The Silence by Don DeLillo, Read by Full Cast
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In Don DeLillo’s The Silence, a group of people is meeting in New York for Super Bowl 2022 when the world’s electronics go down. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss a multicast audiobook that chronicles a return to a world without modern technology. Listen as survivors of a plane crash are treated in a clinic also impacted by the blackout. Neighbors are forced to interact, and DeLillo reflects on the nature of humanity and who we’ve become. Marin Ireland’s centering narrative anchors the stellar performances, including Jay O. Sanders’s gruff sports gambler, reduced to watching a blank screen, and Jeremy Bobb and Robin Miles, a couple who survived the plane crash. The collective performances make the story resonate more deeply.
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