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Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

National Book Award Finalist

New York Times Bestseller

A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II, from the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr.

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

Doerr’s gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work.

©2014 Anthony Doerr (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Critiques

“This jewel of a story is put together like a vintage timepiece … Doerr's writing and imagery are stunning. It's been a while since a novel had me under its spell in this fashion.” (Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone)
All the Light We Cannot See is a dazzling, epic work of fiction. Anthony Doerr writes beautifully about the mythic and the intimate, about snails on beaches and armies on the move, about fate and love and history and those breathless, unbearable moments when they all come crashing together.” (Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins)
“Doerr sees the world as a scientist, but feels it as a poet. He knows about everything - radios, diamonds, mollusks, birds, flowers, locks, guns - but he also writes a line so beautiful, creates an image or scene so haunting, it makes you think forever differently about the big things - love, fear, cruelty, kindness, the countless facets of the human heart … Doerr's new novel is that novel, the one you savor, and ponder, and happily lose sleep over, then go around urging all your friends to read - now.” (J.R. Moehringer, author of Sutton and The Tender Bar)
“A tender exploration of this world's paradoxes; the beauty of the laws of nature and the terrible ends to which war subverts them; the frailty and the resilience of the human heart; the immutability of a moment and the healing power of time … A compelling and uplifting novel.” (M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans)
“[ All the Light We Cannot See] presents two characters so interesting and sympathetic that readers will keep turning the pages hoping for an impossibly happy ending… Highly recommended for fans of Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient.” (Evelyn Beck, Library Journal)

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  • CASTRES-GIRONDE, France
  • 07/08/2017

great story

Great and captivating story from ww2. The readers' French pronounciation is poor and this can be irritating since there are quite a few words read in French . But if you are not half French as I am you probably won't notice. I really recommend this book.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Great book but a bit difficult to follow

Moving story, Marie-Laure is amazing. However, I listened in my car and the story was difficult to follow in fragments. The chapter titles give away too much. The Reader's French accent needs to be improved. I recommened the book to someone who listens more regularly.

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  • Thea G
  • Glasgow, Scotland
  • 18/01/2018

Brilliant

Beautifully written and lovely performance. I really enjoyed this book, it's a wonderful story! Recommend it!

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  • Adele
  • 23/12/2014

Mispronunciation sure, but buy it anyway!

All the Light We Cannot See is a well balanced gem of a book - beautifully written descriptions and dialogue. Most of all I loved the diverse and complex relationships. The humanity of all the characters was deftly captured, and the many and varied forms of love.
A few words were noticeably mispronounced and it was a little disruptive when that happened. I got the impression that the reader was aware of some of them opted to persist rather than introduce inconsistency. Ideally those mistakes should have been spotted and corrected before publishing. However, aside from these relatively infrequent glitches I loved the narration - it was unobtrusive, understated and sensitive. I was totally engaged and had no difficulty distinguishing one character from another and certainly experienced a wide range of emotions along with the characters.
I would encourage anyone who loves really good literature to listen to this beautiful story.

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  • Lydia
  • 23/05/2015

An exceptional novel.

If you could sum up All the Light We Cannot See in three words, what would they be?

Haunting.
Exquisite.
Multifaceted.

What did you like best about this story?

That it was told from perspective of 2 individuals, on opposing sides of the war.
The fleeting touch of romance toward the end.

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

The narration transfixed me. I thought it was excellent.

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

Diamond sparkles in the dark.

Any additional comments?

One of the best novels I've listened to.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14/01/2018

Great story of loss resiliance and courage

Doerr creaates memorable word images of places and people . He weaves a back and forth tale that keeps the reader engaged. it is hard to stop listening.

