Silent Came the Monster: A Novel of the 1916 Jersey Shore Shark Attacks  Audiobook, by Amy Hill Hearth Play Audiobook Sample

Silent Came the Monster: A Novel of the 1916 Jersey Shore Shark Attacks Audiobook

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Read By: David Marantz Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2023 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9798200748549

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Longest Chapter Length:

37:10 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:35 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

13:59 minutes

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Publisher Description

From New York Times bestselling author Amy Hill Hearth comes her first historical thriller, inspired by the story of the 1916 Jersey Shore shark.

“Sharks are as timid as rabbits,” says a superintendent of the Coast Guard, dismissing the possibility that a shark could be the culprit in an unprecedented fatal attack at the Jersey Shore. It’s July, and swimming in the sea is a popular new pastime, but people up and down the East Coast are shocked and mystified by the swimmer’s death. A prominent surgeon at the shore, Dr. Edwin Halsey is the one who examines the victim, and the only one who believes the perpetrator was a shark—and that it will strike again.

With the public and the authorities—and even those who witnessed the attacks—so stubbornly disbelieving, Dr. Halsey finds himself fighting widespread confusion, conspiracy theories, and outright denial. Seeking the input of commercial fisherman, he soon learns they have long been concerned about a creature they call the Beast. The Lenape, one of the tribes native to the area, have their own beliefs about this creature, but can Dr. Halsey convince the rest of the world before it’s too late?

The story of the 1916 Jersey Shore shark changed the way Americans think of the seashore, reminding us once again that nature plays by its own rules.

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“Wherever Amy Hill Hearth turns her attention, history comes alive. In this novel, we discover the sun-splashed beauty of the Jersey Shore in the summer of 1916, when the threat of war, a polio epidemic, and a dangerous great white shark threaten the residents and tourists, and the fear of these threats hang above ocean like storm clouds. Silent Came the Monster is a thrilling, unforgettable journey into the past.”

— Peter Golden, author of Nothing Is Forgotten 


  • “A mere five words into this gripping story I could hear the thrum of the Jaws music inside my head. Based on real-life events, Amy Hill Hearth captures two weeks of terror in an age of innocence. A riveting tale. Be bold—make it your beach read.”

    — Marshall Karp, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “A deeply compelling novel rich with historical detail and surprising parallels to our modern world.”

    — Hester Young, author of The Gates of Evangeline and The Burning Island
  • “Silent Came the Monster is chilling, thrilling, and fun. A great white shark with a taste for hunting humans in this turn-of-the-century setting makes for a fabulous read.”

    — Lynn Hightower, internationally bestselling author
  • “Terrifying, delightful, thoughtful, and gripping.”

    — Berkshire Eagle
  • “Well drawn and believable…this combination of historical events and thrilling suspense makes for a taut, compelling read.” 

    — Historical Novels Review
  • “Chilling and entertaining.”

    — Shreveport Times


  • A Goodreads Pick of Literal Beach Reads
  • An International Pulpwood Queens Choice of Bonus Book-Club Reads
  • A CrimeReads Pick of the Week's Top 10 New Books
  • A Hasty Book List Pick of Most Anticipated Historical Novels of 2023
  • An Audible Pick of the Month's Essential Listens
  • A Thoughts from a Page Pick for Summer Reading
  • A Shreveport Times Pick of Beach Reads with a Thrill

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About Amy Hill Hearth

Amy Hill Hearth, who lives at the Jersey Shore, is a New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today bestselling author and a Peabody Award winner. She writes nonfiction as well as fiction, and books for both adults and young readers. This is her first thriller. Her areas of interest include American history, elder wisdom, and forgotten or little-known stories. Her ancestors, who include a Lenni-Lenape woman, called the Jersey Shore home for many generations. You can read more about her at

About David Marantz

David Marantz is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning narrator.