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Summary

When the familiar and seemingly safe turns lethal, therein danger lies. Amid a forest where the shades of the dead linger all around, every homesteader knows to follow the Simple Rules: "Don't kindle flame, don't shed the blood of another, don't run at night. These things draw shades." Silence Montane has broken all three rules on more than one occasion. And to protect her family from a murderous gang with high bounties on their heads, Silence will break every rule again, at the risk of becoming a shade herself.

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Gripping

Brilliant story. You so want Silence to succeed and there are lots of highs and lows. Loved the ending. Brandon can sure tell a tale.

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Brilliant Short Story

Like everything Brandon Sanderson writes, this story grips you from the first words and keeps you immersed until the end.

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Meh...

I'm not a fan of the narrator, and this short story lacked the substance of the other Sanderson Cosmere novels.

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  • Cheri
  • 18-10-15

Wow, What A Great Short Story!

Where does Shadows for Silence in the Forest of Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Compared to other short Sci-Fi / Fantasy stories, this one rank's in my top five. It was well written with a captivating plot.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Silence, she was a strong women due to her past and how her grandmother raised her.

What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

Kate's voice matched the main character perfectly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, the story picks up quickly from the beginning, and is full of action and twists.

Any additional comments?

This was a great short story and I really enjoyed listening to it!

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  • Bruce Derflinger
  • 21-10-15

Sanderson wins once again

Brandon Sanderson can be expected to have unique twists and turns in his narrative. Once again he does not disappoint. Who is the White Fox, what are the shades, what do they represent and how do you avoid them. All are answered, well mostly - there could be sequel. Catch it when is comes and don't forget to pick this one up first, preferably now !

Kate Reading does her usual fantastic job of narrating this story - but with almost 320 spoken books to her credit, she has shown that she could read the phone book and make it exciting.

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  • YoungDimitri
  • 23-08-16

Great short story! I hope we hear more!

Another new world, new magic system, and new mystery. Can't wait to hear more about this forest and why the homeland was destroyed.

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  • kerra
  • 13-11-20

Great short read!

Nice break between the large cosmere books. If you need a short story to clear your palette between them, this is a great choice.

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  • T. Nguyen
  • 11-07-16

A great performance by Kate for a great story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's dark and broody, you feel as if everything is either in darkness or lit by orange lanterns and candlelight. Pacing is excellent. Brandon did a good job here, and Kate took it to another level.

Who was your favorite character and why?

William Ann Montane, if it weren't for her, things would have went horribly wrong.

What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

Her voice for Silence portrayed age and a hardiness befitting of silence compared to Sebruki and Ann. It's hard to push Silence around, one can tell.

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You definitely want to go, run, or speed off when the lights turn red in this stretch of the woods.

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Thought Kate did a great job, had to FB message their page and rave.

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  • Yeti
  • 22-03-21

Great Story - Good Reading

I really enjoyed the story and had no complaints about the reader's interpretation. I would definitely recommend.

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  • M. Frisby
  • 29-01-21

more please

such a great story story. more stories please in this world. great characters which expand the cosmere.

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  • Mama
  • 30-12-20

Short but a great story

I enjoyed this short story. Silence and William Anne, Mother and Daughter, work at an Inn. A place of safety, behind silver. The danger are the Shades in the forest. If they touch you you wither and die if silver is not administered quickly. Similar to the Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett. Don't get me wrong, it's different, but with a few tendrils that will remind you of that series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-11-20

Kate Reading is a superb narrator.

Loved this odd and quirky wild-west themed take set in a strange, dark corner of the Cosmere, Brandon Sanderson's books never fail to impress, whether they are big or small.

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  • Patricia W.
  • 13-10-15

sanderson just keeps getting better.

although this is a short story I am constantly surprised and delighted by Sanderson's writing. I never really wish to finish his books. Despite the length, I found the story complete and the world fleshed out. I felt part of the action and enjoyed the choice of narrator. The small thing I found annoying was the bad guy's swing up in registor and long hmms. This might be what Sanderson was going for and if that is true then he succeeded. though a short listen, it is worth the time and small price to enjoy. If you have never read fantasy or Sanderson's writing then what are you waiting for? get listening.

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