When We Were Orphans

  • by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by Michael Maloney
  • 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

England, 1930s: Christopher Banks has become the country's most celebrated detective, his cases the talk of London society. Yet one unsolved crime has always haunted him: the mysterious disappearance of his parents, in old Shanghai, when he was a small boy.
Moving between London and Shanghai of the inter-war years, When We Were Orphans is a remarkable story of memory, intrigue, and the need to return.


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Lost its way

Would you try another book written by Kazuo Ishiguro or narrated by Michael Maloney?

Yes I would listen to another probably Remains of the Day. I thought this book started well and was intriguing then it seemed to lose its way and get rather silly at times

What will your next listen be?

I haven't decided yet

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Any additional comments?

I found this book rather disappointing

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- morril

Ishiguro awesome as ever :)

Great narrator, beautifully poignant story. It will stay with me for a long time!
Ishiguro always captures the essence of 'Britishness' in his stories so effortlessly.
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- Jen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-10-2014
  • Publisher: Canongate Faber Audio