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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:
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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 postwar 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.

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Quotes & Awards

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

    Ann Beattie

  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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