All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014 | Unabridged
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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
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (16 hours, 03 minutes, 14 seconds)) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Appelman, Zach
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A novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths cross in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

This is an amazing story about two very different people: Marie-Laure, a blind French girl and Werner, an orphaned German radio wiz and how World War II brings them together.

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Sep 20, 2019

Absolutely loved this book. The audiobook is very well done.

Jan 29, 2019

I'm a bit perplexed as to how to write about this book, for it is a moving and sensitive book. A story about how one persons life touches another persons life. Not how another influences another, but how one touches the emotional and spiritual inner being, the depth and soul of another. How that melding of spirits shapes and imparts not only the character of the one, but carrels with them a tiny bit of the other to add to their own. Set against the horrors of WWII, it takes the carnage, tragedy, and mostly the inhumanity of the atrocities and crimes, with several characters who through either birth and family or by the plans of war, are all brought together.

There are three main characters, the young French blind girl, the young German boy gifted with an understanding of radio beyond normal comprehension, and finally, the jewel. The list of supporting characters are just the right touch and their influences of the lives of the main characters is fundamental to them. All surrounded by the travesties war.

Sad, touching, very introspective, you are touched by the events, the sadness, the pain. Not a lot of joy, but it is the love of humankind that leaves the most influence and thinking the most. Is it really the characters of the story or is it how the souls of one contribute and touch the soul of another to make the person whole. This is where I wrestled with the story. A very emotional book and not my regular cup of tea. But it is well worth the read and I assure you, it is the type of story, from which each reader will come away with something different.

ChrisPACL Jan 25, 2019

This is a comment for the audiobook version—so good! Listen with your eyes closed, whole new dimension.

Sep 19, 2018

Where's the tension, the story, the anticipation? This is bland, oh so bland.
The war happens around the characters, at a bubble's length. Despite being in the middle of it all, they don't get touched by the war.
This is 3 stories combined (loosely) into one. The combination failed, in my eyes.
So many pages to say so little. The end was written into the beginning. It was easy to see how this would end. I hoped I was mistaken; I wasn't.
Biggest constant peeve throughout: home-made canned foods in actual tins! Who tins their home canning?! Is that even possible?!
Biggest constant peeve throughout: home-made canned foods in actual tins! Is that even possible to tin at home?!

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.

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

Sep 15, 2016

Loved the audiobook of this!!!

Jun 18, 2016

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

Mar 08, 2016

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

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Sep 07, 2017

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

Sep 07, 2017

Violence: acts of torture performed by the Nazis

Sep 07, 2017

Coarse Language: profanity

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