The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys audiobook

The Fountains of Silence

By Ruta Sepetys
Read by Maite Jáuregui  and various narrators

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12.40 Hours Unabridged
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray comes a gripping, extraordinary portrait of love, silence, and secrets under a Spanish dictatorship. Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming promise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of an oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother's birth through the lens of his camera. Photography--and fate--introduce him to Ana, whose family's interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War--as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel's photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of difficult decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city. Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history's darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence--inspired by the true postwar struggles of Spain. Includes vintage media reports, oral history commentary, photos, and more. Praise for The Fountains of Silence: * "[Sepetys] tells a moving story made even more powerful by its placement in a lesser-known historical moment. Captivating, deft, and illuminating historical fiction." --Booklist, *STARRED REVIEW* * "A stunning novel that exposes modern fascism and elevates human resilience." --Kirkus, *STARRED REVIEW* Read by Maite Jáuregui, with Richard Ferrone, Neil Hellegers, Joshua Kane, Liza Kaplan, and Oliver Wyman, and with an Author’s Note read by the author

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Summary

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray comes a gripping, extraordinary portrait of love, silence, and secrets under a Spanish dictatorship.

Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming promise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of an oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother's birth through the lens of his camera. Photography--and fate--introduce him to Ana, whose family's interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War--as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel's photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of difficult decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history's darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence--inspired by the true postwar struggles of Spain.

Includes vintage media reports, oral history commentary, photos, and more.

Praise for The Fountains of Silence:

* "[Sepetys] tells a moving story made even more powerful by its placement in a lesser-known historical moment. Captivating, deft, and illuminating historical fiction." --Booklist, *STARRED REVIEW*

* "A stunning novel that exposes modern fascism and elevates human resilience." --Kirkus, *STARRED REVIEW*


Read by Maite Jáuregui, with Richard Ferrone, Neil Hellegers, Joshua Kane, Liza Kaplan, and Oliver Wyman, and with an Author’s Note read by the author

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Ruta Sepetys is a master of historical fiction. In Salt to the Sea the hard truths of her herculean research are tempered with effortless, intimate storytelling, as her warm and human characters breathe new life into one of the world's most terrible and neglected tragedies. Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Printz Award Honor Book Code Name Verity
"Readers who enjoy historical fiction will find that Sepetys has once again brought history to life. VOYA
This well-crafted story sheds light on a disturbing chapter of 20th century history. SLJ
“A rich, page-turning story that brings to vivid life a terrifying—and little-known—moment in World War II history. Steve Sheinkin, author of Newbery Honor and National Book Award finalist Bomb
"Brutal. Beautiful. Honest. Sabaa Tahir, New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes
* "Artfully told and sensitively crafted, [this] will leave readers weeping. School Library Journal, starred review
* "This haunting gem of a novel begs to be remembered, and in turn, it tries to remember the thousands of real people its fictional characters represent. What it asks of us is that their memories, and their stories, not be abandoned to the sea. Booklist, starred review
* "Sepetys excels in shining light on lost chapters of history, and this visceral novel proves a memorable testament to strength and resilience in the face of war and cruelty. Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "[A] far-reaching narrative . . . As usual Sepetys has done her homework [and] brings a brutal authenticity. BCCB, *STARRED REVIEW** "In a gut-wrenching YA novel about the terrible destructiveness of secrets untold, master storyteller Ruta Sepetys reveals the dark underbelly of 1950s Spain under dictator Franco.
* "With The Fountains of Silence, Sepetys has once again written gripping historical fiction with great crossover appeal to adult readers, combining impeccable research with sweeping storytelling. BookPage, *STARRED REVIEW*
A staggering tale of love, loss, and national shame. Entertainment Weekly* "[Sepetys] tells a moving story made even more powerful by its placement in a lesser-known historical moment. Captivating, deft, and illuminating historical fiction.
Full of twists and revelations…an excellent story, and timely, too. The Wall Street Journal
Spain under Francisco Franco is as dystopian a setting as Margaret Atwood’s Gilead in Ruta Sepetys’s suspenseful, romantic and timely new work of historical fiction . . . Like [Shakespeare's family romances], 'The Fountains of Silence' speaks truth to power, persuading future rulers to avoid repeating the crimes of the past. The New York Times Book Review
“Brutal. Beautiful. Honest.” Sabaa Tahir, New York Times bestselling author
* "A stunning novel that exposes modern fascism and elevates human resilience. Kirkus, *STARRED REVIEW*
* "Riveting . . . An exemplary work of historical fiction. The Horn Book, *STARRED REVIEW*
* "This richly woven historical fiction . . . will keep young adults as well as adults interested from the first page to the last. SLC, *STARRED REVIEW*
* "This gripping, often haunting historical novel offers a memorable portrait of fascist Spain. Publishers Weekly, *STARRED REVIEW*
“Superbly rendered by Maite Jáuregui and an ensemble cast. With excellent Spanish, Jáuregui—who does not sound like a native English speaker—uses her mesmerizing vocal tones and unhurried pacing to infuse the audiobook with all of its inherent pathos…An extensive author’s note, delivered by the author, rounds out this engrossing production. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Ruta Sepetys

Author Bio: Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. She is the award-winning author of several books of historical fiction and best known for her novel Between Shades of Gray, which was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. Her work is published in over forty-five countries and thirty languages.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 12.40
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English