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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,320 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frances Itani Narrator: Lorraine Hamelin Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set on the eve of the Great War, Deafening is a novel of remarkable virtuosity and power spanning two continents and the life and loves of a young deaf woman in Canada named Grania O’Neill. As a result of a childhood illness, Grania’s is a world without sound, a world bounded by a powerful family love that tries to insulate her from undue suffering. When it becomes clear that Grania can no longer thrive in the world of the hearing, her family sends her to live at the Ontario School for the Deaf where, protected from the often unforgiving hearing world outside, she learns sign language and speech.

Then she meets Jim Lloyd, a hearing man, and the two—in wonderment—begin to create a new emotional vocabulary that encompasses both sound and silence. But as history would have it, Jim must leave home only two weeks after their wedding to serve as a stretcher-bearer on the blood-soaked battlefields of Flanders. During this long and brutal war of attrition, Jim and Grania are pulled to the center of cataclysmic events that will alter civilization forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 2004 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book: Canada and the Caribbean

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathryne | 2/10/2014

    " I loved this book and would recommend it to everyone! It hit home for me not only because I am Canadian and could picture the scenes, seasons and people perfectly; but also because of the relationship Grania had with her grandmother. This was very well-written - it could have been a grand love story but it was so much more. I loved the choices and the paradoxes that Francis wrote with. I need to read more from her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mara Shaw | 2/3/2014

    " Frances Itani came to our bookclub when we were discussing this. She was lovely. One of our bookclub members had been raised by a deaf mom, so she had a lot of insight into the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diane Mueller | 2/2/2014

    " Set in WWI Canada about a young girl growing up deaf in a hearing family, and marrying a hearing man who goes off to fight in WWI. I felt the book tried to cover way to much and by doing only skimmed over most of what could be a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angie | 1/31/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Very interesting. "

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