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Editorial Reviews

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.

Critic Reviews

  • 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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Outstanding narration

I started reading this novel years ago and didn't finish it. Rosalyn Landor's narration somehow adds another dimension to Ishiguro's writing, and I understand why this is considered such a brilliant novel.

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So sad

People can take so much from us. A story about people who are cloned and then the clones become organ donorsj. The donors are never allowed to marry or have children even though they are just as alice as anyone else.
I recommend this book.
It's such a tragic story. One day it could become a reality .

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Narrator was impressive

The narrator did a fantastic job with the different voices. She even did a great French accent!

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Brilliant, devastating, but meanders in the middle

I've listened to this twice. The premise is intriguing. The characters are well-rounded and very believable. Sure, they're petty at times. But who isn't? My issue with the book, and this wasn't the case the first time I listened to it, are stretches of uninteresting parts in the middle. That said, there's a reason I wanted to listen to this a second time. I was completely engaged with the lives of Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth. The end really got to me. This is one of those books that stays with you long after you've read it.

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POWERFUL!

I found this book hard to set aside, you see i had see the movie and it had left me wanting questions unanswered as to the nature of all the inner workings of what the author was sharing. I think any reader of books,one who has a real love fr them should read or listen to this . I find myself asking how would i have handle many situations,and what it must have been like as the author being totally immersed in this endeavor. This book hit chords in every feeling part as well as the question, Is this a reality for some today. As i said powerful and not something you can turn off in your being after the last sentence.

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Unique story


makes you think about the possibilities and what the human race is capable of doing.

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Thought provoking

This book was very thought provoking in what could actually happen in a government that was only concerned about a superior race like nazi Germany's. At sometimes it brought chills to me knowing what I thought was going to occur. The speaking of donors an carers and when one completes with insinuations that donors are kept alive until the organ is given up is very scary.

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  • Garrett
  • Castaic, CA, United States
  • 08-18-10

Great concept... falls apart in the execution.

I was told the concept of this and it was right up my alley. Real world -- with a kick of sci-fi thrown in. Unfortunately, the way it was written bothered me from the outset. I constantly felt like the main character knew more than she was telling us. This turned out to be true... but admittedly... is true for many books told in a retrospective format. But what irked me about this, was that she was constantly telling you she knew more than she was saying and would pull you along through a very long and dry backstory of a situation, only to tell you, quite literally, "... but I'll get back to that later"... as you reached the climax of the issue. It seemed like a cheap way to hook you into further reading.

The authors digressions, I believe, were intended to better illustrate the world these characters lived in, but would meander so much and finally culminate in something so trivial that by the time you actually returned to the storyline, you'd sort of forgotten where you were and had become slightly disinterested.

It took everything in my power to make it to the end of this and sadly, played itself out in just the way I assumed it would.

If you can tolerate the pace and the digressions... I will say the narrator was captivating with a soothing British accent.

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Thinking novel

This is one you need to think about as you listen.. that is okay when you are in the mood for it. I didn't care for the ending, but I didn't care for the ending of Remains of the Day either. Its not as good as that novel, but good if you are looking for a slow paced thinking person's novel.

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  • Sarah
  • Liberty Hill, TX, USA
  • 08-27-06

BLAH!

Don't do it! Save your credit! The book was as monotonous as the voice of the narrator. A very tedious listen with no highlights-totally BLAH!

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