The Buried Giant

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

Publisher's Summary

The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at last the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased.
The Buried Giant begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards - some strange and other-worldly - but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another.
Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and and war.


What the Critics Say

'A deeply affecting portrait of marital love.' Guardian
'A beautiful, heart-breaking book.' Observer


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Slow & gentle, with rising intrigue and richness.

I was not sure at first, but when they leave the village the elderly couple at the heart of this novel got under my skin and drew me on into their forgetful world. I slowly became more and more involved with their story and impressed with the author's vision of the mythical dark ages. Many of the old elements are included; Saxons and Britons, ogres, monks, a castle and even a dragon. But all these things are made new and at its heart this is a touching story about healing and memory.

This is my favourite book for quite a long time.
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- John


Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I'm still mulling over what I feel having finished The Buried Giant. While I was listening to it, I quite enjoyed certain parts, particular themes, it had some momentum, but I felt disappointed and frustrated by the story in the end. It promised but, for me anyway, failed to deliver on those promises. Maybe it's a book to be read in print, so one can conjure up one's own cast of characters.Ishiguro featured dragons and ogres but he failed to use them in an interesting way, almost as if he were ashamed of including them in the story in the first place. I'm not suggesting he took Tolkein's approach at all, but to ignore them as he did felt clumsy. Presumably if one lives in a land where ogres, pixies and dragons roam freely then I would imagine that one lives in a constant state of fear and people may have developed strategies to deal with said dangers. I didn't get this sense at all, the couple just meandered along, speaking in their strange stilted way to one another.I think my expectations were way too high.

What will your next listen be?

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

What three words best describe David Horovitch’s voice?

Versatile, downbeat, droning

Could you see The Buried Giant being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I can't imagine this book, as it stands, being a good movie. But maybe if it had a director with a good imagination a new genre of meta-fantasy film making might emerge.

Any additional comments?

If you're expecting literary fantasy then this book isn't for you. It has a lot of fans, I don't want to do it down, I guess it just wasn't my thing. I read the last 50 pages to see if I might enjoy it more than listening, but by that stage I just wanted to finish it and move on.

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- Jenny

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2015
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd