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Norwegian Wood

Narrated by: John Chancer
Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Toru Watanabe, approaching middle age, hears The Beatles song "Norwegian Wood" in an airplane and, with Proustian vividness, it transports him back to his student days in Japan with Naoko, Midori, and Storm Trooper.
©1987 Haruki Murakami (P)2005 Naxos Audiobooks

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"Murakami tells a subtle, charming, profound, and very sexy story of young love bound for tragedy." (Publishers Weekly)

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Great book. Very touching.

Narrator did an excellent job. Sensitive moments in the book were handled with much grace.

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Are Murakami's books all as similar as this and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki?

I'd have liked it more if I hadn't read almost the same book by Murakami before.

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not sure how I feel about the ending

i really enjoyed the world the story put you in. I was really disapointed when it ended I wanted to know more.

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Meh

It’s not you , it’s me . I couldn’t get into this and found it rather boring .

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A must listen

Enjoyed every minute of this when I read it and when I listened. Recommended for all

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Not my thing

I found this book really quite dull. Maybe I’m not quite intellectual enough to appreciate it.

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  • Clare
  • 12-11-2008

An enjoyable journey, but not the best destination

Having got totally hooked by Kafka on the Shore I felt compelled to dive straight into another Murakami listen. I couldn?t say that I enjoyed Norwegian Wood as much as Kafka, however there is something incredibly appealing and enchanting about his style that still meant I enjoyed this. It's basically a coming of age book with the main character being likened to Holden Caulfield by some although I personally wouldn?t go that far. I didn?t feel there was so much depth to this story and whilst what I love about Murakami is the fact you really have no idea where his stories are going unfortunately when this one ended although I know I enjoyed the journey I was still not entirely sure where it had taken me. So much so that I actually started it all over again to see if there was something I missed at the beginning. Unfortunately not, but that hasn?t deterred me from moving straight on to The Wind-up Bird Chronicle which 4 hours in I?m already finding to be closer to the depth and quality of Kafka. I can?t remember the last time I was this addicted to an author. One word of warning though if you?re easily offended then Norwegian Wood in particular has quite a bit more sexual content than some of his other novels and whilst I personally don?t think he does it in a particularly vulgar way, it could be off putting to someone of a delicate persuasion.

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  • C.
  • 13-03-2013

Excellent

John Chancer is an excellent reader of Murakami, to the point that i can't imagine him read anybody's else work. The novel is moving, funny and surprising in equal measure. I did not want it to end.

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  • Martin
  • 18-12-2011

worth a download!

There's something special about Murakami's books and this one is where it all started for me. I had read this beautiful story before and decided to try out the audiobook. I enjoyed it greatly even if the voices of the female characters sounded a bit awkward at times. Overall, a great book and a very good reader nonetheless.

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  • subangi+0412onepod
  • 12-04-2011

Awesome listen

Awesome listen. Recommend this to all your friends. I enjoyed it very much. Great title. Good one for all users.

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  • Anthony
  • 15-11-2008

Peculiar but entertaining

This is the second Marukami novel i have read, the first being The Wind-Up Bird which needless to say had me hooked, and sent me back to the beginnings of his work.
Norwegian Wood is a story of the coming of age of a college boy and his encounters with a variety of girls and women. The narrative was beautiful throughout but was interspersed with frequent sexualy explicit language or behaviour particulalry from the female characters which was unexpected and quite shocking but written in such a way as to be an obvious and open language and behaviour of persons of that age-group.
I did not enjoy this as much as The Wind Up Bird but am keen to continue reading Murakami as the prose is so expressive and distinctly surreal. I like his work very much

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-11-2016

First experience of Murakami

It was a great book, enjoyed every chapter. Naration was clear and enjoyable. absolutely recommended.

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  • John
  • 27-08-2011

A beautifully sad conversation.

I found this book enthralling from the very start. It seems more personal than most novels and as I listened I felt as though I were listing to story of a lifelong friend whose past I had never known about rather than a character in a book.Surely this is the type of story telling that every writer aspires to.

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  • B O'Donnell B
  • 03-08-2016

Beautiful novel with clear narration

Any additional comments?

It is a beautiful story, using very simple language making it easy to follow on a hectic commute.

The narration by John Chancer is very playful, listenable and clear. However, the translation uses many English colloquialisms, which can sound slightly awkward when spoken in an American accent and hence could only be improved with British narration instead.

Highly recommend regardless.

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  • A. D. Hall
  • 01-07-2016

Beautiful

Another beautifully written book by Haruki Murakami. I love his style. The characters and story are all believable. Very natural. A sad tale of Love, Life, Friendship and death.
The narrator is perfect for this book.

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  • Constable Elbow
  • 10-06-2014

Can it be possible? Unlistenable Murakami!

It's ENTIRELY MY OWN FAULT for not listening to the excerpt(a mistake I haven't made since) before downloading - if I'd heard the voice of the narrator, I'd have saved myself the heartache of hearing such a beautiful, lyrical, moving book being mangled and stomped on by the awful reading. The total lack of genuine sensitivity and the entirely unsuccessful attempts to give life to the female characters marks this out for me as the worst listening experience I've so far had with audible. But you may like it - and it's a gorgeous book.

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