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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sebastian Barry Narrator: Aidan Kelly Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781504796583
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From Sebastian Barry, a two-time finalist for the Man Booker Prize, comes a powerful and unforgettable novel chronicling a young Irish immigrant’s army years in the Indian wars and the American Civil War.

Thomas McNulty, having fled the Great Famine in Ireland and now barely seventeen years old, signs up for the US Army in the 1850s and with his brother in arms, John Cole, goes to fight in the Indian Wars—against the Sioux and the Yurok—and, ultimately, in the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in.

Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry’s latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. An intensely poignant story of two men and the makeshift family they create with a young Sioux girl, Winona, Days without End is a fresh and haunting portrait of the most fateful years in American history and is a novel never to be forgotten.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A violent, superbly lyrical Western offering a sweeping vision of America in the making, the most fascinating line-by-line first person narration I’ve come across in years.”

    Kazuo Ishiguro, Booker Prize–winning author

  • “For its exhilarating use of language alone, Sebastian Barry’s Days without End stood out among the year’s novels. Epic in conception but comparatively brief in its extent, this brutal, beautiful book also features the year’s most beguiling narrator…A great American novel which happens to have been written by an Irishman.

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “Remarkable…Life-affirming in the truest and best ways.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Not only a story of survival, it is a love story, too, written in a gorgeous style that blends Barry’s characteristic eloquence with the straight-talk of early America .”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “A work of staggering openness…Barry conjures a world in miniature, inward, quiet, sacred; and a world of spaces and borders so distant they can barely be imagined.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Sebastian Barry is the most humane of writers…beauty is mined to its last redemptive glint. Like McNulty, the voice is humorous, compassionate, true…a great novel.”

    Irish Times

  • “Barry…offers a meditation on the nature of what it means to be an American, and his conclusions are both complex and fearless. A beautifully realized historical novel.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A tour de force of style and atmosphere…Evocative of Cormac McCarthy and Charles Portis, Days Without End is a timeless work of historical fiction.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Lively, richly detailed…A contribution not just to Irish literature in English, but also the literature of the American West.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A beautiful, savage, tender, searing work of art. Sentence after perfect sentence it grips and does not let go.”

    Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart

  • “Sebastian Barry had me in no uncertain terms from the first sentence and never let up.”

    David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2016 Guardian Best Book of the Year for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2016 Novel Costa Book Award
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About the Author
Author Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry’s plays have been produced in London, Dublin, Sydney, and New York. His novel A Long Long Way was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, as was The Secret Scripture, which was also a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award and the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction, as well as the Irish Novel of the Year.

About the Narrator

Aidan Kelly is a Dublin/London-based actor with extensive stage, film, television, and radio experience. Aidan recently appeared as Tom in the Druid Theatre’s production of The Good Father, directed by Garry Hynes for the Galway Arts Festival. Aidan won the Sunday Tribune Award for his performances in Howie the Rookie and Comedians.