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Dance, Dance, Dance | [Haruki Murakami]

Dance, Dance, Dance

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.
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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.

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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What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Dr. Lake Oswego, OR, United States 08-09-09
    Dr. Lake Oswego, OR, United States 08-09-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Another good listen from Murakami"

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Guillermo Rochester Hills, MI, United States 02-21-10
    Guillermo Rochester Hills, MI, United States 02-21-10 Member Since 2007
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    "1408-style Detective Mystery"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Northern CA Coast 07-14-08
    Cathy Northern CA Coast 07-14-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Nipon Noir"

    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!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Marta Maçussa, Portugal 07-24-12
    Marta Maçussa, Portugal 07-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Listen to 'Wild sheep chase' before this one!"
    What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've only hear Degas reading Murakami so I can't compare him to other authors but even with the western accent on a japanese tale I really enjoy his take on the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    You really undesrtand this book better if you read 'Wild sheep chease' before, otherwise it might start off a bit messy and you loose the meaning of many elements - the story and some characters follow the other book so it's really richer if you read them in order. Otherwise it's Murakami.. love him or leave him. I love him and can't get enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy BUCKETTY, Australia 10-02-09
    Sandy BUCKETTY, Australia 10-02-09 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "A Master Here"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John William Berry 09-12-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Gotta dig Degas"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 03-09-08
    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 03-09-08
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    "More of the wierd"

    Murakami has one of the most unique writing styles around. Dance, Dance, Dance is interesting to say the least.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Fairfax, VA, USA 04-25-08
    Joseph Fairfax, VA, USA 04-25-08
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    "Perfect Voice"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Louise WINTON, CA, USA 12-14-07
    Louise WINTON, CA, USA 12-14-07
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    "Seinfeld Meets Dragnet"

    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

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Columbia, MD, United States 03-01-12
    Lisa Columbia, MD, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Great book. Very poorly read, however."
    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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    "Curious, compelling and enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    "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.


    What other book might you compare Dance, Dance, Dance to, and why?

    "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.


    Which character – as performed by Rupert Degas – was your favourite?

    The young female character Yuki almost steals the novel with her wise and witty viewpoints.


    Any additional comments?

    “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.”

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Elda, Spain
    12/10/12
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    6/29/10
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    "Mystical Masterpiece"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Rowlands Gill,, United Kingdom
    9/20/08
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    "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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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