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Silence of Centerville [Kindle Edition]

Buzz Malone
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Little Frankie Schantz emerged into a near perfect life in Centerville, Iowa. He believed that his life would always be so. He was wrong. Everything would change in the summer of 1945 when meningitis would leave him permanently deaf. In Silence of Centerville, Frank Schantz looks back across the rocky landscape of his life and delivers his own story from the perspective of an aging deaf man. As a boy, Frankie would endure the ostracism and loneliness that plagued so many deaf Americans during their darkest era. Over the course of decades, Frank would discover that nothing in life, not even the harshest of times, can last forever.

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About the Author

Buzz Malone is an independent author from Southern Iowa. His dramatic tales touch hearts and inspire memories. For Buzz, writing is all about causing the reader to feel something for the characters and the story. It's about that connection between the reader and the writer, and the characters in between that bind them together. Even now, he is probably at his farmhouse in Southern Iowa, writing, editing, and waiting to hear from you. "Writing is a wonder. Having someone read and appreciate what you've written is a miracle. It is always a miracle, every time that it happens. I hope that you'll consider experiencing that miracle with me and reading the story of Frank Schantz in Silence of Centerville." -Buzz-

Product Details

  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466437588
  • Publisher: Buzz Malone Books; 2 edition (October 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005W33CPK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, eloquent and perceptive February 1, 2012
By Rowanna
This is not just a book, it's a complete sensory experience. Not the sort of book you want to be reading if, like me, you are used to gobbling down books, giving a satisfied belch every couple of chapters. Nor is it the sort of book you should attempt to sit down and read in one sitting. That's not to say it's not a page turner, just that if you do attempt to read it that way, your poor brain will quickly become overloaded with an explosion of images, scents and finely drawn characters that leap off the page and take up residence in your lounge for the duration of each sitting. It does get pretty crowded on my sofa.

No dear reader, this is a book to be swirled, sipped and savoured like an extremely fine wine. So you will need to switch off the phone and tv, shut down your laptop and tell your friends you won't be tweeting for at least an hour. Accord this book the respect it deserves; do it in style with a large glass of something tasty, a few nibbles and a large box of Kleenex, just in case.

Breathe deeply, open the page and immerse yourself in the sheer musicality of Frank's voice. As I read, in my head, the words appeared in an elegant hand, grown spidery with the onset of arthritis. Slowly, I shake off the cares of the day and allow myself to be teased into Frank's world where I luxuriate in the sinuous, sensual dance that sings to my blood just as loudly as my sword and trusty steed normally do.

This is not just a gripping tale, a fast-paced romp through blurring settings with pencil-sketched characters on a mission to do something awfully exciting for a few hundred pages. To experience SILENCE OF CENTERVILLE properly, you must submit yourself to the writer's mastery of the journey - sit back and enjoy. Who cares how much farther it is, I'm not sure I even want to get there.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silence of Centerville January 29, 2012
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This book is a wonderful surprise. It is a well written, insightful look at the joys and agonies of being different in 1950s small town Iowa. The story is well paced and pulls you along, needing to know what happens next. There are a couple, not mispellings, but rather use of the wrong word in a well worn phrase such as "You've got another thing (sic) coming" instead of "think". I'm so glad I read it. Deb
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take me to Centerville, please. April 13, 2013
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Silence of Centerville by Buzz Malone, a southern Iowa writer, is quite a good read. Frank Schantz grows up a small town boy isolated in every way imaginable by the illness that leaves him deaf in the 1950s, when deafness in some parts of the country was treated as a contagious disease contracted only by the stupid. Frank grows up almost losing his optimism about life along with his love of books when he loses his father and he and his mother sink into depression. Mary, a war widow in his town, reawakens his spirit for life and love, just as it appears he's destined to lose her forever. Along the way I was moved to tears, frightened for Frank's fate, and proud to be a human being. Chapter 18 was not the only Kleenex chapter. As with all books I fall in love with, I didn't want the story to end. Frank and his world in Centerville, Iowa are described with such touching realism, I had to Google Map it, and I found myself wondering how much a plane ticket to Iowa would cost, and whether I could friend Frank on Facebook. He's not there, but if I did go to Centerville I would definitely look for him in the town square, or on the blue bench, or standing where the ancient oak tree was struck by lightening and had to be cut down. I hope this is not the last of Frank Schantz we'll hear from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buzz Malone Strikes Again! July 2, 2012
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This is the second novel of his I have read, and he does not disappoint. He has a knack for creating such heartbreakingly sympathetic characters. As with Ghosts of Melrose, tragedy upon tragedy befell the central character, and just when it seems the situation has become hopeless, Mr. Malone pulls off a thoroughly heartwarming ending. The cynic in me might be tempted to say he goes over the top at the end, but the feel-good ending is far too pleasant to allow room for cynicism.

