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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel
All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel
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Written by: Anthony Doerr
Narrated by: Zach Appelman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Listening is an ideal medium for this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, since author Anthony Doerr uses radio sound waves as a symbol of our shared humanity in this magnificently detailed and well-plotted story; a thrilling tale of life during wartime for both ambivalent soldiers and frightened civilians. In this novel, two distinct stories unfold side by side. One, a romantic tale of blind Marie-Laure, the adored daughter of the master of locks at the Museum of Natural History in Paris, home of a most valuable and sought-after jewel. When the Nazis take Paris, she and her father flee to the seaside town of Saint-Malo, the home of her enchanting, eccentric great-uncle Etienne. Meanwhile, in an impoverished mining town in Germany, orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, tethered to the rest of the world only by sounds from a salvaged radio, late at night. He becomes an expert at these crucial new instruments, and this wins him a place in Hitler's army, tracking 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. As thrilling as an Indiana Jones movie, and told with the beautiful prose of the best literary fiction, All the Light We Cannot See will transport you to the coast of France, where you might ponder how the very power of the spoken word can connect us all. ©2014 Anthony Doerr (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio

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