Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £25.99

Buy Now for £25.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is transported back almost 20 years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire - to a time when an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and he has to choose between the future and the past.

©2000 Haruki Murakami (P)2020 Penguin Audio

What listeners say about Norwegian Wood

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    168
  • 4 Stars
    94
  • 3 Stars
    45
  • 2 Stars
    12
  • 1 Stars
    5
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    162
  • 4 Stars
    67
  • 3 Stars
    30
  • 2 Stars
    11
  • 1 Stars
    6
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    146
  • 4 Stars
    71
  • 3 Stars
    36
  • 2 Stars
    17
  • 1 Stars
    7

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

misogynistic and gross

Misogynistic sad-girl tropes all over this book. For me, it missed all the marks to be the enchanting coming-out-of-age novel I was expecting. I recommend it for lovers of Bukowski who like female characters to be submissive and sex scenes to be gross and vulgar.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Poor narrating

Why is the same narrator reading out both the main character's and all the girls' lines? I find his voice/accent annoying as the MC already, but a male reading out a woman's lines sounds jarring on another level and is distracting me from the actual story.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

not for me

This isn't for me, my book club, or anyone else I can think of.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

rly good

loved it. will read again when my heart glues back because this story is heartbreaking sometimes

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

An odd love story

I enjoy murakami books and I waited a while for this one to be narrated. Unfortunately I wasn't a major fan of the narration but it didn't distract from the story once I got used to it. The story is as weird as ever, but interesting! I was intently waiting to see what happens next so that's a good sign. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for an off kilter love story

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Great book

I only read this because it’s meant to be on of Harry Styles’ favourite books. Although it is exceptionally well written, it’s too dark and twisted for my taste.

It was extremely atmospheric and once you start reading it’s hard to stop. I don’t know if I would like to read from this author again. Maybe something less unsettling.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Weird voice at first but it grew on me

brilliant story the narrator's voice took a little getting used to but it was great to hear Murakami's work whilst painting.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

narrator ruined a great book

never listening to another book by this narrator. made the female voice sound so creepy and kept rushing anything that was written poetically and making it sound meaningless

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Irritating reader

Adam Simms has some awful vocal fry. It became really grating as the novel went on.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

good narration ignore others criticism

great book , good narration ignore others criticism he changes his voice for female characters

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for bini vinod
  • bini vinod
  • 05-12-20

Nostalgia

Autobiographical and full of memories of growing up. The depth and ease of his narration are amazing.