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Publisher's Summary

*Winner of the 2018 Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director*
Now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight
Visionary storyteller Guillermo del Toro and celebrated author Daniel Kraus combine their estimable talent in this haunting, heartbreaking audiobook.
The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature. 
Developed from the ground up as a bold two-tiered release - one story interpreted by two artists in the independent mediums of literature and film - The Shape of Water weaves together fantasy, horror, and romance to create a tale that is equally gripping on the big screen and as an audio performance. 
Prepare for an experience unlike anything you've ever heard or seen.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2018 Necropolis, Inc. (P)2018 Macmillan Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Jenna Lamia's luminous narration of a love like no other is profoundly affecting and transformative." (AudioFile Magazine)
"This is a beautifully written tale filled with lush descriptions and poetic language, perfect for savoring on audio. Listeners new to the story will be enchanted, but even those who've seen the movie will be drawn into this first-rate adaptation of the poignant tale." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By E. Chadwick on 03-29-18

Superb

As a fan of the film I was eager to listen to the novel version of the story, to gain more insight into the characters and see how closely a the 13 hour long read of the book compared to the masterpiece of the 2 hour film. The book exceeded my already extremely high expectations.

First, the performance by Jenna Lamia is, itself, a masterpiece. Her voice, characterizations and inflections were a perfect fit for the material. She brought the words to life in a meaningful way and made the entire listen a pleasure.

Without giving any spoilers, there is a really wonderful sub plot that was not in the film involving Lanie. This really added a lot to the story and was an excellent feature. The character studies allowed by the novel add a great deal of depth to all. There were also details to the film that the novel explains, which was a great feature. There are a few differences in the story as compared to the film, and these differences are compelling, almost like alternative takes.

Several scenes, including the finale, with the internal dialogue, is pure poetry.

This is a fantastic and moving book, perfectly performed. It's statements on the human condition, on love, empathy, connection, life and risk, as well as subtle (and needed) social commentary are flawless. This book is a treasure all on it's own, but also makes an excellent companion to the beautiful film.

Perfect.

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54 of 54 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Lia on 03-15-18

I am afraid to watch the movie

I still have two hours of the book left. It is so beautifully written. I don't know how a movie could hold up to the book and I am afraid to be disappointed even with the accolades the movie has already received. There are so many stories happening at once in the book I don't know how a movie would have even captured them all so I am sure so much would have been left out; what a shame. The book, so far, is phenomenal and I don't want it to end. The narrator is a magician. I am afraid I will be disappointed and letdown by the movie but I will, of course, watch it anyway.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-20-18

A hard start. but worth reading on.

loved it and will be reading it again. It,s one if those stories that has to be read many times over to understand the story line, characters as well as the dynamics that makes it a great story. l now want to see the movie.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By S Henderson on 03-23-18

Brilliant the Shape of Water

I couldn’t stop listening to this beautiful imagination story of love and personal battles. Read perfectly.

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5 out of 5 stars
By jodie on 03-27-18

Loved this one!

great story, easy to listen to and very enjoyable.
great narrative performance.
will listen to this one again.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 03-26-18

Not what I thought

I loved the story line to this book but found it very hard to follow as an audio. I had to start 2x to follow how the book was being read from different characters because it wasn’t clear. The book itself is well written but being an audio you really have to listen because it’s not a book that gets you hooked. I think it’s very rare to say but in this case I believe the movie would be better than the book

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