Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

Audiobook CD - 2005
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From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human. Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it's only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.
Publisher: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, p2005
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9781415916292
1415916292
9780739317983
0739317989
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (72 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Landor, Rosalyn

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joliebergman
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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