Where the Hell is Matt?: Dancing Badly Around the World and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $14.95
  • Save: $2.11 (14%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 8 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it Monday, April 21? Order within and choose Two-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Good | Details
Sold by hippo_books
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Item qualifies for FREE shipping and Prime! This item is used.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Where the Hell is Matt?: Dancing Badly Around the World Hardcover


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$12.84
$4.27 $0.01 $4.95

Frequently Bought Together

Where the Hell is Matt?: Dancing Badly Around the World + Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators
Price for both: $25.49

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Big Spring Books
Editors' Picks in Spring Releases
Ready for some fresh reads? Browse our picks for Big Spring Books to please all kinds of readers.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602396523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602396524
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,048,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Matt Harding quit his job as a videogame designer to wander the planet. When an Internet video of Matt dancing badly in exotic locations was viewed by millions, a sponsor offered him the opportunity to continue his journey. Matt was born in 1976 and he lives in Seattle, Washington with his partner, Melissa, and their dog, Sydney.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
5 star
21
4 star
9
3 star
3
2 star
0
1 star
1
See all 34 customer reviews
It's a really, really surprising good book!
Susan Mires
Matt is so funny and I love the way he comes up with his own events of history for a place!
myjunk
The writing is very informal and easy to read.
Richard A. Rossi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Cantor on May 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Matt Harding's spontaneous dance of youth, playfulness and joy became an Internet phenomenon and has touched the hearts of millions. In this book, Matt tells the story of his videos and shows lots of pictures of his travels, but it's much more than a travelogue. It's an account of Matt's journey of self-discovery. His voice shines through--companionable, engaging and self-effacing. A twenty-first century version of Innocents Abroad, Matt's book is funny and perceptive and a great read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Granville on June 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First, I should come clean, I'm a huge fan of the Matt videos. I've watched them all, I've sent them to friends, and I think I even have a version on my PS3 so I can watch it on my TV from time to time. So, in some ways, I was an easy sell on this book. In fact, I pre-ordered it.

Having read it, I can say it is just what I expected. Matt gives us little stories about the places we've seen in his videos and adds a bit of behind-the-scenes depth to the videos. The travel stories are broken up by intermissions about how it all came into being, and each phase that the viral story goes through.

So, let's be frank, Matt isn't a writer, at least not in the literary meaning of the word. He has a wit and dry humor that is very readable and entertaining, but these stories aren't going to make it into the New Yorker. That said, it's a nice coffee table book. The stories are short enough you can read one while waiting for someone to get you a drink and they are fairly entertaining, if not a bit repetitive. I found myself ready for a break after reading 2-3.

Who should read/buy this book? People who love the Matt videos. People who need a clever book on the table when others come to their house so they seem worldly and in the know on these things. Those looking to buy something for a recent college graduate who already has, or doesn't want, a picture frame, a candle stick holder, and/or an expensive pen.

It's a good book and worth the price.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Busy Reader on June 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Matt videos make you think that it was a snap for this bumbling guy to pop around the planet dancing whenever he felt inclined. This book pulls back the curtain on that misconception with fantastic stories told by a great storyteller. I can't wait to see what he does next!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Viet-tam Luu on June 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Matt Harding's pseudo-travelogue is a light, enjoyable read that stands nicely against his other body of work (the videos). Like the clips in his dancing videos, many of the stories and anecdotes left me with a smile, a few had me laughing outright, and a couple caused me to blink away a tear or two. I'm happy to report that by and large, the book is not a re-hash of Matt's web journal ("blog" in today's parlance), which is not to denigrate the latter which makes for some fun reading as well.

It was satisfying to get the background story behind many of the video clips, for example the beautiful Bollywood dance scene in India and the North Korean DMZ video. A few of the chapters left me wanting a bit more but maybe this was Matt's intent--not so much to bring the world to us, but rather to entice us to go out and see it for ourselves.

Briefly stated: well done, Matt, well done.

P.S.: Be sure not to miss the mini-flipbook animation action of Matt's dancing silhouette on the lower right corner of the page. I'm not sure if this was intended but it does seem to work.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. B. Frandsen on September 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Matt Harding is not a professional writer. However, his honest prose and stunning experiences makes for a reading adventure. I loved this book. It was exciting to read and it inspires you to go out and do things. Read it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katie Blais on June 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Being well informed of Matt's story and videos I was not disappointed in the least. In fact this book exceeded my expectations. I laughed out loud at countless occasions. My only criticism is I wish it was longer, but thats just me, its just the right length for the masses I'm sure.

If you have a sarcastic dry sense of humor you'll enjoy this book, if you're not sure, try reading some of matt's journal at [...]. It has some of the same stories but it is still worth it to purchase the book to have and share with friends. The perfect coffee table book.

thanks matt, way to go!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Olesen on July 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Matt Harding became an Internet sensation almost overnight, but despite what you might think, he has kept both feet on the ground.

His new book gives an honest account of his travels around the world. The book is divided into 3 parts that follow the beginning of it all and his two videos. Each part features a number of chapters for some of the most interesting places he visited. The chapters are short, but humorous and interesting. Matt gives you his thoughts and ideas behind the shots and we also get insight into his emotions regarding "taking" a moment from someone without being able to return it.

Some say that he is just doing it for the money, but the truth is that his travels are funded and he plans everything himself.

If you liked the videos, you are going to love this!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Browning on July 10, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
technical details first: i read this book using kindle for ipad. on my version, all the maps & photos are in color, and everything is nicely formatted.

Matt is a guy that was all over your email inbox a couple of years ago - the video that your pal sent you where some average joe is doing a silly white man's dance in front of a dizzying array of international locales. he ended up getting corporate sponsorship (thanks for those several minutes of bliss, stride gum!) and made another 2 videos, all of the same shtick.

if you haven't seen those videos (go watch 'em now), and if they didn't have some ineffable emotional pull on you (you stone-hearted curmudgeon), this book is pretty much useless. a quick series of anecdotes about some of the locations Matt traveled to, this reads like the director's commentary on a dvd version of the video: tales of how he arrived at some of the more remote locales, the potential for exploitation inherent in getting grubby street urchins to play along for the camera, wandering aimlessly through airports, and the power of the internet to showcase everyone just getting along. the secret to the videos' huge success is that they aren't really about anything, other than taking joy in the time allotted to you on this earth, and the book manages to not be about too much, either. that's not at all a bad thing - Matt knows he's no philosopher or life coach, so he just lets the travelogue and the occasional snapshot speak for themselves - but it does mean that without familiarity with the videos, this isn't a stand-alone tale.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search
ARRAY(0xa153ec54)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?