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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Doerr Narrator: Christina Moore, Jennifer Ikeda, Lisette Lecat, Louis Changchien, Suzanne Toren, Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781461804123
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Set on four continents, Anthony Doerr’s new stories are about memory, the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and to others. Every hour, says Doerr, all over the globe, an infinite number of memories disappear. Yet at the same time children, surveying territory that is entirely new to them, push back the darkness, form fresh memories, and remake the world.

In the luminous and beautiful title story, a young boy in South Africa comes to possess an old woman’s secret, a piece of the past with the power to redeem a life. In “The River Nemunas,” a teenage orphan moves from Kansas to Lithuania to live with her grandfather, and discovers a world in which myth becomes real. “Village 113,” winner of an O’Henry Prize, is about the building of the Three Gorges Dam and the seed keeper who guards the history of a village soon to be submerged. And in “Afterworld,” the radiant, cathartic final story, a woman who escaped the Holocaust is haunted by visions of her childhood friends in Germany, yet finds solace in the tender ministrations of her grandson.

Every story in Memory Wall is a reminder of the grandeur of life—of the mysterious beauty of seeds, of fossils, of sturgeon, of clouds, of radios, of leaves, of the breathtaking fortune of living in this universe. Doerr’s language, his witness, his imagination, and his humanity are unparalleled in fiction today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Doerr has set a new standard for what a story can do.” Dave Eggers
  • “Rhythm is everything in the six stories Anthony Doerr has to tell in his strange and beautiful new collection, Memory Wall. His tales, long or short, all seem somehow to undulate, to surge and recede like the tides. They move gracefully back and forth between different places and different—often impossibly distant—times. If their tempo were any less sure, they might feel tricky, overdetermined, forcibly literary. But Doerr maintains a steady pulse that feels oddly familiar: whether from bedtime stories or something yet older is hard to tell.”

    New York Times

  • “Doerr has an incredible sense of language and a skill for crafting beautiful phrases and apt metaphors.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Doerr moves the reader gracefully from place to place (the stories span four continents), from incident to incident, and from memorable character to memorable character by focusing on small acts that have larger resonances.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book
  • Winner of the 2010 Story Prize for Short Fiction
  • An Indie Next Notable Title, August 2010
  • One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
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About the Author
Author Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr’s books have received numerous honors and awards, including being a New York Times Notable Book, an American Library Association Book of the Year, a Book of the Year in the Washington Post, and a winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the Story Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, and the Ohioana Book Award—three times. His stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories.

About the Narrators

Lisette Lecat began her career in her native South Africa, where she had stage roles and did extensive radio and voice-over work both commercially and for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Living in Spain, England, and the United States, she did a wide range of voice-over work in three languages. She has won thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best female solo narration.

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park; Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates.

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.

Suzanne Toren has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.