Speak (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)
"After finishing Speak, I saw a wonderful quote from Emily St. John Mandel in support of the book. Mandel's novel Station Eleven is one of my favorite books from last year, and Speak is my new favorite this year. The stories have little in common but feel similar in that each uniquely examines what it means to be human.
From a Puritan girl in the seventeenth century to Alan Turing's first inklings about artificial intelligence; through the creation of the first computer programs to a grim, not-to-distant future, I was captivated by the story's flow, both through history and consciousness. It is an amazing novel which speaks in voices so different and real, it was a pleasure to read each one."— Heather Duncan is the marketing director for all TC stores & an avid reader across genres
July 2015 Indie Next List
“This is an amazingly complex novel that explores humanity, time, memory, communication, love, and the fear of losing what once was. Introducing five different narratives that at first seem unconnected, Hall creates a shimmering spiderweb of a story: delicately crafted, fragile, and infinitely beautiful, uncovering humanity's most elusive and abstract thoughts. Hall impresses upon the reader the importance of speaking not just in order to move forward, but also in order to retain the past: 'They are all in me, in the words that I speak, as long as I am still speaking.”
— Nancy Solberg (E), Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA