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The Remains of the Day Audiobook

The Remains of the Day

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"A tour de force - both a compelling psychological study and a portrait of a vanished social order." (Publishers Weekly)

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    N. Barnes 11-29-15
    N. Barnes 11-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "More excellence from Ishiguro, with some flaws"

    I am a true fan of Kazuo Ishiguro's novels but had the most difficulty with this one (despite the fact that it is the book that catapulted him to fame). It starts off and moves *SO* slowly that only my stubbornness ensured that I completed it (hence the 4 stars for story). The narrator is wonderful, but this is the first Audiobook I've ever listened to that included *so many* "patches"--places where the narrator's voice suddenly changed and it seemed that a line or two had been added after the fact, as if the master recording were not good enough, or the master had been created from an abridged edition of the book and then beefed up for the release of an unabridged audiobook. This was irritating to me because the change in voice was noticeable enough that it broke my concentration. Had it occurred just a few times over the course of the book I would not have cared, but given that it happened about 50+ times I found it quite annoying and unprofessional (of the recording studio, not the narrator, who was only doing his job).

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    Chisala Mibenge-Kilembe 09-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Music to my ears!"

    Am not sure how long it would have taken to read the book... truly enjoyed listening to it; it was beautifully read! Thank you

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ray 08-18-17
    Ray 08-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "remains powerful"

    glad I decided to listen to this book that I had read long ago. Well worth the time

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    Gypsi 06-11-17
    Gypsi 06-11-17
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    "Excellent Story and Narration"

    Stevens, a butler of many years, reminisces on his life in service with Lord Darlington and his relationship with the housekeeper, Miss Kenton, some twenty years previously. In addition to his reminiscences, Stevens muses on dignity, what makes a good butler, the importance of banter, and loyalty. Another theme is the role of perspective in shaping memory.

    The Remains of the Day begins slowly, and seems a bit dry at first. As Stevens' story progresses, however, it becomes a compelling book with a slow, stately pace, echoing the perfect butler. I especially liked how Ishiguro assumes the intelligence of his readers, that they will be able to make connections and piece together the whole from the bits he reveals. The restrained emotion throughout the book was particularly moving. Ishiguro is an excellent writer, and I can certainly see how this became a modern classic.

    Simon Prebble is always a wonderful narrator, and he did a fantastic job with this classic.

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    Ron Crouch 02-03-17
    Ron Crouch 02-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Thoughtful and grand"

    I've long intend to take up this novel, the basis of a film I greatly admire. Beautifully realized, the story of a man so tightly bound in class, duty, and tradition he can hardly breathe, but desperately seeking an authentic experience. Highly recommended for fans of the film and those readers interested in a touching portrait of one man's self conscious yearning for more in life

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    Douglas 04-24-16
    Douglas 04-24-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Ishiguro's Great Classic"

    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.

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    robert broadbent davie, florida USA 10-17-17
    robert broadbent davie, florida USA 10-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "beautiful."

    beautifully written , awfully sad, very well spoken, a true classic. I actually listened to this book three times in one week!

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    Michele S. 10-16-17
    Michele S. 10-16-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely perfect narration"

    A very evocative story, brilliantly portrayed. I dont believe anyone else could have brought the character to life the way this narrator did.

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    Amazon Customer 10-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    loved it. excellent writing, character development, historical insights and emotionally touching. complex and satisfying messages m

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    Mary-pat Sherman california 10-15-17
    Mary-pat Sherman california 10-15-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Nobel Work!"

    I’d seen the movie years ago , remembering that I ‘d been bothered by the repression of the protagonist. When Kazuo Ishiguro was named as this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature recipient I decided to listen to this novel in order to understand and appreciate the reasons for naming this laureate. I absolutely loved every minute of this story. How Mr. Ishiguro places himself inside the being of the very proper English butler is remarkable. Of course I come to this after journeying through “Downton Abbey” from start to finish two times. I’m enthralled with this period of proper British history; it’s so foreign to my middle class American upbringing! I found myself not so interested in the story as much as being thoroughly enmeshed in the very being of Mr. Stephens (or is it Stevens?!). I could flip back to the very beginning and listen to it all over again! Additionally, the narrator’s performance is impeccable, simply spot on. What a gem was this audio experience. Now, I’m going to listen to another Ishiguro work.

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