Shipping News

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Written By: Annie Proulx

Narrated By: Paul Hecht

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: March 2011

Duration: 12 hours 57 minutes


When Quoyle's two-timing wife meets her just desserts, he retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters and family members all play a part in Quoyle's struggle to reclaim his life. As Quoyle confronts his private demons -- and the unpredictable forces of nature and society -- he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery.

A vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary North American family, The Shipping News shows why Annie Proulx is recognized as one of the most gifted and original writers in America today.


  • Gem Spector

    A great novel, sad that it is abridged. Proulx earned widespread acclaim with this novel, and justly so. Quirky characters, a dead-end job, edge-of-the-world locale, and a house that has to be strapped down to a rock meld into a memorable, funny read.

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  • Albert

    I like these ordinary characters who rise above their situation and do admirable deeds. They remind me of characters by John Steinbeck and Neville Shute. This is an engaging and enjoyable read.

  • Mike morgan

    I have listened to at least 200 or more books and this has to be in my top three. I absolutely love this book and the writing style is like a breath of fresh air, because it is different and it is compelling. To write:'that she was the color of a brown feather on dark water', you gotta love it. I work for myself and sometimes am alone all day. So I love listen to books alot, this I have listened to 3x already. Narrator is excellent - his inflection when doing the voice of Alvin Yark is wonderful. Oh there aint no use, cause every nut and bolt is loose.