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Publisher's Summary

A masterful, moving novel about age, memory, and family that will forever establish Walter Mosley as one of the true literary icons of our time.

Ptolemy Grey is 91 years old and has been all but forgotten - by his family, his friends, even himself - as he sinks into a lonely dementia. His grand-nephew, Ptolemy's only connection to the outside world, was recently killed in a drive-by shooting, and Ptolemy is too suspicious of anyone else to allow them into his life, until he meets Robyn, his niece's 17-year-old lodger and the only one willing to take care of an old man at his grandnephew's funeral.

But Robyn will not tolerate Ptolemy's hermitlike existence. She challenges him to interact more with the world around him, and he grasps more firmly onto his disappearing consciousness. However, this new activity pushes Ptolemy into the fold of a doctor touting an experimental drug that guarantees Ptolemy won't live to see age 92 but that he'll spend his last days in feverish vigor and clarity. With his mind clear, what Ptolemy finds - in his own past, in his own apartment, and in the circumstances surrounding his grand-nephew's death - is shocking enough to spur an old man to action, and to ensure a legacy that no one will forget.

In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosley captures the compromised state of his protagonist's mind with profound sensitivity and insight, and creates an unforgettable pair of characters at the center of a novel that is sure to become a true contemporary classic.

©2010 Penguin Audio; 2010 Walter Mosley

Critic Reviews

"Mosley's depiction of the indignities of old age is heartbreaking, and Ptolemy's grace and decency make for a wonderful character and a moving novel." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Margaret
  • Santa Clara, CA, United States
  • 08-20-12

finished business and promises kept

This is off the well trod path of mysteries. A unique old man takes a unique path and makes everything right in his world. I relished this story and thought about if for days afterwards. I have read almost all of Mosley's books, but I think this one is the best.

Dominic Hoffman is exactly right for the part. He captures Uncle Gray until his very last breath. Every once in awhile you get a really good book, and for me, this was one of them.

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Bravo Author! I was skeptical when I started this book, but after the first few minutes I was hooked. I listen to audio books while I work and try to keep them solely for work, not home. But this book could not wait. I listened at home AND at work. It truly is a gem. I fell in love with the characters and the rich descriptions took me to another world. I recommend this book for anyone who loves life or desires to re-connect with life and what is important. I will never ever forget Ptolemy Grey. He is in my heart forever.

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  • Adrienne
  • NASHVILLE, TN, United States
  • 07-21-12

I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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The story and narration were very good. I listened to the entire book in one sitting!!

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  • Janet
  • Detroit, MI, United States
  • 01-24-12

Excellent book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend. I really enjoyed this thought provoking novel. Mr. Mosley really knows how to made the characters in his novel come alive. By the end of the book the characters have become old friends.

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Greyed Out

After hearing a Fresh Air interview with Mosely I was inspired to give this a go. The story arc sounded promising and a bit off my usual path, book-wise. After about a half-hour of chatter, It was disheartening to realize the entire book is conversation with very little description, mood, sense of place, emotion - all those things that are the reasons I read. But who knows, I may try it again at some later time but for now my first half hour was enough.

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An OK story but very depressing

What did you like best about The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey? What did you like least?

OK I guess I would really give this a 3 and and a half stars if I could. It was a very well written book with an interesting enough storyline but my only issue was that is was depressing as heck! Really makes you never want to get old and senile or when you do get old make sure you have a loving family (or good insurance) around to take care of you. I typically read a book for entertainment and sometimes want it to be thought provoking but this was almost too depressing for my taste (read it for a book club) but it was an different kind of story for me so I guess it was good to broaden my horizons, right?

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I doubt it...it was just too depressing for me

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wonderful

After listening, I wished I had read it in print and gave it as a gift to several folks. A wonderful tale in audio, or print.

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