"Against the cacophony that pervades our lives, novelist LeClaire (The Lavender Hour) offers a persuasive antidote: silence.... LeClaire's prose is colloquial, friendly and familiar, and the book is as much memoir as it is inspiration."
- Publishers Weekly
"...a luminous new memoir.."
- NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
"Elequent and moving... Althought technically a memoir, this book moves beyond that genre into spirituality and philosophy. LeClaire's reputation as a novelist may draw readers to this lovely book which should also have crossover appeal to spiritual seekers of any religion and no religion."
"..her story is fascinating to read, and it's driven by marvelous writing throughout. Overall, this is a vivid and significant book, full of insight and inspiration."
- Readers Digest
"Listening Below the Noise is a refreshing and important book for an age in which people increasingly tend to avoid silence..."
"In Listening Below the Noise, Cape Cod writer Anne D. LeClaire leads us gently and persuasively through her inspirational experience with the healing power of silence."
- The Hartford Courant
"quietly reflective and beautiful book..."
- Cape Women
"In Listening Below the Noise, Anne D. LeClaire illuminates the treasures that can be found in the practice of silence. But the book does much, much more. It offers readers the possibility of finding grace and peace in the natural world and in ourselves. Elegant and honest, Listening Below the Noise is one of those rare books that finds its way into our hearts, and stays there, working its magic again and again."
- Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle
"What a hunger I have for the practice of silence, for a dialing down, for unplugging! This beautiful book is a primer on how to begin, and a glimpse of the deep rewards. Anne LeClaire is the loveliest of teachers."
- Jane Hamilton, author of Map of the World and Laura Ryder's Masterpiece
"Anne LeClaire gently leads us out of shallow cultural waters and shows us the art of swimming in an ocean of silence. Her words have a buoyancy that emboldens us to kick our legs, to blow bubbles, and to glide reverently into the great and wondrous unknown."
- Christopher M. Leighton, Executive Director The Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, Baltimore, MD
"This is a book that heals the soul, a classic like Gift from the Sea. It left me spellbound and stunned by its power."
- Luanne Rice, author of Light of the Moon and What Matters Most