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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: July 2015 ISBN: 9781442394216
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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.”

    Newsday

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Niccole | 1/4/2014

    " I found this book in a "free" box in my neighborhood. Beautifully written. I loved Doerr's reflections on nature, and the inspiration his characters drew from it. My main complaint was that David, the protagonist, seemed so weak, I was frustrated by his lack of drive and inability to make a better life for himself, and seemingly making too many obviously bad decisions in the process. The writing trumped all though,lovely and haunting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 12/27/2013

    " Came recommended, in an off-handed way, from a friend (after I read excerptss from her blog). It is, thus far, a book to savor, both in prose and in plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ekcarlile | 12/6/2013

    " A quiet book, like its narrator, and also desolate, freezing at times. But powerful and sweet in its portrayal of familial love, loyalty, regret and redemption. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 heartful | 11/8/2013

    " Unforgettable. How regret can haunt you for the rest of your life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monika | 10/7/2013

    " There's nothing about this book that I am going to take with me, but the characters were very well developed, and the storytelling was beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 9/6/2013

    " I found this book compelling-a little long, and at times I was really frustrated with Winkler, but I had to find out what would become of him. Very much enjoyed the writing style. It was extremely observant and relaxing. Made me think a lot. I will read more by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Surya Kalsi | 8/30/2013

    " Amazing prose! Extraordinary detail. Heartbreaking and beautiful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eoin | 7/30/2013

    " Wrenching and exquisite, Doerr manages to make tremendously varried plot, setting, and characters seem inevitable yet unpredictable. Sentence to sentence the prose shines. An overpowering, understated book. Worth it for the water. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelda | 8/10/2012

    " Interesting story, I finished it being a bit confused. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy V. | 5/3/2012

    " Good fiction, well-researched. I learned and I traveled with the characters of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/15/2011

    " So glad Laura gave me this this book! I don't think I would have picked it up on my own but a great read, different kind of plot, interesting characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 10/29/2011

    " This book is quietly beautiful and incredibly captivating. The weight of life and love are so completely conveyed by Doerr's words - I never knew it could be conveyed so well. There are many silent pauses and stretches in the story - giving time to soak in the wonder of it all and the struggle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/1/2011

    " This was a wonderful, heavy, intense read - it's a book that I'll be thinking about for days and months to come. Gorgeous prose that brought me to tears of joy and tears of sadness on more than one occasion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 8/3/2011

    " The motives of the main character of this book are difficult to understand so it was hard to generate any sympathy for him, but the ending was satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Therese | 4/17/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eoin | 3/2/2011

    " Wrenching and exquisite, Doerr manages to make tremendously varried plot, setting, and characters seem inevitable yet unpredictable. Sentence to sentence the prose shines. An overpowering, understated book. Worth it for the water. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " beautifully over written but horribly under plotted. nothing happens beautifully. the plot stays stagnent beautifully. it's a real shame cause man can this fella turn a sentence "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha | 12/6/2010

    " At first I was intrigued and enjoying the story but it just got worse as time went on. It rambled and rambled until there was no end. I should've quit when I suspected it might be going south. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ekcarlile | 11/27/2010

    " A quiet book, like its narrator, and also desolate, freezing at times. But powerful and sweet in its portrayal of familial love, loyalty, regret and redemption. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 8/28/2010

    " Liked this very much. between 3 and 4 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 7/30/2010

    " How to describe this book! Outwardly the story about a man who dreams the future and manipulates his life to save his daughter. Within, the story of how all things are connected, a study on beauty and science, cycles. I couldn't put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Surya | 4/27/2010

    " Amazing prose! Extraordinary detail. Heartbreaking and beautiful! "

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About the Author
Author Anthony DoerrAnthony Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See. He is also the author of two story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won four O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.
About the Narrator

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.