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About Grace | [Anthony Doerr]

About Grace

Anthony Doerr received waves of accolades for his short story collection, The Shell Collector, a New York Times Notable Book, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, and an American Library Association Book of the Year. This is his eagerly anticipated first novel.
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Publisher's Summary

Anthony Doerr received waves of accolades for his short story collection, The Shell Collector, a New York Times Notable Book, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, and an American Library Association Book of the Year. This is his eagerly anticipated first novel.

David Winkler sometimes sees things before they happen. He knows that a man carrying a hatbox will be hit by a bus. He knows he will fall in love with a woman at a supermarket. Then one day, his dreams bring the most terrifying premonition: his daughter Grace will drown while he attempts to save her from a flood. Determined to prevent such a catastrophe, David flees to a Caribbean island thousands of miles from home. Sacrificing everything to avoid tragedy, David remains unsure if his daughter is alive, or if his wife will ever forgive him.

An extraordinarily moving and magical novel with mythological shades, About Grace propels Anthony Doerr into the front rank of American writers.

©2004 Anthony Doerr; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Beautiful, ponderous....There are gorgeous moments here." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Carol Grand Junction, CO, USA 02-21-05
    Carol Grand Junction, CO, USA 02-21-05
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    "An unusual life story"

    David Winkler spends his life in places and situations that seem extreme contrasts- from Anchorage to Ohio to Caracus and St. Vincent. Water in all its forms is the unifying theme- encompassing childhood wonder, adult concern, distance, danger, scientific investigation and fascination with life in general. I was drawn in by the dreams- but in the end was captured by the lives of each unique character and the challenge of each unique setting. I found the story unpredictable and deep, with connections to the past finding there way into every unusual situation. There is a strong, somewhat unorthodox message about family, friends, and what it means to care about others. A nice mix of science, travel and the complexity of humanity.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Philomath, OR, United States 11-12-04
    Sandra Philomath, OR, United States 11-12-04 Member Since 2002

    I like unabridged novels. When I first joined Audible, many were abridged. That has changed. Non-fiction, politics, bios are favorites

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    "actions speak louder than words"

    Anthony Doerr can write on and on. This isn't a book that I would have picked up to read but I am very glad that I listened to it. To have words wash over you while out running or driving in the car is a pleasure. It is a simple story of a man who falls in love with a married woman and in the end leaves her and their child. He spends the rest of the book trying to work his way home.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer L. Richardson 08-06-05 Listener Since 2003

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    "Not one I would pick again."

    The idea was ok, the characters were fine but overall it was kind of pathetic and slow. I just kept waiting and waiting for it to go somewhere and then it just didn't seem worth the journey.

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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-19-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-19-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Monotonous narrator ruins meandering story"
    What did you like best about About Grace? What did you like least?

    I tried to enjoy this book for the little details that it evoked so beautifully. Unfortunately the narrator just spoke so flatly and in the same cadence all the time that I couldn't get into this book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Henry Strozier’s performances?

    NO! He speaks so flatly, same pitch and cadence with every two sentences... his dialogue does not differentiate characters at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll read this one in print; then I will likely be able to enjoy the nuances that mr. Doerr was trying to protray.

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