Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

Audiobook CD - 2005
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As a child, Kathy, now thirty-one years old, lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life, she stops resisting the pull of memory. And so, as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled, and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen into love, Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham. She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together, unperturbed, even comforted by their isolation
Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2005
ISBN: 9781415916292
Branch Call Number: CD FIC Ishi
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (ca. 10 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Landor, Rosalyn - Performer


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Mar 20, 2018

Listening to this audiobook was both relaxing and bothersome. The narrater's voice could put you to sleep, calm with no emotion, just like the character telling the story. However, the slow pace of the story was ridiculous! I doubt I would have finished if I had read the book, but it was a somewhat calming presence in the car as I commuted to and from work. Would not recommend it to anyone else due to lack of interesting happenings and characters in this tale.

Jan 17, 2018

I came to this story in the reverse order of my normal experience. Usually I listen to a book during my commute that I've found on a "greatest novels" list, and then watch the movie if one has been made. For this story, I watched the movie last year based on a Netflix recommendation and really liked it, then when I was looking through my lists for an "I" author (yes, I'm so anal that I pick my books alphabetical by author) I found this one. It was weird for me to listen to a book whose movie I'd already seen, but as usual the book had so much more detail that I was fine with that.

I really loved this book, due to the great development of the characters. I'm a sci-fi fan and anything to do with alternate histories or such is attractive, so the whole clone element was interesting to me. But the alternate history/clone part was actually just a backdrop to the real story, which was the relationship between the three main characters. The writing was so good that all of the experiences and feelings of the characters seemed so real. I grew up in a very conservative religious school, so the interactions of the kids and their feelings toward their "guardians" seemed familiar.

Overall, great writing, amazing story, and some of the best-developed characters I've ever read.

Nov 18, 2017

The story was a bit too dark for me. I, however, LOVE the way the author tells a story (Remains of the Day is one of my favorite books). I plan to watch the movie to see if it changes my feelings.

Oct 24, 2014

I struggled with everyone in this story. I have a very short tolerance for teenage romance, drama, etc. I was much more interested in the horror/science fiction behind the main characters (that was very interesting, thought provoking, bone chilling!). Sadly, the social drama was too much – I just stopped caring about the trio. Closed the book about a quarter of the way through, read some reviews, and the Wikipedia synopsis.

mmg2681 Sep 18, 2014

I must be simple minded. This was the most boring book (on audio) I have ever listened to. I kept listening thinking it would get better but it never did. This is one to help put you to sleep at night.

wlancaster3 Jan 02, 2014

Far superior to such "literary" science fiction novels as The Handmaid's Tale and Children of Men. It's an alternative history novel, and the divergence point appears to be immediately after World War II. However, given the nature of the divergence -- creating a sub-culture of clones to be used for organ transplants -- WW2 is not credible as a divergence point. Also, the impact of the sub-culture on the larger culture are not explored at all.
But if one accepts the incredible premise (and I suspect that those who don't read science fiction will find it no more incredible than any other "sci-fi" premise), then it is a lovely novel about 3 childhood friends coming to grips with each other and the impossible situation into which they were born.

summer_meg Sep 23, 2011

I really enjoyed this story. I kept wanting to know more and more of this alternative world Ishiguro has laid out. So beautifully written and easy to get into, I was left having the story resonate into my own.


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