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3.00000230059746 out of 53.00000230059746 out of 53.00000230059746 out of 53.00000230059746 out of 53.00000230059746 out of 5 3.00 (143,441 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9780739317990
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From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day comes a devastating new novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.

Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is another classic by the author of The Remains of the Day.


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Quotes & Awards

  • A Gothic tour de force. . . . A tight, deftly controlled story . . . . Just as accomplished [as The Remains of the Day] and, in a very different way, just as melancholy and alarming. The New York Times
  • Elegaic, deceptively lovely. . . . As always, Ishiguro pulls you under. Newsweek
  • Superbly unsettling, impeccably controlled . . . . The book’s irresistible power comes from Ishiguro’s matchless ability to expose its dark heart in careful increments. Entertainment Weekly
  • "A page turner and a heartbreaker, a tour de force of knotted tension and buried anguish. Time

  • “That this stunningly brilliant fiction echoes Caryl Churchill’s superb play A Number and Margaret Atwood’s celebrated dystopian novels in no way diminishes its originality and power. A masterpiece of craftsmanship that offers an unparalleled emotional experience.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A page turner and a heartbreaker, a tour de force of knotted tension and buried anguish.”

    Time

  • “Superbly unsettling, impeccably controlled…The book’s irresistible power comes from Ishiguro’s matchless ability to expose its dark heart in careful increments.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “One of Kazuo Ishiguro’s greatest novelistic skills is his restraint. A writer who never reveals more than we need to know, he doles out details in small, carefully rationed increments, like delicacies too rich to squander—leaving readers craving more. Nowhere is this skill more apparent than in this dark, dystopian tale of three former friends, all alumni of a British boarding school, who unravel a horrifying secret about their alma mater. We find it utterly compelling.”

    Barnes and Noble

  • “Ishiguro pulls the reader along to that understanding at a steady, insistent pace…Ishiguro carefully and deliberately unfolds Hailsham’s secrets one by one, piece by piece.”

    Washington Post

  • Winner of the 2006 YALSA Alex Award
  • A 2005 ALA Notable Book for Fiction
  • A 2006 Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee
  • A 2005 Time Magazine Top 10 Book
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005
  • A 2005 Man Booker Prize Finalist
  • A 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
  • A 2005 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • Winner of Alex Award - YALSA, 2006
  • Winner of Margaret A. Edwards Award (Alex Awards), 2002
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Felicity | 2/19/2014

    " This novel kept me quite intrigued after I got used to the writing style which is very conversational. Mostly I didn't mind that but every now and then it was slightly irritating. Apart from that, the central concept of the application of science/medical technology without ethical governance is very interesting and it also explores the ideas of soul, consciousness and humanity. I found the novel engaging because what's happening around these issues with regards to the main characters is revealed very slowly. But it is also a character driven story about the relationships between these three main characters which I liked, even though the way they interact with each other is often frustrating. It is a very sad story though and so I was glad to be finished reading something that generates such feelings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vie | 2/17/2014

    " i enjoyed this book a lot! tommy is easily my favourite character from it but the reason i didn't rate this 5 stars is because i still have lots of unanswered questions. but maybe that's a good thing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Estela | 2/7/2014

    " Really, really good. Amazing characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Hanrahan | 2/2/2014

    " Equal parts compelling and frustrating. The way the author was coy about the larger context for the first third of the book started to get on my nerves, but there was enough foreshadowing to know it was going somewhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances Sawaya | 1/28/2014

    " Having taught a course in cloning and genetic engineering (many moons ago), I enjoyed Ishiguro's view of a future world where there is a huge question about the morality of manipulating life for selfish needs. And it seems as if these ethical problems are on our near horizon. Quite poignant reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherubim Cassandra Paula Javier | 1/18/2014

    " A sad, haunting book about three children who grew up in an adoption center. It's poetic, and lyrical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivy Lee | 1/11/2014

    " A Surprising read--I fell in love with the characters and the plot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail Wallace | 1/8/2014

    " beautiful. would have been 5 stars if not for the crazy small print. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney Pheils | 1/4/2014

    " Might have been better had I not heard a little of what it was about before I read it. I like the over all concept but I found myself just reading this one to finish it so I could start another. It was rather depressing too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gemsy | 1/1/2014

    " One of those stories that will haunt me for the rest of my life. An absolutely chilling, moving, sad and brilliant concept. Definitely, definitely recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey | 12/10/2013

    " Is there a subtler writer at work today? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 11/9/2013

    " I'm surprised the book was short listed for a Booker. I didn't think it was a great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amalia Liogas | 9/29/2013

    " A well written book, yet the passivity of the students left me wanting to scream at them to fight back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisadlh | 8/26/2013

    " Gobbled it up on a rainy Saturday. Sad and delicate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan Travis | 7/19/2013

    " Unsettling yet thought-provoking, but I felt it was incomplete. I want to know what happens to Kath. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corinne Halberg | 6/24/2013

    " Vapid death. Unemotional relationships. A lack of sentiment for the lives we live. Really quite a depressing book. Do not read if you have any signs of depression or don't deal well with death. I was intrigued by the story but it moved so slowly I became disinterested almost as quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/27/2013

    " Interesting book. I liked that the voice stayed consistently in her own world, in that she didn't ask the same questions the reader would have. I would call it sci-fi lite, good for literary fiction fans who want to try something different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzie | 3/21/2012

    " I swithered between three and four stars for this and, to be quite honest, I'm still not sure what to think of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lannie | 10/6/2011

    " I really enjoyed the relationships of the characters in this novel setting. It was futuristic with a sense of reality that was never forceful, which really allowed me to take in the 4 characters' lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ute Oduol | 7/9/2011

    " Well written, sad,deep. Nice read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gweneth Moir | 6/6/2011

    " One of the most emotionally difficult and dark stories I have read. My whole body reacted and I found it difficult to finish. This book was a struggle to read for me simply because of the subject. Just saw the movie - was much easier for me to disengage from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 5/24/2011

    " Currently still reading the book - the beginning is a little slow but have been told by someone Kazuo's writing is beautiful and this book will pick up as I keep reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gena | 5/24/2011

    " Just how far is a society willing to go in their attempt to stay young and healthy? Where does the line begin to blur enough for us to become property of ourselves in the most literal and horrible way? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/22/2011

    " Deep disturbing and thought provoking. The first person narrative is engaging. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 5/21/2011

    " This is one of my favorite books of the last couple of years. Ishiguro's style is haunting and poignant. "

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

    " I loved this. I love the way Kazuo Ishiguro writes... I guess I found a new great author (which is harder to do as one gets older).

    Just everything about this story was perfect for me... maybe not a 5, b/c just a few personal things I didn't like tooo much.... but it's pretty up there! "

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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

Rosalyn Landor has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.