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MURAKAMI, H.: Wild Sheep Chase (A) (Unabridged)


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MURAKAMI, H.: Wild Sheep Chase (A) (Unabridged)

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.

Disc 1

  A Wild Sheep Chase
1.   A Wild Sheep Chase – Part One 00:06:17
2.   About her background I know almost nothing 00:07:51
3.   Part Two – July, Eight Years Earlier 00:06:29
4.   I held out a box of tissues to her 00:07:13
5.   3. The Slip 00:07:06
6.   Part Three – September, Two Months Later 00:08:32
7.   I first became acquainted with her (or rather her ears)... 00:04:54
8.   ‘What a lovely place,’ she said. ‘Do you come here often’ 00:07:11
9.   ‘As a close friend, there’re a couple of things I want to ask you... ’ 00:04:46
10.   ‘I grew up in an ordinary little town, went to an ordinary school.’ 00:06:10
11.   5. Unblocked Ears 00:01:36

Disc 2

  A Wild Sheep Chase
1.   6. The Further Adventures of Unblocked Ears 00:06:25
2.   Part Four – A Wild Sheep Chase, I 00:05:25
3.   ‘Okay, I know what you’re trying to say,’ I said... 00:05:53
4.   8. Now the Strange Man 00:06:08
5.   ‘You are familiar with the party’s name, I trust’ said the man 00:06:28
6.   9. ‘The Boss’ 00:07:52
7.   10. Counting Sheep 00:06:06
8.   11. The Limo and Its Driver 00:05:52
9.   12. Wherefore the Worm Universe 00:04:40
10.   But then some joker of an architect came along to attach... 00:04:48
11.   Part Five – Letters from The Rat and Assorted Reminiscences 00:03:42
12.   Let me tell you about the towns I've seen.. 00:05:02
13.   14. The Rat’s Second Letter (Postmarked May, This Year) 00:04:55
14.   What the hell was I talking about Women, that’s right 00:03:27

Disc 3

  A Wild Sheep Chase
1.   I found the letter in my mailbox as I was leaving my apartment… 00:01:27
2.   15. The Song Is Over 00:06:39
3.   The third J’s Bar was a quarter of a mile away, by the river 00:04:48
4.   At nine o’clock, J’s Bar was starting to get crowded... 00:06:45
5.   16. She Drinks Her Salty Dog, Talking about the Sound of the Waves 00:04:36
6.   The drizzle still hadn’t let up by five o’clock the next evening 00:07:11
7.   ‘It seems I'm boring you.’ I shook my head 00:05:12
8.   Part Six – A Wild Sheep Chase, II 00:06:57
9.   Even after I'd finished, the man stared at me without comment 00:06:05
10.   ‘Did you notice anything out of the ordinary’ 00:06:11
11.   18. The Strange Man’s Strange Tale Goes On 00:08:35
12.   When he finished talking, the man cleared his throat 00:06:16

Disc 4

  A Wild Sheep Chase
1.   At that the man lit his cigarette 00:07:57
2.   I balanced the lighter in my hand. It had an excellent feel to it 00:07:55
3.   19. The Limo and Its Driver, Again 00:06:26
4.   20. Summer’s End, Autumn’s Beginning 00:05:52
5.   21. One in Five Thousand 00:08:30
6.   22. Sunday Afternoon Picnic 00:06:55
7.   There was a travel agency near the train station, where I booked... 00:06:58
8.   23. Limited but Tenacious Thinking 00:04:15
9.   The man read back the items from his notepad. A memo well taken 00:06:25
10.   24. One for the Kipper 00:05:22
11.   The chauffeur took us to the airport. The cat rode quietly up front... 00:05:05

Disc 5

  A Wild Sheep Chase
1.   We received our boarding passes at the airport check - in counter... 00:03:49
2.   Part Seven – The Dolphin Hotel Affair 00:06:30
3.   We came out of the movie theatre and strolled the twilit streets,.. 00:05:44
4.   I wrote my name on the card but had second thoughts... 00:06:51
5.   26. Enter the Sheep Professor 00:07:15
6.   The fifth, then the sixth day passed. October laid heavy on the town 00:05:29
7.   ‘Just great,’ said I. This ‘just great’ business was becoming a habit 00:07:33
8.   27. The Sheep Professor Eats All, Tells All 00:07:27
9.   ‘February 1936. The Sheep Professor is ordered home to Japan.’ 00:05:37
10.   The Sheep Professor had long hair, white as snow 00:06:31
11.   The Sheep Professor began. ‘It was the summer of 1935... ’ 00:06:21

Disc 6

  A Wild Sheep Chase
1.   I began with the route the sheep took after it left... 00:07:10
2.   28. Farewell to the Dolphin Hotel 00:04:16
3.   Part Eight – A Wild Sheep Chase, III 00:06:47
4.   It’s not obvious why the Ainu youth, instead of returning... 00:07:43
5.   Of course, the government was not being generous for nothing... 00:07:39
6.   30. The Further Decline of Junitaki and Its Sheep 00:06:08
7.   A few minutes before departure time, she returned with a bag... 00:06:39
8.   Beyond the shops, the road ambled down a slope to the river... 00:06:38
9.   The livestock officer drove a small sedan 00:06:19
10.   The caretaker was next to the barn, stacking plastic bags... 00:06:44
11.   31. Night in Junitaki 00:02:41
12.   32. An Unlucky Bend in the Road 00:03:13

Disc 7

  A Wild Sheep Chase
1.   ‘You leave the disinfecting to the afternoon’ 00:06:25
2.   After thirty minutes’ drive, the paved surface suddenly disappeared... 00:07:18
3.   The sky was weighed down with a moist, uniform gray... 00:06:50
4.   Straight on across the pasture stood an old American - style... 00:07:29
5.   Only in the farther small bedroom was there any lingering scent... 00:07:34
6.   33. She Leaves the Mountain; Hunger Strikes 00:06:18
7.   34. A Find in the Garage; Thoughts in the Middle of the Pasture 00:06:27
8.   35. The Sheep Man Cometh 00:06:30
9.   ‘I’m looking for a friend of mine,’ I ventured 00:07:14
10.   36. The Winds’ Own Private Thoroughfare 00:06:59
11.   Something gnawed at me. Something that had passed before... 00:04:36

Disc 8

  A Wild Sheep Chase
1.   Seated on the edge of a bridge, watching me, was the Sheep Man 00:06:13
2.   Early in the afternoon of the ninth day, I was looking through... 00:03:50
3.   37. Things the Mirror Shows, Things the Mirror Doesn’t 00:06:13
4.   On the twelfth day, snow fell for the third time 00:07:14
5.   38. And So Time Passes 00:03:33
6.   39. Dwellers in Darkness 00:08:27
7.   40. The Rat Who Wound the Clock 00:05:41
8.   I could say nothing 00:05:19
9.   The Rat let go a good, jolly laugh from off in the dark 00:05:39
10.   41. Green Cords and Red Cords; Frozen Seagulls 00:02:28
11.   42. Return Visit to the Unlucky Bend 00:03:52
12.   43. The Twelve - O’clock Rendezvous 00:06:32
13.   Epilogue 00:08:32

Total Playing Time: 09:35:27

Murakami, Haruki

Degas, Rupert

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: NAX41412

Barcode: 9789626344149

Physical Release: 07/2006

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