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All the Light We Cannot See Audiobook

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

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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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    Becca 12-30-16
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    "enthralled...new vision on the WWII experiences"

    seeing the war from a young man without options on the German side to a blind girl in the French resistance was uncommon and a new perspective for me. characters are well developed, even the bit parts. great read.

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    David Wilson 12-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written, I just didn't like the depressing ending."

    Very well written just with a depressing last few chapters. I won't spoil anything but if you like happy endings then this book isn't for you. There is enough negative things in this world and our lives and I like stories to take my mind off of them not be a constant reminder.

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    psnova Galion, Ohio United States 12-19-16
    psnova Galion, Ohio United States 12-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Everything about this book is perfect"
    What about Zach Appelman’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration.


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

    You will fall in love, over and over, with the characters of this book; they are delightful and believable and their growth is an incredible part of the story. Furthermore, the book perfectly intertwines history and a fantastical situation, adding some mystery that is present in life, especially during war time.


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    Phillip Lund 12-17-16 Member Since 2017

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Highly Personal"

    I have not recently been so captivated by French and German characters as Marie-Laurie and Werner. This author understands the nature of war: the senseless cruelty, moments of great compassion and the utter banality in it's aftermath. Although presented as fiction, this novel contains frear truths regarding prople's behavior. I enjoyed this book greatly although at times I felt a sense of loss for Werner.

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    Emily Suderman 12-15-16
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    "Phenomenal"

    When you finish, you'll be upset because you'll know the next can't be as good.

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    "Beautiful story!"

    Haunting and lyrical, with exquisite word pictures. I couldn't stop listening and hated for this story to end.

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    Bren 12-12-16
    Bren 12-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful but extremely slow story"

    I feel torn. In some aspects I adored this story. But it was very difficult to get through on audible. The nature of the story is subtle and extremely detail oriented.... and as such I would find myself having to re-listen to entire chapters to stay on track. I kept waiting for it to pick up more. But it never really did. All that said- it was worth the listen.

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    John J. Homa 12-01-16
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    "High acclaim, but what's all the fuss?"

    I enjoyed the beginning with the war narrative. And the relationship between the main character and her father who help the blind girl in her formative years.

    But then it just became dull. maybe it was the narrator, but I think it had more to do with the lack of action.

    Which led me to read and listen for imagery that would relate to concepts. But I found very little of that too. I like the way it ended up in modern times. And I enjoyed, and was able to follow the way the chapters bounced around between time periods.

    Good descriptions but very little action.

    This Book won the Pulitzer and I'd like to understand why. There are study guides out there and maybe I will pick one up. But not right now. it seemed to be enough of a chore to finish the book.

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    Beverly Flovilla, Georgia, United States 05-26-16
    Beverly Flovilla, Georgia, United States 05-26-16 Member Since 2012

    Hello! I'm a full-time nurse, part-time reader, chef, gardener and stylist! Love all my hobbies. Oh, and mother to Marley (shih-tzu) and Sam

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    "Classic and Beautiful!"

    I started this book last year and put it down, mistake! I started it again and fell completely in love with it! It is magnificent and absolutely beautifully written. The story is gripping and spellbinding and the language is breathtaking.
    I was so drawn into the characters and their stories that I feel as though something is missing now that I have finished the book.

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    Roger 05-05-16
    Roger 05-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    A beautiful experience to listen to. The shifts to different times are not difficult to keep track of, and Zachary Appelman was a terrific narrator. There was no need for him to change his voice for the array of characters. The slightest pitch change in his voice was enough to let you feel what each character was saying. The way in which Anthony Doerr describes things, to the smallest detail, paints a multitude of pictures in your head, and this beautifully written book kept my attention for the entire time. I had to fight back tears for the entire final hour of the book. An instant favourite.

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