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The Shape of Water

Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (123 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

*Winner of the 2018 Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director*

Now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight

Visionary storyteller Guillermo del Toro and celebrated author Daniel Kraus combine their estimable talent in this haunting, heartbreaking audiobook.

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature. 

Developed from the ground up as a bold two-tiered release - one story interpreted by two artists in the independent mediums of literature and film - The Shape of Water weaves together fantasy, horror, and romance to create a tale that is equally gripping on the big screen and as an audio performance. 

Prepare for an experience unlike anything you've ever heard or seen.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Necropolis, Inc. (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"Jenna Lamia's luminous narration of a love like no other is profoundly affecting and transformative." (AudioFile Magazine)

"This is a beautifully written tale filled with lush descriptions and poetic language, perfect for savoring on audio. Listeners new to the story will be enchanted, but even those who've seen the movie will be drawn into this first-rate adaptation of the poignant tale." (Booklist)

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Great Story

I don't usually go in for this kind of story but the characters and the settings were so real I couldn't stop listening. It felt nostalgic and current at the same time with it's theme of universal love. The story is so perfectly narrated that my next audible choice will likely be the same narrator.

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great narrator

after watching the movie i decided to read the book. but just in case checked audible. i was so happy. he narrator is really talented. So the story flows like watching movie. i definitely recommend.

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No words

This novel was beautifully written. I became so absorbed in the story it was hard to stop listening and when it was over I felt I woukd never find another novel as good.
An extremely talented narrator, very easy to follow the change in characters by subtle shifts in her voice and speaking pattern. Amazing

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Amazing

Loved! Amazing story. Love the history timeline also. It was great to watch the movie right after #Audible1

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Beautiful story and story telling!! A+++

I loved this audiobook. A sci-fi love story for reflecting on our modern times. the narrator is a true actress, bringing the fable to life. I cried at the ending.

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Not just for SciFi lovers!

An intruguing story with interesting characters. Extremely well narrated! Even if SciFi isn't your thing, you would enjoy this story.

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Second Time Around!

It was so good I am listening again! Tried the movie and had to go straight back to the book! The character developments and plot line are easy to follow and I never got disinterested even once. The narrator does a brilliant job being entirely believable and her voice never got irritating. I give it an A+++

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Like watching a movie in your head

This novel inspired what I'm told is a great movie but I haven't felt the need to watch it because this book is written and spoken so visually the images I see in my head are more vivid than a movie could ever be. A truly entertaining and encapsulating listen. #Audible1

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excellent and creative

now I will watch the movie. This was better than expected. And far more inspiring.

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An absorbing narrative

the language the author uses brings the story to life. the narrator overall was excellent although I found her portrayal of Strickland grating.

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  • E. Chadwick
  • 2018-03-29

Superb

As a fan of the film I was eager to listen to the novel version of the story, to gain more insight into the characters and see how closely a the 13 hour long read of the book compared to the masterpiece of the 2 hour film. The book exceeded my already extremely high expectations.

First, the performance by Jenna Lamia is, itself, a masterpiece. Her voice, characterizations and inflections were a perfect fit for the material. She brought the words to life in a meaningful way and made the entire listen a pleasure.

Without giving any spoilers, there is a really wonderful sub plot that was not in the film involving Lanie. This really added a lot to the story and was an excellent feature. The character studies allowed by the novel add a great deal of depth to all. There were also details to the film that the novel explains, which was a great feature. There are a few differences in the story as compared to the film, and these differences are compelling, almost like alternative takes.

Several scenes, including the finale, with the internal dialogue, is pure poetry.

This is a fantastic and moving book, perfectly performed. It's statements on the human condition, on love, empathy, connection, life and risk, as well as subtle (and needed) social commentary are flawless. This book is a treasure all on it's own, but also makes an excellent companion to the beautiful film.

Perfect.

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  • Lia
  • 2018-03-15

I am afraid to watch the movie

I still have two hours of the book left. It is so beautifully written. I don't know how a movie could hold up to the book and I am afraid to be disappointed even with the accolades the movie has already received. There are so many stories happening at once in the book I don't know how a movie would have even captured them all so I am sure so much would have been left out; what a shame. The book, so far, is phenomenal and I don't want it to end. The narrator is a magician. I am afraid I will be disappointed and letdown by the movie but I will, of course, watch it anyway.

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  • lbbazusa
  • 2018-03-08

Has a good ending!!!

Such a good story. It does have some gross parts, but over all it's so wonderful. It's not just about the two main characters, but also the other people and their story. I don't like sad ending books or movies, but every time I tried to ask people on line, they would not tell me. SO if there is someone else like me out there don't be afraid. You won't be depressed for days after you listen to this.

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  • Sassenach
  • 2018-03-23

WOW Water will never be the same.

loved it. saw the movie on an overseas flight and then immediately downloaded the book. both were great.

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  • The Flash Fiction Ponder
  • 2018-03-09

Starts Out Dry, But...

...Finds its flow into well-written prose. First three and a half hours were drawn out and unnecessary, the rest, an interesting and pleasant listen. It's fine to establish characters, but for about 25% of the book, too much time. The characters were, however, intertwined nicely, and the intimacy between the two main protagonists was a beautiful display of endearment transforming into blossoming sensuality.

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  • tina s.
  • 2018-03-17

Loved it!

The actress who read the book was amazing. The story came to life for me as she read the book.. I didn't want it to end.

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  • Sandra
  • 2018-03-11

Del Toro is the Master

Where does The Shape of Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Del Toro and Kraus have made one of the best books Ive listened to in a long time and I listen to books everyday at work.

What did you like best about this story?

They have managed to put in every controversial subject matter into a fantastic story that I will listen to again and again, I have not seen the movie but am looking forward to it.

What does Jenna Lamia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is flawless

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The empathy for the creature, that so many ppl reached out to help

Any additional comments?

loved it just loved it, can say it enough.

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  • Barbara's Fire
  • 2018-03-10

Beautiful

Amazing story of love and acceptance. I look forward to seeing the movie now. Great narrator.

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  • strawz93
  • 2018-05-20

An Unusual Love !

I started to read this book several times. The beginning was not what I thouht, it sound boring.
Instead, this is a great 👍 read.
They called it a monster .For months they hunted it, they caught it, caged and tortured it ,and then the real monsters tried to kill it.
He lives and he has a new love.

I recommend this book to all that appreciates, unique love 💘!


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  • Paige Evanson
  • 2018-05-18

Fantastic! I couldn’t wait to drive every day to continue the story!

Narration was outstanding! I felt like I was at the Occum lab right there with her.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2018-08-25

Good read

Loved it. Definitely recommend. Especially the description from the different view point off all the main characters.

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  • C. Maslin
  • 2018-07-08

fab listening experience

I absolutely loved listening to this book, a magical experience to the end. Great story.