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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,411 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham Swift Narrator: Gigi Marceau Clarke, Jenny Sterlin, Ian Stewart, Simon Prebble, Gerard Doyle, Simon Jones, Dominic Hawksley Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2003 ISBN: 9781598873054
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When four men carry out an old friend's final wishes, they are forced to take stock of who they are, who they were, and what lies between. Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize. The movie starred Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, and Helen Mirren. "Speaks profoun Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1996 Man Booker Prize
  • A 1998 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher Roden | 2/15/2014

    " This one's been hanging around on my shelf for some time, and I finally decided to read it after seeing the movie. Heck, didn't those script writers do a good job with the flimsy material in this book? And what a disappointment the book turned out to be. I can't for the life of me understand how this came to win a Booker Prize. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ran Guo | 1/27/2014

    " A moving tribute to the lifespan of a friendship for several bar patrons. It's an interesting look at the changing social dynamics of working class london, and the unspoken tension and issues between several bar buddies as they give their regards to a deceased friend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 1/25/2014

    " coughAsILayDyingcough "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/24/2014

    " I really enjoyed the build-up to the very end of this story, it lagged in parts for me but I was definitely tearing up in the last few pages. I had to push through it because I wasn't in the mood for something written at a slower pace - lots of reminiscing, back and forth in time and between the narratives of the different characters. I am glad I finished it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 1/21/2014

    " Hard to get into, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 1/18/2014

    " all-time favorites,novel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 1/17/2014

    " I loved this novel (and really enjoyed the film based on it--with Ray Winstone, Helen Mirren, et al.). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anders | 1/5/2014

    " This Booker prize winning title, tells the tale of four friends on a journey to fulfill the last request of one of thier mates. This group has been together for a long time, but they must overcome thier history on this one last day together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke | 12/26/2013

    " Finely constructed tale of a bunch of mates (geezers, innit) carrying out the last wishes of one of their number. Fragmented storytelling that doesn't negatively impact the narrative - good stuff. Recommended if you're after something plain-speaking with hidden depth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roslyn | 12/4/2013

    " Great book about friendship - and a great film. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 11/9/2013

    " A tale of a group of aging men who have been friends for years - one of them has just died - I liked the characters...overall a nice story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa Pelusi | 4/6/2013

    " Well written excellent characterizations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/16/2013

    " Last Orders is a very close parallel to Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, making it seem incredibly derivative at times. Still, Swift is able to cover some new ground and provide some moving meditations on aging and family, and inverts Faulkner's tale in some intriguing ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 3/15/2013

    " WINNER OF THE bOOKER pRIZE. This was a very smooth book written as a series of first persons telling the same story of the day one of the group is buried. They are driving to the sea to distribute his ashes and each character in turn remembers him and "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Kusuda | 12/13/2012

    " Booker Prize winner 1998. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy | 11/7/2012

    " Fantastic!! Such rich characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Poppy | 5/3/2012

    " Didn't love it. Found it difficult to identify with the characters. Maybe because it's written from the male perspective. Waterland still remains my favourite! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Williamson | 5/2/2012

    " Enjoyable - very moving "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 4/23/2012

    " My husband loves this book, so he was a bit crushed that it didn't speak to me on the same level. It's a good book, but just SO sad. Maybe at another time in my life, I would appreciate it more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rozzinner | 2/1/2012

    " This book was well written but very difficult due to the British working class slang - almost felt like a different language at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 5/9/2011

    " I bet £2 on this to win. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Effie | 5/1/2011

    " I just didn't seem to get as much out of it as other people did. What am I missing? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 3/23/2011

    " + movie maybe a 2.5 -- kind of frumpy story of veterans who review their lives as 1 of their own is dying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mervyn | 3/20/2011

    " Sad but very engrossing !! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jud | 3/7/2011

    " Couldn't get into it. I didn't understand who was who or when. I could see it translating well on screen but I'm just not in the mood for this type of book at the moment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tudor | 3/7/2011

    " Unfortunately I couldn't connect to this book..the language, the words, the English working class just could not engage with my 2011's mind in any way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 3/1/2011

    " Listened to this on the trip back from spring break. After a short time getting used to the British accents, I enjoyed this tale of several interwoven lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcelo | 2/9/2011

    " A superb book, one of the best novels I've read in years. Swift paints his character's everyman lives with honesty and truth, not skimping on the ugly bits and small betrayals which can (and do) share space with a fundamental love and care for each other. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/9/2011

    " OK This was an award winner. It was solid but really didn't move me. Perhaps the subject matter was something that I couldn't really relate to.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " stodgy but fittingly so it's a cold pie with stout but it's a damn nice pie "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 11/13/2010

    " This is one of those difficult to rate books part of me really liked it and part of me is not really sure. It was lent to me by a friend who knows a lot about literature and came with high recommendation. It is an interesting wee read, not long but rather poignant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tuck | 9/3/2010

    " man booker prize 1996, h w wilson fiction catalog, the lives of petit bourgeoisie in eastern uk after wwii "

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About the Author
Author Graham Swift

Graham Swift is the author of eight novels, including the Booker Prize–winning Last Orders and Waterland, which won the Guardian Fiction Award. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in London.

About the Narrators

Jenny Sterlin, winner of eight Earphones Awards, has more than seventy audio titles to her credit, including Laurie R. King’s popular Sherlock Holmes / Mary Russell series. Before beginning her narration career, she helped found England’s experimental Living Theatre.

Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, is one of the most successful authors in Britain today. Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick and an outstanding contributor to the public understanding of science. Jack Cohen is a biologist and science writer, and long-time collaborator of Ian Stewart’s.

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.

Gerard Doyle, award-winning narrator, was born of Irish parents and raised and educated in England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator, he has been awarded thirty-one AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named a Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008, and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2006 for The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty.

Simon Jones is an audiobook narrator and winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared in the films The Devil’s Own, Twelve Monkeys, For Love or Money, Green Card, Brazil, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, and Miracle on 34th Street. His television appearances include a role in The Cosby Mysteries and Murder She Wrote, and he has been featured in nine Broadway productions.