©1987 Haruki Murakami; (P)2005 Naxos Audiobooks
"Murakami tells a subtle, charming, profound, and very sexy story of young love bound for tragedy." (Publishers Weekly)
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"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.
nice audio, appropriate reading speed with clear sound. I have read the book already, the audio can substitute book
"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.
"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.
"It has its moments...but not special enough"
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.
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