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Publisher Description

Winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Fiction

*Winner of the Pulitzer Prize* A New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book* A National Book Award Finalist*

From Anthony Doerr, the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning author of Cloud Cuckoo Land, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller 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.

*Soon to be a Netflix limited series from the producers of Stranger Things*

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, 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, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).

Zach Appelman
hr min
May 6
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

matte elizabeth ,

Very interesting and different!

It is a little on the longer side for me, with over 500 pages, but it is very rewarding to finish.

Sure u are.... ,


What is with this author????? I particularly enjoy WWII and Civil war era books but i truly do not get why this is a Pulitzer Prize winner. This is my second book purchase from this author and will now be my last. I know they have to make every book sound good in the description to attract readers but whoever writes these descriptions up is wildly over promising and as the saying goes ……. Underdelivering. (Quick question…, who exactly decides on who a Pulitzer Prize winner is … cuz it has downgraded my respect for that honor) I agree with a previous review that it is a chaotic and disjointed story that fails to draw you in. My recommendation instead would be ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ if you want a guaranteed worthwhile listen i promise!

skyye2 ,

Fractured; Lacks Context

The storyline and framework was there. This has the potential to be a great novel. Unfortunately it was so fractured and chaotic that it was not an enjoyable read. Though there are parts of the story I did enjoy reading, they never ultimately went anywhere. There is no clear point overall to the sometimes despotic and depressing storyline. The author’s verbosity makes it somewhat awkward to stumble through - he paints a descriptive picture but fails to smooth it out in a way that most readers will enjoy. And toward the final chapters he begins to have a crass tone, teetering on vulgarity that was unnecessary and out of character with the rest of the book. Finally, at the end there is little to celebrate or contemplate; certainly nothing inspiring. Disappointing, especially for a Pulitzer winner.

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