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
"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)
This book is beautifully performed and quickly catches the listeners attention. As the story develops the listener can easily see how concealing events in our own lives can lead to remarkable outcomes. I expect that anyone would relate to some or many parts of this tale which ultimately has an satisfying resolution
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Dark, depressing and somber but this listen will give you chill bumps. I fear this story happens in real life more than we think. It's all about denial and it's consequences. A real life story with real life characters that will make you think about your own denials. In the end there is resolution and I was not left in a state of despair. The multiple narration was very good and added personality to the characters. I highly recommend.
Excellent story, made even better by the readers. I appreciated the story (even if I related too well to parts), but the variety of narrators, made listening to the book even more enjoyable. I have read a couple other books by Heather Gudenkauf, but this was by far her best to date.
The book is gripping and you dont want to stop listening, because the next characters POV section might shed light on something new.
Any of Calli's scenes. They were wonderfully written and voiced.
The story is told as intertwined first-person narratives, often with the speaker talking "in their head" to another character. The prospect of spending many hours trying to put the story together didn't seem worth it.
Say something about yourself!
One of the reasons I got this book was a previous reviewer compared this author to Jodi Picoult. SO not true. The idea behind the story line is ok and I found myself completing the book even though is was awful (long drive, no other book). I'm not sure if it was the poor readers or poor writing or both. Maudlin, banal, trite memories are how you are to get background information and they are so shmaltsy that I wanted to fast forward through most of them. There are multiple readers - Petra is good, and Ben isn't bad, but the rest are awful! I'm glad this was only a daily deal and that I didn't waste a credit on it. Don't bother with this one.
I found this a very good listening, I don`t suppose everyone will love it, but it is a good story and read by different people for different charactors
No, I wouldn't. It wasn't very exciting. I kept waiting for something really good to happen, and nothing ever did.
More captivating plot. It was too slow and too predictable. I did not enjoy the constant moments to discuss the characters pasts when it did little for the plot at hand.
Love the use of different actors. They all put on a great performance, good characterization, great emotion in the voices. The part with the children's narration was a bit strange though.
The characters are not well drawn. The mother is the wimp, the mute child's eitiology is unbelievable. I could not stand the narrators' voices. I skipped through portions of the book that seemed irrelevant to the weak plot.
I'm an audiobook purist. In terms of narration, my wants are simple. I simply want someone to read the book to me, straight out -- no requirement for acting out each character, although for those narrators with serious talent (Scott Brick comes to mind, as does Davina Porter among many others) narrators who have the ability to give individual voices to characters without being annoying are especially appreciated. I award bonus points if the narrator pronounces location names correctly and refrains from eating while narrating (as one especially irritating narrator does.) I don't need musical introductions or interludes, and in general I don't think having multiple narrators improves anything.
So I bought this book - it must have been a Daily Deal -- without paying too much attention. Then when I started to listen, and heard that it was being read by a professional "repertoire company" I almost clicked off, right at that point. Having a book "acted out" doesn't appear at all. To me, audio books are -- as one OTR program famously says -- "the theater of the mind". I'll create my own scenes, in my mind, as we go along. I don't want actors playing the parts, dramatizing the story. If I want actual theater, I'll go to Netflix.
But I persevered - and I was surprised. It wasn't bad at all -- each of the narrators did a very good job, didn't over-act, basically they just gave individual voices to the several characters. Overall, I don't know that this method improved the book any, but it didn't detract, either. It was fine.
And the story was good -- suspenseful, believable and kept me listening. I liked it enough that I just bought a second book by Heather Gudenkauf -- which has to be the ultimate compliment. This was a good book -- give it a try!
"Excellent Gripping Story"
Would recommend this well written well voiced story.
The actors gave depth to the seperate characters.
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