Shipping News Audiobook, by Annie Proulx Play Audiobook Sample

Shipping News Audiobook

Shipping News Audiobook, by Annie Proulx Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Paul Hecht Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781442342590

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Longest Chapter Length:

37:45 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:12 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

19:21 minutes

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Publisher Description

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.

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“The smooth flow of narrative is truncated by choppy dialogue and a sharply abridged disjointed plot. As the story progresses, the threads of plot slowly come together, creating a picture of life on the windswept coast of Newfoundland.” 

— AudioFile 


  • “Displays Ms. Proulx’s surreal humor and her zest for the strange foibles of humanity…Her inventive language is finely, if exhaustively, accomplished…almost an encyclopedia of slang and lore.” 

    — New York Times
  • “She 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
  • “Proulx creates an amazing world in Killick-Claw, Newfoundland—a cold, rocky place that nevertheless is populated by a fascinating variety of big-hearted, unlikely heroes who are revealed to have all manner of special talents.”

    — Booklist 


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

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About Annie Proulx

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 short story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in the New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award–winning film starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Proulx currently lives in Wyoming.

About Paul Hecht

Paul Hecht’s long career in audiobooks spans dozens of titles and authors as varied as Ray Bradbury and Gore Vidal, Jack Finney and Thomas Mann. He has recorded such books as Bob Dole’s One Soldier’s Story and Alexander McCall Smith’s Portuguese Irregular Verbs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances. Hecht’s theater career in New York includes many Broadway and television credits. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations.