me his picture 00:03:35
14.   Play with flash player Finally though, I had no choice but to meet... 00:04:57
15.   Play with flash player The day after the spaghetti argument with my sister... 00:04:07
16.   Play with flash player My sister woke me at eight o'clock on Sunday morning 00:06:59


Disc 5

  Family Affair
1.   Play with flash player Family Affair (continued) 00:06:00
2.   Play with flash player When dinner was over, we moved to the living room for coffee 00:04:38
3.   Play with flash player It was after midnight by the time I got home 00:06:55
  A Window
4.   Play with flash player A Window 00:03:42
5.   Play with flash player I kept this part - time job going for a year 00:04:09
6.   Play with flash player Hamburger steak. I did actually have the opportunity to eat... 00:06:47
  TV People
7.   Play with flash player TV People 00:03:45
8.   Play with flash player There were three of them altogether. They don’t knock... 00:04:38
9.   Play with flash player Everything gets removed from the sideboard to make room... 00:05:22
10.   Play with flash player Curiously, the wife makes no mention of the appearance... 00:04:14
11.   Play with flash player I wake at half past two in the morning to find the TV... 00:04:08
12.   Play with flash player At work, the day is solid with meetings from the morning on 00:03:46
13.   Play with flash player At one of the afternoon meetings, I see TV people again 00:03:06
14.   Play with flash player When I get home from work, the apartment is dark... 00:04:24
15.   Play with flash player I dream about a meeting. I’m standing up... 00:05:00
16.   Play with flash player The two TV people on the screen keep working away 00:04:09
17.   Play with flash player The two TV people in the television continue building... 00:03:57


Disc 6

  A Slow Boat to China
1.   Play with flash player A Slow Boat to China 00:05:26
2.   Play with flash player 2. There was an elementary school for Chinese up the hill... 00:03:55
3.   Play with flash player It was nearly fifteen minutes later when the procter... 00:05:45
4.   Play with flash player 3. The town where I went to high school was a port town... 00:04:18
5.   Play with flash player Where we worked was a tiny, dark, small - time... 00:03:27
6.   Play with flash player When we’d finally danced ourselves out, we left... 00:03:47
7.   Play with flash player It was ten after eleven when she finally got off... 00:05:10
8.   Play with flash player 4. Now the story of my third Chinese 00:05:02
9.   Play with flash player His coffee arrived and he drank it slowly 00:04:02
10.   Play with flash player Suddenly there was a click in my head 00:03:48
11.   Play with flash player 5. Supposing I found myself chasing another fly ball... 00:04:54
  The Dancing Dwarf
12.   Play with flash player The Dancing Dwarf 00:06:52
13.   Play with flash player I woke up alone. Facedown in bed... 00:04:44
14.   Play with flash player My partner and I in the ear shop like the second approach 00:03:20
15.   Play with flash player As soon as the bell rang at quitting time... 00:05:00
16.   Play with flash player The old man went on to tell me how the dwarf had arrived... 00:05:23
17.   Play with flash player I didn’t dream about the dwarf again 00:03:28


Disc 7

  The Dancing Dwarf
1.   Play with flash player The Dancing Dwarf (continued) 00:02:48
2.   Play with flash player That night, the dwarf came into my dream again... 00:04:46
3.   Play with flash player The dwarf used the branch to draw a number of vertical lines... 00:04:12
4.   Play with flash player The dance hall stood by the main factory gate... 00:06:44
5.   Play with flash player We left the dance hall and walked along the river 00:04:17
6.   Play with flash player Now I knew what I had to do 00:03:42
  The Last Lawn of the Afternoon
7.   Play with flash player The Last Lawn of the Afternoon 00:04:14
8.   Play with flash player At eighteen or nineteen I mowed lawns... 00:05:21
9.   Play with flash player The whole week went past before it struck me 00:04:51
10.   Play with flash player Clear weather three days in a row, then one day of rain... 00:04:07
11.   Play with flash player I pulled the van to a stop in front of the appointed house... 00:03:58
12.   Play with flash player I went to the van, took out the electric mower, grass clippers... 00:04:40
13.   Play with flash player At twelve - thirty I returned to the lawn 00:05:43
14.   Play with flash player The interior of the house was just as deathly quiet as before 00:04:18
15.   Play with flash player The woman sat her middle - aged bulk down on the bed... 00:04:01
16.   Play with flash player I returned to my chair and lit up a brand - new cigarette 00:04:27
17.   Play with flash player We went back down the same staircase... 00:04:35


Disc 8

  The Silence
1.   Play with flash player The Silence 00:04:35
2.   Play with flash player After the first few months, Ozawa’s interest in boxing... 00:04:15
3.   Play with flash player ‘In almost every way, Aoki and I were polar opposites.’ 00:05:25
4.   Play with flash player ‘That afternoon, Aoki didn’t show up in class.’ 00:04:40
5.   Play with flash player ‘Anyway, during summer vacation a terrible thing happened.’ 00:04:23
6.   Play with flash player ’Immediately, I knew Aoki was behind this.’ 00:05:50
7.   Play with flash player ‘My first hint of a reprieve came a month later.’ 00:03:43
8.   Play with flash player At that, Ozawa let out a big sigh 00:04:55
  The Elephant Vanishes
9.   Play with flash player The Elephant Vanishes 00:04:33
10.   Play with flash player I had had my own private interest in the elephant problem... 00:04:12
11.   Play with flash player On its right rear leg, the elephant wore a solid... 00:03:07
12.   Play with flash player And so a year went by 00:04:28
13.   Play with flash player The mayor had held a news conference... 00:05:47
14.   Play with flash player I met her near the end of September 00:04:21
15.   Play with flash player She was unmarried and so was I 00:04:25
16.   Play with flash player It was no use: I’d have to tell her the story 00:05:19
17.   Play with flash player In fact, I had wondered at the time whether my eyes... 00:05:22

Total Playing Time: 10:30:39






Author(s):
Murakami, Haruki

Reader(s):
Chancer, John; Degas, Rupert; Flavin, Tim; Gallagher, Teresa; Heenehan, Mark; Lewis, Walter; Peterson, Jeff

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: NA840612

Barcode: 9789626344064

Release Date: 06/2006

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