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  • When We Were Orphans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    Christopher Banks, an English boy born in early-20th-century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when both his mother and father disappear under suspicious circumstances. He grows up to become a renowned detective, and more than 20 years later, returns to Shanghai to solve the mystery of the disappearances.

    Everett Leiter says: "Just short of 5 stars"
    "Disappointing"
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    Story
    What did you like best about When We Were Orphans? What did you like least?

    I liked the concept of the story, the dependence on an unreliable narrator for the story. However, the story really didn't make sense at time, because you never find out why people treated the narrator the way they did. He got into strange situations that nobody in their right mind would have helped him with, and we never get an explanation as to why.


    What could Kazuo Ishiguro have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have written in something other than the same voice he used to write the female character for Never Let Me Go.


    Did John Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Sort of. His accents for various non-English characters bordered on racists stereotypes at time.


    Was When We Were Orphans worth the listening time?

    I'm torn. I'm glad I read a piece with its perspective, but I wish it had been better.


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