The Remains of the Day

Version: Unabridged
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Narrator: Simon Prebble
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: June 2012
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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Overview

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.

Reviews (5)

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Written by Jacqueline E. on June 24th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Sigh...no matter how many years pass by in between reading this book, I still have to reread it and always a tear at the end. I’m sure I will continue this for many more years. Always worth the read.

The Remains of the Day

Written by Robert Dickman on January 8th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A deep book with insightful lessons for any reader. This author has written an instant classic for the thoughtful reader.

Written by Janet Jones on September 10th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fascinating psychological study. One has to empathize with someone who so deeply doesn't get it. And a revealing look at the self-regarding aristocracy of England between the wars. Of course beautifully narrated by the incomparable Simon Prebble. All together a worthwhile audiobook.

Ishiguro is a great writer

Written by Liza on April 17th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I loved this novel, even though it is slow, or maybe because of its slowness. Stevens is revealing the complicated life of being a butler in the super-high-society of England, especially before WWII. It is a story of repressing feelings, both personal and political, because the best butler is the one that has no feelings whatsoever. But everyone does, and something almost always bring people to looking back, some regrets, and big questioning of one's actions and words or the lack of them. Dignity, honor, service - these filled Stevens' life for years, maybe they are not the most important and honorable values after all? I loved the Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, and his ability to write such different styles, such different settings and time so beautifully just adds more points to this wonderful author.

Written by on November 26th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Wonderful book. Big fan of the novel and the film. The narration was decent.

Author Details

Author Details

Ishiguro, Kazuo

Kazuo 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.