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Graham Joyce , John Lee
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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29 Mar 2011
When Jake and Zoe are buried under a flash avalanche while skiing in the French Pyrenees, they miraculously dig their way out from under the snow—only to discover the world they knew has been overtaken by an eerie and absolute silence. With their phones cut off, and the village evacuated of every living soul, the young married couple begin to witness strange, unsettling events neither one can ignore. And as the days wear on, they are forced to confront frightening possibilities as they attempt to survive and escape the silent land they now inhabit.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (29 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441780327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441780324
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,060,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brave and ultimately heartbreaking. . . . A classic in the making." --"The Washington Post " "I won't bother saying Graham Joyce deserves to find a wide audience in America; rather, I think the American audience deserves to discover him." --Jonathan Lethem" " "Graham Joyce's near-perfect novella of near-death experience, isolation, and winter cold is a tour de force. . . . A study in classic supernatural fiction." --"The Independent "(London) "Stark, layered, ominous and . . . appealing." --"The New York Times "" " "Joyce's crisp prose, transparent as ice crystals, is the perfect medium for Jake and Zoe's 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." --"The Seattle Times "" " "As engaging as a twisted fireside yarn and paced almost as quickly." --"Los Angeles Times ""Mesmerizing. . . . This is a lean, philosophically sophisticated book, and Joyce's ability to slip into its short length heady meditations on love, death, and the state of contemporary society is a measure of his craftiness." --"Richmond Times-Dispatch " "[An] eerie, wintry fable. . . . Delivers a chilling thrill. . . . Perfect for a Sunday afternoon as the dusk begins to fall." --"The Scotsman "" " "A book as crisp as new snow. . . . Compelling. . . . You'll laugh, albeit nervously; you'll cry, unless you're completely heartless; you'll give your nearest and dearest hugs without really being able to explain why you're so glad to see them--really, what more do you want from a novel?" --SFX.com "I became a rabidly devoted fan of Graham Joyce's the first time I read is work." --Peter Straub "[Graham Joyce] is one of those writers who make traditional literary distinctions-horror versus fantasy, genre versus mainstream-seem not only trivial, but irrelevant as well. . . . " --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The haunting new literary fantasy from the (actual) author of MEMOIRS OF A MASTER FORGER. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read! 29 Nov 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Silent Land
Zoe and Jake are on a skiing holiday and survive an avalanche whilst out on the slopes. When they emerge from the snow, the resort is completely deserted....
I started reading The Silent Land just as the first thick blanket of snow fell here which felt weirdly like the story was seeping into real life! But the writing is so good that even if it had been the middle of summer, the characters and story would have been alive and kicking in between reads.
I felt the narrative was unique in that it appeared to have relentless pace and tension, yet the story alternated between slow swathes of time where Zoe and Jake seemed to have all the time in the world to enjoy their surroundings to sudden key strange happenings and shifts in their environment and concepts of reality and time. Throughout it all Joyce's enviable storytelling skills somehow make it all so believable.
His language is poetic and wonderfully descriptive, such that although I have never been skiing, I could imagine perfectly the beauty and appeal of the setting. His portrayal of Zoe and Jake's love is so touching and effective, without ever becoming sentimental.
The Silent Land is above love, loss and the way we choose to live our lives. Joyce manages to touch the reader on a level where you start to think about your own life and values. The story and characters stay firmly in the reader's mind after it is finished, leaving you to interpret and mull over the gripping final scenes repeatedly. I really did not want it to get to the final page and would thoroughly recommend the book without reservation.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stays with you 15 July 2011
Format:Hardcover
Brilliant book

Quick read and a page turner but it stays with you longer than it takes to read, struggled to put it down and really makes you think, wonder, dream, imagine, think and then wonder all over again.

