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Publisher's Summary

On a sunny day in July, Clare Prentice arrives in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Although she is on assignment to interview the town's notoriously reclusive novelist Nate Hanssen, Clare is really in search of a different story - her story. Just months before, Clare was a bride-to-be, living in Chicago and looking to the future - until the day she learned her entire life had been a lie. Not only was Clare adopted, but there is no record that she or her adoptive mother ever existed. The only clue is a class ring from Grand Rapids Senior High School.
Unable to get on with her future until she reconciles her past, Clare breaks off her engagement. Unraveling the mystery is like trying to sculpt fog - until the first piece of the puzzle unexpectedly drops into place: Clare's birth mother, Lily Gundersen, was murdered in Grand Rapids. Lily's murder was one of the most talked-about events in the town's history, but no one is talking now. Clare doesn't know the whole story - and someone intends to keep it that way.
©2008 Martha Powers (P)2012 Martha Powers
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3 out of 5 stars
By Janice on 05-09-12

Terrible Narrator

Would you try another book from Martha Powers and/or Becky Boyd?


Would you ever listen to anything by Martha Powers again?

Probably not.

What didn’t you like about Becky Boyd’s performance?

Amatuerish and monotone.

Was Conspiracy of Silence worth the listening time?


Any additional comments?

I am impatient with filler material. I don't know if there is some minimum goal of words/pages for a novel, but this book had so many useless details, ie. she got out of the shower, grabbed a towel, looked in the mirror, dried herself, hung the towel on the rod, walked to the closet, etc., that I wanted to seriously edit the thing!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Wesley on 03-19-12

This is the worst narrator I have ever heard

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator. She did not change her voice at all for the different characters. Most of the time, I couldn't tell who was talking, they all sounded the same. It made it difficult to follow the story.

Has Conspiracy of Silence turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I will never listen to anything done by Becky Boyd again.

How could the performance have been better?

It is a shame for the book, because it might have been a good story, but the narrator just murdered it. I couldn't finish it because I could not stand her voice. It was flat, no intonation or emotion put into it at all. I can't believe someone actually paid her to read it.

Any additional comments?

I am sorry that I wasted a credit on this audiobook. People should be warned about this narrator.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mrs W. on 04-30-12

Too slow

I cannot enjoy the book because the narrator speaks too slowly. The pondorous style is annoying and the pauses between chapters makes me check that my i pod is still working!

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