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The Silence

Narrated by: Marisa Calin, Ralph Lister
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
4 out of 5 stars (140 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the darkness of a vast cave system, cut off from the world for millennia, blind creatures hunt by sound. Then there is light, there are voices, and they feed. Swarming from their prison, they multiply and thrive. To scream, even to whisper, is to summon death.

Deaf for many years, Ally knows how to live in silence. Now, it is her family's only chance of survival. They must leave their home, shun others, and find a remote haven where they can sit out the plague. But will it ever end? And what kind of world will be left?

©2015 Tim Lebbon (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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loved it

I'm on my third listen with The Silence. I like the two narrators, which I didn't think I would, but it breaks up the story from two perspectives. I enjoyed both narrators. I read the book on Kindle first and enjoyed it so much I wanted to listen to it as well. Not easy living in silence when the world was previously nothing but noise. I think the characters felt real and tell their story convincingly. Not every day creatures come from a cave to feast on any living thing that makes a sound. Great story from Tim Lebbon. You stay silent or you are silenced.

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Unfortunately, Less Than What You Expect....

INITIAL THOUGHTS:

Alright friends, Audible and Goodreads friends,
I will try to remain as civil and non-harsh as I can for this. I was so excited for this book, because it is the exact kind of story that I LOVE. Post-apocalyptic. Scary Creatures. Horror. All the rest. I wanted to like this book so bad, and the beginning held so much promise.

SYNOPSIS:

The story goes back and forth between two different characters: Ally and Hugh. I can't remember if it says how old Ally is, but I would guess she's between the ages of 15 and 17. Huge is her father and is merely a middle aged man trying to protect his family. The story starts out with Ally watching a Discovery Channel documentary about a caving expedition happening in Moldova. Ally, from an accident when she was younger that killed her paternal grandparents, is now deaf in both ears, although she can speak. The channel is explaining how covers are going down into a cafe systems that has never ben gone into before this day. After dinner, Ally comes back up and, with utter horror, realizes that there are creatures flying out of the cave; these creatures, soon discovered, are blind, hunt only by sound, have some sort of radar that lets them fly without running into things, and are able to communicate when food is available.

Hugh, who is on a business trip, sees the same thing on television and believes that it is nothing more than a prank. After seeing a few people at breakfast the next day, acting as though this is something to be taken seriously, Hugh packs up that day and heads back to join his family.

After careful thinking and planning, Hugh decides that the best course of action is to go to his parents old house in Scotland, which is a remote and sparsely populated area. The rest of the book follows their journey to this area and what becomes one of the most nerve-racking the troublesome times of the family's life.

REVIEW:

POSITIVES: Tim Lebbon is a brilliant writer and I found him to be engaging and wonderful. His characters were drawn very well and I believed all of them to be dynamic and real. Ally, especially, was one of the most well-developed I saw in the entire book.
(There are more positives, but I want to get to what this book needs in the change department)

NEGATIVES: I found the storyline after they lost the vehicles to drag on so slowly that I wasn't very interested. Also, the Hushed, who follow The Reverend, could've been such a great tool to use to instill fear int he reader. Honestly, I found these characters to be "eh. There should've been more happening with them. And, Mr. Lebbon, come on--you know there was room for another one hundred pages AT LEAST! It ended so abruptly that I was like, "Wait, what? What happened? There could've been so much more--there was SO MUCH more story to tell and I'm so sad it didn't get done.

RATING:

The book will receive a solid B rating from me, because of how good the writing was. If the writing was sub-par or even just okay, it would probably get a C+ from me.

As far as Narration, Marisa Calin is a straight of A for me (5 Stars). She is such a gifted narrator and I will definitely be looking for other books she's participated in. With Ralph Lister, it's not that I hated him, but I didn't find him to be as engaging as Ms. Calin. He just didn't have the exact skill that I like in a narrator; For Mr. Lister, he will receive a B- from me, because he did a decent job, but it could've been better.

I guess read the book if you've read Lebbon before and like his style. I, personally, haven't gotten too much into him, but I think I might try to read on of his novelization of film books. Those can always be a fun read!

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There should be a sequel

It was a great book, but as a reader I needed more. It was missing something. Maybe if it had more characters outside the main family. Show how others handled the situation. If he does do a sequel definitely be something I would read! overall it's a great book and will probably read again.

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Superior to the Netflix adaptation

Then again books usually are. This was an interesting look into the concept of extinction and the fear of humanity losing it's place at the top of the food chain. If you were a fan or were thinking about checking out the film I'd say give this a watch first. it takes it's time and gives you plenty of time to know these characters.

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Very good

Got it because of the movie on Netflix and was not disappointed. So good, I've already recommended it to a hand full of friends.

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Great book Good read

A scary read. Looking forward to the Netflix show on April 10 should be good

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ok story

The performance didn't help the story. Too lighthearted for a horror story. I was hoping to get more in to the cave at the beginning but it didn't happen.

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this book was awful. made it half thru. couldn't

awful. couldn't get into it. narrator was awful. couldn't finish the book. save your money

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Excellent take on apocalyptic story.

I really loved this story. I found myself exhausted 2 mornings in a row because I could not stop listening at bedtime. The story does end a bit abruptly but not in a terrible way. Though I could easily listen to another 20 hours of this family's fight for survival. I loved all the characters and I cared about what happened to each of the family members. The narrator's were great. The silence is now in my top 5 favorite apocalyptic novels after the stand and the passage.

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wait...what?!

Kept me interested, but it ended SO ABRUPTLY. They couldn't have given more closure? Lame.