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The Remains of the Day

By: Kazuo Ishiguro
Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
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Publisher's summary

BOOKER PRIZE WINNER • From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, here is “an intricate and dazzling novel” (The New York Times) about the perfect butler and his fading, insular world in post-World War II England.

This is Kazuo Ishiguro's profoundly compelling portrait of a butler named Stevens. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman," Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness," and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.

©2010 Kazuo Ishiguro (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE • WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE • A PARADE BEST BOOK OF ALL TIME

“An intricate and dazzling novel.” —The New York Times

“Brilliant and quietly devastating.” —Newsweek

"A perfect novel. I couldn’t put it down." (Ann Beattie)

A virtuoso performance ... put on with dazzling daring and aplomb.” —The New York Review of Books

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Beautiful and ever relevant

Ishiguro explores grief and the conflict between professional and personal dignity through the eyes of an aging British butler in this breakthrough 1988 novel.

As a traditional butler, Mr. Stevens is a living relic even in the mid 1950s, but even now it is easy to relate to him. As he looks back on his glory days, he realizes that his triumphs don’t seem to shine as brightly now that he sees the consequences of his mistakes on his own life and the lives around him.

Smith does an excellent job narrating, maintaining a good pace and capturing Mr. Stevens’s old-fashioned diction and cool, professional detachment.

I loved this book and believe that got a great deal from it. I think that you will, too.

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wow

amazing, moving novel. perfect narration. I must write 10 more words here, so here goes.

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Superb book

Wonderfully narrated. This book was very soothing to listen to. Superb job of dealing with little details and ponderings but with depth; a slow pace but not a bit boring. An accomplishment not a lot of writers can achieve. Well done!

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A masterpiece in Downton Abbey style

this book has many similarities to the tv show downton abbey - similar location, era, and lifestyle. But it adds an incredibly complex main character, amazingly portrayed, and a riveting story.

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4.33 stars

This is a novel of introspection. There's not a lot of action, but this novel doesn't need it. The story is captivating and the narration is excellent. Anyone who tries it will probably like it. Overall rating: 4.33 stars

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A beautiful book that kept putting me to sleep.

The narration is so soothing that it look me probably 20 starts to get through each segment of the book without falling asleep. I am glad I stuck with it as the book is very moving and beautiful in it's simplicity - just like the English country side the author describes Stephens viewing on his tour.

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Amazing!!

A master of storytelling through memory, Ishiguro delivers the unique story of, "the art of butlering".
Worthy of multiple reads.

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Like experiencing a soothing drama

A mesmerizing performance.
If I hadn’t listened to it I might have missed much of the beautiful language.

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Great book

This was such a great book to listen to. It was sad to get to the end. Highly recommend it.

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Kazuo Ishiguro is my #1 favorite author.

This story will stay with me for a long time. It will definitely get re-read.

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Utterly Magical

What a beautiful book, and so beautifully read. Year i g, longing g and the eventual realisation of what could have been, yet oddly uplifting.
Highly recommended.

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