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Norwegian Wood Audiobook

Norwegian Wood

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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

What the Critics Say

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

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  • Helen
    Germany
    12/20/13
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    "Coming of age?"

    I was just flat out bored with this book a lot of the time and sometimes even unnerved. Only smal parts were interesting to me. I skipped great parts after half the book was over, especially because I didn't care about the characters (oh, they were all so very special....) and the story wasn't very likely either. Maybe coming of age stories are just not for me so melodramatic about little things..... And at the same times real tragedies are read (maybe it was not only the book, but the reader as well) like unimportant .....

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Carrie
    Galway, Ireland
    5/3/13
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    "Not my Cup of tea"

    This book is beautiful written but I didnt like it at all, I've heard great things about it but nothing much happened in this story and I think I need an ounce of joy in a book and this was quite miserable.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lal-Akash
    London, United Kingdom
    1/1/11
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    "Good book, reading not to my taste"

    I enjoyed the book despite not liking the portrayal of some of the characters by the reader and I found some of the expression a bit repetitive.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • B O'Donnell B
    Kent, UK
    8/3/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. D. Hall
    UK
    7/1/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr Nils Muhlert
    4/16/16
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    "Natural sexuality with feminist thinking and a complex storyline"

    I was given this book by my son and had always to have time to read it.
    It is an account of the transition from teenage to adulthood of a thoughtful Japanese man, detailing his relationships with other males and principally females. Teenage suicides are always sad losses to family and friends and provide points of focus for the text which ambled along.
    However there are quite a few erotic passages which would not be acceptable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Smith
    Gloucestershire, UK.
    2/12/16
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    "My first delve into Murakami and an enjoyable one."

    My first delve into Murakami and an enjoyable one it was too. I'll try more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Coventry , England
    8/21/15
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    "Beautiful"

    A beautiful contemplative book. I felt like I could relate to watanabe , his periods of melancholia and his outlook on the world really resonated with me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Constable Elbow
    Europe
    6/10/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gregory
    United Kingdom
    8/3/13
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    "It has its moments...but not special enough"
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    the narrator was bearable, but only just, he did not help this rather indulgently silly story, especially with his ghastly attempt to narrate the female characters. i could not get interested in these peoples lives. the odd description of some beauty scattered about in there, but mostly lightweight and contrived.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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