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The Silence Audiobook

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Read By: Jay O. Sanders, Jeremy Bobb, Laurie Anderson, Marin Ireland, Robin Miles, Michael Stuhlbarg, a full cast Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 1.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 0.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781797117614

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

11

Longest Chapter Length:

38:11 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

10:15 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

22

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Publisher Description

A timely and compelling novel set in the near future about five people gathered together in a Manhattan apartment, in the midst of a catastrophic event

Don DeLillo completed this novel just weeks before the advent of Covid-19. The Silence is the story of a different catastrophic event. Its resonances offer a mysterious solace.

It is Super Bowl Sunday in the year 2022. Five people, dinner, an apartment on the east side of Manhattan. The retired physics professor and her husband and her former student waiting for the couple who will join them from what becomes a dramatic flight from Paris. The conversation ranges from a survey telescope in North-central Chile to a favorite brand of bourbon to Einstein’s 1912 Manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity.

Then something happens and the digital connections that have transformed our lives are severed.

What follows is a dazzling and profoundly moving conversation about what makes us human. Never has the art of fiction been such an immediate guide to our navigation of a bewildering world. Never have DeLillo’s prescience, imagination, and language been more illuminating and essential.

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“A full cast propels DeLillo’s latest audiobook…Marin Ireland’s centering narrative anchors the stellar performances…The collective performances make this story resonate more deeply.”

— AudioFile 

Quotes

  • “DeLillo delights in, rather than despairs over, the absurdities of modern experience…The field of language is the real setting of The Silence.”

    — Wall Street Journal
  • "[The Silence] is a pristine disaster novel…[that] reminds us that, as he puts it…‘Life can get so interesting that we forget to be afraid.’'"

    — New York Times
  • “A mesmerizing, menace-packed short novel….[that] views technology as our Achilles’ heel.”

    — Minneapolis Star Tribune

Awards

  • New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

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About Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo is the author of seventeen novels which have won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award, the Jerusalem Prize for his complete body of work, and the William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2013 he was awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, and in 2015, the National Book Foundation awarded DeLillo its Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

About the Narrators

Jay O. Sanders began his acting career off-Broadway in Shakespearean roles then went on to appear in numerous films and television series, including Revolutionary Road, The Day after Tomorrow, and Kiss the Girls, based on the novel by James Patterson. He has narrated more than fifty audio books over the years, including the bestselling My Losing Season by Pat Conroy and Dean Koontz’s Dragon Tears and Mr. Murder. He also won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Jeremy Bobb is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an accomplished actor whose film credits include The Knick, Godless, Mosaic, and The Wolf of Wall Street. He has performed in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Is He Dead? and Cactus Flower.

Jeremy Bobb is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an accomplished actor whose film credits include The Knick, Godless, Mosaic, and The Wolf of Wall Street. He has performed in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Is He Dead? and Cactus Flower.

Marin Ireland is a voice artist who has won five Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration in 2020. She is an award-winning actress known for her starring role in the Broadway show Reasons to Be Pretty, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. She has appeared in a number of off-Broadway shows and television series, including Homeland, Unforgettable, The Killing, The Following, and others.

Robin Miles, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, an Audie Award for directing, and many Earphones Awards. Her film and television acting credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic’s Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors’ unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in theater studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.

Michael Stuhlbarg attended the Juilliard School in New York and has performed in many theater productions, including The Pillowman in 2005 and Hamlet in Central Park in 2008. He is also a successful film actor, appearing in major releases such as A Serious Man, Men in Black III, Hitchcock, and Lincoln, as well as the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire.

Louis Gossett, Jr. (1936–2024) was one of the most respected African American actors in film, television, stage, and audio voice-over history with a distinct voice that carried quiet authority. He won the triple awards of an Emmy for Roots, an Oscar for Officer and a Gentleman, and a Golden Globe for The Josephine Baker Story. As an impassioned activist, he firmly believed in giving back to the community and donated his performance royalties from the Twelve Years a Slave audiobook to his nonprofit organization, the Erascism Foundation, which focuses on planting the seeds of social tolerance with children and eliminating the stigma of racism.