Don't Breathe a Word

A Novel
Narrated by: Lily Rains
Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
4 out of 5 stars (255 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On a soft summer night in Vermont, 12-year-old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again. Before she disappeared, she told her little brother, Sam, about a door that led to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies and become his queen.

Fifteen years later, Phoebe is in love with Sam, a practical, sensible man who doesn't fear the dark and doesn't have bad dreams - who, in fact, helps Phoebe ignore her own. But suddenly the couple is faced with a series of eerie, unexplained occurrences that challenge Sam's hardheaded, realistic view of the world. As they question their reality, a terrible promise Sam made years ago is revealed - a promise that could destroy them all.

©2011 Jennifer McMahon (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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Not her best

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No-- I really enjoy Jennifer McMahon but this wasn't the best book.

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

The fairies-- least interesting

Have you listened to any of Lily Rains’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think so. It was a great performance

Did Don't Breathe a Word inspire you to do anything?

No

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Still scared to turn out the lights...

What made the experience of listening to Don't Breathe a Word the most enjoyable?

Just when you think you completely understand what's going on, a kink gets thrown into the plot and you start to doubt everything you know so far. It's an addicting mystery and it kept me lying on the cough listening to what was supposed to be entertainment for my commute.

Have you listened to any of Lily Rains’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard her other performances, but she does a great job. Nothing ruins a book more than a bad narrator- Lily Rains gave all the characters their own voice, and the overall narrative a great delivery.

Who was the most memorable character of Don't Breathe a Word and why?

Lisa, hands down. I still can't decide if there was a supernatural element to the book or not , but I do want to reach into that book and take that girl somewhere safe. Both Lisa and Evie- it's one of those stories where you start out witnessing the train wreck and spend the rest of it wanting to let everyone know what's waiting for them if they keep on.

Any additional comments?

I wish the ending were different, the only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars, but the rest of the book was great, and my thoughts on the ending aren't negative enough to stop me from recommending it.

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“Think of me. Remember me. Love me.”

What made the experience of listening to Don't Breathe a Word the most enjoyable?

Being drawn into the story, gripping, wanting, no needing to know more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lisa, for her never-ending belief and sacrifice for it.

Which character – as performed by Lily Rains – was your favorite?

All of them, she did well with all the variables.

Who was the most memorable character of Don't Breathe a Word and why?

Lisa and The King of the Fairies ..Lisa for her naivety and unfaltering faith and The King for his guise and twisted reality developed at the hands of twisted fate.

Any additional comments?

Good narration, Great dark story. I love the twists and the ability of this story to completely pull you in and leave you cringing.

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Kept my attention but slightly let me down....

It had such potential, and it WAS a good listen. I loved the narrator, she did her best to find distinct voices for the characters, never being annoying, even with the children and the men. (Often a female narrator has a hard time with male voices)

The story was enchanting at first, really bringing you back to being a kid and believing in mysteries and fairy tales. But it went back and forth between NOW and 15 years ago and I guess I wanted the NOW to wrap up more realistically. It had some twists I didn't see coming, and I liked that and it DID open the door for a sequel. Overall, a good listen with an excellent narrator.

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Scare factor just Right!!!

Understand this is a 1st book by the author. If so, it is especially terrific. Couldn't stop until I had finished. Perfect scary level. I hope there are many, many more to come from this writer.

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Perfectly creepy story, kept me guessing till the end and Great narrator.

This is the 2nd book I’ve read from Jennifer McMahon. The 1st book is still my favorite “The Winter People”, but “Don’t Breathe a Word” is a great story. It kept me guessing till end. Her stories are creative, and perfectly creepy. And Lily Rains is a wonderful narrator. Beautiful voice, and just enough range to differentiate characters to easily follow the story, but not distract from it.
Jennifer is my new favorite writer and I’ll be reading “The Uninvited” next!

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This book was great.....until the end.

I really enjoy this author. This book seemed fantastic, but then the end was thrown together, messy.

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it was okay

gave it a go, but not my kinda of book. the plot was predictable. not a fan of the ending

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Good story, narrator should not do voices.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending was a let down. Not necessarily because it wasn't a neat tidy happy ending but in the end, but circumstances didn't unfold to solve the book - it was explained in way too much narrative. I would have liked to see a better, well put together ending.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jennifer McMahon? Why or why not?

Yes, I liked many elements of the story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

By far, not the worst I have heard, but i find it extremely distracting and irritating when narrators try to do voices.

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

No - too scary! Ha.

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Great quick read

The author kept me guessing til the very end on this one. A truly engaging and enthralling read!

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