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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (55,558 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Annie Proulx Narrator: Robert Joy Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2001 ISBN: 9780743540575
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At thirty-six, Quoyle, a third-rate newspaperman, is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two-timing wife gets her just desserts. He retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters all play a part in Quoyle's struggle to reclaim his life. As three generations of his family cobble up new lives, Quoyle confronts his private demons -- and the unpredictable forces of nature and society -- and begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery.

A vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary American family, The Shipping News shows why Annie Proulx is recognized as one of the most gifted and original writers in America today. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vigorous, quirky…displays Ms. Proulx’s surreal humor and her zest for the strange foibles of humanity.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Here is a novel that reinvents the tale and gives us a hero for our times.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Strikingly original, richly energetic…A stunning book, full of magic and portent. The Shipping News is alive in every sense of the word.”

    Boston Sunday Globe

  • “The writing is charged with sardonic wit—alive, funny, a little threatening; packed with brilliantly original images…and, now and then, a sentence that simply takes your breath away.”

    USA Today

  • “This darkly comic, wonderfully inventive work…transforms the lore of Newfoundland—including shipwrecks, nautical knot-tying, horrid weather, and family legend—into brilliant literary art.” 

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “An extraordinary…novel…[Proulx] is in her element both when creating haunting images and when lyrically rendering a routine of gray, cold days filled with cold cheeks, squidburgers, fried bologna, and the sea.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • Winner of the 1993 National Book Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the 1993 Irish Times/Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize
  • Winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction
  • A 1995 Book Sense Book of the Year Nominee
  • A 1993 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce Sigler | 2/17/2014

    " I read it many years ago,but remember it still. I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carey Shea | 2/10/2014

    " This book was so quirky and I felt so sad about the main character. At least, he made something of himself. This one of my favorite books. Forget about the movie. in no way does it compare to the book. Pulitzer Prize winner and a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy West | 2/6/2014

    " This is one of my all-time favorite books. It had all the things I look for in a book, it was beautifully written, was set against a unique and remarkably captured landscape (Newfoundland) and left me feeling good inside. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SD | 2/4/2014

    " Really graphic and descriptive novel. Really takes you to the Northeast and in the mind of its people. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paulamoney | 1/27/2014

    " I hated the writing. Just too weird. Story was just "OK." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 1/21/2014

    " Unique writing style that pulled you into the place and story while the characters still remained distant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geni | 1/14/2014

    " I found this to be a strange book; strange characters with unusual names, strange events, and the setting, Newfoundland, was strange and exotic to me. It was beautifully written in places and weirdly choppy in others, but it left an impression on me of starkness and stillness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 1/12/2014

    " I read this when it was first published. Read it again after picking it up in a book exchange in a marina in the Gulf Islands. Even better than I remembered. The characters are almost fascinating; the writing exquisite. Creates a community and place that are larger than life and unforgettable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabrielle | 1/6/2014

    " This is one of my very favourite books. I have read it three times over the years and enjoyed it just as much each time. The writing is amazing and simpley takes my breath away every so often, I looove this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 11/11/2013

    " enjoyed this very much ...well written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 11/3/2013

    " Loved the writing in this book!! I can't even describe how it is so different from any other book I've read but I want to read it again right now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kami | 11/3/2013

    " One oft favorite books of all time. I have reread it numerous times. The quirky characters are so real and well drawn they feel like friends. I love the aunt. The story is heartwarming without being cloying. And the writing, oh the writing. When Annie Proulx is in her groove, this book sings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kreuterheidi | 4/18/2013

    " Quietly wonderful. A great read for people who love words as Proulx handles them in a unique and satisfying way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Marie | 3/16/2013

    " While I enjoyed this book, it never really grabbed me and swept me away. Zin the end, I was a bit disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick | 2/23/2013

    " Rich with nautical metaphor but ulimately predictable and -- notwithstanding the accolades it won from Oprah Winfrey -- as unforgiving as the landscape in which it is set. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kendar88 | 1/22/2013

    " What the heck? If they mention this guy's big chin one more time, I'll scream. Horribly written and boring! Tried an hour and gave up. Who cares about these characters? Not me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacie Pulford | 1/3/2013

    " It took two starts, but the second time I wondered what was up with myself! I love love loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 11/14/2012

    " I loved this story. In fact, I think it's time I picked it up to read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Anderson | 10/30/2012

    " Movie was good. Also "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona Miller | 9/17/2012

    " Loved this. Unexpected tale of a man learning to stand up for himself finally. Great character development "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Turtlesongs | 3/12/2012

    " Excellent prose about dull people. The author described the fog, tides, cliffs in a thousand interesting ways and paints Newfoundland as a starkly beautiful place. But I finally could not enter into or care about the lives of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Morgan | 3/4/2012

    " Loved it. What more can I say? -k (FitOldDog) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Neal | 1/18/2012

    " Amazing, the first work of fiction I have finished in years, it was truly beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Chaffee | 1/1/2012

    " Annie Proulx's descriptions of the bitter weather even made me cold while sitting on a beach in Belize! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Thomas | 12/6/2011

    " The story of Quoyle, a hopeless hack journalist, whose wife is killed. He returns to the land of his forefathers - Newfoundland - with his daughters in tow, and an eccentric aunt. Made into a great film with Kevin Spacey and Judi Dench, but as always, the book is better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ekaiserattoe | 9/25/2011

    " A fish out of water tale, which resolves with a change of geography. I read this book when I am homesick for the Maritimes. The turns of phrase are spot on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Smith | 9/24/2011

    " One of my favorite books. It was inspirational, atmospheric and humorous. Gotta go now. Having cod for dinner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 6/25/2011

    " Very compelling read. Interesting characters, interesting location. Very hard book to put down. Writing style very interesting, very descriptive. Saw the movie once. Liked both the book and the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni | 6/13/2011

    " Whoa. This book was cray-cray. Very much looking forward to seeing the movie now because there are scenes in the book that I am CERTAIN will not translate to film. Pretty darn good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mia | 6/12/2011

    " This was slow reading for me. A different type of writing style. I actually stopped reading it, read another book and then went back to it. The last 100 or so pages were the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amberica | 6/10/2011

    " It's been a really long time since I read this. All I really remember is that I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marian | 6/8/2011

    " This book came highly recommended to me. It is one that you should take your time on so that you can get lost in the story. Prolulx' writing manages to fully engage you Quoyle's life. It is like you are on this journey with him trying to find what home really means. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heidi | 6/4/2011

    " I don't remember what I didn't like about it with certainty. However, I think that it was the main character was so hapless that I couldn't stand him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 6/1/2011

    " I really liked the first 100 pages or so, but then it got really slow and boring. I kinda wish it was short story or novella. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 6/1/2011

    " Re-read this because it is one of my all-time favorites! I love these characters and the landscape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/30/2011

    " Read it with my dictionary next to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/26/2011

    " I thought this book was beautifully written in it's descriptions of Newfoundland and its characters, however the story was painfully slow in unfolding. I was listening to it as an audio book, so perhaps it is better if you are reading it, so you can control your own pace. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 5/24/2011

    " (Only reason for low rating is that the subject matter was very hard to get through.) "

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About the Author
Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. Her most recent novel is Barkskins. She lives in Seattle.