Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Book Review: All The Light We Cannot See

As you all know, I've been reading lots of WW2 novels from different perspectives of the war.
Amazon Audibles caught wind of this and recommended All the Light We Cannot See.
The book was written by Anthony Doerr and read by Zach Appelman.
The book was 16 hours and 2 minutes long.

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Review:  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I saw the recommendation and then the awards that both the author and the book received.
I briefly skimmed through the summary of the novel and then looked at the price.
Please forgive me!  Normally I do more research, but I was racing NYC traffic and didn't have the time.
Before I knew it, I was hitting "Buy with 1-Click" and then download.

Despite the deceiving recommendation, this book is nothing like my typical read.
The story was more of a fantasy than a historical account of the war.
The story followed different characters and different timelines.
It was very difficult to follow who we were talking about and when the scene was taking place.
To follow the story, I had to rewind, re-listen, and sometimes even Google what was going on!
The crazy, intertwined story lines made this a very overwhelming book to follow.

The story was centered around a diamond.
Legend said that the diamond had magical qualities that promised immortality at a high price.
Through the many twists and turns of the novel, you will find that they all circle back to the diamond.
All the character's story lines was based on their relation to the precious stone.

There were endearing moments to the novel.
There were moments where I was eager to listen to the next chapter.
Although the next chapter may focus on a different character 5 years into the future...
There were moments that I cried, wanted to cheer for the characters, and even wondered about the diamond.
Despite these moments, I was mostly wondering when the book would end.

I would not recommend All the Lights We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Although, if you like a WW2 based fantasy and can follow the story line, it may be the book for you!

Have you or will you read  All the Lights You Cannot See?


  1. I hear everybody loves it, it was such a huge hit in our publishing world, I liked that this one and the Boy in Stripped Pyjamas started the trend of WW2 books in YA genre. And it is getting a TV series, you have it in my right sidebar. The biggest bookfair in the world, the one in Frankfurt is currently on and I cannot wait to see what my publishers are bringing us to translate!

    1. Really? I found the timeline very disorientating. There were times I didn't know who or when was being talked about. I have to look up Boy in Stripped Pajamas. I'm actually looking for book recommendations as we speak. :) You should read it and let me know what you think. Maybe I just wasn't sucked into the story enough to follow the timeline well?

    2. Boy in the Striped Pajamas.... OMG I am not a crier, but I did see the movie and couldn't stop the tears from coming at the end. That movie stuck with me for a really long time. I am sure the book is even more detailed.

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  2. The jumping around ones can be a pain in the butt, as you want to know about the one you enjoy and then don't know when it will come back.

    1. I really think that’s what made me dislike the book. If the time jumping isn’t done a certain way, you lose me!

  3. I saw this one at the library and thought about checking it out, but never did. I do not like stories that jump back and forth in time, nor do I like books that have a lot of characters to follow. I will not waste my time on this one. Thanks for the review.

    1. The time jumping is what made it lose me. It also wasn’t just one story line. It’s 3 or four story lines with at least 3 different time periods. It really was confusing!

  4. It's not a good sign if you're wondering when the book will end. I'm impressed you're reading war books. Good for you, Jax! One of my kids listens to books all the time. I mean ALL the time.


    1. Lol!!! It’s very rare that I consider stopping a book midway, and this one had me thinking about it!

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    1. Well, if you’re looking for a good book, I have a few!


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