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Combine an offbeat cast of characters with Murakami's idiosyncratic prose, and the result is the remarkable story Dance Dance Dance: high-class call girls billed to MasterCard, a psychic 13-year-old dropout has a passion for talking heads, and meet a hunky matinee idol doomed to play dentists and teachers.

Don’t forget the one-armed beach-combing poet, an uptight hotel clerk and one very bemused narrator caught in the web of advanced capitalist mayhem.

©1988, 1994 Haruki Murakami. English Translation, Haruki Murakami (P)2016 Naxos Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Brilliantly combines elements of the surreal, film noir and existentialist enquiry." ( Sunday Times)
"There are echoes of Raymond Chandler, John Irving and Raymond Carver, but Mr. Murakami's mysterious plots and original characters are very much his own creation." ( New York Times)

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Perfectly, quirky Murakami

I mean, the man is a genius, right? And the narrator was absolutely brilliant. Loved it.

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Odd, brilliant in places but bizarre!

I can't figure out how I feel about this one! I've read/listened to two Murakami's book before and liked them - accepting their oddities and what his overall ambition of the book was, but this one still puzzles me.

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Perfectly confusing

Beautiful story with twists and turns. Lots of tangents. Typical Murukami , always confusing and contradictory

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Surreal and engaging

It's my first Murakami book and I've left it keen to read more. The unique narrative form brought me to another realm of strange twists, darkness, and entertainment.

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Fantastically narrated

Murakami doesn't disappoint.
A great story is something you come to expect, but this book has a wonderful rhythm. It's also fascinating to be invited to ponder on the philosophy guiding the main characters.
However what also made this book stand out was the narrator. Rupert Degas has a great voice, and his passion makes the work come alive. He builds on the poetry of the work, changing pace and style, inviting a really close relationship with the characters in the book.

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Another great adventure

I've not been disappointed with any of Haruki Murakami stories. It's an addictive style of writing.
Rupert Degas has a wonderful voice.

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  • Reader of a the lost Art
  • 11-10-2017

Hypnotically magical and weirdly fun...

Loved it... Probably will listen to it again. Has the Sheepman again. Every thing that you like in a murakami book

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  • The Viscount
  • 04-10-2016

Brilliant - a Murakami 'Masterpiece of weirdness'

What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

Rupert Degas' voice acting is superb, and frankly with the number of speaking characters in a Murakami book, anything less than superb would not deliver the convincing portrayals that Mr Degas does. Each character is distinctly voiced and immediately recognised whenever they appear.

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If you've enjoyed any of Murakami's other books, Dance Dance Dance will not disappoint, and if you haven't read/listened to any of his other books, this is as good a place to start as any. Murakami's genius is to make the extraordinary seem commonplace. Several familiar themes appear - a nameless first-person narrating protagonist who is a divorced man in his 30s, a precocious teenaged-girl, beautiful but mysterious women, intense darkness, trans-muralisation - oh and a dead cat makes a brief appearance too. All these (and more - but avoiding spoilers) woven into a compelling narrative. I read somewhere that the first thing you should do when you finish reading a Murakami novel is to start it again, and on second listening, Dance Dance Dance delivers up a wealth of detail, the significance of which was lost on me first time around. Brilliant work!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-2018

Haruki Murakami at his best!

If you like Murakami then there is no reason you won't love this, he doesn't leave things so open ended as he can be know for and he's characters are as always believable, flawed, and wonderful. Rupert Degas is probably the best narrated I've listened too. He's ability to bring quite surreal and often difficult characters and places to life is only surpassed by Murakami's ability to create them.

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  • inge
  • 15-09-2017

wonderfull!

i really liked the narrator. i feel like having lived this book... it lingerd in many ways.

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  • J. Schade-weskott
  • 21-03-2019

Good audio reading!

the Narrator was really good.
The story is typical of Murakami, 2 interconnected worlds, a bit of a thriller.
However, I will have to read it for myself to appreciate it plainly because sometimes just listening did not allow me to concentrate on more intricate thoughts.

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  • Spyri Dela
  • 19-08-2016

loved it!yyuytutryyytrr

Amazing book amazing narration and I actually enjoyrd that it was shorter than most murakami's books.

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  • Dolly
  • 21-07-2017

Spellbinding

Another great listen to this author with superb narration. Full of twists and turns and pearls of observation on the diversity of humanity.

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  • kirsty duncan
  • 02-02-2017

Fabulous listen

Having read many of Murakami's novels, listening to this intensified the eerie air of the book. We took several weeks to listen and savour the story. Rupert Degas brought each of the characters to life. A deep and intense experience.

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  • Gillian
  • 09-04-2021

Bizarre, as ever...

Another weird and wonderful rollercoaster ride from Haruki Murakami... full of fascinating characters, unbelievable settings and themes to disturb and amaze you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-2021

Roller coaster but at peace at the end

I read this book right after Kafka on the shore. And I immediately got imersed in another fantastic world by Murakami. My first struggle came when I understood that this book was some sort of sequel from another book (wild sheep chase) . After 5h within the book I was wondering if I should just stop and read the prequel as I was afraid of missing some important details. In the end, I just continued reading. Second struggle came from the poor female voices presented here. I mean, do all female voices have to be high pitched and annoying? I was happy to see that as more female characters came along, some were really spot on...but other ones...ai ai...Anyway, my third and last struggle came when at a certain point of the plot, it was so obvious what was happening there that it became just impossible to read while the characters were clueless over it. Still, I got very surprised how it developed and finally got my closure in the final chapters, with an ending worth the reading. All and all, I highly recommend the book. I wonder though if my experience would have been different if I read the book instead.

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  • k a h
  • 14-03-2021

loved it

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such a great story. I may listen again it's that good. it was as good as Kafka on the shore to me.

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