The Language of Moths Audiobook, by Christopher Barzak Play Audiobook Sample

The Language of Moths Audiobook

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Read By: Richard Powers Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 0.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 0.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2009 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781481537056

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Longest Chapter Length:

08:55 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:08 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

05:04 minutes

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Publisher Description

A boy’s family travels to the Allegheny Mountains in order for his entomologist father to find an undiscovered moth he remembers seeing there in his youth. Over the course of the summer, the boy’s sister, who suffers from autism, finds she can speak the language of various insects and creatures of nature, allowing her to understand the world around her for the first time in her life. And as the boy himself comes of age, he discovers that he speaks a different sort of language as well. As each person journeys closer to their true nature, tension is eased within the sometimes strained relationships of this unique family.      

A Nebula Award Finalist, Barzak’s novella combines realism and fantasy to explore how we each experience the world through our own inimitable language, creating distance even from those closest to us.

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“Christopher Barzak has written a marvelous narrative that left me pensive for hours. Impressionable characters, words ‘like bubbles,’ parallel tales of two remarkable lives…Phenomenal writing, how superb.”

— Fictionwise 


  • “Barzak should be specially credited for delivering an ending that is moving, and which delivers multiple, credible epiphanies.”

    — Internet Review of Science Fiction
  • “A beautifully written, extremely moving coming-of-age story told from the perspectives of a teenage boy struggling with his sexuality and his autistic elder sister. Others…feel somewhat inconsequential by comparison.”

    — Strange Horizons

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About Christopher Barzak

Christopher Barzak’s stories have appeared in a many venues, including The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and his first novel, One for Sorrow, was published in 2007. He grew up in rural Ohio and has since lived in both rural and urban settings, including Tokyo, Japan where he taught English in rural junior high and elementary schools. Currently he lives in Youngstown, Ohio, where he teaches writing at Youngstown State University.

About Richard Powers

Richard Powers has published thirteen novels. He is a MacArthur Fellow and received the National Book Award. His book, The Overstory, won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.