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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by SD | 2/4/2014

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

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