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Silent Voices Audiobook

Silent Voices

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Publisher's Summary

When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if she's uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals ligature marks around the victim's throat...Vera pulls her team together and sets them interviewing those connected to the victim, while she and colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth, work to find a motive. And when they discover that the victim had worked in social services, and had been involved in a shocking case involving a young child, then it appears obvious that the two are somehow connected. Though things are never as they seem...

©2011 Ann Cleeves (P)2011 Soundings

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    Emma SKIPTON, United Kingdom 08/07/2011
    Emma SKIPTON, United Kingdom 08/07/2011
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    "Brilliant Narration!"

    I loved the fact that this book was read by a Geordie. It was perfect!
    The story wasn't filled with car chases and gun shots or superfit tanned and toned hunks....It had really believable characters based around Tyneside.
    The main detective is an overweight and lonely forty-something woman with her own troubles, past and present. But I liked her, even though she sounded like a real pain to have as a boss!!

    Maybe there happened to be a few too many amazing coincidences for the plot to be believed..... but it held my attention all the way through.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gill Cross, Abridge, United Kingdom 17/05/2011
    Gill Cross, Abridge, United Kingdom 17/05/2011
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    "Oneof the best audiobooks I've heard"

    Far too many audiobooks are spoiled by poor or inappropriate narration. This was really excellent. The story was totally absorbing and beautifully read - what a treat!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joy 16/05/2011
    Joy 16/05/2011
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    "Beautifully written and beautifully read"

    This book set in my native Northumberland is a wonderful listen. The story is absorbing and poignant, dealing with the consequences of errors of judgement by ordinary people in difficult situations that continue to haunt them. Having just given up on another book because the geordie accent was unbearable I have to say this narration was first rate, one of the best I have heard

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia scunthorpe, United Kingdom 21/04/2014
    Patricia scunthorpe, United Kingdom 21/04/2014 Member Since 2016

    I tend to use audible like you would use a book shop. I browse most days and delight in finding a new author or series of books.

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    "VERA is very enjoyable"

    I loved listening to this book. I loved it so much that as soon as I finished it I downloaded another Vera story and preordered the new book that comes out in May. The narrator was excellent and I kept visualising Brenda Blethyn who I now realise plays the part of Vera excellently and portrays the author's character to a T. A very good listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    mollyeyre 27/04/2014
    mollyeyre 27/04/2014
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    "Good listening overall"

    I have only recently discovered Ann Cleeves, and have enjoyed this book. I found Inspector Stanhope to be a bit unbelievable as a character, it is unlikely that a slovenly overweight bully of a woman would reach such a level in her career, but despite this the story was good, well woven and kept me guessing. I liked the gentle Northumbrian accent of the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Pulham Market, United Kingdom 19/06/2014
    Joanne Pulham Market, United Kingdom 19/06/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "I had no idea this was a tv show"

    Downloaded it because it looked interesting, it was only later that I realized it was a tv show. Really can't see how TV can do justice to such a superb narrative, certainly won't be watching VERA on TV but will be searching out more books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terri London 12/06/2014
    Terri London 12/06/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Fabulously easy to listen to"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes!
    Found the narration easy to listen to and quite soothing (must be that northern accent!)
    The story line was interesting with enough detail to paint vivid images in the mind but not too overly complicated, making it the perfect bed time book!


    What does Charlie Hardwick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Accent relevant to the setting of the book, making it more realistic. It was as if someone who had actually been there was retelling the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer JARROW, United Kingdom 25/05/2014
    Amazon Customer JARROW, United Kingdom 25/05/2014 Member Since 2015
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    "Good read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Much better than TV series.


    What other book might you compare Silent Voices to, and why?

    inspector london books


    Which character – as performed by Charlie Hardwick – was your favourite?

    Vera


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

    Smile at the description of the country side and grin about the gym


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi 11/05/2014
    Heidi 11/05/2014
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    "brilliant. gripping and wonderful listening"
    Where does Silent Voices rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top 10


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The cottage


    Any additional comments?

    If you love the tv programme Vera, then turn the tv off and listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer HOCKLEY, United Kingdom 12/09/2012
    Amazon Customer HOCKLEY, United Kingdom 12/09/2012

    Sue With A View

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    "Excellent!!"

    Very well put together mystery and excellent reading by Charlie Hardwick (well done - you brought Vera to life). Will definitely buy another Ann Cleeves book now.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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