Last Night at the Lobster

  • by Stewart O'Nan
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis
  • 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall, the Red Lobster hasn't been making its numbers, and headquarters has pulled the plug. But manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift. With only four shopping days left until Christmas, Manny must convince his near-mutinous staff to hunker down and serve the final onslaught of hungry retirees, lunatics, and holiday office parties. All the while, he's wondering how to handle the waitress he's still in love with, his pregnant girlfriend at home, and where to find the present that will make everything better. Last Night at the Lobster is a poignant yet redemptive look at what a man does when he discovers that his best might not be good enough.


What the Critics Say

"A deeply moving novel about how we work, how we live, and how we get to the next day with our spirits intact. If there was ever a book that embodies what's best in us, it's Stewart O'Nan's Last Night at the Lobster." (Stephen King)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very good novella

This is a short novel...aka a novella...and it's worth the price of entry. I greatly enjoyed the author's "The Great Circus Fire" and this is a small but tasty slice of life taking place on the last night of a restaurant that's going out of business.
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- Richard

Truly Enjoyable Tale of Everyday Life

What did you love best about Last Night at the Lobster?

It was funny and endearing. My husband and I listened to it on a road trip. We laughed and related to the characters. If you've ever worked in a restaurant, you will love this book.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last dinner. I don't want to give anything away, but we still quote lines from it when we're buying vegetables at the grocery store.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

I heard a review of this book by Maurine Corrigan on Fresh Air. I'm glad I took her advice and bought this book. The narration is great, too. This is an entertaining listen that will stick with you.

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- Misty

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-12-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.