The only thing that did bother me is that the end of the novel repeated entire passages from the prologe. Pick a place for them, beginning or end, or better yet, re-write the passage to make a better fit at the beginning or ending of the novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silence of Centerville April 13, 2013
Buzz Malone edited out the mistakes from the earlier edition, so I have changed the rating from 4 stars to 5.

Beginning with a touching prologue, Malone takes his readers on a heartfelt journey of a boy's pain, sprinkled with provocative messages that makes one stop to ponder along the way.

The book opens with an elderly man sharing the feeling of darkness in his soul caused by the silent world he has inhabited ever since he went deaf as a young boy.

This aspiring author accomplished something magical. He went beyond "hooking" me from the beginning. He tugged at my soul and led me over the reader's threshold and placed me right into the world of Frank Schantz. I love it when I get lost in a book and it all seems so real. Buzz Malone created that kind of story.

"It's horrible to go through the world that way knowing the limitations of the life you are living. It is as if you are stranded on a desert isle in the ocean where you know that no ships will ever sail and no planes will ever fly. What's worse, is I knew it would never get any better." Frank's words, as the story opens, touched my heart. I knew I was about to read something sad and not so certain that I was up to it.

It was the final line of the Prelude when Frank said, "The funny thing is, though, everything I thought I knew then...was wrong" that I knew it must be a story of hope.

Just a note here as to the reason for the 4 stars instead of 5. There are some editing errors in a few places of the book. Mr. Malone is already aware of this and has expressed the fact that he is, not regrettably, human and makes mistakes as humans and authors are known to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. Coming of age for a special needs ...
Good read. Coming of age for a special needs person.
Published 14 days ago by John Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Silence of Centerville
I enjoyed this book immensely. It was heartfelt, inspiring and knowledgeable. Men as wonderful as Frank are few and far in between. I mean that sincerely.
Published 6 months ago by Pam Metropolis
5.0 out of 5 stars Silence of Centerville
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great story with a happy ending! :) I was born and raised in Chariton, Iowa - it was easy to relate to growing up in a small town.
Published 7 months ago by Kerry B.
5.0 out of 5 stars To build a dream
Sensitive and true. What a great book to indulge yourself with on a cosy weekend. I really do not like overly sentimental books, or romantic books, I like a really good book with... Read more
Published 8 months ago by shazartist
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome read
read the book entirely in one day, could not put it down. I had a full range of emotion while reading, it was really good!!!
Published 9 months ago by ed dooley
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab the tissues before you read!!
I'm losing my hearing and have gone through the feelings feeling like a dummy because I don't hear what people say or answer wrong because I can't hear. It's very difficult. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!
I couldn't put my kindle down long and keep it off.
A must read-Frank is a character to get know!
Published 15 months ago by Christy J. Santo
5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Portrait of Deafness: The Silence of Centerville
Author BUZZ MALONE creates a very moving and warm portrait of Frankie Schantz, a young deaf boy in the 1940s American Midwest. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Chaunce Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars Love even through challenges .
This book gave unique insight to the experience for the deaf. It teaches us to be more inclusive of that community. A true love story I could put it down!
Published 16 months ago by Merry Zavala
5.0 out of 5 stars Silence of Centerville
Buzz Malone is a masterful storyteller. I found myself immersed in the central character's world, feeling his joy, his pain, his despair and, ultimately, his restored faith in... Read more
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More About the Author

Buzz Malone was raised in the slow rolling Southern Iowa hills where both sides of his family have lived for generations. As a child he listened in wonder and amazement at the oral histories of the people and places that surrounded him. Now, through his own fictional accounts, he gives voice to those long forgotten stories in his works of historical literary fiction.

"I wrote my first novel at the age of seven," claims author Buzz Malone.
"However upon review, it turned out to be eerily similar to the plot and story line of star wars, but with a guy named 'Jim' instead of 'Luke'. Now, some thirty years later I am still stealing the best of bits and pieces of oral histories and Iowa events, and attempting to breathe new life into them.

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