Don't over analyse reality nor read the reviews fully as they give it all away!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 3 Jun 2011
By Ichabod
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Achingly lovely book, made me ponder. I read it over a few of the hottest days this year..May 2011..but felt the cold, the iciness and the sadness. As I was reading it, I kept saying to my family, this is SUCH a good book, I am fairly hard to please but The Silent Land pleased me
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect supernatural Winter read 18 Nov 2010
By I Readalot TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I first read 'The Silent Land' back in June as an early reading copy yet in spite of all the books I have read since this story has remained with me, the mark of a great book in my opinion. The plot is reminiscent of the series 'The Twilight Zone'; while on a skiing holiday in the Pyrenes Zoe and Jake are caught in an early morning avalance, from which it would appear that they should not have survived; but they do. Returning to the village they find it deserted, after a few days they decide to try to leave but find out they can't, however they try to leave, skiing or by car they keep ending back at the village. Are they alive, dead, or somewhere inbetween? This is the mystery they and the reader have to solve.

The title 'The Silent Land', comes from the famous poem 'Remember' by Christina Georgina Rossetti, which is quoted at the front of the novel; therefore it gives nothing away to say that this story is about death. It is also a poignant, supernatural love story, but not at all sentimental. The main, and for the most part only characters are Zoe, Jake and the beautiful snowy landscape that surrounds them and by the end of the book I felt that I really knew these people and cared about them. I can't deny that this book is sad, but it also has humour and ultimately left me with a tear in my eye and a smile on my face.

A book for anyone who really likes to get to grips with the characters and for those who like strange supernatural tales. The plot may not feel 'original' but the execution brings something new to it. A perfect Winter read, curl up by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much more. 30 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Silent Land gets a straight up three for the premise and the premise alone.

Having thought about it, this would have been much better served as a short story. As it was there was simply too much padding throughout and pages and pages of the main characters performing the most mundane of tasks, which were in no shape or form even necessary to the plot.

Joyce also seemed to have problems with dialogue, it was way too choppy; alternating between formal and informal with no real consistency.

There also wasn't a lot to the central characters themselves - they read like ciphers with no real personality coming through at all. In fact the only two memorable characters in the whole book were featured in flashbacks. Jake's dad story was especially moving.

However, what I really disliked about the book was the sex scenes. I'm far from a prude, but they were very awkwardly written, out of place, and felt more like an adolescent teenage boy fantasy than anything else.

Thinking about it more, The Silent Land had the same issues that I had with The Tooth Fairy; there are some wonderfully crafted scenes, complete with an sublimely eerie atmosphere - but they aren't linked together very well, or just fizzle out with no real outcome.

It also didn't help that I worked out what was actually happening very early on.

I did like it. It just could have been so very much more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ...
I was really disappointed in this book. The premise is good, but the book is just so badly written that if I'd tried to read it in more than one sitting then I probably would have... Read more
Published 27 days ago by CookandReader
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
Love it, love it, couldn't put it down .. the only thing was that I figured out quickly what was happening and was a bit dessapointed that I didn't have the a surprise at the end.
Published 3 months ago by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Mystery
A fascinating mystery and a brilliant read from start to finish with a surprise ending. This is my kind of book.Recommended.
Published 5 months ago by Red Kite
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent land
As usual, an incredible story which gripped me right from the start. What an author!!! I can't wait to read more.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. C. A. Cockayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended read.
Very well-written and intelligently played out. The dialogue crackles with wit and energy throughout and by the end it will leave you with a lump in your throat the size of a... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Danny
4.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural suspense
A young couple on a skiing holiday are caught in an avalanche. They manage to free themselves only to find the resort has been evacuated due to fears of further landslips. Read more
Published 14 months ago by joyfrankie
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst books I've ever read
I saw this book on amazon a while again and was really looking forward to reading it, but I was so disappointed when I finally got round to reading it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gizmo
4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing read.
I found the story interesting and the characters believable. This was key to the success of the book overall. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Greekfoodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this down!
I literally, just today, started/finished this book! My God! Soooooooooo triumphant! As a HUGE fan of Graham Joyce as it is, I picked up this book with great optimism (having... Read more
Published 17 months ago by A.J. Waters
4.0 out of 5 stars The Silent land
Enjoyable read. Well written, which is a necessity for me, and real enough characters. Only minor complaint is that the denouement was pretty well sign-posted about half way... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kevin Godfrey
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