Last Night at the Lobster is a poignant yet redemptive look at what a man does when he discovers that his best might not be good enough.
©2007 Stewart O'Nan; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America
"A deeply moving novel about how we work, how we live, and how we get to the next day with our spirits intact. If there was ever a book that embodies what's best in us, it's Stewart O'Nan's Last Night at the Lobster." (Stephen King)
This is a short novel...aka a novella...and it's worth the price of entry. I greatly enjoyed the author's "The Great Circus Fire" and this is a small but tasty slice of life taking place on the last night of a restaurant that's going out of business.
It was funny and endearing. My husband and I listened to it on a road trip. We laughed and related to the characters. If you've ever worked in a restaurant, you will love this book.
The last dinner. I don't want to give anything away, but we still quote lines from it when we're buying vegetables at the grocery store.
I heard a review of this book by Maurine Corrigan on Fresh Air. I'm glad I took her advice and bought this book. The narration is great, too. This is an entertaining listen that will stick with you.
I love words that can take me into other worlds.
Although this book was listed by Audible among its holiday selections, the only connection with that category is that the events take place on December 22. Rather, this is an unremittingly depressing account of the last day of a chain restaurant. The manager is very appealing in a Charlie Brown sort of way, always running for the football that will inevitably be yanked away. The reading is well done. But don't expect to come away from this book with any warm feelings about the redemptive power of goodness or hope.
You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney
Not especially, the story just kind of sat there. I kept waiting for something to happen and then the book just ended.
Something dramatic or exciting could have happened.
SPOILER ALERT: There were several scenes where something could have happened. The unknown car could have come in and robbed them. One of them could have won the lottery and they all fought for the winning ticket. But, alas nothing did happen ever.
I wouldn't read it. It did have some interesting characters, but they never did anything that would make me want to read another book.
This is such a good book to read, but listening to it was so excruciating that I literally could only listen for about 3 minutes...I have read and re-read the print version, but would not recommend the audio version to anyone -- the narration is flat and lacks the necessary nuance to captivate the listener in the way the print version does.
Maybe. I've read other books by this author and enjoyed the character studies even though nothing much happens in his books. This one had even less plot and limited character study.
The author did a good job of showing the main character's somewhat obsessive traits.
The book was well read, but I wonder if I would have enjoyed it more had I read it instead of listening. Some books are just better reads.
No follow up needed.
I just wish there was a bit more substance to it
Yes. The writing is engaging and evocative.
The sound of his voice. He is very expressive, too.
No, we read it for our book group and talked about this point, but I wasn't particularly inspired.
SuseADoodle - "Audiobook Addict!" - Please disregard my "guided" reviews since it appears that a lot of what I wrote has been chopped off.
but the execution ...
Maybe it just me. Maybe I am not familiar with books written in this style.
There is little actual dialog, little actual plot. It is almost like someone wrote out their feelings and activities, for a diary entry, about the day the local Red Lobster closed. Yeh, that's it, it's like a diary entry.
Still, it is an interesting story. Last day before the restaurant closes. Staffing problems. Then a snowstorm that keeps away customers. Worrying about the marlin on the wall.
Not a bad book. Not a spectacular book. An okay book. An okay listen. Probably better as a listen than as a read.
and it never does. The author did make me care about the protagonist, but nothing truly resolves and it's quite a depressing little account. Only if you're interested in the most trivial minutiae of running a Red Lobster and managing its marginal employees is this the book for you.
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