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  • EdV
  • 11/05/2018

Highly recommended

Planned extra long walks so I could continue to listen. A beautiful story, well told.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15/10/2017

extremely moving

wonderfully narrated. beautiful and moving story. lovely descriptions of environments and character development. Would definitely recommend it

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  • Mariechen
  • 29/05/2017

Enjoyed it the second time too, but a little less

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

Not really. I read the print version a year ago and I enjoyed it a lot. I got it on audible because I loved it enough to read it again, and because I thought my blind father would enjoy it a lot.
And he did.
But I didn't like it as much as the print version. There are many factors that could have contributed to it, but I guess this is just not the kind of book I like to listen to in audio, if I have a choice. People like my dad don't have a choice, and they learn to love all sorts of books in audio.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jutta! (Werner's sister)
She probably could have been characterised a bit more thoroughly, but I enjoyed the way she thought for herself, and the way she supported Werner all the same. I would have liked to know her.

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

In this reading, not really for me.
For my dad, it was when Marie-Laure walks away from the house near the end, and when she walks towards safety. He felt it was poignant, and also very realistically written from a blind person's perspective of navigation.

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  • Anthony
  • 22/04/2017

Slow Dull Confusing Pointless

I'm not writing this to be mean. Just some advice. Don't buy this audiobook. The jumping around in time makes it too confusing for an audiobook. Slowest book I've ever read or listened to. Narrator is great but that can't save it. Nothing happens.

  • Global
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  • Robyn
  • 09/04/2017

Wonderful

A little difficult to keep track of the story as it jumps between characters as well as time but excellent story

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  • Linda
  • 26/03/2017

a great listen

Loced it except for one thing. a lovely narration was marred by frequent mispronunciarions. very poetic.

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  • Blanca
  • 22/02/2017

Wonderful reading. Poetry in capital letters.

A historic view of our world, it helps us understand the ordinary and extraordinary life during ww2

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  • BikerJoe
  • 05/10/2015

Love and Compassion in Wartime France

Is this another world war II story? No, not really. Anthony Doerr takes us to wartime France and Germany, where we follow the life of a 14 year old, blind French girl, Marie Laure and the German orphan boy Werner, who is crazy about radios and spends his time in an elite Nazi training camp. There is enough of the insane cruelty and misery of the wartime in these countries, but there is much more to the story.

Marie and Werner only meet towards the end of the story briefly, but somehow you feel that their life is gravitating towards each other. Regardless of her blindness Marie manages to support the freedom fighters by carrying messages, while Werner helps to track members of the resistance movement. In Marie's and Werner's short encounter, Werner rids himself of everything he was taught to do and for the first time, he does, what he thinks is the right thing to do.

Somehow this is the story od simply people, who manage to uphold their values, regardless of all misery and pain. It is a story about humanity, love and compassion in places, where you would expect it the least.

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  • gigel
  • 13/01/2015

This is a book to remember

Was hat Ihnen das Hörerlebnis von All the Light We Cannot See besonders unterhaltsam gemacht?

"All the Light We Cannot See" tells a story from the view point of two very different teenagers, one a blind French girl the other one a German boy attending a elite SS-boarding school that are in the end connected by their love for science and life. Both live in a completely different world at the same time, the 30ties and the Second World War. Both are raised in very different ways and still they meet. I don't want to spoil the book for you by telling the story but I can assure you I haven't read a book that was as touching as this for a long time.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • FAP
  • 22/11/2017

Beautifully written and narrated.

It brings you right into the war, as though you were there. Very sad though, quite rightly.

  • Global
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  • jkgoesa
  • 13/11/2017

Beautiful

"All the Light We Cannot See" had everything - love, friendship, heartbreak, drama, politics, aspirations and broken dreams. The stories of two young people during the second World War, amazingly read by Julie Teal, touched me very deeply. They are brutally honest and at the same time magical and full of hope. We encounter amazing personalities who despite everything don't give in and hold on to their beliefs and the people they love. We learn about their ways of dealing with the cruelties of the war and what resistance can look like even when it seems impossible or futile - and that there is always something to fight for, some light we cannot see.
I fully recommend it in itself and as an audiobook!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Lynx
  • 16/10/2017

Brilliant

A great story! The only annoyance is the wrong pronunciation of German and French names and words..

  • Global
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  • Anne
  • 21/04/2017

Magical

It is a truly unique perspective from which this wartime story is being told.
The language to me is truly magical..I wish I could write like that.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03/03/2015

A magical Story

enjoyable from the very start. Doers descriptions are the true magic in this lovely book.