All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for 111 weeks and counting, has won numerous awards and has been featured on several of the book related podcasts I listen to, and each time a podcaster would talk about it, I’d feel like it was something I’d like to read. I listened to the audio version of this novel, which was very well done, the narrator was easy to listen to and did a nice job. When all was said and done however, this book left me feeling as many books that are New York Times Best Sellers and award winners do …. let down. I want to like these books, I want to be able to have intelligent discussions about these books with other readers, but in reality, I don’t usually like them all that much. This one was OK (I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads). The story was nice enough, but I’m not sure I ever really entirely “got it”. This book jumps back and forth in time and between characters, something I find more difficult to follow when I’m listening to a book vs. when I’m reading a paper copy that allows me to easily flip back to see what the last date listed was. I think readers who are really interested in history, in this case WWII, and enjoy literary fiction will really like this one. If you are more of a “I read to lose myself in a story” type of reader you may not enjoy it as much.
This title is available at CRDL (see link below) in hardcover and on CD, and on Overdrive as both an eBook and an eAudio (16 hours, 3 minutes).