Award-winning novelist and cult favorite Graham Joyce transports listeners to a mysterious world of isolation and fear with this hypnotically dark story - a daring and powerful novel about love, loss, and rebirth.
In the French Pyrenees, a young married couple is buried under a flash avalanche while skiing. Miraculously, Jake and Zoe dig their way out from under the snow - only to discover the world they knew has been overtaken by an eerie and absolute silence. Their hotel is devoid of another living soul. Cell phones and land lines are cut off. An evacuation as sudden and thorough as this leaves Jake and Zoe to face a terrifying situation alone. They are trapped by the storm, completely isolated, with another catastrophic avalanche threatening to bury them alive… again. And as the couple begins to witness unsettling events neither can ignore, they are forced to confront a frightening truth about the silent land they now inhabit.< /p>
The Silent Land is a brilliantly conceived novel that puts a husband and wife in a strange and frightening reality where it would seem they are the last two people on Earth. Together they will face the ultimate test of their love for each other, and they will be forced to decide what their lives are worth - and what they will sacrifice to save each other. Joyce has written a mysterious masterpiece, a tour de force that will thrill fans of Peter Straub and the hit television show Lost.
©2010 Graham Joyce (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“[A] gently haunting fantasy thriller.” (Publishers Weekly)
This is not at all science fiction, so those of you who do not like fantasy are warned.
It is, however, a sad and sweet fantasy about the enduring quality and great power of love. It is at times a bit like a twilight zone episide. The characters are quite well done and, though it is rather predictable, the plot moves along nicely and it is easy to grow attached to the characters and their plight. Overall, it is fairly entertaining and at times touching.
I don't often feel the need to review books, but I really enjoyed this one. I couldn't stop listening to this story, it was addictive, I just needed to know what happened next. The characters were realistic and human and well written and the plot was exciting and mysterious. The ending was heartwarming, strong and left me feeling a little emotional.
I am an Avid Reader, I love all different kinds of books, from Mystery to Sci Fi and Horror.
The surprise ending
It was just an interesting book, the subject matter was not something you see over and over again, that's nice.
Very good reader
Two went for a ski, no one else came back.
This is a great book, you will love the story, and be shocked by the ending.
The story could easily be a very long Twilight Zone episode, a couple survive being buried in an avalanche and return to the hotel to find everyone missing. After attempts to leave and contact the outside world they reach the obvious conclusion.
The author does a good job describing Zoe’s emotions, and all of the details of the setting. The slowly increasing tension and additions to the mystery are well handled.
My one complaint would be that he overuses a major soap opera cliché. The one where two people are talking and one tells the other “I have something really really important to tell you, that I must tell you now” and then they get interrupted. After the interruption passes, the other person (unlike any human being ever) doesn’t then ask what they were going to say. That happens at least three times. It can be frustrating, but not enough to ruin the story.
The reader is ok overall, but more than a few times doesn’t really distinguish between the two characters. In some of the conversations they have it can be difficult to tell which of them is speaking.
I really enjoyed this book and found myself looking forward to listening to it as I cleaned my house. I would completely clean my kitchen and not realize I had done it because the book was holding my attention.
The entire book was interesting. I might go back and listen to it again since I know how it ends.
There are only two characters in 99% of the book. They were both good characters.
The Silent Land was a good name for this book.
This was probably one of my favorite books I've gotten from Audible because it kept my attention the entire time. I also really like this narrator. He did a great job with the voices.
I love stories where the main characters are married or at least in love. This is such a story. As the story builds the mystery increases. You will form one conclusion only to have it wiped out a few pages later. By the end of the book I was pretty sure I had it figured out and almost did but the author still managed to surprise me with the way other elements fit in to the picture.
As a long time reader of horror (all varieties) I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but the pace of the story was excellent, kept me guessing, couldn't wait until the end.
It's a great story, and not as predictable as one might think. My only complaint is that the reader makes the characters, particularly the female character, seem vapid. But the story is so good that it's worth it anyway.
I guess I should know better than to think it will be a good book because Stephen King liked it. After all, he is being paid to read the book. It was so slow it just dragged on and on, I only kept with it because I needed to find out what happened. It felt more like a 12 hour book than a 6 hour book and I don't mean that in a good way. The first revelation about why these people came back to a deserted mountain town after being buried in an avalanch came relatively soon in the book. The story was pretty much over by that time. The author used the entire book as a set up to the end. Yes, it was a sweet love story too but that just didn't carry the book through to me. If you like a verrryyy slow build to a mostly anticlimactic end then buy this book.
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