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I'm embarrassed and a little afraid to admit I was not a big fan of this book. One reviewer said that if you didn't like it, then you must be jealous of the author. Trust me. I am not jealous. I just have another opinion.
I thought this was a beautiful story. The characters were all well developed and I really got to know them. I loved that the author chose to write about teenagers and that one of the main characters was blind actually enhanced the book for me. The unbelievable horror of war and how it effects everyone was very well portrayed.
I have listened to many books that are not linear and usually enjoyed them. This book jumps back and forth in time, place and character over and over again. The narrator doesn't change his voice for the characters, so in the moment it took me to figure out where "we" were now, I would miss something. I do think this probably works better in written format.
However, the part I didn't like is what most people love and will probably make it win many awards. I found the book too descriptive and too poetic. Like another reviewer said, there were just too many metaphors. I got lost in the sugary details. I didn't enjoy the scientific detail, either. I don't care how many teeth a snail has. For me, it just got in the way. I can't wait until my daughter finishes reading it so I can get her opinion. Plus, even though I listened to the ending twice, I still am not sure what happened to the "stone".
675 of 719 people found this review helpful
This was a rather good book. I loved the story. It was well written. But it is one of those books that is really tough to follow as an audiobook. There are two major storylines that jump back and forth and then forward and backward in time in a single chapter. If you don't pay attention you will be lost quite quickly.
The book is good and does not end as you would expect. Read this, don't listen.
360 of 389 people found this review helpful
Probably one of the best books I will ever read/listen too. Do not miss this modern masterpiece.
Where does All the Light We Cannot See rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This books ranks in my top 10. Hard to put down, couldn't wait to get back to it.
What was one of the most memorable moments of All the Light We Cannot See?
Far too many to list.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
A must see!!
Any additional comments?
I am not usually a 'war time' story fan, but this book is so much more. Much more about the survival of the common people in a most extraordinary way.
What did you like most about All the Light We Cannot See?
This was a brilliantly woven book and the way the stories interlinked was really beautiful.