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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  4,513 ratings  ·  634 reviews
In the darkness of a vast cave system, cut off from the world for millennia, blind creatures hunt by sound. Then there is light, there are voices, and they feed... Swarming from their prison, they multiply and thrive. To scream, even to whisper, is to summon death.

Deaf for many years, Ally knows how to live in silence. Now, it is her family's only chance of survival. To le
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Paperback, 363 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Titan Books
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Morgan Unrast Their is 2019 movie based on this book. The movie is also call "The Silence". I watched it on Netflix. Movie and book are very similar.

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Their is 2019 movie based on this book. The movie is also call "The Silence". I watched it on Netflix. Movie and book are very similar.

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Laura No, it takes place wholly aboveground and has almost nothing in common with The Descent.

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Lisa
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In all honesty, I didn't expect to like this book at all. I've been reading stories from Mr. Lebbon for years now, and while I've loved his short stories and novellas I've never been impressed with his novels. Well, I finally found a book that was so good that I can't say that anymore. The Silence isn't a new story, sure the monsters have changed, but it was written in such a way that had me holding my breath and at times remaining silent with the characters. The characters were the best thing a ...more
Tom Lewis
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had heard that Netflix was coming out with a film adaptation of the book, so I got a jump on it by reading the book first. I’m so glad I did, because the book is one of the best apocalyptic stories I’ve ever read. The Netflix movie… err, not so much. I rated the movie a 3, but the book is an easy 5.

The book alternates between third-person POV, and first-person, with the first-person parts being told through the POV of Ally, a deaf teenager living in the UK. The news and internet is awash with
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Justine
Jul 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
3.5 stars

Pretty good mindless monster apocalypse horror. I found this to be a decently entertaining read, and it was page turning in the way Bird Box was, with a different story/same feel to it. Of the two books, though, I thought Bird Box was the better one.

My main complaint was that the story here just...ends. I know some people thought the end of Bird Box was a bit too tidy (not me...I'm OK with tidy!), but this book had sort of the opposite problem by not giving any resolution at all.

Or ma
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Ken
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s a growing trend of survival stories featuring the loss of one of the main senses is used as an aid.
With the 2018 movie A Quiet Place and to a lesser extent Bird Box (that was also adapted by Netflix).

Where The Silence differs is the use of technology as a news source to gain information.
With main protagonist teenager Ally having lost her hearing in a car accident, by using her iPad she is able to gain information and still feels in contact with the world.

During a transmitted caving exped
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Tamoghna Biswas
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, dystopian
**3.5 stars**

It was certainly a weird experience. I had a hard time trying to think what I was thinking.

I don’t know what exactly it was that I felt for the book, it’s bit of a remorse, among other things for sure. From the overall synopsis, it sounds somehow like an indistinguishable product that you may have a hard time recognizing differently; for, firstly, the story of an apocalyptic world with the survivors under the fear of an abominable creature that hunts by sound, sounds superciliou
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Michelle
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought-own
This is a beautifully written tale that was incredibly hard to put down. I especially loved young, deaf Ally. She had the perfect balance of courage and insecurity and Mr. Lebbon intertwined the two perfectly making her human (some book characters are too unbelievable) and relatable. In fact, I loved all of Ally's family. These are people you can't help but root for and hope that they find safety and security from the horrible monsters that have been unleashed in the world.

This book was simply a
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Rikke
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really don't know how to rate this book. I was so looking forward to it, and I did like it. At least at first.. Because it just got more and more disappointing. Like I might not have photographic memory, but this book is SOOOOO repetitive.. And not even about important stuff.. It's all kinds of random nonsense being repeated without adding anything but annoyance. Then there's the main characters - the 14 year old girl and the middle aged man who seem to have pretty much identical voices... The ...more
Libby
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up. Deaf, since she was very young due to a car crash that killed her paternal grandparents, sixteen-year-old Ally, is used to a silent world. She has her hearing dog, Otis, who’s been trained to let her know when a phone is ringing, there’s someone at the door, or if the house is on fire. She has her ten-year-old brother, Jude, and her parents, Huw and Kelly, as well as Lynne, her maternal grandmother, now in her seventies, living with them for the time being. Ally has always ...more
Char
This copy is signed by both Tim Lebbon and Brian Keene.
Quirkyreader
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got this book as a blind date from the library around Valentine’s Day 2020 and then COVID-19 hit. So in a way this is a very timely read.

It’s about how the world changed due to one event. And while reading this, it put the world’s current situation into a whole new light.

Be prepared for an interesting read.
Hanna
Too many dog deaths, would not recommend.
Lou
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
April 2019 Interview with Tim Lebbon On The Silence, writing, running, and inspirations. | More2Read

Even as I type now I have it on silent.
No clicking of the key strokes.
I am in eminent danger.
Something is spreading.

In silence there is safety.
Soon a film of this desolate situation will be streamed into homes that still exist that are not affected by these malevolent creatures.
Millions have seen the trailer and already get idea what awaits.
Resist and read on then watch if you are still around and
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Kimberly
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
THE SILENCE, by Tim Lebbon has a lot of people asking if it is like the novel BIRD BOX. Having read both novels, I can honestly say that the two are completely different. THE SILENCE takes us to the UK BEFORE some world-changing events occur. We have the opportunity to meet the main characters in their day-to-day settings--and therefore learn about their normal lives--before the mayhem begins.

The only difference in the family that this novel features is that the oldest daughter, Ally, was in an
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The Grim Reader
We've all made mistakes, even the Grim Reader, It's what makes us human. I look back on my early reviewing days and realise that I was far too generous with some of my scores. But, that can't be changed, and so I move on. If I'd read and reviewed The Silence a few years ago, I'd give it at least 4/5 maybe even 5/5. I'm glad I've only got around to it now because I feel as if I can really appreciate its good points and bad.
The Silence certainly isn't a bad book. The pacing is excellent, the chara
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Scott
Dec 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
I think Hollywood (or the prospects thereof) has ruined Tim Lebbon.

This is another action-movie novel much like his previous, Coldbrook. So similar, in fact, that the plots could be swapped pretty easily without much alteration. Last time it was ravenous zombies from an alternate Earth, now it's ravenous flying things from deep within the earth. Another survival story, very linear, very simplistic, with minimal character development.

And characters acting stupidly. Why in the world did the family
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Jason
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
4 Stars

The Silence is a good apocalyptic novel by one of my favorite authors. Tim Lebbon has shown that he is equally adept at writing both horror and fantasy and he writes for adults and the young adult club as well. This one seems more appropriate for the young adult crowd than some of his other works.

The Silence is a different take on the end of the world scenario. It involves spelunking, flying lizards, and lots of people dying quickly. Ally the young deaf girl is the character that I liked
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Kirstin
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think it's safe to say I've taken spelunking off my bucket list.

The Silence was a wild ride into the apocalypse. Very cinematic with great characters, scary monsters and even more frightening humans. The Reverend will haunt my dreams. I would recommend this highly! 4.5 stars rounded up.
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Timothy Ward
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cheers to Lebbon for writing another apocalyptic story that sets the genre on its ear and plows forward. After loving his inter-dimensional zombie epic, Coldbrook, I was very excited to see him impress me with something equally as unique. For the most part he succeeded. The Silence adds sound as a new element of horror, creating an apocalyptic invasion of deadly vesps, a bird that reminded me of pterodactyls, which hunts purely by sound because they've evolved within a large cave for who knows h ...more
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
They Hunt by Sound...

Omg I am so pissed! I just want to throw this book right now. The story was perfect up until the last few pages and it just abruptly ended. I absolutely despise books with open endings! It wouldn't be so bad if this was the beginning of a series but everything I've seen points toward this being a stand-alone so it looks like I'm going to be left high & dry! I deducted a whole star for that shitty ending. If you don't mind open endings, give it a try. It's a great book other
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Lukas Anthony
Sep 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
DNF on page 172: Weak writing and weak character development. Just didn't wanna waste my time finishing it. ...more
April (Getting Hygge With It)
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads, horror
This is an addictive read. The concept of any sound you make potentially killing you is so scary! Hoping there might be a sequel!
Tanja Berg
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I enjoyed this “end of the world as we know it” tale more than expected. Well crafted with likable characters.

The main character is Ally, deaf after an accident. That she and her family can communicate with sign language becomes an advantage when murderous bat-like creatures unknown to science are let lose from an isolated cave in Moldova.

“The vesps” as they are called spread like a plague and procreate at alarming rate. They hunt by sound. Ally and her family decide to get out of town before i
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The Behrg
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
I haven't read a thriller that's grabbed me quite as quickly or thoroughly as "The Silence" did since I read Blake Crouch's "Run" years ago. Like Crouch's work, the cause of our potentially apocalyptic premise is only given a light brushing over. An unearthed cave in Moldova has brought forth flying creatures that have lived for millenniums in an isolated and endemic environment. Like bats, but larger, they hunt only by sound.

Oh yeah, and they multiply by laying eggs in the creatures (humans) th
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WendyB
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, ha-tbr-2018
Why did I wait so long to read this book? It's terrific. Wonderful characters you root for, suspense, horror. It starts out with a quiet creeping dread. Slowly building to a fight for life. The type of story you find yourself wondering what you would do to survive. What more could you want from a book? ...more
Lucian Poll
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
A live televised caving expedition in Moldova takes a disastrous turn when a team of potholers and scientists opens up a large and hereto sealed underground ecosystem, releasing from it a swarm of vicious bat-like creatures that promptly feast on their liberators. The now-unmanned cameras keep on rolling, beaming the harrowing footage to a few horror-struck Discovery Channel viewers across the world.

Two such witnesses to the carnage are Ally and her father, Huw, whose stories we then follow as t
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Julie
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such a quick read! I couldn't put it down :) It didn't turn out to be exactly what I was expecting, and I had a few issues with the writing. But overall I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it. ...more
Heather
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A haunting and engaging read that I devoured in a day! Highly recommend this one.
Tim
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, library
Perfect.

I'm not usually a bit apocalypse-fiction type person. I've read The Road and The Hunger Games and Lebbon's The Silence eclipses both of them - I can't attest to the quality of McCammon's Swan Song or Sai King's The Stand, but I can attest to the quality of this book.

Lebbon writes with all the assuredness of someone at the top of their game; characterisation is top-notch, the pacing perfect and the writing itself has a literary quality that I find lacking in a lot of this type of fiction
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Laura Rash
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’re into apocalyptic tales then this ones for you! Spine tingling and action packed!
Kirsty
Goddamnit. I was really looking forward to this book, as I thought it was going to be set in an underground caving system and narrated by a deaf teenage girl. The second part, a bit (though her voice sounds exactly like the other POV character, a middle-aged man); the first part, not at all. I was hoping for something like The Descent - I’m super claustrophobic and would literally rather die than be trapped underground, so I love horror set in caves. Here, the monsters originally come from caves ...more
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