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Norwegian Wood

Written by: Haruki Murakami
Narrated by: John Chancer
Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
4 out of 5 stars (56 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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Narrator. 😍

Narrator has done a good 👍job.
keep it up.
must try if fan of Haruki.

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good

loved it it was amazing like a freaking notting air on the sky. get the tunes

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excellent book. narrators was good

the narrator was able to create the mood at the time of narrating. all the characters had complex relations with each other...it was very difficult to predict how they would end with each other. it is not possible to live a perfect life and you may sometimes hurt each other.

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The book took me on a great journey

The quotes were amazing , the way of describing the minutest details, like if you give a thought about the things that have been written and imagine it you will see them in front of you.
Overall a great book.
Don't read it with a sense that why did it happen but enjoy the journey toru takes on and what all changes happen due to the interaction with various characters.

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Spectacular Story

I just loved it. Every character has been written skillfully. The narration was amazing. This story is to be read by everyone.

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Big Disappointment!!!!!

The story is really disappointing. I have no idead why it is regarded as the best work of Murakami?

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Superb narration!

This is my first book by Murakami, the story is nice and narration was excellent! I hope to see more audiobooks with John Chancer's narration.

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  • Tim
  • 03-04-06

Wistful, magical, poetic, touching

Like all of Murakimi's works this is a book you never want to put down. It's not so much the story itself, which is as wonderful and unexpected as always, but the pleasure of spending time in Murakami's world and being able to see through his eyes. He has an almost magical ability to make anything he describes fascinating, touching and deeply enlightening.

My only minor quibble was that although the reader was perfectly good the book would have deserved much better narration, with clearer dramatic personification of the individual characters. This really isn't a criticism of this reader, I've just been spoiled recently by truly superlative readers like Simon Prebble.

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  • E. Y. Bae
  • 21-12-15

Great for the long drives

Would you listen to Norwegian Wood again? Why?

Just a very well written (spoken!) book. Easy to get into, has subtle depth and has a story and premise that I think everyone can relate to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Norwegian Wood?

The relationship analysis that the main character describes and his whole journey. Almost like Catcher in the Rye.

Have you listened to any of John Chancer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never listened to John Chancer before but his voice acting made this thoroughly enjoyable, especially the voice of Midori.

If you could take any character from Norwegian Wood out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Midori, she's so fun and spontaneous!

Any additional comments?

The funny thing is a lot of financially successful people I know loath this book and think it's a waste of time, I guess this book is for the dreamers out there.

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  • Arne-Michae
  • 29-03-11

Wonderful book.

I saw the movie version last weekend and really liked it. Discussed it a lot with my regular cinema buddy. But I'm really glad I bought this audiobook. It's so much deeper. And what a great description of the late 60's in Japan.
And the way the protagonist uses senses to evoke memories, just amazing!
It's deeply felt, but not too sentimental.
I know I'm gushing, but this book really touched me.
Loved how each chapter had a musical interlude.
Highly recommended.

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  • Yunsook
  • 01-06-08

narration is too far from satisfaction

Even the pronunciation of protagonist's name is wrong. I doubt if the narrator really understands the text.

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  • RomulusRom
  • 08-03-20

Not Murakami's best, and not narrated by Degas.

I'm really glad I didn't start my adventure with Murakami with this book, or I would never have become such a fan. This is not his best work. Not by a long shot. For me it's missing a lot of the essence I would find in his later books. The magic, the weirdness combined with the everyday people that encounter these events. Compared to that this reads more like a diary of a frat boy. And while John Chancer's narration is absolutely not bad, I do much prefer Rupert Degas' readings of Murakami's works.

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  • JUAN L.
  • 24-10-19

boring

A waste of time for me. I guess Murakami is not my cup of tea.
It only kept my interest for a few minutes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-19

Less then other murakami works

The female characters felt 2 dimensional in their perspective of sex. The dialogue was wanting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-19

Best book ever!

John Chancer's performance was simply accurate. He brought these characters to life just by voice. He made them pesonal and honest, just like the book is. This was my first Haruki Murakami book and I am sure I'll read a lot more! Haruki's words are magic. They play in your ears like gentel music. He describes my emotions many times and moved me. Excellent!!

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  • Kylo Leko
  • 24-04-19

Alluringly Magical

The narration of this book was done really well. It also happens to be the first audiobook I have ever managed to sit through and listen. If you want something to listen to which keeps making you want to go back to continue it whenever you’re available, the tone set in Norwegian Wood is it. I even watched the movie after and it was really relatable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-09-18

Amazing

A piece of art, puzzlung, sensual, creative, thrilling and touching. Another great work of Haruki Murakami

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  • Constable Elbow
  • 10-06-14

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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  • subangi+0412onepod
  • 12-04-11

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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  • Clare
  • 12-11-08

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.
  • 13-03-13

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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  • Anthony
  • 15-11-08

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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  • Chandra Kumar
  • 19-05-19

Ruined by the narration

I had never read or listen to any Murakami and it was recommended that I start here. The book itself isn't bad; not a great deal happens and its pretty slow.

The narrator completely ruins the experience however - female characters are voiced in the most mocking way possible. It is truly unbearable.

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  • A. D. Hall
  • 01-07-16

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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  • FosseFox
  • 04-01-19

Another great Murakami. But ruined by appalling reading

This is a complex read, with complex characters, issues and a deep plot.

The narrator manages to enforce some awful Japanese stereotypes, and Naoko’s voice is straight from hentai porn. Reiko is no better and nor are any of the characters. If you haven’t read the book with no intention of doing so, it’s ok. But if you intend to read it, don’t waste time with this. A childlike effort at reading aloud

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  • yue
  • 14-04-13

good

nice audio, appropriate reading speed with clear sound. I have read the book already, the audio can substitute book

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  • Martin
  • 18-12-11

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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  • Alexander Roxborough
  • 10-02-19

Great book. Very touching.

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

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  • Janet Dobson
  • 28-12-16

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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  • Cassandra
  • 06-10-16

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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  • Sarah Rhodes
  • 09-02-20

Captivating narration

I love the narrators of Murakami’s books and this one is no exception. I preferred 1Q84 but this is good. It’s simple compared with the other more complex story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-11-19

Please give it a try

I really love this book. I'm reviewing after listening for the third time, and each time I spend start again and spend my time with Tohru, Naoko and Midori is like slipping back into a conversation with an old friend. This book is captivating as if it were about people I know. It's a hard to explain book, but it's beautiful.

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  • Monica
  • 06-06-19

Meh

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

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  • Ball professor
  • 17-04-19

A must listen

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-07-18

Not my thing

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

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