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Audition (edition 2010)

by Ryu Murakami (Author), Ralph McCarthy (Translator)

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Documentary-maker Aoyama hasn't dated anyone in the seven years since the death of his beloved wife, Ryoko. Now even his teenage son Shige has suggested he think about remarrying. So when his best friend Yoshikawa comes up with a plan to hold fake film auditions so that Aoyama can choose a new bride, he decides to go along with the idea. Of the thousands who apply, Aoyama only has eyes for Yamasaki Asami, a young, beautiful, delicate and talented ballerina with a turbulent past. But there is more to her than Aoyama, blinded by his infatuation, can see, and by the time he discovers the terrifying truth it may be too late Ryu Murakami delivers his most subtle and disturbing novel yet, confirming him as Japan's master of the psycho-thriller.… (more)
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Title:Audition
Authors:Ryu Murakami (Author)
Other authors:Ralph McCarthy (Translator)
Info:Bloomsbury Paperbacks, Kindle Edition, 212 pages
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Parts are interesting, especially at the beginning due to some interesting social commentary, but the father I got into the book, the more disconnected I felt. Everything is too obvious and there’s just no tension. Add to that “onscreen” animal death and I’m just not into this one at all. ( )
  Aug3Zimm | Aug 8, 2020 |
Hunting up a bride
she's lovely, so attentive
he's heels over head. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
It kept my attention. It reminded me of how simple a book can be if it's meticulously paced. I didn't care for the psychological explanations offered by the author to explain the psychokiller's proclivities...in a thriller like this one, psychokillers are gonna psychokill, and that's a good enough explanation for me. ( )
  poingu | Feb 22, 2020 |
I like this book. it is a gentle meander through the life of a man who wants a wife but ends up with a psychopath! The end is a little abrupt compared to the slow build up, hence the 3 star rating, but it is still worth a read. Murakami knows how to build suspense! ( )
  peelap | Feb 3, 2019 |
Audition tells the tale of a widower who, seven years after the death of his wife, holds auditions for a new wife. While the actresses lining up to audition for a film don't know that's Aoyama's intent, he and his friend Yoshikawa reason that this is the best way to find a woman who is accomplished, confident, and single. Of course. And, of course, Aoyama falls mindlessly in love with a former ballet dancer who seems too good to be true.

I enjoyed Audition, but not for the thriller Murakami seemingly intends it to be - rather, I found it to be a highly amusing farce. The author has absolutely no confidence in his reader, and treats the reader as if he is the same kind of idiot as his protagonist. The blatancy of the plot hits the audience in the face from the very beginning, and continues through to page 167, when the true "horror" begins. The final few pages are appropriately squirm-worthy, but the remainder of the novel is good for a laugh. ( )
  London_StJ | Jun 8, 2014 |
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Documentary-maker Aoyama hasn't dated anyone in the seven years since the death of his beloved wife, Ryoko. Now even his teenage son Shige has suggested he think about remarrying. So when his best friend Yoshikawa comes up with a plan to hold fake film auditions so that Aoyama can choose a new bride, he decides to go along with the idea. Of the thousands who apply, Aoyama only has eyes for Yamasaki Asami, a young, beautiful, delicate and talented ballerina with a turbulent past. But there is more to her than Aoyama, blinded by his infatuation, can see, and by the time he discovers the terrifying truth it may be too late Ryu Murakami delivers his most subtle and disturbing novel yet, confirming him as Japan's master of the psycho-thriller.

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