I cannot understand the hype around this book. It certainly has a novel plot line but the execution of it was utterly unremarkable. I literally only finished it because I (wrongfully) assumed a book with such glowing reviews would have to shine at some point.
Nope, not the case.
A well written book is a gem.
You won't be told what this book is about until the last hour. And then when you are told, it is definitely not the spine tingling revelation, a la Sixth Sense, you expect but rather a big let down. It turns out to be a very long tedious way to go for a very unsatisfying end. The plot device of the long ominous undertone leading up to a 'great reveal' simply does not work. Implausible, tedious and unsatisfying. Pass.
The fundamental premise (no spoiler alert here) is a deep consideration of controversial technical possibilities.... And the basic compliance of human nature is surprising.
The performance is excellent. Really a great listen
This is the first suggestion from Audible that I tried. It was terrible. I read some reviews before the purchase. However, they mentioned slow to start. It never started!
voice was too monotone. though so was the story.
I was very disappointed with this book. I have never before offered a review, but felt I didn't want anyone else to lose a credit to this book.
Emotive and touching. Author realizes that making something tragic includes developing characters to whom tragic things happening is indeed a tragedy. The reading is wonderful also.
Better writing. Interesting characters. A plot. A plot would have been nice, I think. Yes, I'm pretty sure a plot would have improved things.
I haven't made up my mind yet, but I assure you it will never be anything written by Kazuo Ishiguro, ever again. This book was truly mind numbing rubbish.
The narrator was fine.
Dishonor! Dishonor on Kazuo Ishiguro's whole family! Dishonor on Kazuo Ishiguro! Dishonor on his cow! Dishonor on everyone associated with this door stop of a book.
I now have absolutely no empathy for clones. If I ran into a clone today, I'd vivisect it with a pair of cuticle scissors while whispering "complements of Kazuo Ishiguro". It could just be my dislike for this book talking but, this book was profoundly, exquisitely, gloriously, boringly, bad.
I drive a lot, so I listen to a lot of books. I am addicted to Audible!
I would absolutely recommend this book! I loved this book, and will now count it amongst my favorites. A lot of people seem unhappy with how the story is, for a long time, engulfed in mystery and only very slowly unraveled, but I think this is one of the beautiful things about this narrative. The reader's journey mirrors the journey of the main character. The main character, Kathy, is shrouded within a mysterious, unusual environment for most of the book, as is the reader. This slow uncovering builds a strong connection between the reader and the narrator, and I believe that this aspect is what makes this book a stunning work of fiction. If you, like me, read a book to build a relationship with a complex, well-developed character, this is is the perfect book for you! However, if you prefer to read books that are fast paced and action packed, this would not be the best download choice.
Depends on the friend, this is by no means a happy or light hearted story, but it does present some interesting themes and good topics for conversation.
I had a hard time connecting the characters to the voices, would not have been my choice to go with such a cold and dispassionate british voice, and she sounded too old.
When she drives away from Tommy and heads to the field to imagine the way things might have been.
This is a novel that you will listen to once over a period of a few days, and then find that your thoughts keep returning to it. Nearly two years later, I still find myself thinking over the last line.
As with all of Ishiguro's works, the theme is never directly stated. The story is instead relayed as a series of musing flashbacks which coalesce only at the end - when they crystallize into a question of what it means to have love and purpose in life.
The narrator does a phenomenal job of capturing the tone of the work. This is one of the few books I think is substantially improved by being an audiobook.
What a concept! Frightening and, oh, so possible in this world of ours! Beautifully written and read. A very unique unfolding of the story.