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Never Let Me Go Audiobook

Never Let Me Go

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Why we think it's Essential: Listening to Never Let Me Go was like entering a literary dream-state where, bit by bit, reality shifts and the truth is revealed. Rosalyn Landor is less a narrator and more a storyteller who brought me along as the characters uncovered the essential mysteries of their lives. —Steve Feldberg

Publisher's Summary

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it.

Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it's only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.

Never Let Me Go breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date.

©2005 Kazuo Ishiguro; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee, 2005, Fiction
  • Alex Award Winner, 2006

"Stunningly brilliant fiction....A masterpiece of craftsmanship that offers an unparalleled emotional experience." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Ishiguro's elegant prose and masterly ways with characterization make for a lovely tale of memory, self-understanding, and love." (Library Journal)
"So exquisitely observed that even the most workaday objects and interactions are infused with a luminous, humming otherworldliness.....Ishiguro spins a stinging cautionary tale of science outpacing ethics." (Publishers Weekly)

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    hi vo 02-08-15
    hi vo 02-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "sad. very sad."

    I'm sure you will cry or at lease remain speechless at the end. very sad.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Swanson 10-13-14
    L. Swanson 10-13-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm a law student and I love books.

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    "Awesome book. Highly recommend."
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    This is a really special book. You really feel invested in the characters and feel like you're experiencing their lives along with them. Don't let the description of this book as "science fiction" put you off it if that's not really your thing. I think it's best described as a drama. The pace at which the major conflicts of the book are revealed is really well done to keep you interested. Overall, it's really a tragic story, told with perfect timing and tone. Love, love, loved it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    gal Kfar Saba, Israel 06-19-14
    gal Kfar Saba, Israel 06-19-14 Member Since 2017

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    "Moving, thought provoking , mesmerizing. WOW."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Never Let Me Go to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the printed version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Let Me Go?

    The conversation with madam and Mrs Emily .


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings exceptional intonation and understanding, as well as very clever reading


    Who was the most memorable character of Never Let Me Go and why?

    Cathy of course.


    Any additional comments?

    A stunning book. very moving.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Goffstown, NH, United States 06-16-14
    Sandra Goffstown, NH, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Just Okay"

    This was a slow, meandering story. It was simply listening to someone reminiscing about the past and trying to understand how that past has shaped them in the present. While interesting, it was not a book that gripped my attention.

    The author, Ishiguro, was able to develop the characters and make them feel like real individuals that you could run into on the street. Yet, the premise, the boarding school and the mysterious donations left me wondering and feeling like there was a purposeful omission of important facts to try and build curiosity or strong emotion in the reader.It didn't work for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Blanding 04-02-12
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    "Not for me.."
    Would you be willing to try another one of Rosalyn Landor’s performances?

    I would not necessarily seek one out, but I would not be opposed to hearing her once again. However, the distinctions between her female character voices were at times difficult to discern, and, her ability to present the male character did not always work well.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration by the story line. Frustration by the monotonous tone.


    Any additional comments?

    Based on several other comments saying that the book had some slow portions but it was well worth the wait, I stayed with it after many temptations to cease my listening. I kept saying to myself

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    Anne 12-09-11
    Anne 12-09-11
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    "Worst book since "Wicked""

    While it wasn't as awful as "Wicked," I really hated this book. Nothing about it made sense. And it sure as heck was no "heartstopping mystery." If you don't figure out the "mystery" very quickly, you lack imagination. The actual mystery is why it has gotten good reviews at all. The premise was simple nonsense (spoilers follow; you've been warned.)

    We are asked to accept a modern Great Britain wherein children are cloned and raised to serve as organ donors for others until they "complete" (die.) The main characters in this story are raised at Hailsham, a school for these children where they are more or less educated. There is no attempt on the part of Ishiguro to even try to make this believable. He just presents it and assumes it's acceptable as a plot.

    I simply could not, however, get past the ridiculous premise that such a system could not only develop in modern Britain, but would exist without a hint of protest by anyone, including the people who are its victims! They are the wimpiest, most simpering characters I have ever encountered. They simply accept this fate without any protest. Nobody runs away. No one gets mad. They just comply. The best they could muster was a faint hope that they could delay their fate slightly. But when that fails it's, "oh well."

    Their characterization wasn't helped by the particularly flat and emotionless affectation the reader adopted. Perhaps it was intended to be read that way, but it only left me more annoyed with this impossible premise than I might have been had I read it myself.

    I really loved "Remains of the Day" but this just doesn't work on any level.

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    Lawrence Monroeville, PA, United States 08-15-11
    Lawrence Monroeville, PA, United States 08-15-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listen"

    Listened to this one 3 times in a row because I liked it so much. The female reader is a perfect fit. Easily the best book I've listened to this year. Can't recommend it enough.

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    Everett Leiter New York, NY 03-05-11
    Everett Leiter New York, NY 03-05-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Not science fiction, but social science fiction"

    I'll try not to reveal too much. This story centers on a group of adolescents and young adults conceived and raised separately to provide a "benefit" to modern English society at large. They live at a separate boarding school whose purpose is to cultivate them and protect them for this function. Ishiguro creates a world that is for the most part quite believable. It includes the daily activities, inner thoughts, dreams, and tragedies of these young people, as well as some of the conflicts felt by their guardians. From some of the other reviews, I guess this novel is not for everyone. I found it engaging, thought-provoking, suspenseful, and compassionate. The questions raised for me by this story are "What if a modern society conspired to use people this way? What is the value of a human soul?" Uncomfortable to think about...but fascinating at the same time.

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    Gene Venable Agoura Hills, CA, United States 02-22-11
    Gene Venable Agoura Hills, CA, United States 02-22-11 Listener Since 2000

    Retired, chess, computers, Moscow, text to speech, audiobooks, books, learning, thinking, jogging, beans 'n greens.

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    "A Haunting Portrait of a World Just Like Ours"

    It's obvious, when you think about it. We participate in horrible things like war, yet we manage to live as if it was not unspeakable. It takes a great writer like Kazuo Ishiguro to twist our world enough out of recognition that we finally recognize it. What's next -- people who watch TV while guiding the killing machines they are watching? Oh, too late -- reality has alrady stolen that plot, and it is playing in afternoon matinees in Pakistan.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan Haines City, FL, United States 12-25-10
    Brendan Haines City, FL, United States 12-25-10

    Not A Misanthrope, But The One Where Everybody Hates You

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    "Lovely"

    This audio rendition of the novel is well done by the narrator. The nuances and affectations in her voice lend themselves so well to the prose that you are unsure you're listening to fiction at all. The film adaptation of this novel is just as lovely as the source material. Absorb this material through any medium and you expectations will likely be exceeded.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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