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The Shipping News | [Annie Proulx]

The Shipping News

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, The Shipping News shows why E. Annie Proulx is recognized as a gifted and original writer. When Quoyle, a 36-year-old, third rate newspaperman, learns that his two-timing wife has abandoned him and their two daughters, he returns to his ancestral home on the Newfoundland coast, to rebuild his life. We also recommend Proulx's, Accordion Crimes.

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Publisher's Summary

A vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary American family, The Shipping News shows why E. Annie Proulx is recognized as one of the most gifted and original writers in America today. When Quoyle, a 36-year-old, third rate newspaperman, learns that his two-timing wife has abandoned him and their two daughters, he returns to his ancestral home on the Newfoundland coast, where amongst locals and three generations of his family, he begins to rebuild his life. Newfoundland is a dreary rock in the north Atlantic beset by lousy weather. Proulx recreates this barren location in her vivid, distinctive prose and populates it with a cast of amusing, richly human characters. The transformation each of the characters undergoes following the move is profound. And Proulx creates a simple and compelling tale of Quoyle's psychological and spiritual growth as he confronts his private demons. Along the way, we catch a glimpse of the maritime beauty of what is probably a fading existence.

©1995 E. Annie Proulx, All Rights Reserved; (P)1995 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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    Karen Lodi, NJ, USA 05-28-07
    Karen Lodi, NJ, USA 05-28-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Find the unabridged version!"

    Skip the abridged version of this book! I wasn't crazy about it, then decided to give the unabrdged version a chance and I'm SO glad I did. It's a superb book when read in full. I'd rate it 5 stars.



    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Glen Ellyn, IL, United States 11-07-04
    Sandra Glen Ellyn, IL, United States 11-07-04 Member Since 2001

    Being a bookseller living outside of Chicago why would I buy audible books? Because I love to listen to them when I really want to relax!

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    "The Shipping News"

    This book is such a great read I couldn't put it down. It stayed in my thoughts when I couldn't read it, and I used any excuse to get back to it. A quirky, humorous and sad story, it is written as vividly as though the author was experiencing everything as she wrote. The characters are almost alive and kind of odd, having lived in a small community for so long. But the great thing is that everyone accepts the quirks of others, at least until the end.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Mountain View, CA, United States 10-08-09
    Amy Mountain View, CA, United States 10-08-09 Member Since 2009
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    "hauntingly beautiful"

    "The Shipping News" is a great listen. Annie Proulx (who, I just now realized, also wrote Brokeback Mountain) uses beautiful language to describe the smell and feel of her characters' environment. I just loved listening to it especially when I can't sleep. My only criticism is that it ends too abruptly.
    "The Shipping News" is a book I could listen to again. I can't say that for the other Audible books I have downloaded. This is moody, serene and engaging novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary E. Johnson Spruce Pine, NC United States 10-10-07
    Mary E. Johnson Spruce Pine, NC United States 10-10-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Well Done"

    My 1st Annie Proulx novel, but certainly not my last. I chose the abridged version because I liked Robert Joy's voice. He seemed more Quoyle-like to me. Read the book, listened to the audio version and watched the movie. Time well spent.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Cambridge, MA, United States 11-30-12
    Susan Cambridge, MA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is excellent


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a compelling story of growth and human character


    What didn’t you like about Robert Joy’s performance?

    His voice is off putting, and detracted from the story.


    Could you see The Shipping News being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 01-17-11
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 01-17-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Less Than Entertaining"

    The characters didn't interest me. They were sad-sack. The narration was okay. But everything about this story seemed lame. Don't waste your time or credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mollie 11-10-10
    Mollie 11-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    I generally liked the book but thought something was missing. When it ended I found it was an abridged version, I realized a lot must have been left out. Didn't know to pay attention to this -thought audible books were all full versions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Howard Scottsdale, AZ, United States 08-14-10
    Howard Scottsdale, AZ, United States 08-14-10
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    "A Colossal Bore"

    All of the Pulitzer Prizes in the world (yes, this book won in 1994) can’t save “The Shipping News” from terminal boredom. Proulx belongs to a segment of the modern school which deemphasizes plot, which might work if the characters and their inner thoughts were fascinating. But this essentially plotless novel is populated by some very dull individuals. It’s one thing to write well, which Proulx does, but it’s another thing to have something to write about. If your want to read a book which celebrates ordinariness, this slight tale might be for you, but don’t be surprised if you, too, end up as bored as I was.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Hammonton, NJ, United States 07-30-10
    Lee Hammonton, NJ, United States 07-30-10 Member Since 2007

    I'll listen to anything. I rotate between thrillers, bios, history, science, romance & literary fiction. I tend to avoid vampires and zombies. My reviews are short. Since 2012, my star ratings are: 5 stars- change your life; 4 stars -excellent; 3 stars -solid but uninspired; 2 stars bad, bad, bad; 1 star- a terrible waste of time and an affront to the English language.

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    "this is one of my favorite books"

    I usually hate abridged versions but Robert Joy does an excellent job with these voices.

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    Samantha Yarramalong, NSW, Australia 01-25-10
    Samantha Yarramalong, NSW, Australia 01-25-10
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    "SO Kevin Spacey!"

    Awesome read, loved it, the character was made for Mr Spacey! Very enjoyable.

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    "Difficult to listen to"

    I got this on a recommendation from someone who had read the book. Very soon into listening to it I became very frustrated with the readers style, it seemed that the stresses and punctuations were all wrong, that is until I looked at the book. The author’s style is written like a mass of headlines and short sentences thrown together.



    I struggled to finish the book and found the ending so unbelievable that it diminished any of the good I could recount. The prose is frustrating in a book that travels at 5 miles per hour on a road going nowhere.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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