Reader Rupert Degas received extreme plaudits for his other Murakami recordings, both A Wild Sheep Chase and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.
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"A Japanese Philip K. Dick with a sense of humor....[Murakami belongs] in the topmost rank of writers of international stature." (Newsday)
"Loaded with...mystery, mysticism, sex and rock 'n' roll....Fast-moving and funny....The narrative voice...pulls like a diesel." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"This is a wholly endearing tale, very sexy, very adult, and in its own way very tender. Murakami is truly a novelist like no other." (Booklist)
Murakami has grown on me. This is the third book of his I have listened to. Each time it has taken me a while to become interested in the story and characters - but once the story sets in and is well under way - I thoroughly enjoy it! I would recommend this book to anyone who has listened to other Murakami books and wants more. The distinguishing feature of this book it the narrator - one of the best I have listened to. Degas really enriches the story and does a great job with multiple voices.
Haruki Murakami is a master of surreal mystery moved forward with interesting characters and dark humor. Rupert Degas is a master of bringing them to life with an enthusiasm more exciting and delightful than we probably would have done even if we read the books ourselves. Haruki and Rupert make a magnificent duo.
So far I've listened to Kafka on the Shore; Dance, Dance, Dance; and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I really love them all. Dance, Dance, Dance is probably the lightest heart of the three but fun in different ways than the other two.
This book was a delightful suprise. Using American voices for everything except non-translateable Japanese let me concentrate on the Raymond Chandler - esque story line. The fantastical elements in the story might be a bit for some. I suspect this is a Japanese thing. If you like classic noir, you'll love this book. The "writer with no name" is a latter-day Philip Marlowe. I wish I had a library of tales like this! Not literature, a bit raunchy for some (prostitution), but Murakami rocks this book!
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
Do you dream? Have you had any kind of unusual experience? How many of us follow these odd experiences?
Do you lust or love?
Do you fear or feel joy? Are you alive?
This is the stuff of Murakami.
In a kind of way this follows 'A wild Sheep Chase'.
For me this is a story about Shiva's Dance. The Dance of life and death. 'Dance Dance Dance'.
It covers the best places to buy lettuce, new friends, compassion, lust and love.
If you love Murakami then you will enjoy this.
I've read all of Murakami's books and the surreality is an acquired taste. I've applauded each one. That said, I'd likely rave for a rotten tomato if it was read by Rupert Degas. The man is a gift to listening ears. Exceptional.
I love this story and have read it many times, but feel like this version, having the perfect narration, which manages to even convey the cadence that I feel the author (and translator) spent so much time cultivating, is perfect.
I had so much fun listening that I hated for it end.
The quirky characters earned my love right away. And for the plot there are some but while I do listen intently even rewind some. I know that this summer I'll be enjoying this novel again.
Ending is not what I liked but just may be a sequel is coming. Surely hope so!!
Rupert Degas is Brilliant
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.)
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.
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.
Not my normal read. That being said, I enjoyed it immensely. The story was very enjoyable, intriguing and flowed along SO nicely that I do not believe I paid enough attention to what was going down to figure out what finally happened. Sheesh. It IS noir after all, but ...usually... that's not a problem for me (I deal in symbols ALL THE TIME so interpretation is almost a natural thing). LOL. Anyway. Guess I'll have to (eventually) "read" it again and see if it is as solid as I want it to be :)
"Let yourself be swept up into another world"
Having given up reading the Wind-up bird chronicle after something approaching 100 pages, I could not have described myself as a Murakami devotee before downloading this book. However, this book, and in particular, the style and quality of its narration had me spellbound from its opening moments. I found it completely compelling and will now download Murakami's other books on Audible.
"Curious, compelling and enjoyable"
"Dance Dance Dance" is, like most Murakami novels, an intriguing exploration of spiritualism and humanity, the passage of time and the meaning of our everyday lives. It is a thoroughly enjoyable novel and will make you want to encourage others to read it so you can share and compare views on the meaning of the story.
"Dance Dance Dance" is a sequel to "A Wild Sheep Chase", the first book should really be read/listened to first to get full enjoyment of this novel.
The young female character Yuki almost steals the novel with her wise and witty viewpoints.
“As time goes on, you'll understand. What lasts, lasts; what doesn't, doesn't. Time solves most things. And what time can't solve, you have to solve yourself.”
A great, other-worldy offering from an intriguing author. Like Murakami's other books, there is a sense of the spiritual and mystical in a contemporary world slightly off-centre; the familiar with the darkly mysterious.
This book is a loose sequel to 'A Wild Sheep Chase', telling the story of the protagonist four years on, when he returns to a greatly changed Dolphin Hotel and becomes involved with a host of interesting characters, some of which get murdered. I would obviously recommend you read AWSC first which is yet another strange, very enjoyable book!
The narrator has a clever, casual style which makes the listening a pleasure. He also narrated AWSC which adds to the continuity of the series.
"Not a Geisha in-sight?."
A modern Japanese writer with Japanese sensitivities and a real insight into the heart of contemporary Japan. We hear the leading character?s repeated mantra ?this is an advanced Capitalist society? and Murakami plays this jarring tune against an underscore of longing for belonging and reference to a deeper source of meaning and reality.
This is a novel that layers symbol over symbol and blurs dreams, phantasies and reality - albeit presented in the refracted light of consumerism. Despite this, the reader, though working hard to keep up through the labyrinth of Sapporo, Waikiki and the enigmatic Dolphin Hotel, never loses the sense of ?place? in the storyline.
There are overt references to Kafka in the story, and an underlying theme of Jay Gatsby, evident in the relationship of the main character to the famous film actor. Obvious comparisons with The Catcher in the Rye, but the only way to conclusively categorise Dance, Dance, Dance is brilliant, and cool! You must read this book.
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