The Shell Collector

  • by Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by Hakeem Kae Kazim
  • 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

respect the short story

The producers should make sure that there is a pause in between stories. It was very jarring to move directly into the next story without any break. Sometimes barely a breath taken. No respect for the completion of the story. No time to pause the audio to reflect. Very sad
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- Dawn E Seymour

Love All the Light We Cannot See, so tried this

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I don't normally read short story collections, but i tried this because I loved All the Light we Cannot see. I am glad I did.

What did you like best about this story?

Diversity of stories, although I was a bit taken aback at first when some character traits carry between stories, and between his other books, but keep reading. It is OK if many of them like the sea, or the creatures therein.

What does Hakeem Kae Kazim bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did a good job.

Any additional comments?

In one of his stories a character, while, um, sinning, tangles his fishing line while moving his fishing pole. The author's description of the chaos caused by a small line/pole is wonderful. I fish, and I never thought of it that way. How can such a thing create such a mess? Infer larger life lessons...

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-19-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios