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The Monster She Wrote Podcast

May 3, 2022

Octavia Butler’s “Speech Sounds” imagines a world that has been ravaged by a disease. The illness ravages the brain especially, attacking the ability to process and use language. For our protagonist, who used to be a history professor, losing the ability to read and write has hit especially hard.

Recommended in this episode: Ruth Ware audiobooks and Outer Range

NEXT UP: “Harry” by Rosemary Timperley 

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Our social media is @MonsterWrote on Twitter and Instagram. Our email is This episode was produced and researched by Lisa and Mel. Theme music is “Misconception” by Nicolas Gasparini, used with permission.