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Conspiracy of Silence | [Martha Powers]

Conspiracy of Silence

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.
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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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    Janice San Antonio, TX, United States 05-09-12
    Janice San Antonio, TX, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible Narrator"
    Would you try another book from Martha Powers and/or Becky Boyd?

    No


    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?

    No


    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joan FLORENCE, KY, United States 03-31-12
    Joan FLORENCE, KY, United States 03-31-12
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    "Enjoyed the book"
    What made the experience of listening to Conspiracy of Silence the most enjoyable?

    Playback was slow so I set my player to a faster speed and it listened much better.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The surprise ending and enjoyable characters were the most interesting.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More drama.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley WINSTON SALEM, NC, United States 03-19-12
    Wesley WINSTON SALEM, NC, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    03-17-12
    03-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Worst narrator EVER!! Beware of Becky Boyd!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Had the story been better. Perhaps Becky Boyd's inept reading caused the story to be worse than it really is.


    What was most disappointing about Martha Powers’s story?

    Premise


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becky Boyd’s performances?

    I will NEVER try anything by Becky Boyd again. If the book is appealing, I will buy the book rather than listen to her horrible rendition! I have never written a review before but people should be warned about this narrator.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Robinson 06-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Horrible narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A different narrator would make this book a much easier listen. Silences are too long, voice inflections make the characters seem like idiots! Especially the main character!!


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

    Silences are too long, voice inflections for adults are child like.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    I believe the story line to be well written, but will have to read a copy in order to be sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dixie SPRINGFIELD, OR, United States 03-12-14
    Dixie SPRINGFIELD, OR, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst performance ever!"

    The recording sounds like it was done from home not a studio. No background music, just the static sound of the recorder in the background. Becky Boyd reads in a sugary sweet monotone with little difference in character voices. Maybe reading the book would have given me a better view, but definitely not a good listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lance Lessler Mercersburg, PA, USA 03-11-14
    Lance Lessler Mercersburg, PA, USA 03-11-14 Member Since 2008

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    "A COMPUTER COULD HAVE NARRATED BETTER"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Becky Boyd’s performances?

    I can't believe the narration was done by a professional. Isn't there a Director or other person behind the scenes who could have heard the narration and suggested changes or maybe just fired Becky Boyd? She reads in a sickening singing type of voice that doesn't sound anything like what you would expect if a person were speaking to you, with inflection all wrong. If you need a narrator so badly in the future, just call me, I'm sure I could do a lot better.


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    Nancy Singelais 12-17-14
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    "First time return after six or seven years."
    Would you try another book from Martha Powers and/or Becky Boyd?

    probably from Martha Powers but never from Becky Boyd


    Would you be willing to try another book from Martha Powers? Why or why not?

    I think so. I never was able to finish the story because of the incompetent narrator.


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

    The sings-song voice control, the cadence of phrasing in the wrong places, put me off so much I could only listen to a few chapters


    Any additional comments?

    If I were the author I would be furious that this narrator did such a poor job. Don't they have some say over who narrates?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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