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Summary

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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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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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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wonderfull!

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

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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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loved it!yyuytutryyytrr

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

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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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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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It's do tedious

Rupert Degas is a great performer. One of the reasons I bought this audiobook.

I probably won't bother finishing this book. Or even going beyond chapter five. It is so so tedious. I cannot see a plot developing. There seems to be no story. I just keep wanting the author to get on with it. Pick up the pace a bit.

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Great in parts, but pointless

Great characters and plot however it's all a load of nonsense in the end. Was it a dream?

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Perfect Narration and A Murakami Classic

The narrator’s voice is perfect for relaying the mystery world of Murakami to listeners. I love this story and if you like Murakami you’ll enjoy it.

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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