The Buried Giant

  • by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by David Horovitch
  • 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day.
"You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay..."
The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years.
Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, March 2015 - Kazuo Ishiguro is probably my favorite living author, so I was thrilled to discover he was publishing a new novel after nearly 10 years. In high school, The Remains of the Day solidified my love of modern literary fiction, and years later, Never Let Me Go won me over as a speculative fiction fan. At first, I was taken aback by how starkly different The Buried Giant is to his previous novels. It's a fantasy novel set in medieval England, full of magic, knights, and mythical creatures. But within, you'll find all the wonderfully familiar signs of a classic Ishiguro tale: mesmerizing prose, deeply sympathetic characters, and the universal themes of love, loss, and remembrance. I absolutely loved this book, and I know – like his others – I will return to it again and again over the years. —Sam, Audible Editor

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No rave review from me on this one.

I really looked forward to this book by Ishiguro. Though I really can't expect anything to come up to the level of "The Remains of the Day," I really expected it to come close. For me, it wasn't even in the same league. But looking at all the raves, I am definitely in the minority.

It's not that I didn't love it - I didn't even like it. I thought it was boring. I'm not crazy about fantasy as a genre, but gave it a shot because it was Ishiguro. It didn't work work for me. Nothing about it that made me eager to pick up the iPod and listen at every chance. I didn't care about any of it. I thought it was dull.

I still like Ishiguro. A lot, actually. I just didn't like this book or anything about it. My best suggestion is to really read the summary by the publisher and understand what you're getting into. If the fantasy - allegory - myth book is your thing, you may just love this one.
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- B.J. "I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear."

mysterious, hypnotic, gorgeous book and read.

Where does The Buried Giant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have never had a prose style and a reading style be so wonderfully matched...
Ishiguro's interweaving of past and present, and points of view are perfectly articulated by Horovitch's use of accent and emphasis -- but without trying to be a different person each time.
This is the kind of book I would usually read in print. But due to eye surgery I downloaded this book -- and I was mesmerized, comforted and coaxed on like a good story told by your favorite uncle at Christmas...
but with the gentle and precise prose of Ishiguro.
Stellar.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio