The exquisitely crafted stories in Anthony Doerr's acclaimed debut collection take listeners from the African coast to the pine forests of Montana to the damp moors of Lapland, charting a vast physical and emotional landscape. Doerr explores the human condition in all its varieties - metamorphosis, grief, fractured relationships, and slowly mending hearts - and conjures nature in both its beautiful abundance and crushing power. Some of his characters contend with tremendous hardship; some discover unique gifts; all are united by their ultimate deference to the mysteries of the universe outside themselves.
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The right friend. It would have to be a serious reader. I have read Doerr's two novels and Four Seasons in Rome. Of all his work, this is the one I would recommend last.
I think that Hakeem Kae Kazim has a beautiful voice. He reads extremely well. BUT, his voice is very dark and earthy whereas Doerr's narrative is always filled with light and clarity. I just think it's a bad fit. I think Doerr did a very able job of reading Four Seasons in Rome, and I would have preferred him.
I don't think it's Doerr's best, but I liked it well enough.
Absolute best book I've read/ listened to so far
This has been the absolute most entertaining book I've listened to so far. I'd feel so much excitement when I approached the end of my day, knowing I would listen to this book before bed.
I haven't but he is now my favourite audiobook narrator I've ever heard. His voice adds so much to the earthy feel of this book. I wish he would narrate more books.
I really enjoyed the whale sequence in 'the caretaker'. The description of their large bodies and agonizing deaths was really captivating.
Anthony Doerr rights in such a beautifully poetic way, but never reaches the side of excess. All of these stories have such an earthy feel to them which made them so much more entertaining to me. I have a deep passion for the wilderness and this book expresses so much of nature's magic.