Silent Tears

  • by Kay Bratt
  • Narrated by Shannon McManus
  • 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When her family relocated to rural China in 2003, Kay Bratt was thrust into a new world, one where boys were considered more valuable than girls and poverty and the one-child policy had created an epidemic of abandoned infants. As a volunteer at a local orphanage, Bratt witnessed conditions that were unfathomable to a middle-class mother of two from South Carolina.
Based on Bratt’s diary of her four years at the orphanage, Silent Tears offers a searing account of young lives rendered disposable. In the face of an implacable system, Bratt found ways to work within (and around) the rules to make a better future for the children, whom she came to love. The book offers no easy answers.
While often painful in its clear-sightedness, Silent Tears balances the sadness and struggles of life in the orphanage with moments of joy, optimism, faith, and victory. It is the story of hundreds of children - and of one woman who never planned on becoming a hero but became one anyway.

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On one hand, as a book itself, it is compulsively readable, but as an audiobook, it doesn't quite work. It is entirely centered around a journal, which doesn't translate into good audio. I found my mind wandering while I was trying to focus, which is a tragedy, because this book - as a book - is a good read!

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- Daryl

Very informative and enjoyable

I felt that this was probably an accurate explanation of Ms. Bratt's experience. I came to love the kids and the other volunteers. I loved hearing about her travels through China. It was great finding out how the adopted children were faring in America.

I know this volunteer work was tremendously stressful and I appreciate her efforts, just as do all the people whose lives she has changed through the years. If you love kids, you'll probably enjoy this book.

The performer was good, but a little slow. I put it on 1.25 speed just because I am impatient with such deliberate readers.
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- Summergift

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio