The Speed of Light: A Novel Audiobook, by Elissa Grossell Dickey Play Audiobook Sample

The Speed of Light: A Novel Audiobook

The Speed of Light: A Novel Audiobook, by Elissa Grossell Dickey Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Christine Williams Publisher: Brilliance Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781713556046

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Longest Chapter Length:

23:40 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:31 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

09:22 minutes

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Publisher Description

A compelling and provocative debut novel told in intersecting timelines over a tumultuous, defining year in one woman’s life.

Simone is trying her best not to think of what she’s lost. Diagnosed with MS, she awaits the results of another anxiety-inducing MRI. She’s just walked away from Connor, “a fixer” but possibly the love of her life. And nearing the holidays, the sights and sounds of winter in South Dakota only prick memories of better years gone by. Then, on a December morning at the university where she works, jarring gunshots pierce the halls. In a temporary safe place and terrified, Simone listens and pretends this will all be over soon.

As she waits for silence, her mind racing, Simone’s past year comes into focus. Falling in love and missing it. Finding strength in family and enduring friendships. Planning for the future, fearing it, and hoping against hope in dark places. Her life has been changing at the speed of light, and each crossroad brought Simone here, to this day, to endure the things she can’t control and to confront those that she can.

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Gripping, compelling, and real, The Speed of Light is an incredible debut that lets you inside the mind of a woman whose life has been turned upside down, first by a life-changing medical diagnosis, then by an important new relationship, and then by an unimaginable tragedy at her workplace. Dickey weaves together a story that is impossible to put down, and even as it reminds you that your own life could be irrevocably altered at any moment, it is also filled with encouragement, wisdom, and warmth. A book that calls its reader to empathy and bravery.

— Suzy Krause, author of Valencia and Valentine and Sorry I Missed You 


  • “Thrilling as it is heart-felt, The Speed of Light drew me in from the first page. While its newly-diagnosed heroine struggles with life’s unexpected twists, Dickey delivers a story about family, friendship, and the kind of love that truly makes us feel seen.

    — Elle Marr, bestselling author of The Missing Sister
  • Compellingly readable, Elissa Grossell Dickey’s The Speed of Light takes readers on a harrowing journey through the storm that is Simone Archer’s life, starting with her diagnosis of an unpredictable, incurable illness. With the stakes high, the wry and quick-witted Simone discovers hidden inner strength that drives her forward even as she comes face-to-face with her own mortality. The Speed of Light is a suspenseful tale about overcoming illness and fear, and discovering the untapped powers we have within ourselves.

    — Meredith O’Brien, author of four books including Uncomfortably Numb: A Memoir
  • The Speed of Light is a gripping page-turner, infused with a compassionate and insightful look at chronic illness.

    — Kimmery Martin, bestselling author of The Queen of Hearts

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About Christine Williams

Christine Williams is a singer and actor based in Ashland, Oregon. Her performance credits include productions at regional theaters and on concert stages across the country and around the world, from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Barbican Centre in London to the Aspen Music Festival and the Grotowski Institute in Poland.