A tour de force of metaphysical reality, Kafka on the Shore is powered by two remarkable characters....
Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon....
The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo. A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her....
Hear the Wind Sing is the first novel by Haruki Murakami. First published in the June 1979 issue of Gunzo, one of the most influential literary magazines in Japan....
The new novel - a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan - from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since IQ84....
A love story combined with a detective story, Sputnik Sweetheart ultimately lingers in the mind as a profound meditation on human longing....
Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone....
Here is a short, sleek novel of encounters, set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn. At its center are two sisters....
In South of the Border, West of the Sun, the simple arc of a man's life - with its attendant rhythms of success and disappointment - becomes the exquisite literary terrain of Haruki Murakami's most haunting work....
By turns haunting and hilarious, The Elephant Vanishes is further proof of Murakami's ability to cross the border between separate realities....
Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon....
In the spring of 1978, a young Haruki Murakami sat down at his kitchen table and began to write....
From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles comes this superb collection of 24 stories that generously expresses Murakami's mastery of the form....
From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous....
The subject of Kokoro, which can be translated as 'the heart of things' or as 'feeling,' is the delicate matter of the contrast between the meanings the various parties of a relationship attach to it....
From Haruki Murakami, internationally acclaimed author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Norwegian Wood, a work of literary journalism that is as fascinating as it is necessary, as provocative as it is profound....
The six stories in Haruki Murakami’s mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of its existential fragility....
This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed lunches strangles her abusive husband....
This stunning and elegiac novel by the author of the internationally acclaimed Wind-Up Bird Chronicle has sold over 4 million copies in Japan and is now available to American audiences for the first time. It is sure to be a literary event.
Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.
A poignant story of one college student's romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man's first, hopeless, and heroic love.
tale of love and strained devotions not nearly as popular as it should be. Quiet, lyrical, subdued, this novel draws you into the world of the agonies and joys of loving. Simply a great read.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The narrator's female voice was annoying. Also, he missed the correct inflection at times. I wish I would've read this book instead of listen. With Murakami's books, I will read instead, I'll listen to more mainstream authors on Audible.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
this is very dfferent from other murakami novels, there's not so much imagination and absurdness to it but the concreteness of it is nice. still I feel it compliments murakamis other work quite well. would recommend to anyone interested in his work.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I liked it but didn't love it. A great audio performance and an interesting story. But despite some moving parts the story is slow and a tad dull.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I have enjoyed every other Murakami novel I've read. I'm not quite sure where this one was going, but basically I couldn't stand the narration. It was so wrong, including the fact that he had no clue whatsoever how to pronounce the Japanese names and that was so distracting.
Pronouncing Japanese words is really not difficult, and surely he could have learned or else they could have used a different narrator.
This one is going back, unfortunately.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Norwegian Wood?
If this was the first Murakami novel I had ever read, I would never have read anything else he had written. This was clearly written before Murakami figured out his writing style, because this lacks both the amazing storytelling and wonderful prose in his later work.
What was most disappointing about Haruki Murakami’s story?
Whereas Kafka on the Shore & the Windup Bird Chronicle sucked you in and played with your soul, this novel was droll at best. I think I spent the entire novel waiting for a sparkling line of prose or one interesting thing done by any of the characters. Didn't happen.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Chancer?
Someone who was sounded 19. Having someone who sounds as old as ... me ... reading a book about teenage angst (is that was it was about?) ... is just ... inappropriate.
What character would you cut from Norwegian Wood?
All of them. Sorry. It was awful.
Any additional comments?
If anyone understands the ending, please write to explain it. Thanks.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
To truly understand and enjoy this book knowing about the post war writings of Japan, existentialism, and Sartre would help. The writing is beautiful but the plot can be confusing at times because it focuses on the philosophy and post war styling. Still it's a good read.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Haruki Murakami is one of the most interesting writers I've had the good fortune to be exposed to. Norwegian Wood is NOT my favourite and by no means gives the listener the full picture of his ability to create worlds where the tricks of thinking become a reality played out with excruciating intensity. The novel gives you an idea though and is well worth a listen to get the idea.
More Murakami please Audible!
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
Great novel ruined by poor voice work. I get the feeling he didn't care about how emotionally heavy this novel is.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Yes because I'm a huge Murakami fan and his writing is amazing, even in translation; no because it's about unhappy people who have a lot of sex (in great detail) of all kinds, most of whom are miserable and die young. As far as I'm concerned, the story went nowhere. Plot...what plot?
Would you ever listen to anything by Haruki Murakami again?
Yes, absolutely! This was my 4th of his books and the one I've liked least. So glad I didn't read it first. My favorite is Hardboiled Wonderland & The End of the World.
Which scene was your favorite?
They were all so similar, I did not have a favorite.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
No way! Too depressing.
Any additional comments?
The narrator was great! I loved his delivery and the way he believably voiced women. They sounded like women and did not all sound alike.