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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,373 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Annie Proulx Narrator: Tom Stechschult Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Rarely has a literary novel so captured the hearts and minds of readers across America and the world as E. Annie Proulx's The Shipping News, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Now we have Proulx's new novel, Accordion Crimes, a masterpiece of storytelling that spans a century and a continent.

Accordion Crimes opens in 1890 in Sicily as an accordion maker completes his finest instrument and dreams of owning a music store in America. He and his eleven-year-old son, carrying little more than the accordion, voyage to the teeming, violent port of New Orleans. Within a year, the accordion maker is murdered by an anti-Italian lynching mob, but his instrument carries Proulx's story as it falls into the hands of various immigrants who carry it from Iowa to Texas, from Maine to Louisiana, looking for a decent life. The music is their last link with the past -- voice for their fantasies, sorrows and exuberance -- but it, too, is forced to change.

Proulx's prodigious knowledge, heartbreaking characters and daring storytelling unite the sections of Accordion Crimes -- a stunning novel, exhilarating in its scope and originality. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Like all fairy tales, this one charms with its marvels and scares with its excesses…a thrilling read.” 

    Chicago Tribune Book World

  • “A superb storyteller…Proulx’s stories are familiar because they belong to all of us.” 


  • Accordion Crimes is both unnerving and amazingly rich, full of surprises.” 

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Proulx has a passion for storytelling and the precision of a diamond cutter, not to mention being wickedly funny.” 

    Boston Sunday Globe

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patrick | 2/17/2014

    " I enjoyed how the accordian was weaved into the stories of so many people over the years. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dennis | 2/14/2014

    " This wasn't a great book but it had its moments. Really the explicit thread linking the parts in this collection of short stories, the green button accordian, played a very small part in most of the tales and was almost non-existent in the later ones, except as an afterthought. The more implicit thread was that everyone who comes to the United States (or is a minority there) gets fucked over by the "Americans" who live there, including disrespect, drug addiction, sexual abuse as children and death. Oh well, since so many of the characters were miserable, misogynist, racist and bigoted themselves, maybe they brought this mistreatment on themselves - put them out of their misery, at least. There was some good writing in this but when it's so hard to find anyone to like or at least identify with, it gets to be slow going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debbie M. | 2/13/2014

    " I listened to this book on CD. Does that count as reading it? I picked it up in the library to look at the text - - although the detailed descriptions are great on CD I don't think I'd have the percerverance to read the entire book. The story line is great and wonderfully told. I laughed out loud more than once. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Judy | 2/7/2014

    " Well written, however I didn't like any character in it. Plot moves along very well. "

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