The Flame Alphabet

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ben Marcus

Narrated By: Andy Paris

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: January 2012

Duration: 11 hours 8 minutes


In THE FLAME ALPHABET, language is toxic to everyone but children. For adults this means no speaking, no reading, no writing, no listening'at least not without severe allergic reaction, depression or crippling pain. In telling the story, Sam, a man whose family has come apart, is literally dying a slow death. It's poisoning him to write the words that we read. The story is set in our time, but that time has been just slightly broken open to accommodate a world where children have all of the power and where adults must shield themselves from language in any way that they can. Marcus's narrative touches on a wide range of interests and issues, including a speculative conception of allergy science, rogue tactics of self-improvement, the trauma that surrounds aphasia, confidence games between excessively powerful children, the future of writing as a technology and cruelty within families. The novel is part satire and lament, dystopian fantasy and family tragedy.


Flame Alphabet

by Ben Marcus

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Flame Alphabet, Ben Marcus