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Klara and the Sun

Klara and the Sun

Written by Kazuo Ishiguro

Narrated by Sura Siu


Klara and the Sun

Written by Kazuo Ishiguro

Narrated by Sura Siu

ratings:
4/5 (458 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
Released:
Mar 2, 2021
ISBN:
9780571365500
Format:
Audiobook

Description

From the bestselling and Booker Prize winning author of Never Let me Go and The Remains of the Day, a stunning new novel - his first since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature - that asks, what does it mean to love? A thrilling feat of world-building, a novel of exquisite tenderness and impeccable restraint, Klara and the Sun is a magnificent achievement, and an international literary event.

Released:
Mar 2, 2021
ISBN:
9780571365500
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Kazuo Ishiguro nació en Nagasaki en 1954, pero se trasladó a Inglaterra en 1960. Es autor de ocho novelas –Pálida luz en las colinas (Premio Winifred Holtby), Un artista del mundo flotante (Premio Whitbread), Los restos del día (Premio Booker), Los inconsolables (Premio Cheltenham), Cuando fuimos huérfanos, Nunca me abandones (Premio Novela Europea Casino de Santiago), El gigante enterrado y Klara y el Sol– y un libro de relatos –Nocturnos–, obras extraordinarias que Anagrama ha publicado en castellano. En 2017 fue galardonado con el Premio Nobel de Literatura.


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458 ratings / 32 Reviews
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  • (5/5)
    An interesting new book from a very subtle and thoughtful writer. Wasn't super keen on the narration as I felt it got a bit monotonous - possibly an effort to sound like a robot and just went too far? However I enjoyed the book overall and feel that it will stay with me.
  • (3/5)
    As the book is told from the POV of an AI, it's pretty dry and the characters seem underdeveloped and 2 dimensional, and the pace is slow. The concept is intriguing and the first half was enjoyable, but many questions were left unanswered and sufficient context was not provided for some of the futuristic elements for the plot to have its intended weight. This book could have delved so much deeper into ethical issues with AI, but these ideas were skated over. Some of the characters were downright annoying, and Klara seemed to have too many thoughts, feelings and free will for an AI. The book unfortunately doesn’t provide the clever insights into human motivations and feelings that it thinks it does.
  • (5/5)
    Very good narrator, and Ishuiguro's gorgeous mix of sifi and human feeling
  • (3/5)
    Weird but oddly entertaining and deep. The narrator does a good job. Recommended!
  • (5/5)
    Good luck with your friend and I have to toko my friend
  • (4/5)
    Kazuo Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun portrays what Love, Loyalty and Hope can be, personified through the eyes of the Klara, an observant Android.
    Honestly; the Initial verdict i could have given to the book would have been far lower initially as it didnt seem like the story would go anywhere. There was a distinct lack of background details within the book; and i assumed this is how the book would continue. However, i am glad that i was able to continue forward. The themes which the book, which portrays a disturbed and polluted America, where those who search for perfection are "Lifted" as compared to those who are not lucky enough to get that opportunity, it speaks in slightly darker allegories of how the technology is an attempt to save those who misused the technology to begin with.

    I would strongly suggest that the reader attempts to reader more of Kazuo's work; and it would give a greater insight into the machination of the author's mind.

    Since i experienced the Audiobook version, it was a pretty good attempt in my opinion to keep the thoughts of the Android as simple as possible, but i am glad that there were, in certain times, there was an attempt to drop emotions and feelings wherever necessary. Good Job !
  • (5/5)
    Beautifully read, so poignant, touching, moving, profound, and so prescient Ishiguro in his genius raises so many moral questions about our place in the world and our relationship with technology and progress and love. Wonderfully moving story.
  • (5/5)
    Interesting plot, powerful characters and a good ending. It was a great experience to read a book about AI or rather AF. The metaphor of the sun is very beautifully drawn. I recommend this book. It is my favourite reading of Kazuo Ishiguro up until now.
  • (5/5)
    Amazing audiobook, definitely worth to read. And I would recommend reading with in pair with J. Derrida - The Animal that therefore I am
  • (3/5)
    Audiobook narrator has a pleasant and easily understandable voice. The book on the other hand is a little bland.
  • (4/5)
    The story is deep and touching but could have been shorter as I found it difficult to stay engaged all throughout. Perhaps this is due to the robotic nature of the narration which made it difficult to keep following /listening for long periods. Not to undermine the audio which I thought was very well delivered, but i think I may have enjoyed this book more had I read it instead of listened to it.... just a hunch.
  • (3/5)
    Writing:
    - Ishiguro has (as ever) zero ear for dialogue.
    - his sentences sound deliberately repetitious and flat (being, in theory, more about the cumulative effect of repetitions)
    - on the plus side, the novel has such a great premise, it gets by. Loved the Robot God stuff and the AI argot, all the wrong deductions Klara makes trying to rationalise the world

