Winner for the Man Booker Prize 2011
The powerful, unsettling, and beautifully crafted new novel from one of England's greatest contemporary writers.
Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove.
The Sense of an Ending is the story of one man coming to terms with the mutable past. Laced with trademark precision, dexterity, and insight, it is the work of one of the world's most distinguished writers.
A complete and unabridged reading by Richard Morant.
©2011 Julian Barnes (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd
Elegant, playful, and remarkable." (The New Yorker)
"A page turner, and when you finish you will return immediately to the beginning . . . Who are you? How can you be sure? What if you're not who you think you are? What if you never were? . . . At 163 pages, The Sense of an Ending is the longest book I have ever read, so prepare yourself for rereading. You won't regret it." (The San Francisco Chronicle)
"Dense with philosophical ideas . . . it manages to create genuine suspense as a sort of psychological detective story . . . Unpeeling the onion layers of the hero's life while showing how [he] has sliced and diced his past in order to create a self he can live with. (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)
"Barnes seems equipped to write with humour and elegance about anything he turns his attention to" (Financial Times)
"The Sense of an Ending"
A wonderful book, beautifully read. As soon as I had finished I wanted to start listening again.
"A book to read again"
I can't tell you exactly why, but I loved this book. It was definitely enhanced by the narrator who read it in a very natural way.
Don't let the short length of this fool you, it has all of the story and detail needed to tell it. Any more would have been unnecessary.
"I can't recommend this enough"
Exquisite prose beautifully read. I love the way in which the listener is left to fill in the gaps in the story. A truly first class listen.
I listened to the book in its entirety while on a long car trip and it had me hooked from the start to the finish.
It is beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. It is an intriguing story all the way to the closing pages when the details of what happened forty years previously are finally revealed. Or are they? There are some clues that would suggest that the revelations at the end may not be all they seem to be. At the very least, a re-listen is in order as some incidents in the story may have a much greater importance than they seemed to have on the first listen.
"Sense at the end"
Being committed to complete this book in as few sittings as possible is important, and not too difficult a commitment, given its compactness. At the half way point, this seems to be a plodding biography and a big mistake - but suddenly things pick up and what you are treated to is a thrilling display of plotting, narrative construction and some reason insights into that most tragic of all human conditions - remorse.
Whilst Barnes is a wonderful exponent of the narrative twists and turns from have followed on from the mechanics of Post-modernism, it is the appeal to real, commonly held emotions that separates Julian Barnes from the crowd. Very well recommended, a hugely enjoyable and rewarding read.
The narration on this audiobook is so good that I started to worry that it was taking over my 'reading' of the book.
Sixty-something man obsessed with his university days, Yawn. Only the brilliant narration kept me listening in anticipation of that some insight into why it is so highly rated. Maybe I'm not old enough?
"How did this book win any awards?"
I listened to this book with anticipation but was really disappointed. Alot of it was hype. I didn't really care much for the characters and the ending was contrived. It came across more like a TV episode of some detective show. Couldn't he have made the characters more interesting? Only Veronica Ford stands out as a character.I think someone should have told the author than books have been written to be read. Because I paid for the download I had to force myself to finish the book otherwise I'd have stopped listening.
Great narration of an interesting story. I enjoyed how the protagonist explored relationships from his past and was intrigued to find out why.
"Great book with good narration"
I really enjoyed this book, and found the narration to be suited to the style of writing, which is often not the case with audio books. The book won many prizes and although is not the style I would normally read I thought I would give it a try, I was not disappointed. The book is written very well explaining the stories and lives of the individual characters without creating boredom. But the book makes you think and that is why I have given it five stars. So many books I read leave me wanting something else, but this one is different and definitely worth giving a go. Great.
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