Days without End (audiobook)

Read by Aidan Kelly
8.0 hrs • 7 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Fiction/War & Military
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 01/24/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 01/24/17 9781504796552
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 01/24/17 9781504796576
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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Finalist for the Library Journal Best Audiobook Listen LIst

Walter Scott Prize Winner in Historical Fiction

A Time Magazine Best Book of 2017

A 2016 Guardian Best Book of the Year for Fiction

Winner of the 2016 Costa Book Award

A 2018 RUSA Notable Book in Fiction

Shortlisted for the Reading the West Book Award

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

Longlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award

An NPR Pick for 2017

From Sebastian Barry, a two-time finalist for the Man Booker Prize, comes a powerful and unforgettable novel chronicling a young Irish immigrant’s army years in the Indian wars and the American Civil War.

Thomas McNulty, having fled the Great Famine in Ireland and now barely seventeen years old, signs up for the US Army in the 1850s and with his brother in arms, John Cole, goes to fight in the Indian Wars—against the Sioux and the Yurok—and, ultimately, in the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in.

Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry’s latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. An intensely poignant story of two men and the makeshift family they create with a young Sioux girl, Winona, Days without End is a fresh and haunting portrait of the most fateful years in American history and is a novel never to be forgotten.

Review Quotes

“If an audiobook that is gorgeously written, tells a heart-thumping story, and is performed with flawless taste and authority is a cause for celebration, chill the champagne. Aiden Kelly gives us Thomas McNulty, a young refugee from Sligo…[in] a supple and powerful performance by Kelly, whose Thomas is somehow both pragmatic and full of wonder. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


“Narrator Aidan Kelly’s voice is lilting and poetic, suited to an enthusiastic storyteller with a knack for seeing the humor in almost any situation. His rendering of Barry’s beautifully expressive language draws listeners in with excellent pacing.”

Library Journal (audio review)

“A sweeping vision of America in the making, the most fascinating line-by-line first person narration I’ve come across in years.”

Kazuo Ishiguro, Booker Prize–winning author

“A great American novel which happens to have been written by an Irishman.”

Times Literary Supplement (London)

“Remarkable…Life-affirming in the truest and best ways.”

Daily Mail (London)

“Barry is the most humane of writers…beauty is mined to its last redemptive glint…A great novel.”

Irish Times

“Written in a gorgeous style that blends Barry’s characteristic eloquence with the straight-talk of early America.”

Financial Times (London)

“A work of staggering openness…Barry conjures a world in miniature, inward, quiet, sacred.”

Guardian (London)

“Barry…offers a meditation on the nature of what it means to be an American, and his conclusions are both complex and fearless. A beautifully realized historical novel.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“A tour de force of style and atmosphere…a timeless work of historical fiction.”

Booklist (starred review)

“Lively, richly detailed…A contribution not just to Irish literature in English, but also the literature of the American West.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A beautiful, savage, tender, searing work of art. Sentence after perfect sentence it grips and does not let go.”

Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart