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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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Resilience

It was difficult to get into the story for me, but then it became an addiction.... It's a wonderful story of courage and resilience.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Elizabeth
  • 06/08/2014

Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

I'm embarrassed and a little afraid to admit I was not a big fan of this book. One reviewer said that if you didn't like it, then you must be jealous of the author. Trust me. I am not jealous. I just have another opinion.

I thought this was a beautiful story. The characters were all well developed and I really got to know them. I loved that the author chose to write about teenagers and that one of the main characters was blind actually enhanced the book for me. The unbelievable horror of war and how it effects everyone was very well portrayed.

I have listened to many books that are not linear and usually enjoyed them. This book jumps back and forth in time, place and character over and over again. The narrator doesn't change his voice for the characters, so in the moment it took me to figure out where "we" were now, I would miss something. I do think this probably works better in written format.

However, the part I didn't like is what most people love and will probably make it win many awards. I found the book too descriptive and too poetic. Like another reviewer said, there were just too many metaphors. I got lost in the sugary details. I didn't enjoy the scientific detail, either. I don't care how many teeth a snail has. For me, it just got in the way. I can't wait until my daughter finishes reading it so I can get her opinion. Plus, even though I listened to the ending twice, I still am not sure what happened to the "stone".

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • John S
  • 17/07/2014

Really tough to follow as an audiobook

This was a rather good book. I loved the story. It was well written. But it is one of those books that is really tough to follow as an audiobook. There are two major storylines that jump back and forth and then forward and backward in time in a single chapter. If you don't pay attention you will be lost quite quickly.

The book is good and does not end as you would expect. Read this, don't listen.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lionel
  • 20/11/2014

An outlyer's opinion

Any additional comments?

This will likely enrage the other reviewers, but - and again this is just my opinion - I thought the writing was far too much an attempt at being poetic. Far too many metaphors, far too many dependent clauses - all, seemingly, in trying to create some beautiful prose. It did not for me. I did love the story and I was engaged in the characters and I did keep reading, but this despite the over-poetic approach and - kack - the horrible narration. His French was embarrassing and he simply did not impress me. But to each his own, right? I will now go and hide from the wrath of those who wrote of their love for the book.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Annie M.
  • 22/06/2014

Time well spent

What made the experience of listening to All the Light We Cannot See the most enjoyable?

As someone who is legally blind, I loved reading how Doer brought to life the world of a young blind girl. That is the thing that initially caught my attention when I heard the NY Times review of this novel.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh, I just adore the character of Etienne, the uncle who must decide whether to sink into the PTSD he incurred during The Great War--or whether to help his blind niece during WWII. His character is so intricate, so damaged, and so lovely. I really cherish the relationship he develops with Marie Luare (not sure If I'm spelling that right, because I can't see how the author spells it).

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Friendship across enemy lines.

Any additional comments?

The NY Times made a comment that Anthony Doer could be a literary writer. I already considered him so, and partly listened to this book to prove the Times wrong. Happy to say, I believe fervently that this is a very strong literary foray. I don't know what other category I'd put it in. Very strong story, strong writing, and good characters who develop and learn.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • kurdis teed
  • 08/08/2017

Good story, good narrator, not so great production

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

I didn't read the print version, so it's hard to say. I would suspect that it is because the narrator is a good one.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot is engaging, and the narrator does a good job with this story.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't really have a favorite scene within this novel. The story builds, so there isn't a scene that sticks out to me more than the others.

Who was the most memorable character of All the Light We Cannot See and why?

Verner, because a lot of the other character names are foreign, and I don't know how to spell their names. Still, he is interesting because of his technical abilities that are demonstrated in the narrative.

Any additional comments?

This recording probably would be closer to 5 stars if the production was better. The story is good, and the narrator does a fantastic job. There is slight hum in the background that comes and goes during the recording. It's not terrible, but it's there, which can be annoying at times.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Hank Reads!
  • 31/05/2014

Completely absorbing!

This novel helps the reader understand what it was like to be trapped in the machinations of World War II. Because the two protagonists are children in 1934, they are not able to escape the coming war. The girl is French, while the boy is German. Each are rendered even more powerless by inescapable circumstances: Marie-Laure is blind, while Werner is an orphan. Doerr plunges the reader into their experience of the war through precisely described vignettes--fragments of their experience that resonate powerfully.
The two characters eventually meet, and these scenes are haunting.
If you are a reader who enjoyed the poetic, humanism of The English Patient or the masterful point-of-view of Code Name Verity or the intense personal quality of All Quiet in the Western Front, you will love this book.
The story is absolutely riveting in itself, but the way the writer parses his words creates a spareness that matches the emotional trauma the two characters stoically endure.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • cristina
  • 24/07/2014

Deeply human

When I started listening to this story, I realized it was the wrong novel for me at this particular time. I needed something lighter. I kept telling myself I'd stop listening and go back to it at another time...but the writing kept me hooked. Something was going on here that went beyond the two children whose day-to-day lives Doerr was describing.

I am so glad I kept listening. The story builds and builds. The two children's lives connect in magical ways...and towards the last third of the novel, you find yourself holding your breath.

I don't want to give anything away. Does it have a happy ending? Does it have a sad ending? You'll have to listen for yourselves. I highly recommend the experience. It couldn't be more real, or human.

Can't wait for Mr. Doerr's next novel.

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  • Global
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  • Sandra
  • 07/06/2014

Be prepared to love the characters.

A wonderful story of young people caught in the net of the Nazis in WWII. In this book Anthony Doerr shows the tragedy from both inside the Nazi party, and on the life of a blind young French woman. A classic story about doing the right thing, at the risk of your own life. I loved the book.

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  • Global
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  • Tawney
  • 22/05/2014

A remarkable listening experience

What a wonderfully well written story, and a fine narrator. I find it refreshing when the narration is done simply, without changing the voice significantly for different characters. For me, this is much less distracting than a male making his voice light and high for female characters, and vice versa for a woman narrator. What a pleasure this book was, in every way. I will probably listen to it again some day.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • RueRue
  • 08/06/2014

Worth all the (5) Star reviews

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

Not better, but equally beautiful. I alternated reading and listening. The narrator did a good job without overacting. The story is also very suspenseful.

What other book might you compare All the Light We Cannot See to and why?

I would compare it ( loosely) to "Beautiful Ruins".

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's a long book and not one to rush through. The chapters are short, the narratives moves between time periods and characters, and it is book that requires attention to see how even small events connect and build toward a larger picture.

Any additional comments?

In spite of the length, I was sad to finish the story and say goodbye to the characters.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • D. Barnes
  • 29/09/2015

What a beautiful book.

Having started numerous books by various authors and casting them, with bored frustration, unfinished aside, finally, thankfully I came across this book. Even before I finished the book I gave it as a gift to two friends.
It is beautifully written. The imagery he uses to describe the blind girls world is rich, evocative. The story is both gentle and compelling. The characters are interwoven and more than likeable. Deservedly, this book gained the author the Pulitzer prize.
And last but not least, the audio book is beautifully narrated by Zach Appelman. A voice I could never tire of.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • bbilka
  • 07/08/2015

Ein großartiges Buch

Würden Sie dieses Hörbuch einem Freund empfehlen? Wenn ja, was würden Sie ihm dazu sagen?

Unbedingt empfehlenswert, eine sprachliche Meisterleistung und eine Geschichte, die berührt

Welche Figur hat Ihnen am besten gefallen? Warum?

Ein blindes Mädchen, da allen hilft zu sehen...

Hat Ihnen Zach Appelman an der Geschichte etwas vermittelt, was Sie vielleicht beim Selberlesen gar nicht bemerkt hätten?

Der Sprecher bringt die Sprache zum Leuchten

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Nein, man muss die Sprache genießen

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • nicole
  • 21/02/2018

nice story.. nicely described scenes.

nice but not outstanding... i got bored at times... but worth listening i would say

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Barry Weickel
  • 01/09/2017

Enlightenment

an interesting story, well written and nicely woven together within a historical background.
one, two, three!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Robert J
  • 06/05/2017

Touched me

Lovely story that really touched me. That will touch you, too, I am sure. Do not miss it.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lis loves languages
  • 16/02/2017

awesome story

I loved the story. It pulls you right in. Beautiful language and imagery.
My only criticism is the speaker's awful French when he mispronounces names and places. That really gets in the way.

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • j E N S
  • 06/10/2016

hmmm?!

nice beginning. middle full of filler. interesting, contemplative and real end.

overall sweet and sad story could have been told in much less time.

think this would make a good movie like The Reader... it's a story more suitable for filmmakers whose rule is: "show, don't tell".

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Hans Reiter
  • 23/06/2015

War story from various perspectives

The story revolves around the Second World War as experienced by different characters. At times it got quite lengthy for my taste and the stories of the protagonists only touched briefly. The reader is excellent though.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Andie
  • 11/06/2015

Wow

I've never encountered a book more well written. So well laid out, full of interesting bits of knowledge and even a story within a story...

The narrator was very good, although his German and French were quite difficult to understand.

I loved this book.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Doc Pfister
  • 10/04/2015

Traurig-schöne Geschichte aus dem 2. Weltkrieg

Auf welchen Platz würden Sie All the Light We Cannot See auf Ihrer Hörbuch-Bestenliste setzen?

Dieses Hörbuch steht ganz vorne auf meiner Liste der wirklich anrührenden Geschichten. Spannend, tiefgründig, gut gelesen - ein Buch, das ich gerne weiterempfehle und auch gerne nochmals lesen werde.

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