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My initial awareness of The Silent History was in its unique premise: starting around present day, children are born without the cognitive functions to understand and use language. Then I learned of its unorthodox and groundbreaking publication - as it was originally released as a serialized electronic novel written and designed for the iPad and iPhone.
So what happens to society when an entire generation loses its words? It sounded like the basis of a great Charlie Kaufman film or Black Mirror episode and I wondered how it would translate to the audio format. The answer: amazingly well. And the reason is because this is a sci-fi story about language, told through the individual testimonials of parents, teachers, and doctors who now face this strange new world. Gabra Zackman and LJ Ganser deliver dazzling performances, expertly voicing this inventive and extraordinary oral history.
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I read this in its original form, which was much easier to digest, but it was written to be an oral history anyway, so it really lent itself to this format. The performances were good and varied across many voices which was great; but thinking back, there were definitely voices missing from this version that were in the original "book." In any case, I really enjoyed it, but I can understand where some people who have no previous knowledge of it would be fatigued by The Silent History and how long it seems to drag on.
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