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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: August 2012 ISBN: 9780385362559
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Askins | 1/16/2014

    " Will be reading again soon. Surprising! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Briony | 1/13/2014

    " Odd and puzzling, feel like I've missed something!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Heart | 1/12/2014

    " I know many feel nothing but frustration from the unanswered questions and loose ends in this story, but I loved every moment. Yes, I would like a more complete ending and to have more clues to figure out the mystery, but none of that changes the fact that I loved reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eveline Chao | 12/13/2013

    " Swoon. There is nothing new I can say about this. Just that I love Ishiguro, and this was beautiful and heartbreaking and yet so simple, all at once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Holden | 12/8/2013

    " A ghost story in which there is no ghost. What's most haunting about it is what's left unsaid, what lies perpetually in wait, buried in the past. This is a novel of periphery and deferment, how we use them to cope, and how they ultimately prove lacking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Starbuckjr | 11/15/2013

    " Etsuko's memories, those little glimpses to past, were a lot more interesting than her life in England. I was more worried for abandoned kittens than her lost daughter. The desperation the war brought along was so palpable in that little act concerning the kittens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh Sophia | 11/13/2013

    " the author has a different way of seeing things. that's for sure. and i really enjoy the characters...i'm always wondering...he's one to recommend for sure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pushpa | 2/7/2013

    " currently reading and enjoying - story of a mother whose eldest daughter commits suicide "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lera | 2/4/2013

    " Ishiguro is an amazing writer. His works become immediate classics; he is creative, distinctive, and an amazing storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/22/2013

    " Ishiguro is brilliant. Clean, crisp prose that is somehow also full of the unsaid. Simply brilliant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 1/18/2013

    " I found this book and it's characters to be confusing and stiff- not in a good way. Liked the writing style and will try more Ishiguro again sometime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Gould | 12/25/2012

    " Chilling! She didn't just drown cats, did she? Will re-read as I now live in Japan and would appreciate it more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pam | 12/19/2012

    " Haunting and powerful. This book will linger in my mind for a long time. From the beginning I had an eerie feeling that I was plunged into the Jamesian world of The Turn of the Screw. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Imran | 7/30/2012

    " "Memory, I realize, can be an unreliable thing; often it is heavily coloured by the circumstances in which one remembers,...". This is one line that is going to stay with me for a long time. "

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About the Author
Author Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of several novels, including the international bestsellers The Remains of the Day, which won the Booker Prize; An Artist of the Floating World, which won the Whitbread Award; and Never Let Me Go. He received an OBE for service to literature and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

About the Narrator

Roe Kendall (a.k.a. Vanessa Benjamin), a native of the British Isles, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. She has performed on stage, as a voice-over artist, and as an audiobook narrator.