While I respect the author's imaginative premise, most of the novel seemed like dead space. It was difficult to stay focused on the narration. A short story would have been much more appropriate than the endless harping on the inconsequential routines of daily life. The twist is revealed much to late to make a difference. I just wanted to scream to the main characters--do something!
Like the Brave New World set at and English boarding school this book is as chilling as it is revealing of human nature. One of Ishiguro's best. Well suited to audio format and wonderfully narrated.
I had unfortunately heard a bit about the premise before listening to the book, but still found it very engaging. For those who enjoy contemplative prose and fine writing, this is a great book.
I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this book at all with a different narrator. I didn't want to read much about it in advance and it did take a long time to figure out what was going on. I know that was the author's intention, but I think it might have been help to be clued in a bit earlier in the plot.
Maybe I was a slow study...
Ishiguro at his very best and most accessible. This is a big departure for Ishiguro -- the narrator is completely reliable, and the story falls into the realm of speculative fiction. It gets one thinking about ethics and what it means to be human along the way, but the focus is the characters. Above all, it's a story about personal experiences and point of view, which is somthing this author conveys well.
I found the reader very effective. I'm quite glad I knew nothing about the setting ahead of time and got to make my own guesses, so I won't give anything away here. This is a novel that will stick with you and keep you thinking.
I am impressed with the respect the other reviewers pay toward the key plot point in this compelling story. Like them, I was drawn in, yet fearful of the ending. Ishiguro has a keen knack for revealing his characters inner souls, such that we often see glimpses of ourselves. Ms. Landor's narration was superb, allowing we "readers" to barrel on "distraction-free." The themes presented here are powerful not because of the potential moral conflicts of the future, but because of the undiscovered moral conflicts among us presently. An excellent book, indeed.
Unrealistic. Not only would the patient's / students not behave as described but what physician / scientist would participate. I certainly would not.
It is a love story but not as tragic as one would expect.
There was an annoying technique of starting a story then stating I will get back to that but first let me tell you what happened another day.
I dont thing altering the time line helped the story.
It was well read.
Tedious. Boring. I kept waiting for the pay-off (a meaning, an event, a joke, anything), but there is none. Thought provoking? I guess if you suspend everything you know about human nature you might find the behaviors of these characters plausible, and therefore somehow enlightening.
I didn't. Complete unmoving and unsatisfying.
Spare yourself from these "Spare Parts."