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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (336 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Brockmeier Narrator: André Sogliuzzo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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"Caroline is watchful and sincere, shy yet earnest. She seldom speaks, and when she does her lips scarcely part, so that sometimes Lewis must listen closely to distinguish her voice from the cycling of her breath. Her eyes are a miracle - a startled blue with frail green spikes bound by a ring of black - and he is certain that if he could draw his reflection from them, he would discover there a face neither foreign nor lost. Caroline sleeps face down, her knees curled to her chest: she sleeps often and with no sheets or blankets. Her hair is brown, her skin pale. Her smile is vibrant but brief, like a bubble that lasts only as long as the air is still. She is eighteen months old."

Kevin Brockmeier draws the listener in with poetic prose that paints a picture of beauty and purity, and becomes a part of a love story that tests the boundaries of morality without ever quite crossing them. Lewis Winters, a thirty-four year-old writer of fairy tales, recounts his short-lived relationship with Caroline Mitchell, and the anguish of having to let go without getting to say good-bye.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dawn | 12/17/2013

    " Loved it. And btw - loved the Rumplstilstkin thing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bill | 10/10/2013

    " This is one of the best short story collections I've read in a long while. It consists of eleven delicious gems that are part fairy tale, part science fiction, and 100% engrossing. Brockmeier has a wonderful way with words, and his imagination is remarkable. Each story combines the absolutely commonplace with the absolutely mind-bending in a way that makes it quite easy to accept the unlikely circumstances of the plots. I would highly recommend this one to lovers of the short-story genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by G | 10/5/2013

    " It's not as even or sustained as some of Brockmeier's later books but some of the stories are imaginatively constructed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ever | 9/6/2013

    " These stories are extremely cerebral, and still manage to feel fragile. My personal favorite is The House at the End of the World. "

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