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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,556 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stewart O’Nan Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN:
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Perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall, the Red Lobster hasn't been making its numbers, and headquarters has pulled the plug. But manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift. With only four shopping days left until Christmas, Manny must convince his near-mutinous staff to hunker down and serve the final onslaught of hungry retirees, lunatics, and holiday office parties. All the while, he's wondering how to handle the waitress he's still in love with, his pregnant girlfriend at home, and where to find the present that will make everything better.

Last Night at the Lobster is a poignant yet redemptive look at what a man does when he discovers that his best might not be good enough.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/18/2014

    " More a short story than a novel, it's a little bit of nothing about a restaurant closing down, the end of relationships and resolution of petty disagreements. It's a quick read, which is perhaps the best I can say of it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debbie | 2/14/2014

    " So many good reviews for Stewart O'Nan's books, especially this one, yet I have not been able to finish one yet. I find them slow-moving and they do not keep my interest. I tried Lobster first since it got so many good reviews. Second, I tried The Good Wife and again could not finish it. I am sticking it out with Wish You Were Here but it is not that great, I am just curious about how the characters resolve their situations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Glass | 2/12/2014

    " An incredible realistic look at the lives of people working in a chain restarant. A good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 1/28/2014

    " It's about Red Lobster, of course I'm reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Silvis | 1/18/2014

    " Easy pleasant read, character study. Can read in 2 or 3 hrs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shushlibrarian | 1/14/2014

    " Really liked it. A simple, well-written, intriguing read. I always think it's interesting reading about the everyday humdrum lives of "the common man." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvonne | 1/14/2014

    " Now I understand better why it is service is so bad at a restaurant that is closing. Anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant/cafe will appreciate the collection of people who populate this story. Although, I did find myself wondering how the relationship between the manager and one of his waitresses would turn out; and the plot takes a bit of a back seat to the inevitable moving on from the Red Lobster to some other place of employment, what tension there was resolved itself in the end in a satisfying way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Dunn | 1/8/2014

    " A quick, fun read, but nothing spectacular. It's kind of what I would class as a neat read. I suppose if you've worked in a restaurant it might bring back memories, but overall it was slightly fun, but rather bland to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 1/6/2014

    " Brings back fond memories of serving up the Neptune Platter to the unsavory public. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kenpen | 1/3/2014

    " The story only covers the last night at the Red Lobster before it closed. It was short, but entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Young | 1/1/2014

    " Interesting book. Not a lot of excitement but I enjoyed it anyway. Interesting to read the behind-the-scenes on the restaurant. Went out to dinner last weekend and found myself thinking about the book while looking at the servers bustling around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Whittingham | 12/16/2013

    " Loved this book! Great look at the mundane. Sad yet hopeful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyra | 12/10/2013

    " Very nice quiet little book that makes you want to keep reading and finding out how it ends. I would actually like a follow-up of called the First Night at the Olive Garden to continue on with the characters :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 11/22/2013

    " A good story but too many f-bombs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clinton Mcclung | 11/7/2013

    " A short and wonderfully simple story of the last night in business at a strip-mall Red Lobster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 3/6/2013

    " Pitch perfect portrait of a moment in Central Connecticut...land of my childhood and teenage meandering. Read it all at once, like putting a whole chocolate truffle in your mouth....but it's a york peppermint patty from the candy dish on the hostess stand at Red Lobster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Honenberger | 11/9/2012

    " Read this last year on book tour for WHITE LIES, when I was reading all the small books in the Palmetto library. A good read, incredible characterization, O'Nan's typical little guy searching for meaning with a master touch on the everyday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 6/17/2012

    " I loved this! A beautifully written short novel that takes place in one night at a Red Lobster restaurant. Thank you, Sue, for passing this on to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger Butts | 3/8/2012

    " One of my favorite books that I read in 2008. Nothing much happens. But O'Nan can paint a picture, in this case, of the goings-on of the last operational day of a Red Lobster in New England. The people who populate the store, and the book, are captured in realistic prose. I liked it a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger | 2/7/2012

    " This abook seems to give a real sense of life in the resturant world, and I found myself caring about the mundane problems of the manager as he struggled through the last day his restuarant would be open. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberle | 7/11/2011

    " I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 5/22/2011

    " Seemed more like a short story or novella but fun to read anyway. A day in the life sort of thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/21/2011

    " O'Nan does an excellent job writing about the normal day-to-day life of regular joe's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 5/20/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book. As the first book this year in the book club that I'm in, it's a hell of a way to start.

    Anyone that worked a shift job that they hated but loved at the same time will see things, remember things that may have long been forgotten. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 5/13/2011

    " My first Stewart O'Nan read, but certain not my last. Simple, straightforward style, with compelling characters, made me reminisce fondly on the camaraderie and relationships built during restaurant work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shadoh | 5/13/2011

    " a very small book, the last night of work at a 'red lobster' restaurant, it is closing, the author obviously worked at a similar place, much detail of the daily running and problems incurred, i would read more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachary | 5/11/2011

    " how could you argue with this book? so lovely. and the title / focus statement is brilliant "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 5/8/2011

    " What I like about this book is how the story sticks with you. I read this 2 years ago I still find myself thinking about it every now and then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 4/27/2011

    " A Red Lobster is closing and we get to spend the final day with the manager and a cast of very interesting characters. The characters are interesting, fun and not dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marybeth | 4/26/2011

    " Fun, quick read. I'm going to read Stewart O'Nan's new book to see how it compares to this one. Anyone that's ever worked in a customer service-type job should get a kick out of "Lobster". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 4/20/2011

    " This was exactly what it was advertised as: a study of the simple, routine things that make life life. It was eloquent and well-written and stunning in the measured articulation of the mundane. I loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharah | 4/19/2011

    " The main character was nothing but (to quote a favorite movie of mine) a "gutless wonder". Take charge of your life man! "

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About the Author
Author Stewart O’Nan

Stewart O’Nan is the author of more than a dozen novels, including West of Sunset; The Odds; Emily, Alone; and Snow Angels, as well as several works of nonfiction, including, with Stephen King, the New York Times bestselling Faithful. His novel Last Night at the Lobster was a national bestseller and a finalist for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He was born and raised and lives with his family in Pittsburgh.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.