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Never Let Me Go | [Kazuo Ishiguro]

Never Let Me Go

In one of the most acclaimed novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now thirty-one, Never Let Me Go dramatizes her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world.
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In one of the most acclaimed novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England.

Narrated by Kathy, now 31, Never Let Me Go dramatizes her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship, and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.

©2005 Kazuo Ishiguro (P)2014 Canongate Faber Audio

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  • angela
    2/28/15
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    "Enjoyable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Kept me amused whilst I was out walking. Different to my usual choice but in a good way.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kerry Fox?

    Yes good narration.


    Was Never Let Me Go worth the listening time?

    Yes it was enjoyable once I got a grasp of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snowdrop
    4/2/15
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    "Well, I may be the only one ...."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Difficult to say - just someone who is not me.


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

    Nothing - it's a matter a taste.


    Have you listened to any of Kerry Fox’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I really hated this book. I stuck it to the end "just to see", but it was a real struggle to keep on. It was very well read by the narrator though. I was quite bored by the endless paragraphs of rubbish about boats, pictures of animals and the amount of repetition. It may have a deeper meaning, but a book should entertain, inform and feel like a friend. This didn't. Sorry, not for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Shropshire Girl Reviews
    England
    3/30/15
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    "Hauntingly beautiful"
    What other book might you compare Never Let Me Go to, and why?

    For some reason, this book reminds me of Brave New World in reverse. At the beginning, we have learn all about the 'science' that the society uses (e.g. how people are made etc.) and later branch into the learning about the characters and morality (or ethical questions for the philosophy purists). Never Let Me Go tells us about the characters and then goes into the societies science and the ethics of it. (I think the questions of ethics have a quiet force - they are not blatantly asked in your face, but more suggested in the subtext.)


    What about Kerry Fox’s performance did you like?

    Kerry Fox is a really good narrator, you could easily believe that Fox was Kathy. In many ways, if you closed your eyes you could imagine someone sitting opposite you at a pub table telling you this story as though it was real. Her acting range is impressive; her voices for each character are memorable, identifiable and consistent. When Fox speaks with disdain it reminds me of Benedict Cumberbatch which is a testament of her acting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gem Scotland
    3/26/15
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    "Tragic and enigmatic"

    To begin with, the book is enigmatic. There is the hint of something sinister in the idyllic life of Hailsham. As more details become clear, it's all dealt with very matter of factly, like the sex, as though examining it from a detached scientific point of view. Even the effect off the big reveal at the end on the characters isn't explicitly discussed, although their subsequent actions are clearly related. But don't let that put you off. It's a deeply moving and tragic story and you can't help but love the three central characters for all their flaws. The problem with listening to an audio book when your driving is that keeping the car on the road when your sobbing loudly is quite hard! The narration is of a high quality, particularly of the female characters, but I feel her representation of Tommy is a little unfair.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ania
    4/28/15
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    "Captivating story and fantastic narrator"

    One of those stories where you don't want to miss a thing. Very well written and narrated. Thought provoking... recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jon Wilson
    Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom
    4/19/15
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    "Great but could you get on with it?"
    What did you like most about Never Let Me Go?

    It's written in the gentlest terms which only serves as stark relief to the subject matter.


    What does Kerry Fox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Life!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the whole experience but I just can't help the feeling that this is a short story dragged out into a novel. It moves very slowly at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stewart
    lincoln, United Kingdom
    4/19/15
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    "Disturbing and brilliant"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is studied in a lot of schools at higher levels so I am sure there is plenty of analysis and commentary a lot more erudite than mine.
    The hopeless acceptance of the most awful, an analogy for everything in our world of flawed and cruel humanity as the innocent are prepared for acquiescence. I think this is the most disturbing book I have read that I could read to the end and it will haunt me.
    All this from the writing but also the reading that captures the dystopian detachment of Kathy perfectly. A first class production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    4/8/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Having watched the film and enjoyed it very much, the decision to try the audiobook was easy - and I didn't regret it & I think the narration is wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mikey
    poole, United Kingdom
    4/7/15
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    "Eerily brilliant"
    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, but I found the narrator quite hard to listen to. Her voice was slightly muffled and I couldn't hear a lot of the words she spoke because of this.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not particularly.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book. A little disappointed with the ending, as I thought more would have been explained. I still enjoyed listening to it, it was a tragic sort of love story. This makes me want to read more of Ishiguro!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Henna
    3/27/15
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    "A walk in the fog"
    Would you listen to Never Let Me Go again? Why?

    I enjoyed the book immensely, even though I selected the book rather in random not having knowledge of the author, books or movie adaptations when I started. I wasn't prepared to such a sad affair so I wouldn't listen to it again at least straight away. I might have another go later to get in all the details now I know what to expect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what the book was set out to describe and what kind of a story it was, as it is a bit unconventional compared to novels I have used to read. It was like walking in a fog, you feel sort of safe even though you don't know where you are going exactly and you are eager to discover what lays ahead.


    Have you listened to any of Kerry Fox’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This was my first ever audiobook, so I have no previous experience of Kerry and have nothing else to compare her performance to. Being a non-native English speaker, I struggled to understand for the first half an hour, then restarted and had no difficulty after that. The language of the book is lovely and poetic but easy to understand and her calm voice reflected that well. There were places where I thought the use of a different voice didn't work well, but those moments were only few and didn't bother for long.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wasn't at all prepared to a few tears at the end, a really beautiful finish to a book.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel I want to read other books by Ishiguro and I think people should get this one for it gives food for thought and challenges our ideas on humanity in a very disturbing but necessary way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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