Audie Award Nominee, Literary Fiction, 2013
The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving "a great gentleman". But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness" and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.
©1989 Kazuo Ishiguro (P)2012 Tantor
"A tour de force - both a compelling psychological study and a portrait of a vanished social order." (Publishers Weekly)
This is the first Ishiguro or Prebble book I've listened to and I was impressed by both. This is a beautifully written, poignant character study. It's got a really well-developed first person perspective and, though it's steeped in a specific era (and rich with detail at that), it has a timeless message. Prebble is a joy to listen to and does a great job shading character voices. I'm eager to check out Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go now and will definitely look for more from Prebble too.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
A marvelously engaging and finely-crafted piece of a man who only learns how to live once life is near its end. Just wonderfully done.
This is not a new book, but it was new to me this year, and wow, just wow. The author overlays a deep undercurrent of emotion with plain, simple language and a seemingly simple story. I've never read anything quite like it. I listened to this on a long car trip and the time zoomed by. It's a book that's also an experience.
I like Kazuo Ishiguro for they way that he deals with memory and how people cope with difficult parts of their past. This novel was no exception to his typical skill and insightfulness in dealing with this idea.
What a wonderful story beautifully read with tender understanding. It starts slow but stick with it, you won't be let down. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I just couldn't get in to this book - I tried 2 times to listen to it thinking it was me. It was the book. The narrator was great, the idea was wonderful, the writing was fine but sooooo boring. I thought maybe something interesting was just around the corner but no, just boring.
The Remains of the day is a work of art. The writing so effortless that initially the reader would believe it’s about servants in the United Kingdom prior to WWII. Each word is chosen; the sentences constructed in such a way that initially one wonders how they will get through such a tediously slow and methodic work. Once the reader clicks in that the pace is intentional and the still waters are deep – the beauty of this beautiful work overtakes you. At the end you feel blessed to have learned a lesson in the nick of time.
The story takes place over as Mr. Steven’s, an English butler, motors to visit a former staff person. During his drive he reminisces about events in his life, when he felt he was on the edge of greatness and during times that he shared with his former employee, in a first person point of view. The reader sees the picture from a clearer perspective than the narrator as her motors farther and farther away from his typical surroundings.
Love well written and well narrated books of any type.
Have not read the print book but the audiobook is wonderful.
I am unable to think of a good comparison,
The protagonist. He was a real person warts and all and best of all he was human. I identified with all of his actions.
The father of the protagonist. He was such a proud but hidebound man. There were scenes involving him that brought me to tears.
I have listened to this several times and it never ages. Simon Prebble's narration was superb, as always,
Ok, I admit it. I only ordered it cause it was cheap. But what a simple story, but very well written and read! Dont be afraid of the older books written in older times. I was so pleasantly surprised!
I liked the narration - Simon Prebble does a great job, as usual. Unfortunately, I'd forgotten that this book is by the same author who wrote Never Let Me go, another book I did not care for.
As I said, it reminded me of Never Let Me Go - both are descriptive, winding stories that ultimately left me wondering why I wasted X amount of hours listening to them. I prefer to read/listen to a story that leaves me smiling or wanting to read more, not something that leaves me depressed.
He did a good job of getting the different characters voices right, creating a picture in my mind of each individual.
Its worth it for the background provided about another time and way of life, but not for anything else.
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