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 themselves), documenting the growth of the so-called silent community into an elusive, enigmatic force in itself - alluring to some, threatening to others. Both a bold storytelling experiment and a propulsive reading experience, Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, and Kevin Moffett's The Silent History is at once thrilling, timely, and timeless.
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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