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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Beautifully crafted and gripping.

Once again Kazuo Ishiguro unfolds the complex story - a sort of verbal origami. Michael Maloney gives a fittingly nuanced reading. The sort of book that I listen to in one go. Very highly recommended.
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- Aliza Bat-Ami

Loved it

May not be everyone's cup of tea but I found the psychological characterisation fascinating. Good internal dialogue as opposed to superfluous unnecessary description of periphery characters, places or things, found in so many of today's writers. . Excellent narration. I'm sad to leave the atmosphere created in this novel.
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- Marie

Book Details

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