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Days Without End Audiobook

Days Without End

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Publisher's Summary

Having signed up for the US Army in the 1850s, aged barely 17, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and ultimately the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in, they find these days to be vivid.

Both an intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America's past.

©2016 Sebastian Barry (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"[Barry's] words have a stony allure of the Irish poets and the lyrical pull of an epic storyteller." (The Boston Globe)

"Sebastian Barry's handling of voice and cadence is masterly. His fictional universe is filled with life, quiet truth, and exquisite intimacy." (Colm Tóibín, author of the Costa Novel Award-winning Brooklyn)

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    "What a wonderful book."

    Sebastián Barry at his best - an interesting story filled with the most vivid descriptions bringing the scenes to life, well read and the story is a mixture of harsh realities of war and the love between the main characters.
    I really enjoyed this book and could listen to it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 17/12/2016
    Patricia 17/12/2016
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    "Lyrical prose perfectly narrated"

    This is such an unusual story and a joy to listen to. It's set in the second half of 19th century America and features the Indian Wars and the Civil War but, most importantly, the deep friendship between two Irish immigrant soldiers.

    Their adventures and tribulations are a feat of imagination and this novel sees Sebastian Barry back on top form.
    A must read for everyone who enjoyed The Secret Scripture.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    maryl 19/02/2017
    maryl 19/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Bleak and poignant"

    I could not stop listening to this book beautifully crafted and compelling with excellent story also.

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    stylo 14/02/2017
    stylo 14/02/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply Superb"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Days Without End to be better than the print version?

    I have only experienced the audio version, but enjoyed it so much I am considering buying a printed copy. Aiden Kelly narrates the book superbly.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    So many. I enjoyed this great novel from beginning to end with its beautiful prose and stunning similes.


    Any additional comments?

    'Days Without End' is the first Sebastian Barry book I have read/listened to, and I was so impressed with it I immediately bought his book, 'The Secret Scripture'.

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    Heather 14/02/2017
    Heather 14/02/2017 Member Since 2008
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    "Brilliant story"

    Riveting book. Deservedly won Costa prize and sensitively read by Irish reader. Will be made into film assuredly. Can't recommend highly enough!

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    Mrs High Wycombe, United Kingdom 14/02/2017
    Mrs High Wycombe, United Kingdom 14/02/2017
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    "Yarn"
    Would you try another book written by Sebastian Barry or narrated by Aidan Kelly?

    No way never best bit was the end This is the End


    What was most disappointing about Sebastian Barry’s story?

    the lot


    What didn’t you like about Aidan Kelly’s performance?

    not great slow


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No very hard going


    Any additional comments?

    Never been so board

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 08/02/2017
    Jacqueline 08/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "A beautiful story"
    What made the experience of listening to Days Without End the most enjoyable?

    The poetry of the authors writing


    What does Aidan Kelly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The readers wonderful accent makes the story so much more authentic


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it is incredibly uplifting in spite of some of the horrors told


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    Helen 08/02/2017
    Helen 08/02/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "I didn't want it to end..."

    A beautifully written story with a protagonist I grew to love. The narrator was spot on and, to my ears, honoured the authenticity of the language, dialect and sentiment. Quite unique.

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    Aisling 08/02/2017
    Aisling 08/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful and full of wonder"

    It's easy to see why this book has won the Costa prize. It is a brilliant book. The language is almost poetic. Descriptions of the breathtaking landscape and of the people, sparkle with life.
    It has been described as a gay love story, which it is, but it is so much more than that. it's about survival, comradeship and the sheer joy of youth.
    Finally, Aidan Kelly's narration was superb. If is possible to enhance such a good book, then he did it. I listened to it the first time to follow the story and then I listened to it again just to enjoy the language

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    Amazon Customer 07/02/2017

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    "Amazing narrator."

    This is a story that had a huge impact on me. The characters and adventures were bright to life with the narration. Excellent listen if a little uncomfortable to listen to at time.

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    03/02/17
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    "Masterpiece of writing"

    Epic story skilfully read by authentic Irish narrator telling the tale of a tough survivor of the Great Hunger in Ireland, the so called Indian Wars and the American civil war. Highly recommended.

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  • mrs alison bethell collins
    10/11/16
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    "Absolutely brilliant!"

    Riveting language makes this compelling story so interesting. I could not stop listening. It is read beautifully and the descriptive language is sublime

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