Silent Child

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By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

Joanne Froggatt đź’•

I rarely find a book I really like on Audible. Narration is a huge thing. Joanne Froggatt was simple AMAZING. I loved her on Downton Abbey. That said, her telling of the story was a beyond plus.

I love Gone Girl (like most people) and Karin Slaughter and Mary Kubica (who has seemed to drop off a bit just like B.A. Paris. However, I love a suspense book. Love.

I really liked this book. It did keep me guessing and normally most books put it out there from the beginning who the bad guy is, but tell you the story surrounding it. This book did keep me thinking...but wait, it's not that person? Wait? So it is a very good book and I'm stingy in my recommendations. I get bored easily and I like twisty books.

Would I have liked the book enough to read it? Yes, but the narration was off the charts great.

I highly recommend this book if you like suspense. I've been a bit bored with my Audible picks lately thinking if I read them, I probably could finish them. Good narration keeps me hanging on and bad narration just makes me mad. How do some of these people get hired?

Book...yes. doubt. Amazing. A+++++++

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By Kerianne E. on 09-21-17

Good in-between-books book

I had no idea what to listen to next and chose this one based on star ratings and amount of reviewers. It was a good book to fill the space with after a string of comedies I had listened to.

Very early on in this book, in the first few chapters, I suspected something about a character and I was half right. There is also a twist of sorts that I didn't guess at all. It wasn't gripping exactly, but I did want to know whodunit. If you're into these types of stories - "psychological thrillers" - then it will at least have you wanting to know what happens next.

The narrator did a really great job emoting for each character and making you really feel the frustrations of the characters. Though I believe the volume/mix could have been better uniformed so that when she yelled it wasn't so loud that I had to turn it down and when she whispered it wasn't so quiet I had to turn it up.

My only real critiques of this book are that there is a character in the end that (I think) deserved WAY worse and it was frustrating to not see better justice done, and the story itself could have been a tad stronger. Wish I understood what is making me feel that way but I'm not sure, so maybe take that with a grain of salt. But like I said, the author did have me wanting to know how it ended and I did look forward to driving so I could finish it.

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By Kathy on 09-12-17

Silent Child Swept Me Away For Two Days

I found this audiobook engrossing. The author took me places I did not expect or wish to go, and she worried me that I would not be able to sustain my interest--but I certainly did.

In short, a young child, Aiden Price, age six, disappears from his school after a terrible rainstorm. Ten years later he is found wandering the woods nearby. He is reunited with his mother but apparently due to sustained trauma, refuses to speak or provide any information about his captor or where he had been for the ten years.

I don't want to give away any more information. I just want to add that if the subject interests you, get the book and set aside plenty of listening time. You have nothing to lose and lots to enjoy.

The narrator does a bang-up job portraying Aiden's mother. If you were a fan of Downton Abbey, you will recognize her voice immediately--I promise you.

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By baythedog on 09-14-17

Could not stop listening!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Loved every second of it. I wanted it to go on longer even after the exciting conclusion! The characters are well written, the suspense starts from the get-go, and builds and builds throughout. There are many twists and turns, keeping you on your toes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aiden who has been through hell as a child, who has so much pain and hurt locked up inside him, unable to express himself.
Rob, the ex husband who turns out toby the most faithful, loving and protective of all the characters.

What does Joanne Froggatt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I actually chose the book because of her narration and was not disappointed. I loved her in Downton Abbey and she is an amazing narrator. Unlike most others I have heard, who read the book, with some inflections and "voices" here and there, Joanne acts it. She has so much meaning in her voice you can almost see her acting the part in a movie. Her voices and accents are natural and not forced, and she puts huge amount of feeling into every sentence.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending, the ending, the ending!! Can't give it away. But one spoken sentence has never moved me so much!

Any additional comments?

Read it. It will not disappoint!

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By debra on 09-06-17

Edge of my seat the whole way!

Would you consider the audio edition of Silent Child to be better than the print version?

Yes. The narrator kept the tension tight. I could not stop listening.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was her missing son.

Have you listened to any of Joanne Froggatt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, this is my second book and I appreciate her ability to weave a story that includes wonderful visual imagery woven through the storyline.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was scared for her son, scared for her, and aware of the danger of judging others, which seems to be a running theme in this book.

Any additional comments?

Red this book, or listen to this book... it will stick in your mind. Days later you will wonder what's happening in the lives of her characters.

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By Lindsay on 09-06-17

Couldn't stop listening!

Wow. Not only did I stay up WAY too late to finish this, but I also called my husband every few hours to bring him up to speed on what had happened. He got just as caught up as I did! Also, probably best narrator I've ever heard. Phenomenal all around!

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