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 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.
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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Simply beautiful writing. Enjoy the Last Night at the Lobster with your favorite bottle of wine.
Inge's Bus Stop for our world today and just as sweet. I dare you to not read and find at least three friends in those words.
Bottom half. It was well written and well read but the story just got me down.
Sure. He did a good job.
I don't think I have.
Yes. It make me sad. People can do their best and still get kicked around. I didn't enjoy it. I work in retail and experience this.
The book was recommended to me by someone I met online and don't know. I don't know why. She said it was one of her favorites. There you are.
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.
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.
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