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Description

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

Critiques

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

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tim
  • 03/04/2006

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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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • E. Y. Bae
  • 21/12/2015

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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Arne-Michae
  • 29/03/2011

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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  • Global
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  • Yunsook
  • 01/06/2008

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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  • Yiyun
  • 17/04/2017

Terrific

I have to write something about this book. I love this book. I read it in Chinese 20 years ago and Japanese 10 years ago, and now I heard through the wonderful English version. The narrator's voice is so soothing. Each scene arise so vividly. Can't ask for more.

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  • Claire
  • 16/09/2014

Beautifully written, awfully read

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A lovely book, modern and magical at the same time. However, the way the narrator mispronounces all the Japanese words drives me mad.

What other book might you compare Norwegian Wood to and why?

Never let me go

What didn’t you like about John Chancer’s performance?

Doesn't pronounce any of the character's names correctly. Japanese has a very specific pronunciation for each letter - so this can't be argued.

Was Norwegian Wood worth the listening time?

Yes

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  • Robin Åhman
  • 30/01/2013

Not my favorite Murakami

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No I wouldn't really want to change anything, it is what it is.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I don't think it should be changed. There is nothing wrong with it, it just wasn't for me.

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

I don't think I have listened to any other of his performances.

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  • Hanna
  • 13/12/2012

Perfect first time

Beautifully read and wonderful story. Definitely holds one's attention. Will return to Murakami over and over and Chancer certainly did this one justice.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jason Yim
  • 15/12/2010

The first novel I found something beyond.

Through this novel written by Haruki Murakami, I found myself liking reading novels in 15 years ago. Also this novel is the first audio book I bought 5 years ago and have enjoyed it since then.

The narrator's voice and reading habit is especially great for me to hear the novel through. 'So great' is what I wanna say about this novel, this author, and this narrator.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Marius
  • 16/05/2008

This bird has flown ...

Norwegian Wood is the second Murakami book I have enjoyed (the first being Kafka on the Shore). While I marginally preferred "Kafka" this one was well worth listening to. Both books intersperse relative normality with weirdness, tending to involve introspective characters, music and dreams, lust and romance, forests and cityscapes. When you need a break from thrillers, biographies, politics and comedy, Murakami's works provide a welcome change of landscape and pace. My advice, though, is to absorb his works slowly, with long intervals between, to avoid them cloying. The narrator, John Chancer, suits the book exactly.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 20/01/2017

Die Erwartungen waren höher

In der Geschichte geht es um sehr außergewöhnliche Charaktere, sowie derrn Unfähigkeit sich für jemanden entscheiden zu können. Teilweise gab es recht amüsante Momente, allerdings war es für mich insgesamt zu wenig. Abschließend war das Ende recht bizarre.

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  • Michalina
  • 29/12/2016

quite empty book.

main character like a robot- no emotions at all. females characters does not seem realistic.

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  • Chista
  • 16/05/2016

I hate the way the guy reada

The story is interesting, but the reading is very unnatural. I dislike the intonation and the way the reader tries to give feeling to his voice or make a female voice. Sometimes my understanding from the text is not as he implies. I think that I am going to stop liscening it.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Peter Kroell
  • 27/01/2011

1968 flashback

Like Kafka in "Kafka on the shore" this time a wellknown beatles song acts as a kind of literary entry point from the west to a japaneese 68 flashback with unique characters and the complications of love and sex...

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