©2007 Thomas Perry; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
Anybody that doesn't enjoy this book needs to stop reading mystery fiction. Starts quick and keeps going. Above average twists and turns and well narrated with good voices and more plausible than many I've read. I find that male narrators do women's voices better than women do men.
Get this book and have some fun.
I really enjoyed this book. the main Character was human. it was a different story - the PI looking to help one on his former clients. the whole story kept me entertained the whole time
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.
What I liked most about this book was the pure evilness of several of the characters. What I liked least about this book was some untied ends at its conclusion. To say more would spoil it. In general, though, this book was a good listen and should please most readers of this genre.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Maybe I'm still reeling from Michael Kramer's disappointing reading of Perry's mediocre "Dead Aim", but I'm a little more critical of him than in the past. Especially since I listened to Shelly Frasier exciting read of Perry's 'Nightlife' since I heard the disappointing 'Dead Aim'. Okay, I'll recover, and really, this Kramer reading keeps him within the top ten talents I've enjoyed at Audio Books.
'Silence' is serious, but very serious. fun. No, it's not comedic tromp by any imagination. It's about killers, blood, baseball bat beatings, and all of the other good stuff we live for in current mysteries (!) And Perry's characters are each solid links in this story's chain.
You are lucky if you've not heard a Thomas Perry novel… Why? Because so far, except for 'Strip' and 'Dead Aim' I've heavily enjoyed the other ten novels of his I've listened to so far and look forward to more. Perry is one of the best mystery writers today and in spite of the "secrets" that the distressed damsel holds back, almost implausibly, until the novel's end (hence my 4 rather than 5 stars for the story…
This tale of killers versus a riddled-with-ethical-angst, big shouldered P.I. is old school fine. Overall it is more than the sum of its parts.
I have read five Perry books. The Butcher's Boy trilogy is by far the best, but Fidelity and Silence were surely in the running. and I enjoyed both, as well. He has an incredibly fascinating way of writing tightly would suspense. Since all five books were narrated by Michael Kramer, I cannot imaging reading a Perry book narrated by anyone else. Kramer is a master. There were four major characters in Silence, two men and two women, and Kramer does all four of them masterfully, giving each a different voice. I am always amazed by how skillfully he does the opposite sex.There was as much of a story for the bad guys, a married couple, as there was for the good guys. I actually enjoyed the bad guys more than the good guys.
The way Mr. Perry crafts a character, with beautiful economy and a wonderful sense of social psychology is a treat.
They are all well drawn--it feels just like a movie with great casting
Mr. Kramer is one of the absolute best--up there with George Guidall. I really appreciate the lack of histrionic vocal gymnastics--he is tight, spare, with wonderful pace.
With the wonderful plotting and the top flight narration, I could have listened forever!
I have listened to over 500 books from Audible--this author/narrator combination really deserve your attention
Perfect book for audio. Unfortunately, the narrator puts on ludicrous voices for the bad guy (sounds like Chris Parnell, hard to take seriously) and every woman in the story. (They weakly sigh out every word.) I will avoid this narrator in the future.
Story immediately pulls you in, in spite of the violence. Like other Thomas Perry books, one learns "how to do" things if you want to disappear. All his books become "self-help" if you need to disappear or overcome violence.
Performance was okay, it does not become the focus. It allows the story to be the focus.
To live, disappear smart!
Say something about yourself!
Unless there is a follow-up to this book -- I Felt Cheated at the End. It seemed like a really good book, things were going well, then it just ended abruptly. I felt cheated and somewhat violated. Just another chapter or two could have ended it nicely. Perhaps there is another book coming, otherwise I feel there was NO closure. I can't sleep at night now, I am not eating well, I can't perform in the bedroom any longer, I feel cheated after giving it so much.
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