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The Silence

Written by: Tim Lebbon
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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  • Dreamer
  • 2018-11-24

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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  • Jeffrey veals
  • 2018-12-15

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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  • J. Tejera
  • 2019-02-18

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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  • Ross Hopkins
  • 2019-01-18

Poor ending.

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

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  • damien cost
  • 2019-01-07

It is one of those stories that is realistic

You don't really want it to end, but I was very satisfied with the conclusion.

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  • Ron Juarez
  • 2018-12-29

Great!!

Great story.
Really captures the struggles of this family in this world changing event.
Both Marisa and Ralph are great.
Can’t wait for the movie or even a second book.

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  • Patrick Downey
  • 2018-12-08

Enjoyed it!

Similar to the Quiet Place movie. There must be a sequel right? The narrators were very good!!

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  • Review Goddess
  • 2018-11-29

Couldn’t put it down!!! Never a bored moment!

Got through this in less than 24 hours. I couldn’t put it down. AMAZING book! However, I only gave it 4 stars because the ending SUCKED!!! I need more of this story. I need to know what happens!

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  • Yasmine
  • 2019-01-03

Great concept, not so great execution

The plot was not as gripping as it should as it should have been, and the characters were mediocre and forgettable besides the main character, which I have to admit is rare.
However, half the book is narrated by a girl and then the other half by a man from a different characters point of view. Whenever the man was narrating, I wanted so badly to just skip it. Every scene. If the story would have been understandable without it, I would have done it without question. Besides the scenes he narrated being horribly boring and unappealing, his narration is horrible and the way he pauses so long and lowers his volume at the end of words makes it seem like the book stopped playing or the scene is over when in reality someone just finished a sentence. His volume is so inconsistent and goes from 100% to 5% in the most frustrating way.
I wish I could say the plot from this book made up for it, but it didn’t. Everything was lacking besides the narration by the woman.

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