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Silence

In the Age of Noise
Narrated by: Atli Gunnarsson
Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
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Behind a cacophony of traffic noise, iPhone alerts and our ever-spinning thoughts, an elusive notion - silence - lies in wait. But what really is silence? Where can it be found? And why is it more important now than ever?

Erling Kagge, the Norwegian adventurer and polymath, once spent 50 days walking solo in Antarctica with a broken radio. In this meditative, charming and surprisingly powerful book, he explores the power of silence and the importance of shutting out the world.

Whether you're in deep wilderness, taking a shower or on the dance floor, you can experience perfect stillness if you know where to look. And from it grows self-knowledge, gratitude, wonder and much more.

Take a deep breath, and prepare to submerge yourself in Silence. Your own South Pole is out there somewhere.

©2017 Erling Kagge (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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A short but charming antidote to busy modern life

The irony of beginning this winsome little audiobook on a smartphone, straining to hear the narrator on an oppressively noisy tube train isn’t lost on me…but fortunately I decided to postpone my listening for another, quieter, time. I’m glad I persevered, as Erling Kagge has produced a thoughtful meditation on the important – and often ignored – role of silence in our hectic, noisy modern lives. Since finishing this collection of charming anecdotes from the author’s life, I’ve worked to pay attention to the rare moments of quiet and embrace them. My phone has never spent less time by my side.

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Captivating

The gentle narration combined with the almost hypnotising content, made this a valued companion during lock down for me.

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Shhh and listen

This book is a series of short essays around the theme of silence. Pascal once said, and the quote is to be found in this book, “the problem with man is that his inability to sit in a room in silence for more than 15 minutes“ or something along those lines. What I liked about this book is it it made me think about how much I sometimes crave silence, particularly in the world that is becoming more obsessed by sound and noise all the time. Once upon a time your grandparents might hear Beethoven‘s fifth once in their life, now I can access it every day on a YouTube video on my phone for free. And perhaps in that we lose something. One of the things I truly love is going for a walk, perhaps not to the South Pole like the author, but you can still find your own silence and peace in nature which allows your mind to become free and untethered. And that’s what I got from this book, this book is short but quite profound and philosophical look at why we should strive for more silence in our lives. The audiobook also features sound effects that play on your ears. It made the listen even more rewarding. I also liked the description that sound is movement in air, that obviously we detect with our ears.

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very insightful

short sharp chapters, very thought provoking. even if you only take some of the points away, you will feel better with your own silence

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Listening to this felt like meditation...

It can seem like the ware of a credit on such a short audiobook but it is so worth it. The narration suited the topic and the few sound effects were apt. This is a book to be revisited many times.

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silence it has more meaning behind the word

I was greatly enthralled by this Audible book. had to listen right through. I related to some of the philosophy which is very deep. I thoroughly enjoyed listening.

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A really interesting book about silence

Whilst this doesn’t really offer how to bring silence into your life it does offer a lot of insight into why silence is so important.