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Author: Sebastian Barry Narrator: Aidan Kelly Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781504796613
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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

  • “If an audiobook that is gorgeously written, tells a heart-thumping story, and is performed with flawless taste and authority is a cause for celebration, chill the champagne. Aiden Kelly gives us Thomas McNulty, a young refugee from Sligo…[in] a supple and powerful performance by Kelly, whose Thomas is somehow both pragmatic and full of wonder. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “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

  • “A great American novel which happens to have been written by an Irishman.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

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

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Barry is the most humane of writers…beauty is mined to its last redemptive glint…A great novel.”

    Irish Times

  • “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.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “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…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

  • Winner of the 2016 Novel Costa Book Award
  • A 2016 Guardian Best Book of the Year for Fiction
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Walter Scott Prize Winner in Historical Fiction
  • Man Booker Prize Longlist Selection
  • Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
  • Longlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award
  • An NPR Pick for 2017
  • A Time Magazine Best Book of 2017

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About the Author

Sebastian Barry, named Irish fiction laureate in 2018, is a playwright and author whose novels include A Long Long Way, which 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, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Irish Novel of the Year. Hisplays have been produced in London, Dublin, Sydney, and New York.

About the Narrator

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