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The Weight of Silence Audiobook

The Weight of Silence

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Publisher's Summary

It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler. Calli's mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter's voice.

Petra Gregory is Calli's best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered.

Desperate to find his child, Martin Gregory is forced to confront a side of himself he did not know existed beneath his intellectual, professorial demeanor.

Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

©2009 Heather Gudenkauf; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Edgar Award Finalist, Best First Novel, 2010

"Every so often you get really lucky, and a book comes along that just knocks your socks off: an absorbing, engrossing, suspenseful read that you just want to keep paging through, a novel that feels a lot like running downhill - fast and a little breathless - until it all winds down and wraps up. The Weight of Silence is exactly this kind of book.... Jodi Picoult has some serious competition in Heather Gudenkauf. [She is] an author to watch.” (Bookreporter.com)

"Deeply moving and exquisitely lyrical, this is a powerhouse of a debut novel. Heather Gudenkauf is one of those rare writers who can tell a tale with the skill of a poet while simultaneously cranking up the suspense until it's unbearable." (Tess Gerritsen)

"Gudenkauf moves the story forward at a fast clip and is adept at building tension. There's a particular darkness to her heartland, rife as it is with predators and the walking wounded, and her unsentimental take on the milieu manages to find some hope without being maudlin." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Laura KINGWOOD, TX, United States 04-22-15
    Laura KINGWOOD, TX, United States 04-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Average suspense thriller"
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    I almost stopped listening early on when the hints of child sexual abuse made me very uncomfortable. The subject matter is tastefully handled and I enjoyed the book overall, but it isn't one I would highly recommend -- the underlying themes were disturbing to me.

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    Alene L. Wesner Kansas City, MO United States 04-11-15
    Alene L. Wesner Kansas City, MO United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Excellent!"

    Excellent performance of an excellent book! Did not expect the outcome of this wonderful story! A great whodunit narrated by a fantastic cast!

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    Amy Pittsburgh, PA, United States 04-08-15
    Amy Pittsburgh, PA, United States 04-08-15 Member Since 2007
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    "sappy and poorly written"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    more subtle writing and narration


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    haven't finished it yet


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    NO. Way over-acted. She changes her tone several times within sentences! So sappy


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    writing is amateurish

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    MJ Hollywood, MD, United States 04-07-15
    MJ Hollywood, MD, United States 04-07-15

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    "Predictable"
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    Interesting story for most of the book, but then became predictable in a way to tie all the loose ends up. The narration, although good, made the going slow with the narrators individually giving different points of view from the characters. Would suggest waiting for this title to go on sale instead of using a credit for it.

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    aletha 04-07-15
    aletha 04-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    I just wanted it to end. Horrible story horrible story telling! Don't waste your money. if this were written by a 16 yr old with a limited imagination I could see that.

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    klsoltis 03-29-15
    klsoltis 03-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Very well done!"

    I just loved the voice of Callie...spot on! I would recommend this book. It ended just as I hoped.

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    Sharon United States 03-25-15
    Sharon United States 03-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautifully written!"

    I love how the author gives you a picture of all of the characters' view points, instead of just one. It really makes the story 3-dimensional. I don't know if she does that with all of her books, but I am definitely interested in finding out!

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    Monique 03-18-15
    Monique 03-18-15 Member Since 2017
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    "So so"

    The book was ok, it didn't capture my attention like other books. Without giving anything away, it sirta dragged in certain spots.

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    Amazon Customer streamwood 03-05-15
    Amazon Customer streamwood 03-05-15 Member Since 2012

    I am a wife of 30 years, mother of 4 wonderful grown children and a retired teacher....one of my new goals as I turn 50 this year is to become an author! I listen to one story on audible a week I am an addict!

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    "started well, then dragged a bit"

    The concept of a voluntary mute made this book interesting, but it was disjointed between Callie and Petra versus everyone else. It was also difficult to be positive toward any of the adult characters, as they all seemed quite shallow and not very aware of their surroundings. Almost every adult was also incredibly self ' absorbed and not very bright.

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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 09-19-14
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 09-19-14 Member Since 2017

    I love books!

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    "good debut novel"

    First time author, debut novel for this author. I'm not sure why I thought this but it seemed this author's books were going to be of the good two shoes kind of books, maybe due to the titles of her books. The summary seemed interesting about two little girls that were taken from their homes in small town Iowa. Whatever i was thinking I was pleasantly surprised as the book was hard hitting right from the start and, yes, there were two little girls at the center of the story but it wasn't about innocence at all, quite the opposite. It was one of those books where you kept thinking about, wanting to get back to it and in the end I just sat down and finished it. One thing that drew me to this author is that she is a graduate of the University of Iowa as am I. I will for sure choose a second book from her.

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