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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,721 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham Joyce Narrator: John Le Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Award-winning novelist and cult favorite Graham Joyce transports listeners to a mysterious world of isolation and fear with this hypnotically dark story…a daring and powerful novel about love, loss, and rebirth.

In the French Pyrenees, a young married couple is buried under a flash avalanche while skiing. Miraculously, Jake and Zoe dig their way out from under the snow—only to discover the world they knew has been overtaken by an eerie and absolute silence. Their hotel is devoid of another living soul. Cell phones and land lines are cut off. An evacuation as sudden and thorough as this leaves Jake and Zoe to face a terrifying situation alone. They are trapped by the storm, completely isolated, with another catastrophic avalanche threatening to bury them alive…again. And as the couple begins to witness unset­tling events neither can ignore, they are forced to con­front a frightening truth about the silent land they now inhabit. 

The Silent Land is a brilliantly conceived novel that puts a husband and wife in a strange and frightening reality where it would seem they are the last two people on Earth. Together they will face the ultimate test of their love for each other, and they will be forced to decide what their lives are worth—and what they will sacrifice to save each other. Joyce has written a mysteri­ous masterpiece, a tour de force that will thrill fans of Peter Straub and the hit television show Lost.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sensitive exploration of love’s redemptive power.”

    Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

  • “An unforgettable story…You’ll be turning the pages and wishing you could go on doing so long after the book has ended. A magnificent achievement.”

    Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Stark, layered, ominous and yet appealing…Luckily for the reader, in the end Mr. Joyce delivers relief along with satisfaction and wonder.”

    New York Times

  • “This tour de force invites comparison to the work of Haruki Murakami and Ian McEwan…So perfectly rendered…Joyce’s skill at conveying the creepiness of inexplicable events creates undeniable tension…The novel is encased, like the village, in a veil of ice and mystery…The novel’s conclusion is both beautiful and devastating with its insight into the lives of two decent, honest people. Few times while reading fiction have I been so overcome by how remembering the past and living in the moment combine to form the core of our existence. In The Silent Land—a classic in the making—Joyce’s great and abiding gift is to make the reader feel this truth fiercely and protectively.”

    Washington Post

  • “A story like this is often only as good as its puzzle, but Joyce remembers that such things are worth unraveling only if you’re invested in the characters…Jake and Zoe’s relationship thoughtfully remains at the forefront with sharp banter and finely drawn moments…As engaging as a twisted fireside yarn and paced almost as quickly.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “World Fantasy Award winner Graham Joyce may be the best guide available to the uncertain terrain of dreams, intoxication, and madness…Joyce’s crisp prose, transparent as ice crystals, is the perfect medium for [his] tale. Emotion-laden yet unsentimental, unflinchingly attuned to the fluencies of love, The Silent Land brings us to the brink of death and gives a glimpse of the unfathomable beauty lying beyond.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A gently haunting fantasy thriller…Joyce brings freshness to this familiar supernatural scenario by emphasizing the humanness of his characters over the weirdness of the phenomena. By the time the tale sounds its final bittersweet note, readers will remember the passionate emotional bond the two have shared and self-sacrifices that are the hallmark of a love that can transcend death.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This latest tale of supernatural suspense by O. Henry Award and British Fantasy Award winner Joyce will keep the reader intrigued. Its slow pace and beautiful prose build to a clever apex. Fans of the supernatural will enjoy this original love story.”

    Library Journal

  • “Joyce spins a story of devotion that is equal parts romance and nightmare…An affecting story of soul mates and the elements that bind them together.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “John Lee tells the surreal story of a couple on a ski trip who narrowly escape from an avalanche, only to find themselves caught in a strange netherworld in which time seems to have slowed. Trapped in a ski village where everyone else has vanished, Jake and Zoe struggle to figure out if they’re dead or alive—or somewhere in between. Although Lee’s characterization of Zoe has a breathless urgency that can become tedious, he deftly handles Joyce’s descriptions of the ominous snowy landscape. The authoritative tone of Lee’s narration helps ground the listener in the shifting realities of the plot.”


  • A 2011 British Fantasy Award Nominee
  • A 2011 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Crystal (8serene8) Messner | 1/29/2014

    " It was surprisingly a very good book. I was hooked the whole time, and I don't usually read anything besides horror books. It makes you appreciate what you have and who you have in your life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Craig D.B. | 1/23/2014

    " We all have our favorite writers. Graham Joyce is one of mine and this book is filled with the reasons why. A mysterious, scary, heartbreaking story delivered in crystalline prose. Filled with love and humor and, most importantly of all, truth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Randy Ray | 1/17/2014

    " The book had some heartbreakingly beautiful lines and passages, but it suffered from being predictable. The characters and their relationship was good stuff, and original. The plot and theme, on the other hand, border on being overused. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Martha | 1/12/2014

    " Beautiful, powerful story. Made me cry. "

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About the Author
Author Graham Joyce

Graham Joyce (1954–2014), a winner of the O. Henry Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award, was the author of many notable books, including How to Make Friends with Demons, Smoking Poppy, Indigo (a New York Times Notable Book of 2000), The Tooth Fairy (a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998), and Requiem, among others.