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When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is transported back almost 20 years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire - to a time when an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and he has to choose between the future and the past.

©2000 Haruki Murakami (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Awesome narrator

Superb narration with one of a kind writing ...treat for readers...recommend it strongly....effortless listening...murakami the master

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Made my cry but as other said depressing book

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Such a depressing book, only feel good part was the last funeral and probably not sure how but was able to feel those songs. Have never heard Norwegian wood before but probably going to. You’d like this book if you’re into beetles in sad way but like it.

Also never knew what verb subjective was, so good that listened to this book


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Would never recommend to any depressed one, it took me down and I’m usually full of energy. Odd/weird teenager book imo

P.s. Apologies for bad English not a native speaker

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captivating

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it you can. murakami is an amazing storyteller. I didn't like him first but now I say he is best in these times. I could give twn stars to this story

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Excellent Narrator and well portrayed melancholy

Japan in late 1960s really surprised me. They had bullet trains then ? The portrayal of student life was interesting to say the least. Great portrayal of grief and melancholy.

The narrator does an excellent job !

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beautifully narrated by Adam Sims !

Few chapters in & you know the theme of the book is slightly morbid. If it weren't for this audiobook, I would've found it hard to finish. Sims' narration blend well enough with Murakami's storytelling. thank you :)

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murakami and adam sims: double treat

Adam Sims is just brilliant! Listening to his narration makes me feel that I would not have half enjoyed this book reading it myself.

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Simple plot, intricate story, enchanting effect

This is my second Haruki Murakami book and first one from his fiction range. I absolutely loved the way he narrates the story and builds his characters and their storylines. While the plot seems quite simple to start with, the way he gets into the details of the personalities in his story is commendable. The characters Watanabe, Midori, Naoko, Reiko, Nagasawa, Hatsumi can be envisioned vividly through his words and you start relating to them, feeling for them and thinking like them once you get into the story.

Two best things about this book:
a) It captures all the small little things that are unique to the country/ city/ time/ culture it is set in. It makes you live the 1969 Japan through the series of anecdotes around city, political situation back then, weather/ scenery and most importantly the people and their lives. The last time I got such lively description of the far eastern culture was in Pachinko - another masterpiece.
b) The musical notes weaved in the story makes it truly sing to you. I got introduced to Norwegian Wood song after I started reading this book and for me the song captured the entire melody of this story. I couldn't continue reading the book without humming the music in the back of my mind. Kudos to Murakami achieving this.

Lastly, the narrator, Adam Sims does complete justice to the story and characters. I'm sure the audible experience made the book stand out even more.

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Just fell in love with his writing

I painted a picture in my head of all the characters with this. Beautiful beautiful story.

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Oh my God!

Never ever came across such beautiful writing. This book is a test to see if you are alive.

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  • bini
  • 05-12-20

Nostalgia

Autobiographical and full of memories of growing up. The depth and ease of his narration are amazing.

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  • Laura
  • 16-11-20

An odd love story

I enjoy murakami books and I waited a while for this one to be narrated. Unfortunately I wasn't a major fan of the narration but it didn't distract from the story once I got used to it. The story is as weird as ever, but interesting! I was intently waiting to see what happens next so that's a good sign. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for an off kilter love story

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  • Neena
  • 12-12-20

rly good

loved it. will read again when my heart glues back because this story is heartbreaking sometimes

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  • Mariana
  • 05-04-21

Poor narrating

Why is the same narrator reading out both the main character's and all the girls' lines? I find his voice/accent annoying as the MC already, but a male reading out a woman's lines sounds jarring on another level and is distracting me from the actual story.

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  • FENARETI
  • 03-02-21

Great book

I only read this because it’s meant to be on of Harry Styles’ favourite books. Although it is exceptionally well written, it’s too dark and twisted for my taste.

It was extremely atmospheric and once you start reading it’s hard to stop. I don’t know if I would like to read from this author again. Maybe something less unsettling.

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  • Isobel Birkinshaw
  • 07-01-21

Weird voice at first but it grew on me

brilliant story the narrator's voice took a little getting used to but it was great to hear Murakami's work whilst painting.

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  • Madeline Bradley
  • 18-06-21

Skip the Audiobook & read the book for this one. Trust me.

Adam Sims has a pretentious tone to his voice that I don’t think fits the experience of Norwegian Wood.
Toru Watanabe wasn’t likeable sounding like he had a stick wedged up his backside throughout each line when I think he was just meant to come across aloof, uncertain & young.

Adam Sims voice for Midori was almost sexist, the way he portrayed her made her sound vapid & annoying which didn’t match how she was written in the book. I felt that discredited Midori’s character and what she contributed to the story.

Norwegian Wood overall is stunningly written, translated with so much care beautifully but I wouldn’t recommend this audiobook, Adam Sims and the spin he’s put on it doesn’t do it justice.
I think the lack of ratings on this book reflects on the bad voice casting when it is such a famous and loved book.