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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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By Doug - Audible on 03-31-15
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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By Nick on 03-05-15
Really appreciated it in this format.
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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