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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (73,516 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Haruki Murakami Narrator: John Chancer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9780804166652
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A masterly novel…Norwegian Wood bears the unmistakable marks of Murakami’s hand.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Norwegian Wood not only points to but manifests the author’s genius.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A treat…Murakami captures the heartbeat of his generation and draws the reader in so completely you mourn when the story is done.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Vintage Murakami [and] easily the most erotic of [his] novels.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • A masterly novel. . . . Norwegian Wood bears the unmistakable marks of Murakami’s hand. The New York Times Book Review
  • Norwegian Wood . . . not only points to but manifests the author’s genius. Chicago Tribune

    “[A] treat . . . Murakami captures the heartbeat of his generation and draws the reader in so completely you mourn when the story is done.
  • Vintage Murakami [and] easily the most erotic of [his] novels. Los Angeles Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lin | 2/19/2014

    " Didn't like is quite as much as his other books, but it was good. I read this because it was banned. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vivi | 2/16/2014

    " Absolutely out of my style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D-aphni | 2/11/2014

    " wonderful book, gloomy yet brilliant. it was my first of murakami and i fell in love... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tzie | 2/6/2014

    " This was the first book of Murakami that I read and it didn't 'wow' me. It was good because it was sad and I have a thing for sad literature but that was it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roger | 2/2/2014

    " Is it a case of a flat translation or a cultural chasm? The sexually explicit parts are titillating, especially the book's highlight - a parenthetical narrative where the most prominent supporting female character describes her sole lesbian relationship; but otherwise the first-person narrator is a cipher and there are suggestions that his perspective is skewed without sufficient cues or clues to bring the objective correlative into focus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/31/2014

    " 4 stars right up to the end, which just pissed me off. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sababa | 1/30/2014

    " It was a love story and I usually don't prefer love stories but this really had something to give. The book was pleasant to read and the ending specially, was set brilliantly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zyul Alva | 1/24/2014

    " Triste, amargo, un reflejo de cada ser. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcos Hassan | 1/18/2014

    " Murakami could have been the lead singer of a Midwestern emo band in the 90s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Villa | 12/23/2013

    " Desgarrador "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Daviduik | 10/22/2013

    " Fantastic! Highly recommended. Reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye without trying to be it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily's | 9/4/2013

    " anything by murakami is a good pick - up "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Signel | 8/24/2013

    " A beautiful novel that challenges your imagination. Haruki Murakami is an extraordinary author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kanika | 6/6/2013

    " Read it for the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaye de Vega | 1/29/2013

    " I was skeptical to read Murakami's novels then. This book was my first attempt. I was surprisingly hooked! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luiz Fernando | 10/2/2012

    " This is a great book. The characters are amazingly deep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 River Wolfe | 9/19/2012

    " The first Murakami book that I read (and I think the only romance book he wrote) and I enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Feathzzz | 5/12/2012

    " :( No super-bizare supernatural werdiness? ????????????? That's what I love about you the most though... oh well must read the next one for more then. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luciana Limaverde | 3/21/2012

    " Meu review sobre esse livro aqui. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mohima | 3/14/2012

    " Gripping, somewhat depressing, but worth the trouble. I'd read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 2/26/2012

    " Wonderful, dreamlike, flowing story. Slightly strange and completely enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Krans | 8/17/2011

    " My kind of love story...weird, honest, and filled with bad decisions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 6/1/2011

    " Most readable Murakami. No cats, no supernatural stuff. Just a lot of imaginary sex and not-so-imaginary depression. Pretty readable but I can't say good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 5/24/2011

    " Don't read it if you're sad, but if you could use a little melancholy to cut the bright sunshine of a tropical beach while on vacation, go for it. Three cheers to the translator that so beautifully expresses Murakami's poetic prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 5/23/2011

    " Crazy read. I knew what was going to happen to Naoki in the end because of the extreme foreshadowing, but I never even had a whiff of what was going to happen with Midori. I loved this book so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bharti | 5/23/2011

    " Haruki Murakami really knows how to make the readers go to another world, to another time ^_^. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 5/22/2011

    " The book actually bothered me. It was quite depressive and portraying a very dark picture of life. The characters were lost in grief and search for purpose in life. Still as a book was well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 5/22/2011

    " I really enjoyed this. Very tumultuous and haunting. The backdrop served as a brilliant correlation to the development of the characters. Sad and captivating with subtle humor. Also enjoyed historical insight into japan in the late 60s, early 70s. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tiara | 5/19/2011

    " Call me conservative, but the detailed sexual activities bothered me. And no, I don't get the point. But I do like some of the conversations. My favorite character was Midori. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aliisa | 5/17/2011

    " I didn't get much out of this book is all. Perhaps someone should give me a lecture on its significance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ans | 5/12/2011

    " Ik heb zojuist "de jacht op het verloren schaap" gelezen en raak een beetje verslaafd aan Murakami. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corinne | 5/12/2011

    " Four suicides in one book can really depress a girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheefai7 | 5/11/2011

    " Love the simple straight forward plot. I guess it's my most erotic book I ever read "

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About the Author
Author Haruki MurakamiHaruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.
About the Narrator

John Chancer is an award-winning narrator of numerous audiobooks. He has performed in theaters on both sides of the Atlantic. His television appearances have included Any Human Heart, Episodes, Spooks, The Long Firm, and William & Mary. His films include Casino Royale, Unstoppable, Grim, and Project: Shadowchaser.