Good characters playing out an answer to a question I was not asking. Whether a political response to an issue that I don't care about it an Everyman tale, it just missed for me.
Very well read.
I'm a law student and I love books.
This is a really special book. You really feel invested in the characters and feel like you're experiencing their lives along with them. Don't let the description of this book as "science fiction" put you off it if that's not really your thing. I think it's best described as a drama. The pace at which the major conflicts of the book are revealed is really well done to keep you interested. Overall, it's really a tragic story, told with perfect timing and tone. Love, love, loved it.
I have not read the printed version.
The conversation with madam and Mrs Emily .
She brings exceptional intonation and understanding, as well as very clever reading
Cathy of course.
A stunning book. very moving.
This was a slow, meandering story. It was simply listening to someone reminiscing about the past and trying to understand how that past has shaped them in the present. While interesting, it was not a book that gripped my attention.
The author, Ishiguro, was able to develop the characters and make them feel like real individuals that you could run into on the street. Yet, the premise, the boarding school and the mysterious donations left me wondering and feeling like there was a purposeful omission of important facts to try and build curiosity or strong emotion in the reader.It didn't work for me.
I would not necessarily seek one out, but I would not be opposed to hearing her once again. However, the distinctions between her female character voices were at times difficult to discern, and, her ability to present the male character did not always work well.
Frustration by the story line. Frustration by the monotonous tone.
Based on several other comments saying that the book had some slow portions but it was well worth the wait, I stayed with it after many temptations to cease my listening. I kept saying to myself
While it wasn't as awful as "Wicked," I really hated this book. Nothing about it made sense. And it sure as heck was no "heartstopping mystery." If you don't figure out the "mystery" very quickly, you lack imagination. The actual mystery is why it has gotten good reviews at all. The premise was simple nonsense (spoilers follow; you've been warned.)
We are asked to accept a modern Great Britain wherein children are cloned and raised to serve as organ donors for others until they "complete" (die.) The main characters in this story are raised at Hailsham, a school for these children where they are more or less educated. There is no attempt on the part of Ishiguro to even try to make this believable. He just presents it and assumes it's acceptable as a plot.
I simply could not, however, get past the ridiculous premise that such a system could not only develop in modern Britain, but would exist without a hint of protest by anyone, including the people who are its victims! They are the wimpiest, most simpering characters I have ever encountered. They simply accept this fate without any protest. Nobody runs away. No one gets mad. They just comply. The best they could muster was a faint hope that they could delay their fate slightly. But when that fails it's, "oh well."
Their characterization wasn't helped by the particularly flat and emotionless affectation the reader adopted. Perhaps it was intended to be read that way, but it only left me more annoyed with this impossible premise than I might have been had I read it myself.
I really loved "Remains of the Day" but this just doesn't work on any level.
Listened to this one 3 times in a row because I liked it so much. The female reader is a perfect fit. Easily the best book I've listened to this year. Can't recommend it enough.