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  • Dance, Dance, Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (237)

    Quirky characters, a hotel with a phantom floor, sexy girls, rock music, especially Talking Heads - this gloriously imaginative romp around contemporary Japan defies description. A cult novelist with a huge international following, but also with a serious literary reputation, Haruki Murakami gains more fans with each book. Dance, Dance, Dance is one of his finest and most loved.

    Dr. says: "Another good listen from Murakami"
    "Great book. Very poorly read, however."
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    Would you try another book from Haruki Murakami and/or Rupert Degas?

    I thoroughly enjoy Murakami and will search out any of his books that are not read by Rupert Degas. I will definitely make sure NOT to download anything Rupert Degas reads EVER again. (Is that harsh? I suppose Mr. Degas' reading could improve. It would take many, many recommendations for me to give him another try, though.)


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reading performance was terrible. I have read this book before, some ten years ago, and I accept that different readers bring different focus and importance and flavor to a book... Rupert Degas' pronunciation was awful. I suppose I appreciate the fact that he pronounced the Japanese names in what I can only assume is a Japanese accent, however, plenty of the English words and names were NOT correctly annunciated. Sometimes Mr. Degas would forget which character he was reading and mix up the voices he was using - which is REALLY confusing, often making no sense at all. And the voices he chose to use were completely wrong, in my opinion.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read several Murakami books and enjoy his writing quite a bit. I hope someone records a rereading of this book as it surely deserves better. I hate to think this audiobook could be someone's introduction to Murakami's work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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