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May 26, 2015 / Leslie

Audiobook: Our Souls at Night

A Rapid Review

OurSoulsAtNightOur Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Publisher: Random House Audio | May 2015
Format: Audio Download | 3½ hours | Rating: 4 stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy

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.

Addie and Louis live in the small town of Holt, Colorado. They’ve been acquaintances for years, yet never really knew each other. Her husband died years ago; Louis’ wife died too. They each live alone now; their children moved away. When Addie approaches Louis for companionship—to spend the night together as friends—Louis is at first surprised, but then happy to have someone to talk to.

Their late night conversations reveal the stories of their lives: Happy and sad times, loves and losses, hopes and dreams, and family secrets. Although they are discreet, not everyone approves of their relationship. When Addie’s six-year-old grandson, Jamie, comes to stay with her for the summer, her son strongly disapproves leaving Addie torn between family and her feelings for Louis.

This is a beautifully written story with a deeply emotional ending: bittersweet and sad. And an ending I was not expecting. To say much more would spoil this captivating short story.

Audio production:
The narration was performed by Mark Bramhall. His soft, even tone and steady pacing made it pleasant and easy to listen to. [Audio Sample on SoundCloud.]

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review
Source: Review copy provided by Random House Audio.
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  1. BermudaOnion / May 26 2015 6:40 pm

    This does sound emotional. My mom’s been widowed for 4 and a half years and she says the loneliness is the worst part.


  2. WordsAndPeace / May 26 2015 6:56 pm

    I love this author, so sad he just died


  3. Mary / May 26 2015 8:09 pm

    I really want to read/listen to it but because it’s Haruf’s last I’m putting it off. *sigh*


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