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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,835 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Narrator: Roe Kendall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This highly acclaimed debut by the author of The Remains of the Day is the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. In a story where past and present confuse, she relives scenes of Japan’s devastation in the wake of World War II. In particular she relives one hot summer in Nagasaki—and her memories soon take on a disturbing cast.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessi | 2/5/2014

    " Once again, I am not disappointed by this author. This is a dark, dreamy tale, at once unthinkable and uncomfortably familiar, with just the kind of twist that has made me love his other works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paula Smith | 2/5/2014

    " The first book I've read by Ishiguro. Coincidentally, he's in O Magazine this month talking about books that influenced his life. I really liked this little book about Etsuko, a woman who survived the bombing of Nagasaki. It's the story of her relationship to her two daughters, one of whom commits suicide. I have to say she takes life in stride, always calm, always accepting of whatever life throws her way. I wish I could be much more like her. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Colleen | 2/2/2014

    " I desperately wanted to enjoy this book because of the positive reviews it has been given, but throughtout the story I was waiting and hoping for anything of substance to happen. I was very dissapointed. I can appreciate that not every book has to be 'about' something, I just found 'A Pale View of Hills' bland and uninspiring. When I had finished reading the book I felt dissapointed, and after previously reading 'Never Let Me Go', would be reluctant to read another one of Ishiguro's novels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Cheyenne Allenspach | 1/24/2014

    " I had high expectations of the book as i enjoyed the author's other works, however i never did get a sense of where the author was going with the book. It got a bit boring for me in the middle, and persevering till the end made the ending ever more disappointing as it did not clear up any of the plots or shed any light as to the purpose of the story. Waste of my time, sad to say. "

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