Fighting Silence : On the Ropes

  • by Aly Martinez
  • Narrated by Laura Jennings, Carson Beck
  • Series: On the Ropes
  • 8 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it's the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?
I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn't have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn't a single night that I didn't hear her voice.
You see, meeting the love of my life at age 13 was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of 21.
They both happened anyway.
Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting for my career.
Fighting the impending silence.
Fighting for her.
Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.
I think that's the sound I'll miss the most.


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Customer Reviews

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I just couldn't get into it..:(

It was a very cute story but I think the narrator killed it.. I had a hard time getting through it.:(
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- nicole


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I was gifted this audiobook through Audiobook Boom by the author, narrator or publisher for an unbiased review.

Very good story about Till and Eliza's difficult defeat over poverty, family abuse, physical handicap and emotional fear. There's a lot of action and time covered so it's no wonder that there are some blanks. For example, the outcome of the initial confrontation with Till's father and another, the final state of his brother, Flint. I'm going to assume Flint's story is to be continued, and hopefully we'll get some background into their father, as well.

The subject of deafness didn't have the level of acceptance I feel is important. However, the story does focus on the pain of knowing what is lost after having the ability to hear. The deaf society is rich and proud. Sign language and lip reading communicate just as the spoken word with only the inconvenience of few people "speaking" it.

Two Thumbs Up.

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- sheryl beauchemin "Say something about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2015
  • Publisher: Aly Martinez