The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Published by: Knopf Doubleday
Published on: October 5, 2011
Page Count: 176
Genre: Literary Fiction
My Reading Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible.com
Audiobook Published by: AudioGo
Narrator: Richard Morant
Audiobook Length: 4 hours 38 minutes
Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook
Review from My Bookshelf
Anthony is a man in his retirement years. Although divorced, he maintains a good relationship with his ex-wife. Just like the rest of his life, he believes he understands her and the reasons why they eventually divorced. She is still a stabilizing force in her life. Had it not been for an unexpected inheritance from the mother of a former girlfriend, he might have lived his remaining years unaware of how little he really did grasp the events of his life.
I loved this book on every level. The writing was gorgeous. It drew me in before I got to know Anthony or the other boys with whom he went to school. There was punch in this novel as well. As the story of Anthony’s youth unravels, my face flushed when he was finally caught in a lie he had been telling himself for decades. Richard Morant’s narration was another high point. His voice is crisp and clear. He brought a seriousness to the story that very much reflected for me Anthony’s opinion of himself and the story he was telling. For me, the story and the narrator were a perfect compliment. There is no doubt that I will be reading more Julian Barnes and listening to more Richard Morant in the future.