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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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    "Absolutely beautiful!"

    So imaginative, with gorgeous prose and vivid descriptions. I've read maybe too many books about WWII, fiction and non, but this one will stay with me. I wouldn't even say it's "about" WWII, as much as the war is just the setting for a deeply intimate look at some fascinating individuals. I highly recommend it to just about anyone!

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    Susan 01-19-16
    Susan 01-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A unique point of view of lives of people during WWII."

    This book was well written and performed. However, the chapters were all mixed up. If you purchase this book, make sure you look at the order of the chapters before you begin listening to it.

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    lori zaleski 01-17-16
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    "Interesting but long"

    Listened to this just after The Nightingale which I found much more thrilling and exciting. This is a slow story and I didn't like that there was very little French and German words used nor accents. Was difficult for me to imagine being there in comparison to Nightingale.

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    Isaac 01-07-16
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    "Pleasure to read"

    It made me sad, but overall it was a wonderful listen. At times I struggled to understand the storyline, but that may have been due to being distracted while listening (i.e., driving).

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    Jeremy 01-04-16
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    "Beautiful"

    So beautiful. No trouble to finish. Would wish it were longer, but I found this story's style & length perfect. Excellent narration! Merci, merci, merci

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    "Kept my attention"

    Was listening to this book on a 16 hour drive, and it throughly retained my interest.

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    Triniti Sydney, Australia 01-03-16
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    "Wonderfully read, but may be even better in print"

    This story is very well read and produced, it deserves 5 stars for both story and performance.
    My only slight hesitation is that it moves between narrators and moves backward & forward in time frequently. Personally, I would have liked to have been able to flip back a few pages to check who was speaking/ in which timeframe this chapter was based.
    This is a small criticism, that may tell more about me managing my external distractions, than the story itself.
    It is a wonderful book and I recommend it to everyone.

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    "An Unforgettable Journey"

    An unfortunate journey; one I shall never forget.
    A few books stick with us forever; always reflecting and remembering our favorite people along the way.

    This book did that for me. I'm so glad this one didn't get past me.

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    "Wonderful story and prose"

    This was a great story, with mystery, joy and heartbreak and also very heartwarming. Beautifully written. Switching back and forth between different time periods takes you a little bit by surprise in an audio book but works well and adds to the drama. Well performed too. Really helped bring the characters to life.

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    patricia nolfi USA 12-29-15
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    "Heartbreaking Story From a Heartbreaking Time"

    I have unwittingly been immersing myself in books about the WWII era, and this one really stands out. The author takes a look at two parallel lives, one of a French Jew and the other of a German soldier, and explores the difficulties each face. Although one is physically blind, the other is blind to what he is involved in.

    No spoilers here, but I will say it's a really well-written story with beautiful prose.

    The narrator does a really great job with the characters and and their various accents.

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