1Q84

Genre: Literary Fiction

1Q84

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84—“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled. As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector. A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s—1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant bestseller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 47 hours
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Author
Haruki Murakami

Biography:
Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.
Narrator
Marc Vietor

Biography:
Marc Vietor is an actor, born in La Jolla, California, and now living in New York. He is a graduate of the Drama Division of the Juilliard School and Yale College and has appeared in numerous theatre, television, and film productions within and outside the U.S. Marc is also active in the audiobook world, having voiced a number of fiction and nonfiction works.
Narrator
Mark Boyett

Biography:
Mark Boyett has a number of New York and regional theater credits to his name, as well as several television, film, and audiobook credits. Mark is a graduate of the A.R.T. Institute for Advance Theater Training at Harvard University.
Narrator
Alison Hiroto

Biography:
Alison Hiroto is a trained singer, actor and dancer. She has toured nationally as Pocahontas in Pocahontas and as Sadako in Sadako and 1,000 Cranes. Internationally, she has performed at the Venice Biennale as well as in London, Rome, Spoleto, Bogota, Taipei, Zagreb and Tirana. She is a member of the Great Jones Repertory Company, Loco 7 Dance Puppet Theatre and NYU's First Look Theatre Company.

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