Shipping News

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Written By: Annie Proulx

Narrated By: Robert Joy

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: January 2001

Duration: 5 hours 0 minutes


A vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary American family, The Shipping News shows why E. Annie Proulx is recognized as one of the most gifted and original writers in America today. When Quoyle, a 36-year-old, third rate newspaperman, learns that his two-timing wife has abandoned him and their two daughters, he returns to his ancestral home on the Newfoundland coast, where amongst locals and three generations of his family, he begins to rebuild his life. Newfoundland is a dreary rock in the north Atlantic beset by lousy weather. Proulx recreates this barren location in her vivid, distinctive prose and populates it with a cast of amusing, richly human characters. The transformation each of the characters undergoes following the move is profound. And Proulx creates a simple and compelling tale of Quoyle's psychological and spiritual growth as he confronts his private demons. Along the way, we catch a glimpse of the maritime beauty of what is probably a fading existence.


  • 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.