The Silence

Narrated by: Marisa Calin, Ralph Lister
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
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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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It has good & bad

This book was alright, I had to finish it just to see what happened in the end, but no solid finish. I seem to be hung up on loose ends but that is how books are ending so, I guess it is my problem. The book is told mainly in two points of view, it isn't hard to keep track of who is who, male and female. I remember seeing the movie first and like most books, it was better than the movie.
The story can drag a bit, but if you are engulfed in a story it gives you more details to focus on. A lot of my audiobooks end up on my put me to sleep list but, unless I listen to this a dozen or so more times this will stay off the list.

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A thoroughly enjoyable story

I saw the movie first on Netflix, so I definitely wanted to check out the book. I feel that if such a thing were to happen, the time of the spread and the challenges faced by the family were realistically portrayed. The acting from both narrators was excellent. Just great overall.

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Terrific Apocalypse...

Really cool and emotionally driven snapshot of the beginning of a new and frightening world.

I'd had THE SILENCE on my radar for some time but hadn't pulled the trigger yet mostly because I just had so many books on my TBR list and something else seemed to be in front of it for some time. When the movie landed on Netflix, I had tentatively decided not to watch it until I had a chance to read the book. Well, my wife is a fan of horror and thriller movies, and enough people were buzzing about this one that I relented and we watched the movie. It was good. Very well made and had some great suspenseful scenes. It was inevitably being compared to A QUIET PLACE because of the similarity of theme, but I felt they were both very different stories that stood on their own, people can pick their favorites.

So, after seeing the film, I finished up a couple books I was reading and got THE SILENCE to read. VERY glad I did. The movie was good, the book is an instant classic. The family unit in the story and the shifting POV from the daughter to the father was a perfect approach to tell this frighteningly realistic take on a world overrun by monsters. The characters felt like a real family, people we care about, and they never once took a false step or did anything that seemed unreasonable or unrealistic to who they were. The dialogue was damn near perfect. And the pacing was a masterclass in building suspense.

By the end of the novel, I was grinning ear to ear. Nothing about the book knocked me out of my chair. There were no twists that came in and turned everything on its head and made my mind reel. It's not that kind of story. But what it shows is so frighteningly real and plausible, that I started looking around in the trees and powerlines for "vesps" perched and listening. THAT is how effective the story and the writing within this book was for me.

Excellent writing, great characters, and an all too plausible vision of an apocalyptic overrun of the world by creatures never meant to see the light of day. If any of that appeals to you, don't skip this one. If you're looking for a balls to the wall Mad Max style horror story, look elsewhere. This one scares you because it makes it all too real.

The narrators do a fantastic job. Each of them are people I'd listen to again in a heartbeat.

5/5, highly recommended. And I might even say this is one to check out in movie form first, which is never my normal recommendation. I feel like I'd have enjoyed the movie less had I read the book first. As it was, I was able to appreciate each one much more for the order I read them in.

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Creepy!

Well written unique story and good narrators. The only thing that bumped me a bit was the abrupt nature of the jump between perspectives. I’m not sure I enjoy stories told from two different perspectives and in two different voices as much. Overall well worth the credit if your in the mood for horror.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Creepy and plausible nightmare

I downloaded this book thinking it was the inspiration for the movie "A Quiet Place", only to find that the book is superior in every respect than AQP. The narrative progresses at a good pace, picking up as the plague continues. The character development is brilliant, with each individual easy to empathize with. The harder moments of the stories, when death visits the protagonist family, are beautifully written and exceptionally narrated. I highly recommend this book.

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Poor ending.

Almost as though the author couldn’t be bothered with tying it all together. People are tired of ‘cliffhangers’.