The Silent History

  • by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, Kevin Moffett
  • Narrated by Gabra Zackman, LJ Ganser
  • 14 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A generation of children forced to live without words.
It begins as a statistical oddity: a spike in children born with acute speech delays. Physically normal in every way, these children never speak and do not respond to speech; they don't learn to read, don't learn to write. As the number of cases grows to an epidemic level, theories spread. Maybe it's related to a popular antidepressant; maybe it's environmental. Or maybe these children have special skills all their own. The Silent History unfolds in a series of brief testimonials from parents, teachers, friends, doctors, cult leaders, profiteers, and impostors (everyone except, of course, the children), documenting the growth of the so-called silent community into an elusive, enigmatic force--alluring to some, threatening to others. Both a bold storytelling experiment and a propulsive listening experience, Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, and Kevin Moffett's The Silent History is at once thrilling, timely, and timeless.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, January 2015 - My initial awareness of The Silent History was its unique premise: starting around present day, children are born without the cognitive functions to understand and use language. 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 that 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. —Doug, Audible Editor

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A Thought-Provoking Premise

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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- Doug - Audible "Audible Editor. Book lover. Would-be writer and musician. Fun uncle."

Boring, boring, boring.

I preordered this book and started listening as soon as it arrived. As a rule I enjoy books that look at the world through the eyes of people perceived as being different to the norm.

This book looks in on a group known as 'Silents', children born without the ability to communicate with language.

Sounds fascinating doesn't it, but here's the downfall, it is told through a series of interviews.....far, far too many interviews. It is slow, it is draw out, it is BORING!!!

Three hours (26 chapters) in, eleven hours ( 81 chapters ) still to go and I don't even want to skip to the last chapter, ... I am so bored I don't care what happens in the end.
I'll be returning 'The Silent History' pity I can't get a refund on the time I wasted.
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- BookLady

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-27-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios