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Publisher's Summary

The exquisitely crafted stories in Anthony Doerr's acclaimed debut collection take listeners from the African coast to the pine forests of Montana to the damp moors of Lapland, charting a vast physical and emotional landscape. Doerr explores the human condition in all its varieties - metamorphosis, grief, fractured relationships, and slowly mending hearts - and conjures nature in both its beautiful abundance and crushing power. Some of his characters contend with tremendous hardship; some discover unique gifts; all are united by their ultimate deference to the mysteries of the universe outside themselves.

©2002 Anthony Doerr (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Narrator not appropriate to the book.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The right friend. It would have to be a serious reader. I have read Doerr's two novels and Four Seasons in Rome. Of all his work, this is the one I would recommend last.

What three words best describe Hakeem Kae Kazim’s performance?

I think that Hakeem Kae Kazim has a beautiful voice. He reads extremely well. BUT, his voice is very dark and earthy whereas Doerr's narrative is always filled with light and clarity. I just think it's a bad fit. I think Doerr did a very able job of reading Four Seasons in Rome, and I would have preferred him.

Any additional comments?

I don't think it's Doerr's best, but I liked it well enough.

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  • Ryan
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Absolute best book I've read/ listened to so far

Where does The Shell Collector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This has been the absolute most entertaining book I've listened to so far. I'd feel so much excitement when I approached the end of my day, knowing I would listen to this book before bed.

Have you listened to any of Hakeem Kae Kazim’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't but he is now my favourite audiobook narrator I've ever heard. His voice adds so much to the earthy feel of this book. I wish he would narrate more books.

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

I really enjoyed the whale sequence in 'the caretaker'. The description of their large bodies and agonizing deaths was really captivating.

Any additional comments?

Anthony Doerr rights in such a beautifully poetic way, but never reaches the side of excess. All of these stories have such an earthy feel to them which made them so much more entertaining to me. I have a deep passion for the wilderness and this book expresses so much of nature's magic.

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respect the short story

The producers should make sure that there is a pause in between stories. It was very jarring to move directly into the next story without any break. Sometimes barely a breath taken. No respect for the completion of the story. No time to pause the audio to reflect. Very sad

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Love All the Light We Cannot See, so tried this

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I don't normally read short story collections, but i tried this because I loved All the Light we Cannot see. I am glad I did.

What did you like best about this story?

Diversity of stories, although I was a bit taken aback at first when some character traits carry between stories, and between his other books, but keep reading. It is OK if many of them like the sea, or the creatures therein.

What does Hakeem Kae Kazim bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did a good job.

Any additional comments?

In one of his stories a character, while, um, sinning, tangles his fishing line while moving his fishing pole. The author's description of the chaos caused by a small line/pole is wonderful. I fish, and I never thought of it that way. How can such a thing create such a mess? Infer larger life lessons...

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Love Anthony Doerr, However...

Big fan of Anthony Doerr, however this is not my favorite by far.
The plot winds and twists, feels random at times and disconnected.

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I couldn’t make myself care about the characters

I loved All the Light We Cannot See, but I ultimately was not invested in the characters in these short stories. The language is amazingly visual and did not disappoint. The narrator has a rich voice. I would recommend this book if you specifically like short stories.

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Not for me

If you’re looking to be uplifted this is not the collection of short stories for you.

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beautiful writing and engaging characters<br />

Stunning images succinctly crafted. I enjoyed the wide variety of beautifully drawn characters. Each story was equally compelling in a totally different way. Eaxh character came from a different baxkgeound but all were easy to relate to and care about. Ifound the narrator a delight to listen to. A very special book and a terrific performance.

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Such Amazing Writing

l Loved It. Stunning use of language ans heart-rending insights into human struggles to find and embrace love and create meaning.

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Memorable Stories

Several of these tales will be with me for a long time to come, particularly the first and the last story.

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