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Publisher's Summary

What is silence?

Where can it be found?

Why is it now more important than ever?

In 1993, Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge spent 50 days walking solo across Antarctica, becoming the first person to reach the South Pole alone, accompanied only by a radio whose batteries he had removed before setting out. In this book, an astonishing and transformative meditation, Kagge explores the silence around us, the silence within us, and the silence we must create. By recounting his own experiences and discussing the observations of poets, artists, and explorers, Kagge shows us why silence is essential to sanity and happiness - and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude.

©2017 Erling Kagge and Becky L. Crook (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Breathtaking and inspiring, it teaches us how to find precious moments of silence - whether we are crossing the Antarctic, climbing Everest, or the train at rush hour." (Sir Ranulph Fiennes, author of Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth)

"Silence braces a space within which we can hear ourselves think. Quietly, wisely, it makes a case for dumbing the din of modern life, and learning to listen again. Drawing on the experiences of Kagge's extraordinary life in wild places, this is a book of great concentration." (Robert Macfarlane, author of The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot)

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  • Al
  • 2019-03-28

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Beautiful book. Wnderfully produced and narrated. Atli Gunnarsson does a fantastic job speaking to you in a tranquil and inspiring voice.

Erring Kagge’s experiences and insight will stop you in you track. Making you ponder and wonder on that which surrounds you.

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  • Regix
  • 2018-03-21

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I have to write at least 15 words, although I really meant to keep silent.

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  • nancy-gardner-author
  • 2018-01-13

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This audiobook is an interesting reminder of the importance of finding silence in our daily loves.

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  • Mechelle
  • 2022-05-09

AI Narrator?

couldn't listen to content because narrator was really bad Artificial Intelligence. Or sounded like it.

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  • Mary Mumma Brown
  • 2020-08-17

Outstanding!

Short book full of wisdom. Noise is not your friend! I want to move to Norway...

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  • Maggie Hess
  • 2018-05-03

Was hoping for a "quieter" narration...

For another title, this narrator would be super, but at least for me, this performance left something to be desired because it did not match the story which seeks silence.