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Our Souls at Night

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kent Haruf

Narrated By: Mark Bramhall

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: May 2015

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

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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  • Liza

    This book is low key, and therefore for the most part I planned to give it 3 stars. But Kent Haruf succeeded to really annoy me towards the end of the book, and that by itself is worth his one more star, because that's why we have books, to surprise, and intrigue and make the reader laugh and cry, and sometime really really annoy. I could not stand the narrow mindedness of Addie Moore's son, and together with the lack of courage of some of the characters it created such a tragedy. Family sometimes puts people in impossible situations, that create unimaginable difficulties. How can one choose between beloved people? What right does anybody have on someone else's happiness? And what would anyone else do in such a situation? (easy to say, harder to do in real life). Tough tough, and really annoying, but worth reading.

  • Connie LaTendresse

    Rarely does an audio book cause me to tear up, but this one was so powerful in its ability to connect with the listener that I was very moved. The author depicted the challenges of family and growing older. This is definitely one that I will recommend to others. The narrator did a wonderful job of creating the voices of both the male and female characters.

  • Kathleen Vokes

    What a beautiful and powerful book. I was hesitant selecting this title as my November book because it is so short, but I am so happy I did. The story is charming and the author's choice of words and descriptions are wonderfully unique. The narrator does a fantastic job of distinguishing voices but not in a hokey way. I will definitely go out and buy this book in hard copy to experience it that way as well.