The Speed of Sound Audiobook by Eric Bernt [Free Download by Trial]

1 Square2 Squares3 Squares4 Squares5 Squares (82 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

The Speed of Sound: Speed of Sound Thrillers, Book 1 by Eric Bernt

The readers can download The Speed of Sound: Speed of Sound Thrillers, Book 1 Audiobook for free via Audible Free Trial.


The Speed of Sound by Eric Bernt is a science fiction thriller novel. The plot starts with Harmony House which is akin to a special place for special people. It is a place where high intelligence autistic people come to harness their skills and talents for producing something beneficial to the society and mankind. Dr. Skylar Drummond a psychologist at the peak of her career occupies an important position in the Harmony House. Eddie Parks one of the residents of the Harmony House is a genius.

Living in the Harmony House, he is protected from the outside world and he has the time and potential to create something which will benefit the society. He does just that and creates a device called ‘echo box.’ The device is linked to a computer and can read minuscule ripples in the wall to recreate sounds recorded by the previous occupants. The unbelievable discovery has the potential to record past conversations.

Eddie created the echo box for hearing his mother’s voice, but he has no idea that his discovery has significant repercussions and threat to national security. The US government wants to stop this technology at all costs. Many other government agencies and intelligence agencies are in the race to acquire the technology as it will give them unparalleled advantage in intelligence and surveillance.

After some time the truth dawns on Eddie and Dr. Skylar Drummond about the true nature and significance of Eddie’s invention. Eddie gets drawn in and tangled with these intelligence agencies as they are after him for his invention. Dr. Drummond risks everything and takes Eddie on the run from these agencies.


The Speed of Sound by Eric Bernt was billed as a propulsive thriller and starts off with lots of promise. The plot is compact and futuristic. The editing though could have been better. The book has lots of chapters- 114 chapters which makes it inconvenient to read.

The main characters have been fleshed out well by the author. The plot is fast moving and has plenty of action to keep the readers engaged and interested till the end. Overall, the novel is a fun read and a recommended one-time read.


  • This gripping thriller revolves around a brilliant individual with Asperger's syndrome and his groundbreaking creation. It combines elements of a character-driven exploration and an adrenaline-fueled pursuit. Once I got through the initial three hours, I was completely engrossed and couldn't tear myself away until the story reached its gratifying resolution. While there were a few unresolved aspects, the overall narrative made the journey well worthwhile.
  • This audiobook delves into the fascinating world of high-functioning autistics, providing an insightful and fictional yet enlightening perspective on their coping strategies and personal experiences.
  • Out of all the 131 books I've read, this is the first one I'm reviewing. I have no clue how I stumbled upon this book, but let me tell you, it blew me away. It was definitely worth every penny!
  • I absolutely loved this book! It had me hooked from start to finish with its captivating storyline and well-developed characters. The level of entertainment it provided was top-notch, and I must say, the narrator did an outstanding job bringing the story to life. Bravo, indeed!
  • The story itself is not groundbreaking, but the characters are generally likable. I had a bit of trouble with the way some of the dialogue was delivered, as it was either monotone and robotic or overly paranoid and exaggerated most of the time.
  • The storyline of 'The Speed of Sound: Speed of Sound Thrillers, Book 1' moved at a slow pace, focusing excessively on minute details rather than progressing the plot. An example of this was during a life-threatening situation, where the author provided a detailed description of how bird seed was stacked. This type of irrelevant conversation was present throughout the book. The darker and more explicit aspects of the story received significant attention. The author went into great detail about the impact of a bullet passing through a person, the time it takes for someone to die when their lungs fill with blood, and the dismemberment of body parts. The book emphasized the almost extraordinary skills and abilities of various intelligence networks. However, these intelligence agents fell for the most basic tricks. A prime example of this was when skilled agents were deceived by quietly whispering to one another, or when the main characters acted in a way that fooled a highly trained operative. Actual intelligence officers would be vigilant against such tactics and wouldn't be so easily fooled. Another instance was when operatives placed suspects alone in a room to talk without being overheard. The standard practice would be to separate suspects or at least bug the room for surveillance. This issue was exacerbated by the excessive focus on the operatives' almost superhuman skills. Moreover, the scientific aspect of the book was mostly fictional, with only a slight hint of theory. In conclusion, the story could have been effectively conveyed in just ten well-written chapters. The one redeeming aspect of the book was Eddie, the handicapped main character. His dialogue and thought processes were skillfully written. If you're seeking a good read, I would recommend 'Off To Be The Wizard'. It's definitely worth your time.
  • The concept is really awesome. However, it lacks thorough research, resulting in numerous unresolved matters and lingering questions. If you're a fan of technical thrillers, you might find this disappointing because the explanation of the echo box idea is inadequate and underutilized throughout the story. Instead, the focus is primarily on government, secrets, and the race to possess that technology. It's quite a letdown. On the bright side, the narrator did an outstanding job.
  • The Speed of Sound: Speed of Sound Thrillers, Book 1 is an incredibly original tale that captivates readers with its intriguing characters. The protagonist, Eddie, is an absolute thrill to follow! I can't get enough of this gripping story and I eagerly yearn for more!
  • I absolutely adored this book! The way the characters were brought to life was absolutely outstanding. The author truly captured the unique perspective of individuals with ASD and their distinctive way of perceiving and engaging with the world.
  • The 25 best thriller books of the summer This summer’s packed with suspense. Buckle up and enjoy a sensational ride. “The Speed of Sound (Speed of Sound Thrillers)” (Thomas & Mercer) by Eric Bernt, out now An autistic savant’s talent for “acoustic archeology” — the ability t…
  • One I picked up from NetGalley. Speed of Sound by Eric Bernt. Sort of like a sci-fi thriller, but not really that heavy on the sci-fi. Nearly finished and will likely review next week. But very enjoyable so far. Glad you've got your blog sorted!!
  • Looks like we have another name to add to the list: Eric Bernt (The Hitcher, Surviving the Game, Virtuousity, Surviving the Game, Z Nation) has released his debut novel entitled The Speed of Sound.