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Publisher's Summary

Perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall, the Red Lobster hasn't been making its numbers, and headquarters has pulled the plug. But manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift. With only four shopping days left until Christmas, Manny must convince his near-mutinous staff to hunker down and serve the final onslaught of hungry retirees, lunatics, and holiday office parties. All the while, he's wondering how to handle the waitress he's still in love with, his pregnant girlfriend at home, and where to find the present that will make everything better.

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Richard
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • 12-08-10

Very good novella

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Sweet story but I expected more

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I just wish there was a bit more substance to it

Would you be willing to try another book from Stewart O'Nan? Why or why not?

Yes. The writing is engaging and evocative.

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

The sound of his voice. He is very expressive, too.

Did Last Night at the Lobster inspire you to do anything?

No, we read it for our book group and talked about this point, but I wasn't particularly inspired.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Misty
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 04-19-12

Truly Enjoyable Tale of Everyday Life

What did you love best about Last Night at the Lobster?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not a Christmas story

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Audrey
  • Marlton, NJ, USA
  • 02-05-08

Lobster Lover

Excellent story...well told with enough left to the imagination you believe it could be real.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Waiting for something to happen...

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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4th time listening!

I absolutely LOVE this story! It's an every day, real life story and the narrator makes you feel like a part of it. Manny is just like all of us. Not perfect but he tries. I laughed out loud at this heartwarming story.

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Superb. Strong Rec. Short & Wonderful

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.

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Great story!

Excellent rendering of the last chaotic day at a Red Lobster before it closes its doors under orders from "corporate". Strong narration a big plus.

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Depressing .. this is my life

Where does Last Night at the Lobster rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Bottom half. It was well written and well read but the story just got me down.

Would you be willing to try another book from Stewart O'Nan? Why or why not?

Sure. He did a good job.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think I have.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.