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Author: Anthony Doerr Narrator: Anthony Doerr Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9781442394988
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Anthony Doerr, the Pulitzer Prize­–­winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, reads his 2007 memoir, Four Seasons in Rome—available on audio for the very first time!

On the day Tony Doerr and his wife returned from the hospital with their newborn twins, he received a letter from the Academy of Arts and Letters informing him that he had won the prestigious Rome Prize, which provides a stipend, an apartment, and a writing studio at the beautiful American Academy for a year. Six months and a few Italian lessons later, they arrived in Rome.

Insatiably curious, an avid reader, and an extraordinary eloquent observer of nature, Doerr sets out to discover Rome. He reads Pliny, Dante, Shelley and visits the churches and piazzas and ancient cisterns they describe. He reads the history of the papacy and attends the vigil as Pope John Paul II lies dying. He takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. And he and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers in their little neighborhood on a Roman hill.

For anyone who loves Rome—or wants to know it—this is a gorgeous, informative audiobook. It is also an illuminating account of how a writer transforms experience into sentences, how this writer sees and captures the world. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anthony Doerr is dazzling in this book, in the way he celebrates the joys as well as the pain of being a parent and in love, being a writer and being in Rome, reminding us that certain experiences never grow stale when they are expressed through the fresh eyes of a real writer.”

    Azar Nafisi, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Anthony Doerr sounds charming and genuine, and it’s simply a joy to spend a few hours listening to him recount his adventures in Rome and with new fatherhood…This is a beautiful, poetic, and almost musical production both in terms of its language and its narration. Listeners will want to get out maps and travel guides and plan their own adventures. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “A well-observed chronicle of his family’s year in Rome…Doerr captures well the color and emotion of the vigil for the dying Pope John Paul II… The memoir is full of other such rewarding passages, and anyone with fond memories of Rome will want to savor it slowly.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “For readers who have been to Rome, Doerr’s reflections will leave them longing for a return trip. For those who have not, Doerr’s stories of piazzas and pizzas will have them checking travel arrangements. Either way, this memoir is a wonderful combination of a writer’s two dominant struggles: cultural identity and family.”

    Booklist

  • “To call this a travel book is to sell it short; it is delightful, funny, and full of memorable scenes. Don’t leave for Rome without it.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Anthony Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and made the New York Times #1 bestseller slot. 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.