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)
This is more of the same. I like it, so I enjoyed it, but there is a feeling that the author needs to try a new shtick. On the other hand, there was some serious wrestling with issues here that really got me thinking.
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
Another Murakami experience. In this book (essentially, an addendum to his earlier Rat trilogy) the characters are not quite as much off the wall as in his later books, but they are still far from conventional. Similarly to his other works I have read to date, this book is not your average novel, but worth it if you have the time, and the inclination to dip into something a little different. The narrator, Rupert Degas, does an excellent job.
My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
I'm really glad that I took other Audible's members advice and read "A Wild Sheep Chase" first before getting "Dance, Dance, Dance." The two books correlates with each other and the Sheep Man is back in Dance, Dance, Dance. Not as good as later work from Murakami, but I tend to compare his best book, "Norwegian Wood." The girl with those lovely ears is back also and I couldn't wait to listen for more.
Dance, Dance, Dance, is almost like a combination of stories that already been told in his other novels. It is very similar to "Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" and the shadow reference, and "Kafka on the Shore" and the innocent foreplay with an underage girl. There are so many examples from his other novels in "Dance, Dance, Dance." It felt like that I heard the story before, but reading even more chapters on an ongoing twisted dream.
It's no secret that I enjoy this author very much. I couldn't wait to get to this book and complete the series.
Interesting story and the reader is fantastic!
A Wild Sheep Chase was part one and was ok. this novel expands much more on the main character and presents a much more intriguing story.
I'd like to hear more by him. His reading here was excellent.
word infatuated artist/writer seeking transcendence & transformation through story
Our protagonist is typically open to the void, letting the wind of life blow him along from one subtle adventure to the next, soaking himself in the color of the more pungent characters he encounters. We want to go back and spend more time with these people but the inertia of life keeps pushing forward.
The unlikely friendship between the protagonist and teen Yuki.
Degas's narration was very sensitive to this book's complex and troubled characters, conjuring the strange magic of Murakami's tangential worlds without sensationalizing or becoming too monotonous. The SheepMan voice freaked me out a little, but that's probably appropriate.
The one armed-poet perhaps?
This book is unique. Its images and story are unlike anything I have read. The line between fantasy and reality is blurred in an interesting, compelling way. The reader adds to the book.
The sheepman says, "Dance, dance, dance while you can".
The reader is excellent.
yes I would. It is entertaining, thought provoking without too much thinking.
It is similar to the author's way of writing of course, but different in that I found it an easier than usual read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had supernatural weirdness, but somehow in this novel it seemed normal.
Yes. I did not like his performance in this one as much as others I have heard. Maybe it was the material. I don't know.
The conversation in the beginning of the story that takes place in the new hotel but in the ghostly dimension of the old Dolphin hotel where a "ghost" that is like a guide advises the Narrator to "dance, dance, dance."
This is probably my favorite book so far by Murakami. Each book is different and I bet no one would agree with certainty which one was his best. They are all so different yet all make you think and get absorbed into the characters. A very unique author. This was my third book and clearly won't be my last. The narration is top rate. Maybe not for everyone, but for many a great use of a credit.
I've always loved Murakami, and this book is no different. It's brilliantly told and poetic and meandering and maybe not for some people, but if you're looking for something different in literature Murakami is definitely the way to go. But more than that, I was honestly blown away by Degas' performance in this - his voice is perfect. The performance is subtle and energetic and everything I had imagined a Murakami book should sound when voiced. Very well done, I highly recommend this book.
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