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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (53,165 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781452678351
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The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in post-war England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving "a great gentleman." But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness" and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A perfect novel. I couldn’t put it down.”

    Ann Beattie

  • A tour de force---both a compelling psychological study and a portrait of a vanished social order. Publishers Weekly
  • “The novel rests firmly on the narrative sophistication and flawless control of tone…of a most impressive novelist.”

    Julian Barnes, New York Times bestselling author of The Sense of an Ending

  • “An intricate and dazzling novel.”

    New York Times

  • “A virtuoso performance…put on with dazzling daring and aplomb.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Brilliant and quietly devastating.”

    Newsweek

  • “Simon Prebble’s glorious voice is perfect as that of Stevens, the quintessential British butler—or so Stevens himself might dare to hope…At times it seems like a full cast is narrating since Prebble acquires an American accent on demand, as well as regional British accents. This audiobook may inspire multiple listens.”

    AudioFile

  • “A tour de force—both a compelling psychological study and a portrait of a vanished social order.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Winner of the Man Booker Prize
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Audie Award Finalist
  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick for 12 Books to Ease Your Downton Abbey Withdrawl

Listener Opinions

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

    " It was okay. I'd just like to know: why books recommended by university programme are less interesting than any other by the same author? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiersten | 1/30/2014

    " Slow story but fun topic and language. "

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

    " A beautiful, quiet book. There's a lot of sentimentality in it and it makes you long for something and I cannot say what it is. It's beautiful though. The hinted at, subtle love story between Miss Kenton and Mr. Stevens is of particular beauty to me. If you read it, there isn't anything between them, nothing you could point to and say there, look, they're in love. But there's something between them, a possibility in an impossibility and I love that. The end is therefore just wonderful. The whole reminiscing of Mr. Stevens' life is wonderful and I all I can say is that I thoroghly enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dejah_thoris | 1/22/2014

    " So hard to pinpoint why I love this book but I do. Excellent narrative voice combined with a little romance and social commentary makes it work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/15/2014

    " I'm a big Ishiguro fan, and this novel is probably most famous, so I'm surprised that I didn't like it better than I actually did. I'm used to Ishiguro novels having sweeping prose with excellent character development and plenty of plot twists and turns. While this was beautifully written, and the characters (for the most part) well sketched, the plot of the novel just didn't keep me in its grip. It was extremely slow-moving, full of rambling thoughts and ponderings and lacking in action. The main character, Mr. Stevens, is a butler from an era where large, society houses and their inhabitants reigned supreme in England. After World War Two, that world essentially ended. Mr. Stevens now has to face the prospects of performing his duties in a changing world. While I did sympathize and identify with his character, he also frustrated me to no end. His inability to ever think for himself or let himself be human was really difficult to witness. This novel could have been a great love story or historical portrait of English society during wartime, but it mostly sticks to the musings of a man who is looking back on a life that he is coming to realize was pretty much wasted. If you are going to read an Ishiguro novel, I would recommend instead When We Were Orphans or Never Let Me Go. Both are fantastic novels. This one just left me wanting more....and not in a good way. :-( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Sigelakis-Minski | 1/9/2014

    " I really want to post an in-depth and thoughtful review for this book, so I am going to hold out until I have the time to really think about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 12/25/2013

    " This book is reflected in the drama Downton Abbey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria Strani-Potts | 12/14/2013

    " Good ! I've read every single word. Doubts about the depiction of the butler. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian giusti | 11/16/2013

    " It was a good book but kind of sad in a way like a life lost "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariana | 11/12/2013

    " The Remains of the Day had a very similar feel to Jane Eyre somehow. It focused on a butler's life and train of thought. The book was a very well written and thought out book. Although it was about a butler's limited life, I truly enjoyed every single chapter. Great book for those who love classics. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kitty Catster | 11/7/2013

    " The absolute worst book I ever had to read in English Class... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessiah Tandico | 9/8/2013

    " this book was simply moving, at times ironically humorous "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 2/27/2013

    " Very difficult to get through, but ultimately worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 May Ryan | 12/12/2012

    " This guy's quiet style draws me in every single time. Great insight into the world of British househelp. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Fox | 11/19/2012

    " Slow, Character driven, literay novel. Bulter, Mr. Stevens reflects on his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abhay Nair | 11/5/2012

    " Welcome to the lost world of the "Dignified" man-servant... of The English Butler! Incredibly convincing characterization of a realm that we have no connect or context to. Worthy of being honored with the "Booker"! Must Read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 8/2/2012

    " The movie was a very faithful adaptation. A nice book to read. "

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About the Author
Author Kazuo IshiguroKazuo Ishiguro is thw author of four previous novels, including TheRemains of the Day, which won the Booker Prize, and An Artist of the Floating World, which won the Whitbread Award. He lives in London.
About the Narrator

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 over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.