Our Souls at Night

  • by Kent Haruf
  • Narrated by Mark Bramhall
  • 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future.
In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf's inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis's wife. His daughter lives hours away in Colorado Springs, her son even farther away in Grand Junction, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with.
Their brave adventures - their pleasures and their difficulties - are hugely involving and truly resonant, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer's enduring contribution to American literature.


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Customer Reviews

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Our Souls at Night is simply perfect.

I've read quite a few five-star books, but very few “perfect” books. By perfect, I mean beautifully written and well-plotted, a book that has the power to pull me in to the story completely, and one that says something so personal that it feels like the author wrote it for me. Our Souls at Night is a perfect book. I've loved Kent Haruf's Holt trilogy, especially Benediction, and he has written a most marvelous final book. Perhaps I found it so moving because it is his final book, and as an author facing the end of life, Haruf has given the reader the gift of knowing exactly what needs to be said and saying it simply and eloquently.

I read several reviews while anxiously awaiting the publication of this book, so I expected the quiet and direct wonder of a personal novel about the search for happiness and the everyday. I was rewarded perfectly, profoundly, and more than amply.
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- Bonny

Intimate and Thoughtful!

This is low-key, evocative short novel about the pursuit of happiness, second chances and perhaps most importantly about our need for companionship and intimacy.

Louis and Addie are both widowed, lonely and in their twilight of their lives.
So Addie visits Louis one night and comes up with a rather unique proposition:

You are probably wonder what I'm doing here, she said.
Well, I didn't think you came to tell me that my house looks nice.
I want to suggest something to you.
Yes, I kind of proposal.
Not marriage, she said.
I didn't think that either.
I wonder if you would consider coming to my house sometimes to sleep with me.
What? How do you mean?
I mean we are both alone. We've been by ourselves for too long.
For years.
I am lonely.
I think you might be too.
I wonder if you would come and sleep with me in the night with me.
And talk.

After a very short consideration, Louis accepts Addie's proposition and so it begins their journey to chase what most probably is their last chance at achieving happiness and fulfillment in their lives.

That Mr. Haruf wrote this last novel, published posthumously, while he was dying, makes this book all the more remarkable.

Louis and Addie are both wonderful and noble characters and through it all your are rooting for them. It seems that through them the author was trying to remind us of the little things that really matter in life.

The outdoor scenes are wonderful and encouraged me to go outside, to enjoy and connect with nature again, something that many of us city folk frequently forget to do.

This story felt authentic, special and pure.
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- Iris Pereyra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-26-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio