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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (702 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Doerr Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Anthony Doerr’s The Shell Collector was published in 2002, the Los Angeles Times called his stories “as close to faultless as any writer—young or vastly experienced—could wish for.” He won the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Discover Prize, Princeton’s Hodder Fellowship, and two O. Henrys, and shared the Young Lions Award. Now he has written one of the most beautiful, wise, and compelling first novels of recent times.

David Winkler begins life in Anchorage, Alaska, a quiet boy drawn to the volatility of weather and obsessed with snow. Sometimes he sees things before they happen—a man carrying a hatbox will be hit by a bus; Winkler will fall in love with a woman in a supermarket. When David dreams that his infant daughter will drown in a flood as he tries to save her, he comes undone. He travels thousands of miles, fleeing family, home, and the future itself, to deny the dream.

On a Caribbean island, destitute, alone, and unsure if his child has survived or his wife can forgive him, David is sheltered by a couple with a daughter of their own. Ultimately it is she who will pull him back into the world, to search for the people he left behind.

Doerr’s characters are full of grief and longing, but also replete with grace. His compassion for human frailty is extraordinarily moving. In luminous prose, he writes about the power and beauty of nature and about the tiny miracles that transform our lives. About Grace is heartbreaking, radiant, and astonishingly accomplished.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gorgeous, transporting, and deeply, deeply satisfying.”

    Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An extended meditation on the tides and eddies of life itself, spun out in sentences that never fail to thrill.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “One of those novels that works its way into your very dreams.”


  • “This mesmerizing novel is pitch perfect…utterly unforgettable.”

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • “The majesty of nature, the meaning of courage, the redemptive power of love and the pathos of isolation—all are gracefully explored in Doerr’s story of the price paid for a gift.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Winkler devastates his own life to a save another’s—but in the process, he discovers that there is a saving grace in doing just that.”


  • Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julia | 2/8/2014

    " I wanted to like this book so badly, but I just couldn't get into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/8/2014

    " Absolutely loved this book. Couldn't put it down until I found out what happened but then I could barely read through the tears. Top ten favorite of all-time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karl Reinhard | 2/1/2014

    " Not as good as "shell collector", but a zillion times better than "Four Seasons in Rome". I think that the placement of the main character in a diversity of natural environments made his search seem secondary to the description of the natural world. A pretty good read. I think Doerr's strength is short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Therese Thompson | 1/23/2014

    " Not a quick easy read! more meditative and thought provoking...about the small moments in existence. good story, well written. "

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