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Speak - A Novel

Louisa Hall

A thoughtful, poignant novel that explores the creation of Artificial Intelligence—illuminating the very human need for communication, connection, and understanding. In a narrative that spans geography and time, from the Atlantic Ocean in the seventeenth century, to a correctional institute in Texas in the near future, and told from the perspectives of five very different characters, Speak considers what it means to be human, and what it means to be less than fully alive. A young Puritan woman travels to the New World with her unwanted new husband. Alan Turing, the renowned mathematician and code breaker, writes letters to his best friend’s mother. A Jewish refugee and professor of computer science struggles to reconnect with his increasingly detached wife. An isolated and traumatized young girl exchanges messages with an intelligent software program. A former Silicon Valley Wunderkind is imprisoned for creating illegal lifelike dolls. Each of these characters is attempting to communicate across gaps—to estranged spouses, lost friends, future readers, or a computer program that may or may not understand them. In dazzling and electrifying prose, Louisa Hall explores how the chasm between computer and human—shrinking rapidly with today’s technological advances—echoes the gaps that exist between ordinary people. Though each speaks from a distinct place and moment in time, all five characters share the need to express themselves while simultaneously wondering if they will ever be heard, or understood.

A thoughtful, poignant novel that explores the creation of Artificial Intelligence—illuminating the very human need for communication, connection, and understanding. In a narrative that spans geography and time, from the Atlantic Ocean in the seventeenth century, to a correctional institute in Texas in the near future, and told from the perspectives of five very different characters, Speak considers what it means to be human, and what it means to be less than fully alive. A young Puritan woman travels to the New World with her unwanted new husband. Alan Turing, the renowned mathematician and code breaker, writes letters to his best friend’s mother. A Jewish refugee and professor of computer science struggles to reconnect with his increasingly detached wife. An isolated and traumatized young girl exchanges messages with an intelligent software program. A former Silicon Valley Wunderkind is imprisoned for creating illegal lifelike dolls. Each of these characters is attempting to communicate across gaps—to estranged spouses, lost friends, future readers, or a computer program that may or may not understand them. In dazzling and electrifying prose, Louisa Hall explores how the chasm between computer and human—shrinking rapidly with today’s technological advances—echoes the gaps that exist between ordinary people. Though each speaks from a distinct place and moment in time, all five characters share the need to express themselves while simultaneously wondering if they will ever be heard, or understood.
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A thoughtful, poignant novel that explores the creation of Artificial Intelligence—illuminating the very human need for communication, connection, and understanding. In a narrative that spans geography and time, from the Atlantic Ocean in the seventeenth century, to a correctional institute in Texas in the near future, and told from the perspectives of five very different characters, Speak considers what it means to be human, and what it means to be less than fully alive. A young Puritan woman travels to the New World with her unwanted new husband. Alan Turing, the renowned mathematician and code breaker, writes letters to his best friend’s mother. A Jewish refugee and professor of computer science struggles to reconnect with his increasingly detached wife. An isolated and traumatized young girl exchanges messages with an intelligent software program. A former Silicon Valley Wunderkind is imprisoned for creating illegal lifelike dolls. Each of these characters is attempting to communicate across gaps—to estranged spouses, lost friends, future readers, or a computer program that may or may not understand them. In dazzling and electrifying prose, Louisa Hall explores how the chasm between computer and human—shrinking rapidly with today’s technological advances—echoes the gaps that exist between ordinary people. Though each speaks from a distinct place and moment in time, all five characters share the need to express themselves while simultaneously wondering if they will ever be heard, or understood.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adrienne Rusk, Joe Ochman, Bill Jurney, Christopher Ashman, Jennifer Page, Suzan Crowley

Length:

8h 18m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

06:09


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

13:09


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

10:59


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

17:34


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

08:30


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

09:53


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

11:35


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

11:07


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

12:06


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

06:33


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

11:49


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

03:45


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

07:03


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

07:53


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

09:16


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

07:35


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

12:45


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

02:16


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

09:45


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

07:10


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

05:34


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

03:47


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

09:29


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

04:04


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

17:47


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

07:23


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

08:22


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

14:42


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

04:53


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

06:21


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

05:34


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

08:41


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

03:17


Part 4, Chapter 33
Part 4, Chapter 33

10:46


Part 4, Chapter 34
Part 4, Chapter 34

06:00


Part 4, Chapter 35
Part 4, Chapter 35

16:35


Part 4, Chapter 36
Part 4, Chapter 36

02:52


Part 4, Chapter 37
Part 4, Chapter 37

15:21


Part 4, Chapter 38
Part 4, Chapter 38

12:21


Part 4, Chapter 39
Part 4, Chapter 39

14:02


Part 4, Chapter 40
Part 4, Chapter 40

06:52


Part 4, Chapter 41
Part 4, Chapter 41

07:46


Part 4, Chapter 42
Part 4, Chapter 42

03:04


Part 5, Chapter 43
Part 5, Chapter 43

13:46


Part 5, Chapter 44
Part 5, Chapter 44

19:07


Part 5, Chapter 45
Part 5, Chapter 45

03:13


Part 5, Chapter 46
Part 5, Chapter 46

06:22


Part 5, Chapter 47
Part 5, Chapter 47

26:57


Part 5, Chapter 48
Part 5, Chapter 48

16:30


Part 5, Chapter 49
Part 5, Chapter 49

04:15


Part 5, Chapter 50
Part 5, Chapter 50

16:50


Part 5, Chapter 51
Part 5, Chapter 51

05:56


Part 5, Chapter 52
Part 5, Chapter 52

02:06


Part 5, Chapter 53
Part 5, Chapter 53

01:09