I would not recommend i, but that may be just my taste in books. Others may like it.
This book was recommended to me by a friend, but I found the protagonist very self absorbed, and I just didn't get some of the situations that occurred. It seemed like a mystery story in which the mystery isn't fully solved. Maybe it was supposed to be that way or maybe I just missed the point.
i couldn't stop thinking about my own past and my own processing of memories
A story starts a bit slow as a "coming of age" novel, and then speeds up to a lightening pace with 40 years of life covered in a handful of chapters and before the middle of the book. Just when you begin wondering what the other chapters are there for, the real story starts! All of a sudden, seemingly disconnected events of the author's/protagonist's history become related, change their meaning, get reevaluated and are seeing in a different light both by the author and by the audience. It is fascinating to participate in a self-discovery process with the author, relate to the tricks the memory plays with us, get the insights that are usually uncovered only by accident or after a large investment in a good shrink.
Great, spot-on narration. You will enjoy it, especially after the first 20 minute.
Flawless. Both an excellent book and audiobook. Bridges the gap between lit fiction and popular fiction without dulling the product.
It ranks at about 80 %.
When the friend found out the father of the young man.
His voice was clear and consistent throughout.
A thoughtful, reflective book with unusual turns as it proceeds. Made me (at 65+) reconsider some of the stories I tell myself about my own history.
the reader's voice fits the character so well, I may actually get the hard copy and read it
If you want plenty of action, this book is not for you !
The writing was good, but the ending was quick and rather rude.
Many of the side plots, his kid, his ex-wife, the friends kid were left
Without any sort of conclusion.
An evocative story, well-paced. Barnes does a good job of setting up the ending and maintaining the suspense.
The Sense of an Ending is hysterically funny despite the serious subject matter that deals with suicide and aging. Julian Barnes's dialogue is spot on and narrated perfectly by Richard Morant. I have to imagine that listening to this very English story, read by (I assume) a Brit captured all the nuances of the language I might have otherwise missed in a reading. Ironically, my only concern with The Sense of an Ending was the ending. In a story where the main character's looks back at his life and revelations pop up as his memory peels away like the skin of an onion, the ending seemed to come from a bit of a different onion. Maybe I'll think differently after a second listening. Nevertheless, this is a great book and an even better listen.
Although this is a beautifully written (and beautifully read) volume, to which initially I listened with delight and interest, I found the last section--the end--to be simply bizarre and a great disappointment.