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The long-awaited translation of the novel behind the cult classic Japanese movie. In this gloriously over-the-top tale, Aoyama, a widower who has lived alone. But what about the book it was based on? Audition, by Japanese novelist Ryu Murakami, was not published in English until , and even. Audition. Ryu Murakami (Author), Ralph McCarthy (Translator). Sign up for the monthly New Releases email. Please enter a valid email address. By signing up .

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This is definitely not your average crime or psycho-thriller, where there are several twists and turns. Part of the problem murakqmi that the main character isn’t very likable or sympathetic, rendering what in the film was a horrible, teeth clenching, gut spinning climax, into a wet, fizzled fire cracker in the book. Are they Asami’s warped view of events?

And things, of course, were a form of information. The face of a person who could probably kill someone without feeling anything whatsoever. Too beautiful, too wrong, too strange to be real. I knew you were all too sick to resist — watch the entire gory scene here.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Such friendly asides are, however, a form of entrapment, so that pages later the foolish reader can be rapped on the knuckles for his chauvinism. Perhaps it’s murzkami testament to Miike’s genius that he made it into what it became, given the paucity of material at hand.

That’s why she felt cheated. Even he is aware of how dubious the ethics of the project that sets all this in motion — auditioning women to be a wife, and not even being upfront with them about it — are though perhaps not quite as aware as he should bebut he’s quite good at critiquing the voyeuristic society that makes for the possibility and success of such harebrained ideas.


Aww hell, who am I kidding?

The bulk of it is a year old widower falling in muraakmi with a mysterious woman and taking her to restaurants where we learn what they eat and drink.

This page was last edited on 21 Mayat Ships from and sold by Amazon. Sean Lennon even though I still hate him for trashing Haruki.

Yamasaki Asami, age Those who know his previous novels, particularly Piercing and Almost Transparent Blue, will be aware that his strongest suit akdition a writer is how he portrays tripped-out, hallucinogenic sex and violence, and both the sex between Aoyama and Yamasaki in the hotel room and the subsequent violent denouement are mesmerising and compelling.

Hardcoverpages. There are no flowery descriptions and the action is very matter of fact.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Explore the Home Gift Guide. One who isn’t a total narcissist or a ditz, just someone to cuddle and read books with, a girl who’s sweet and kind and doesn’t insist on view spoiler [cutting off my feet? Pages with related products. Didn’t buy it the first day.

So when I came across this book, on which the movie is based, I was really excited to relive the story again from its source. Monday 31 December Aoyama was fairly well developed and his background and motivations understandable, but Asami seemed simply a character with a role to fill in a book.

Audition – Murakami Ryu

Finally, when I arrived at the scary part of the book which is pretty decent, and the only reason I rated the book two stars instead of one! See 2 questions about Audition…. This is more like a three and a half. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.


The characters aren’t developed deeply, but the pace of the book compensates for it and doesn’t lose much at the end of the day.

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I liked the plot but it was also an easily predictable story. View all 9 comments. One person tries to explain it to Aoyama: Aoyama devotes time and attention to Asami, who responds in kind; she is clearly receptive to his affection, and seems to need it as much as he wants to give it. After all I have been flippin I auidtion past a bright picture of some ‘cartoon imaged lady’ holding a syringe.

Like Aoyama, Murakami is a romantic at heart. I honestly couldn’t stop reading it, and by the time you even realize that you are going to be traumatized, it’s already too late.

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Well, if you’ve somehow managed to make it through this entire review without peeping any of the spoilers, congrats — let’s see if you can resist peeping her POV here. Fyu is no sense of dread or build up.