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BAKEMONOGATARI, Part 1

By: NISIOISIN
Narrated by: Eric Kimerer,Cristina Vee,Erica Mendez,Keith Silverstein
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There's a girl at their school who is always ill. She routinely arrives late, leaves early, or doesn't show up at all, and skips gym as a matter of course. She's pretty, and the boys take to whispering that she's a cloistered princess. As the self-described worst loser in her class soon finds out, they just don't know what a monster she is.

So begins a tale of mysterious maladies that are supernatural in origin yet deeply revealing of the human psyche, a set of case files as given to unexpected feeling as it is to irreverent humor. So begins the legendary novel that kicked off the MONOGATARI series, whose anime adaptations have enjoyed international popularity and critical acclaim.

This first of three parts introduces Senjogahara and Hachikuji, and fans of the blockbuster prequel KIZUMONOGATARI will be delighted to meet their favorite crazies again: the weirdly reliable narrator Araragi, class president among class presidents Hanekawa, shady problem-solver Oshino, and a certain pale, blonde former vampire.

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Witty Chatty Fun

I recommend this book to fans of short stories, surreal realism, and witty, often humorous, dialogue.

This book consists of two short stories, Hitagi Crab and Mayoi Snail. The former is on the shorter side and the latter is on the longer side. But both are memorable and hilarious. They each also follow the same formula of introducing a character, their problem, and aiding them into solving their problem. Except the problem is never truly what it seems, there are twists within twists. Furthermore, though there are monsters and gods, everything is strongly grounded in reality… except when it’s not.

The greatest part is not the formula or the setting, but the character interactions and dialogue. The characters play off each other, play word games with each other, and just all around go on crazy entertaining tangents. I can’t count how many times I was laughing out loud.

So, this book is a great escape that will make you think and it isn’t too anime-like to put off people who aren’t a fan of anime/manga/etc.

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Been loving these since 2016. Hope they do more.

Was always a fan of the Monogatari series and loved them since they first released Kizumonogatari. Am really glad they are doing more of them. Hope they do the whole novel series.

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Like listening to an anime

I bought this book when I saw Keith Silverstein's name as a reader. I never expected to find my new favorite series! Everything thing here from the story to the performance of the readers is among the best I've listened to in the hundreds of hours I've spent listening to audiobooks. I'm hoping more light novels get this treatment in the future!

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A Wild Ride

I normally don’t like books read by more than one person. They tend to feel like they’re trying too hard or something of the sort. That is not the case here. The full cast does a wonderful job of bringing the story to life, and I enjoyed listening to them as much as I’ve enjoyed any audiobook performance.

The story was much more psychological than I expected, and the irreverence displayed by the characters as they quipped back and forth amid talk of monsters, emotions, and what it means to be alive had me laughing, thinking, and crying in equal measure.

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Awesome book!

Bit of a slow start, but kicks off into good quickly. I only just heard of this book from a coworker and I'm hooked to the series now!

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Satisfying!

From the anime, to the books and manga, Bakemonogatari is one of my favorite modern creations.

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I love this series.

I absolutely adore Bakemonogatari. I own the books, I own the DVDs and I now own the audio books to do it again.
I first binged Bakemonogatari by shaft back around 2010, and absolutely fell in love with the art direction and framing, and the dynamic of Koyomi and Hitagi.
The most genuine and amazing couple in fiction.
Actual hardships, trust, and words from and for the soul.

I do have one slight issue with this rendition however, and that is simply Mayois voice actress is seemingly slightly louder than everyone else. caused me to fiddle with my volume more than once.

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What I came for.

The extra juicy detail that i unfairly wanted from the book that i did not get in the anime IS HERE.

The animated series is beautiful and well done. But even as a skilled subtitles reader the concepts are flying too fast. This book was the answer.

Of course that would be useless if the translation and production was crap. i recently read another Japanese light novel and for perhaps the first time I've witnessed what its like when one author is twice as talented as another author who is still good at writing. This was wonderful.

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such a good read and now a great listen

Such good choice of actors for these audio books. Own physical copies of the books but bought these to listen to at work. I pray to the universe they will keep doing these. Keith Silverstein such a good choice for Oshino. What a nice way to re enjoy something.

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Eehh

It was good and well written but made me very uncomfortable in certain parts with the snail.

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  • Gordon. W.
  • 12-12-21

Weird and not great value for credit

Having watched the monogatari series (subbed), I was excited to see this in audible and was interested to check it out.

The accents are very American, which is quite jarring and frankly a bit lazy in this day and age. The translation is a bit off, which make it come across really weird, the constant references to 'not being a pedophile' over and over is just really odd. I assume it was meant to be 'lolicon', which is not quite the same thing. Lastly, this is actually very short for an audible credit, so it's not good value.

I would say, if you're a fan of the series, take the plunge and see if it works for you. It's just not for me.

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  • Alan. Hardman
  • 11-24-22

for the first volume it's great

bakemonogatari is one of "those" pieces of otaku culture that is so beloved by the fans that it is still talked about years after its release and remembered fondly for many reasons so going into the English adaptation of the novel series of such a work is going to be hard, it's got so much to live up to that you'll often get discouraged from going in as "how can it ever be as good as the title I know"

luckily this does nearly everything well and gets the story and characters down well, the only small issue is that with this series there are a lot of jokes in the word use that have no direct English translation so at points descriptions can feel bloated but it's a tiny price to pay for a decent adaptation
very worth the price

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  • Lilac_Lolita
  • 11-04-21

Great Manga Feeling in an Audiobook form!

I loved the voice actors for this audiobook. Very immersive and exactly what I was looking for when searching (with difficulty I might add) for audio books with that Manga/Graphic Novel feel. Although this may sound like it defeats the purpose, it really doesn’t. Instead of seeing the images, it lets your mind create your own and plays out better than I thought. Wasn’t so keen on the pedophilia aspect that kept being repeated - thought that probably wasn’t really needed… (nobody wants to hear about an older teenage boy touching or commenting on a barely pubescent child, well nobody that isn’t exactly that, a pedophile) so for that reason I knocked off a star for the overall story. Disregarding that aspect though, I really loved the listen!

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  • Christopher Juman
  • 09-07-20

If you found this book, you'll love it

The narration is top notch: It has Aggretsko, Hawkmoth and Marionette If this founds its way into your recommended books, give it a go Worst case scenario, its only 6 hours, so you'd still have 10 hours if you got a goodnight sleep

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  • SC7639
  • 08-06-20

Loved it

They should use these voice actors for a dub of the anime! the story is very fun but also has some safe themes

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  • A. Culverhouse
  • 06-02-20

More please!

If your into the supernatural you need to listen to these. The series was recommended to me by a friend and I bought over a few years all the animé for it. However I have never had time to sit and watch them as they are not in English dub so would need my actual concentration. On the other hand these are excellently translate and highly involving.

This is such a good series, I'm so pleased that these are comming out. Please continue to release the entire series! The writing, translation and voice acting is all brilliant. I love the commentary from the author at the end of each book, it for some reason really adds to the work and your left feeling like the author would make a very interesting friend.