adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $28.00

Buy for $28.00

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

The new novel - a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan - from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since IQ84.

Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

©2014 Haruki Murakami (P)2014 Random House Audio

What listeners say about Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    583
  • 4 Stars
    496
  • 3 Stars
    212
  • 2 Stars
    46
  • 1 Stars
    27
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    570
  • 4 Stars
    352
  • 3 Stars
    172
  • 2 Stars
    55
  • 1 Stars
    63
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    535
  • 4 Stars
    411
  • 3 Stars
    200
  • 2 Stars
    51
  • 1 Stars
    16

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful Story. Odd dialogue narration

It Is hard for me to believe that Murakami is not aware of the odd dialogue in Bruce Locke's performance. I have listen to nearly 300 books and most of Murukami's material. The use of the Japanese accent is inconsistent with all of his other books. Why do it here? The depth and tone of the story could have been extraordinary if the dialogue had been performed normally. The book is definitely worth a listen. But really should be redone with the accented English removed. When Locke simply narrates the story the results are dark and moving.

18 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Very unfortunate narration...

What did you love best about Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage?

A big fan of Muruakami - so I love it all.

How could the performance have been better?

The accents used in the narration our horrible. Sorry, but no other word to use. I'm having a hard time finishing the book, which I'm sure I would have loved otherwise.

Any additional comments?

Please do not use those voice accents ever again. Thank you.

23 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Had to give up

I love Murakami, so I'll assume this is a good book. But the performer's reading of dialogue is appalling. The characters become swollen-tongued boobs, lumping from one disconnected statement to another.

I had to return this very disappointing version, and will get one with a different narrator.

13 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Seriously? Japanese accent really necessary?

I don't understand why the publishers of Murakami's "Colorless Tsukuru..." decided that it was a good idea to have the actor speak in a heavy Japanese accent for all the dialogues in the audible book. Seriously effing annoying and maybe racist. I don't know if I can continue listening.

27 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

subtly lovely and compassionate story

If you could sum up Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage in three words, what would they be?

subtle, emotional, engrossing

What three words best describe Bruce Locke’s performance?

Generally I liked Bruce Locke's performance, when he is narrating in his own voice. He seemed to have the right point of view and voice. HOWEVER, as did many other reviewers, I really struggled with his choice of narration style for the dialogue. In real life, when two Japanese people speak to each other in Japan, they are not trying to speak in a foreign language, so they don't have accents that derive from trying to pronounce words (English words), that are not natural for them. So I spent much time wondering WHY Bruce Locke would choose to make them sound like they were trying to speak English to each other. I was often distracted by the dialogue, as it is quite strange to hear this ridiculous dialect where it didn't belong. If the story involved some American people, in America, having a conversation with a Japanese person, it would make sense (perhaps) to have the Japanese person sound like that. But Japanese people don't have accents when speaking to each other, as far as I know, because they are not pronouncing English words to each other.

Any additional comments?

this was a really engaging and engrossing book... I'm really in love with Murakami's writing!

15 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Charlie Chan

The narrator has the worst fake Japanese accent. Sounds more like the old racist Charlie Chan movies. It was astoundingly bad. There was absolutely no need for that fake accent. It was as though the narraration was making fun of Murakami being Japanese. I stopped listening because it was so distracting to the story. Why didn't anyone else notice ? Amazing. As a Japanese I felt insulted.

23 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Good, brooding book, terrible reading

The dialogue was read with this incredibly grating Japanese accent. It's in translation, it's not about Japanese speakers try to speak broken, stilted English. I mean, FFS, it's not like Japanese speakers sound like they have accents when they're speaking to each other in their native language, this came off as a stupid affectation.

17 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Poor narration

Unfortunate that the narrator chose to use Japanese accents for the main characters. It made them sound stiff and wooden and fer chrissakes, I KNOW they're Japanese, thanks. The Japanese accent sounded inauthentic too, sometimes veering into what sounded like German.

Otherwise narration was great. He even did a good Finnish accent.

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

This has to be a record for unresolved story lines

Initially I was leery of this book due to the multiple reviews criticizing the narration because of the Japanese accents employed. I went ahead anyway because usually I greatly enjoy Murakami's work.

The narration was not distracting to me personally and I wasn't offended that accents were employed. I WAS however greatly disappointed in what seems to be Murakami's trend toward ever increasing loose ends, unexplained story lines, and an inability to resolve his books.

This leaving of various loose ends is certainly a hallmark of a Murakami work, but this book has got to be a record.

Not only are there all of the usual loose ends, but the ENTIRE thing is left unresolved! There is literally almost NOTHING that is explained, resolved, or ended.

What happened to Tsukuru's swimming friend? What was the significance of the musician's unopened bag? What was the point of the musician who passed along his death card? What was the point of people to whom the death card could be passed along to? What happened to any of Tsukuru's childhood friends? Why was one of them murdered? Who did it? What was the role of Tsukuru's dreams in that friend's story?

And most maddening of all, if the over-reaching narrative was the budding relationship of Tsukuru and his new girlfriend and where it would go following his revisited youthful trauma with his childhood friends and his girlfriend's other significant relationship, guess what? You get NOTHING on that either!

This was like a bag of ideas and story beginnings that got thrown into a book and published with not a hint of satisfaction contained anywhere within.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Interesting Story - but unsatisfying

First - the narration was done by a native English speaker faking a Japanese accent, which really messed up the experience for me. You get the awkward feeling that you are listening to people speaking in a mutual 2nd language that is awkward for them. I don't know why the narrator and director made this choice.

Second - the story is nice, but I found it somewhat unsatisfying compared to his other books. I would recommend it, though, if you are a Murakami fan. If you are not an established reader of Murakami, read Hardboiled Wonderland first, as this book will might turn you away from his other great works.

Overall - read it - but don't waste a credit on the audiobook.

3 people found this helpful