    Vocal performance:
    - The British accents are ridiculous, and for one character (Rick) inconsistent (the novel indicates he should sound American)
    - The recording booth could have used some “dampening”, as there’s some vocal reverb that’s weird with headphones
    - On the plus side, all the narrator’s breaths have been removed (which makes sense for a robot narrator) and the diction is very clear
  • (5/5)
    Es posible que los textos y los audios vengan en Español. Soy una Sra muy mayor, entiendo italiano y portugués pero nada de Inglés, en comparación. Les agradezco que me envíen en esos idiomas.Gracias.
  • (5/5)
    The ending was very sad for me. And the book itself is quite melancholic and somewhat depressing.
    I love it by the way.
  • (5/5)
    This is the first book I’ve read of this# author and I loved it.
  • (5/5)
    The detail is wonderful. Brilliant writing ! Makes one think
  • (5/5)
    Great story. I wonder if one day it's going to happen. Us, living with robots. Who knows
  • (4/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Loved it my first introduction to the world of AF superbly narrated

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  • (4/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Masterfully written science-fiction fairy tale with deep psychologism. Great listen

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  • (5/5)
    I had a feeling about this book.
    That feeling was right.
    Kazuo Ishiguro is a genius, I have no doubt about it.
    To get me reading this book with zero amount of boredom while being fully invested in the outcome is one thing but to get me to actually identify and sympathize with an artificial intelligence is another level of genius.
    I'm mostly speechless when I want to describe why I love a book and this is no exception.
    This book touched my heart, I liked that, I like heart books if that makes sense.
    actual rating 4.5
  • (5/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    I really enjoyed how this story unfolded. My interest was held as the author subtly and cleverly narrated the events as seen through the eyes of an artificial being. Very original.

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  • (5/5)
    This story managed to show humanity and humans thru the eyes of an IA. Next time I’m in the sun I’ll make sure to take in it’s nourishment.
  • (5/5)
    Beautiful book. A very fresh perspective and quite a novel narrator. A must-read.
  • (5/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Can’t believe it’s over :( What a delight , loved this story

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  • (4/5)
    Interesting reading. Good for reflecting on the human nature as well as AI.
  • (5/5)
    Ishiguro doesn't dissapoint and in this pandemic (end?) era where we are living remotely more than ever before, an a.f. is not a distant idea at all. This book is timely and futuristic at the same time.
  • (4/5)
    An interesting story, not my usual genre. Disliked the majority of the characters and I have been left with many questions. What happened to Helen ? The original housekeeper? Did the unrest develop further so that AFs stopped being manufacturered. Still not totally sure what ‘lifting’ meant but Josie did eventually survive this process. Klara herself, I assume just remained in the dumping ground until she finally ‘died’. As an AF she seemed to have been programmed to have assumed many human emotions ,her discard by the family felt immoral and heartless but then they all came across as being selfish individuals .
  • (4/5)
    Lovely constructed book. It slightly reminded me of Never Let me Go except that Klara is a machine so it didn't feel so sad and also I think I enjoyed this book more. Clearly the author knows how to reach inside of us and gather our emotions without us realizing it and he can do what he will with it by the use of words.
  • (5/5)

    3 people found this helpful

    One of my favourite writers of all time. This book is written with the same geniis as Never leave me. Except this time they brought their elders. I cried at the end. I am left considering so much about what it really means to care, to be humane rather than human. What an exquisite book. Your life would be poorer for not reading this.

    3 people found this helpful

  • (5/5)
    La variedad de libros con la que cuenta y la manera tan sencilla de poder acceder a ellos.