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All the Light We Cannot See Audiobook

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

©2014 Anthony Doerr (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    "A Beautifully Captivating Story"

    I am glad that I read this book despite some of the listed reviews. I was skeptical about reading it due to some of the negative reviews but decided to read it any way. I enjoyed how the story was told and did not struggle to listen to the narrator or the order in which the book was written, as some reviewers had stated. I loved the beauty and the warmth that the author managed to portray in the mist of so many hardships.

    I greatly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.

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    Roy 12-18-15
    Roy 12-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVED THIS BOOK"

    Read it in one sitting. Couldn't put it down. I'm usually a slow reader but this was so captivating it didn't take long to finish!

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    Pamela Child 12-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "War stories are usually not my thing"
    If you could sum up All the Light We Cannot See in three words, what would they be?

    Tragedy of war


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was honest about the conflict of war within the individual and a reminder of all the promise that is lost for them and for all of us.


    What does Zach Appelman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The joy and sadness that only a voice can sometimes bring.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The father's ingenuity of creating a reproduction of the cities to guide her ability to navigate without him.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story where everyone is forced to make difficult choices to survive and everyone is blind in one way or another. Everyone a hero and a coward.

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    Skills Anthony 12-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible"

    This audiobook was the most enjoyable experience I have had so far on Audible. A story that will inevitably become a classic, with beautiful and poignant narration.

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    J. McGee 12-15-15
    J. McGee 12-15-15

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    "An inside look at WWII"

    I enjoyed this book very much, with the Uncle being my favorite character. There are many reviews that expressed dissatisfaction with the non-linear approach, but once I got the hang of it, I really enjoyed it and found that it helped me to not zone out as can often happen when listening in the car for a significant time. Much like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, the story puts a human face to the rank and file of the Nazi regime and gives a nod to those Germans who gave the world (and the Nazis) much of the technology that our modern life depends on today.

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    Amy 12-15-15
    Amy 12-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "It's just amazing"
    If you could sum up All the Light We Cannot See in three words, what would they be?

    So much feels


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the two main character finally meet and the two story lines finally intertwined. It was just so beautifully well written.


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    Jewell W 12-11-15
    Jewell W 12-11-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book"

    I really liked this story and the cast of characters. They were all so interesting and could stand on their own. The performance was good also. I never tired of the voice.

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    P North Carolina 12-05-15
    P North Carolina 12-05-15 Member Since 2014

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    "painfully beautiful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of All the Light We Cannot See to be better than the print version?

    yes, the reader brought a depth not felt in the print version


    What about Zach Appelman’s performance did you like?

    the pauses


    If you could rename All the Light We Cannot See, what would you call it?

    hindsight


    Any additional comments?

    this book is a must-read/ listen story of remembrance and forgiveness; an emotional history lesson. it pulses

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    Carla Saenz 12-02-15
    Carla Saenz 12-02-15
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    "Unexpected turn..."

    Story: I was hypnotized and loved 90 percent of it....extremely disappointed with the manner in which the main characters are unexpectedly written off....The final chapters greatly disconnected me from the story, the ending is dry and uneventful.

    Author: Brilliant writer with exemplary command of the English language. Beautiful... exceptionally well written.

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    Cyndi Bird 12-02-15
    Cyndi Bird 12-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    I felt like I was living inside the story. Characters so real that they reverberate around in my head and heart still. I was truly sorry to see this audiobook end. I can sum it up in one word - WOW!

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