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The Remains of the Day Audiobook

The Remains of the Day

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Publisher's Summary

A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House. In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside - and into his past.

©1989 Kazuo Ishiguro (P)2012 Canongate Books Ltd in partnership with Faber and Faber Ltd

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    Amazon Customer 20/07/2015 Member Since 2013

    Hi - I'm David, I live in Bristol, UK. I enjoy playing golf. I have always enjoyed listening to audio books.

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    "Nostalgia for a time that has so much to teach us"

    I loved this book. The narrator was excellent. It was all so understated, but just wonderful at placing you in a time when (some) people really knew the meaning of good manners. A lesson for us all. The plot is so subtley revealed through the eyes of one man alone... Just wonderful!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Essex 14/05/2016
    Emily Essex 14/05/2016
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    "heartbreaking"

    A touching and at times difficult look at the Old World of England, through the eyes of an utmost professional. Interesting and resonant thoughts on loyalty, duty, class, love and the conflict between what might better be called 'tatame' and 'honne', the private and public self. Dignified, warm, at times genuinely funny narration by Dominic West, who conveys Mr. Stevens with total conviction.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    gordon RADLETT, United Kingdom 04/01/2015
    gordon RADLETT, United Kingdom 04/01/2015
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    "A Great Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Remains of the Day the most enjoyable?

    A moving story.


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

    West is one of the best narrators I have listened to. He evokes emotions of the characters perfectly and establishes setting exquisitely.


    Any additional comments?

    Wanted it to continue!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    AReader 26/01/2013
    AReader 26/01/2013 Member Since 2007

    Words are my music and audiobooks virtually my favourite art form. Very fussy about narrators and intolerant of lazy performance.

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    "Delicate"

    I hadn't read the book or seen the film. I could hardly put my ipod down. So sad, so elegaic. ..A chronicle of wasted time...Probably won't listen again in case it makes me too sad.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Mukesh Edinburgh, United Kingdom 19/09/2012
    Mukesh Edinburgh, United Kingdom 19/09/2012 Member Since 2016
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    "Very impressive"

    I was so into this book, you really get a feel for all the characters. The narrator is awesome, he brings out the different personalities of all the charters. It was a wonderful experience.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    tothemanorbornfreak 08/12/2014
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    "A beautifully detailed portrait"
    If you could sum up The Remains of the Day in three words, what would they be?

    Glorious, unique, draining


    What other book might you compare The Remains of the Day to, and why?

    I have absolutely no idea. I've never come across anything like it before. But I intend to listen to all of Kazuo Ishiguro's other novels as soon as possible!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The one where Miss Kenton demands to see what book Mr Stevens is reading. The atmosphere is so charged.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final scene between Mr Stevens and Miss Kenton. My heart was breaking too.


    Any additional comments?

    Basically this is a book about an English butler's life told in reminiscences that included meditations on a butler's duty, anecdotes of guests in his employers house, and his almost totally repressed emotions. But it was nothing like as dry as that sounds. It was stunning. I was amused, educated, irritated and devastated in turn. While I ended up feeling mentally thrashed, I feel I could immediately start listening to it again.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Philip 13/06/2016
    Philip 13/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding. A completely mesmerising read!!"

    Bittersweet, funny, and absolutely captivating. Stevens' musings on duty, dignity, and banter are brilliantly portrayed in the most exquisite prose. The unrequited affection between the butler and housekeeper is almost palpable. My favourite Ishiguro novel without a doubt! West's deadpan butler is superbly narrated (with Stevens' emotional quiver in the final scene done to absolute perfection). Highly recommended!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karina 05/05/2015
    Karina 05/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I had no expectations before reading the book, it was a little slow to start in the first chapter, but thereafter it picked up well and I began to sense I had a real feel for the characters and the story took shape. Narrator was able to do the different voices well and had a calm accent which was easy on the ears.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Surbiton, United Kingdom 20/12/2014
    Mr Surbiton, United Kingdom 20/12/2014 Member Since 2017

    I love listening to Audible when I'm walking to work. I like a lot of different types of fiction, and promise to review more!

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    "West and Ishiguro are a Great Combination"

    I really enjoyed this, my second Ishiguro of the year. I loved the warmth of the narrative voice and how we never feel as if we’re supposed to be criticising Stevens, the butler, but I did find his lack of awareness and social conventions humourous - although this is contrasted well with some of the more poignant aspect of the novel. West does a fine job!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Reena Kumar 16/04/2016
    Reena Kumar 16/04/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "An enjoyable read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Remains of the Day the most enjoyable?

    The narrative is engaging. There is no complicated plot and the narrative appears to be made up of flashbacks and observations about people and life but I found that interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The housekeeper.


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

    Fluidity.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not that I recall.


    Any additional comments?

    A good read but, in my opinion, not as good as Never Let Me Go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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