The Sheltering Sky

  • by Paul Bowles
  • Narrated by Jennifer Connelly
  • 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of 20th-century literature, a novel of existential despair that examines the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness of the desert. Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream) gives masterful voice to this American classic.
This fascinating story follows three American travelers, a married couple and their friend, as they find themselves adrift in the cities and deserts of North Africa after World War II. Along the walkabout, their ignorance of the dangers that surround them peels back the veneer of their lives. The author's life as an expatriate in the North African nation of Morocco informed his rendering of the desert, which itself is a cruel, unforgiving character in the novel.
"Paul Bowles' writing is so extraordinary, so special," Ms. Connelly said. "The landscapes are magical, the characters are questioning so much - it's haunting in a very beautiful way."

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excellent listening

A very moving story. It's hard to break listening.
Excellent performance by Jennifer Connely.
Her voice is perfect. Please, more of her.
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- J

flat narration

Yet to discover what the story is about - the narration was so flat that my mind kept drifting off. Such readings need to be voiced by a trained stage actor in order to enact the drama and compel one to listen.
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- William Farrar

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios