All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris and is blind by age six. Her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, so she can memorize it and navigate the real streets. When the Germans occupy Paris, they flee to Saint-Malo on the coast. In Germany, Werner grows up enchanted by a crude radio he finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, which wins him a place with the Hitler Youth. Werner travels throughout Europe, and finally to Saint-Malo, where his meets Marie Laure.
Publisher: [New York] :, Simon & Schuster Audio,, [2014]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442378735
1442378735
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (16 hr., 03 min., 14 sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Appelman, Zach

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JCLJoyceM Oct 10, 2017

Anthony Doerr is beautifully descriptive, offering comprehensive metaphors and rich details, as if he is compensating for the blind girl’s lack of sight. The novel moves back and forth, giving a glimpse of the characters’ future and then unveiling how they came to this scene.

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jandt_mcmurray
Sep 07, 2017

In a time of great turmoil comes a story of undying hope. There is a precious stone, one of a kind, that everybody would love to get their hands on, including the Nazis. This stone is said to give the holder unconquerable power. There are those who have sworn to protect it from those who would seek to use it for personal gain. Knowing that the Nazis would soon be after it, 3 copies of the stone were made & distributed in order to further protect the real one. 3 separate stories are going on at the same time: the protector of the stone, the seeker of the stone, & the young orphan boy that joins the 3rd Reich simply as a stepping stone to give him the means to go to college & make a life for himself. 3 separate people --- 3 separate lives. The stone protector is an innocent bystander that is in the wrong place at the wrong time. The stone seeker has evil intentions & get what he wants at any cost. The young orphan boy that joined the 3rd Reich finds that all of the evil things he's heard about what they are doing are actually true, but he firmly does NOT agree with these heinous acts, & he seeks to redeem himself & his choice to join this group. Lives are lost, both in death & in terrible torture. But even in the midst of such evil, love & goodness still survive.

My favorite part of this story was the brief intersection of Marie-Laure's (stone protector) & Werner's (orphan boy) stories. Werner is working to redeem his terrible choice to join the 3rd Reich, & he is presented with an opportunity to save a life. While raiding the small town of Saint-Malo where Marie-Laure lives & has been sending radio broadcasts on behalf of the Resistance, Werner discovers her illegal activity but decides to let it continue as if he'd never found her. He then falls in loves with & saves Marie-Laure, keeping her & the precious stone from the clutches of the stone seeker. Just after this noble act, Werner becomes sick, begins to recover, then steps on a landmine & dies. A budding love story cut off before it could ever get off the ground. Years later, Werner's sister comes in to possession of some of Werner's things, & she sets off to find out more about 2 of them. She pays a visit to Marie-Laure, & she discovers her brothers final acts of love & bravery. She then continues her journey to visit Werner's best friend from training camp only to find that he tortured to the point of insanity. She returns the object to him in hopes that it would bring up good memories for him about his time w/Werner. This is not what I would call a "feel good" story, but it's a lovely story of sparks of hope that cannot be squelched by the darkness all around it.

Age recommendation: 16 & up (profanity, heinous acts of torture)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 7.

Lise_biblio Mar 27, 2017

One of the best books I have ever read. I would recommend highly recommend it to both teens and adults

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Cordeliaba
Sep 15, 2016

Loved the audiobook of this!!!

Great audio production of this book. I think it's better than the print version. We read it for our book club. I did not find it sad or upsetting, just very real feeling.
Rose in PR

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justin_khalil
Jun 18, 2016

Great book... Very sad and emotional, but very rewarding in the end!

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Pixiepixie
Mar 08, 2016

Great story well told......incredible descriptions all through the story. Ingenious description of WW2 through the eyes of two children.

CMlibrary_cginesi Dec 26, 2015

The story begins right at the end of WWII and then as the characters are introduced he flashes back and forth between pre WWII and the end of WWII. I was a little bored at the beginning but forced myself to continue on. I heard such good thing about the book I wanted to give it a chance. The book was a very good story and an interesting history lesson all in one.

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szarnstorff
Sep 05, 2015

Excellent book set before and during WW11 with an orphan from Germany who fixes radios and a blind girl from France whose father worked in museum. Such an interesting story of weaving their lives together and the conflicts against evil. Should you defend your belief system or fight to improve your own life.

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SallyJo
Jul 29, 2015

Vivid writing paints pictures in your mind. Riveting story, suspenseful presentation. Extraordinary characters. A great read.

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jandt_mcmurray
Sep 07, 2017

Sexual Content: no sexual situations, but there are crass conversations about reproductive anatomy

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Sep 07, 2017

Violence: acts of torture performed by the Nazis

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Sep 07, 2017

Coarse Language: profanity

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