Speak (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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By Louisa Hall, Adrienne Rusk (Read by)
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In this unique novel five distinct stories, spanning time from 1663 to 2040, are elegantly threaded together to form a poignant exploration of what it means to be human. Among them: Alan Turing as he struggles with the loss of his best friend, a pilgrim girl traveling to a new world, and the creator of dolls so human-like that they are banned and he is incarcerated. Their stories are touching... but how much can they really touch the mind of a machine who knows and thinks about them all? Beautifully written and thought provoking, this book is unlike anything I've read before.

— Sharon

In this unique novel five distinct stories, spanning time from 1663 to 2040, are elegantly threaded together to form a poignant exploration of what it means to be human. Among them: Alan Turing as he struggles with the loss of his best friend, a pilgrim girl traveling to a new world, and the creator of dolls so human-like that they are banned and he is incarcerated. Their stories are touching... but how much can they really touch the mind of a machine who knows and thinks about them all? Beautifully written and thought provoking, this book is unlike anything I've read before.

— Sharon

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781467603577
ISBN-10: 1467603570
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: July 7th, 2015
Language: English