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Mute

Narrated by: Kendra Murray
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Can you get by for an hour without talking? A day even? What about a month? Or nine? Rebecca Marley sets herself a nine-month challenge with only one rule: She isn’t allowed to communicate with anyone. She is to become mute. How hard could it be? 

Yet, what starts as a challenge soon becomes a journey of self-discovery as Rebecca has only herself for company. Will this time be the peaceful respite she so desperately seeks? Or will she confront aspects of herself that a noisy world hides so well? 

Faced with love and heartache, she soon learns to find solace in silence.

©2018 Christine Bernard (P)2019 Christine Bernard

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Well...

It was ok. I like parts of the story but I feel like it was unfinished. I have too many unanswered questions.

*** spoiler alert ***

Why do we not see her go and find Benjamin? Why leave Eddie in the coffee shop stunned and not say more? I’m glad she made up with her mom. That was nice. But I just feel as if there could have been more to the story. The narrator was good. The writing was good. I just needed more I guess.

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Imagine going mute/silent for 9 months to get away from it all? Could you cope, would you allow yourself to fall short and start communicating, or would you hold on and continue the challenge to find yourself? Well that’s what Rebecca did. At first she found it difficult but she was determined to follow through. She learned a lot about herself and rethought her relationships with her mom and friends. This book definitely showed courage and determination one person is willing to go through to find themselves. Now I want more of Rebecca and Benjamin.

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Interesting

Mute follows the story of Lifestyle magazine writer Rebecca Marley where, when she felt overwhelmed by the world, did an experiment where she withdraws from it. The rules were that she was not allowed to speak with anyone except for emergencies and communication via social media and email are limited.

Contemporary fiction is not a genre I usually read, but the blurb piqued my interest! I enjoyed listening to Rebecca’s story as she went on this journey of self-discovery. The story is well-written, but there were so many questions left unanswered in the end.

Kendra Murray did a terrific job. It’s like she actually was Rebecca telling me her story. She expressed emotions really well.

Mute is a contemporary fiction written in first-person narrative.

I received this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Silence

The story of Rebecca who has a meltdown and decides to go mute.
Her journey is interesting, how she eventually finds herself. But I was disappointed that she found the need to speak to her cat.
The narrator was good.

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Unexpectedly upbeat and introspective

This is the first book that I've read by Christine Bernard and I really didn't know what to expect but this book was both engrossing and an easy read. It spoke to me, as I am an introvert at heart, but need people too. I could relate to the character as I have found myself at times going days where I have spoken to no one but the cat - times where that was perfect and I was happy in my bubble, and others where that was just an indication of the funk that I was in. I resonated with at times how loud the silence can be but then again how overwhelmingly loud the cacophony of the outside world is when you leave the peaceful silence. I wasn't, however, prepared for how the book ended and found I was left not only wanting more (as in further resolution) but had so many questions. I am glad that there is a sequel that I can turn to and find out the further adventures of Rebecca Marley. Do give the book a listen - it's definitely worth your time! *I received a free review copy and have given my honest opinion*

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Shhhhhhhhh

Self-pity is a corrosive and destructive force and can affect those around you. This book took a woman on the brink of disaster and pulled her through a world of self discovery and self reflection. Sometimes, it's good to be quiet.

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Insightful and Poignant

The premise of this novel fascinated me. I certainly wouldn’t mind not having to talk to anyone for a long period of time. I initially wondered how a novel could be sustained when the main character (Rebecca) voluntarily gives up talking for nine months.

The story unfolds quite well. Rebecca is an insightful observer of both her own inner struggles as well as the world around her. I appreciated learning that I am not the only person bothered by the habits and behaviors of others (e.g., loud chewers). It was also interesting learning about her life through her memories (including recalled conversations). The growth she experiences throughout the novel is realistic and poignant.

If you are an introvert, an HSP, or just need time away from people, you will enjoy the story and relate to the main character. 

Favorite quote. “Fifteen minutes (into the run), my audio player died on me, leaving me with no distractions. All I had for the rest of my run were my own thoughts - a dangerous place to be.”

The narrator was new to me and she did seem to become Rebecca. But at times the pitch of her voice changed and this was a bit distracting. There are other “young” readers I would have preferred, such as Brittany Pressley.

Overall, an awesome book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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A Must Read for all Introverts

I absolutely loved this book. I can relate to Rebecca on so many levels. I consider myself an introvert and don't like being around many people. When I first heard the "project" that Rebecca decided to do I actually laughed because I thought it would be something I would do. I remember years ago when I had about a week off of work and stayed home and around day four I wanted to be around people and was actually shocked my own voice when I called out to my cat. I don't think anyone is so introverted to steep to this level, but it is a great read to hear the possible outcome. I think it's a great read for anyone.

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A journey of embracing who you are!

In the beginning of this book the main character is in a place of self pity and depression. This is why I didn’t give this book 5 stars. I can’t stand being around people who whine and moan about problems, but aren’t willing to do something about it.
But as the book progresses, the character starts to face those areas of her life that have kept her locked in this place. She starts to discover who she is, embraces it and starts to become a beautiful person.
I enjoyed how she stopped wallowing in her pain and found strength in who she is, what she enjoys and what her design is.
I also enjoyed how her relationships with family and friends grow and develop when she is able to stop just looking inward, but starts to look outward.

Well done.

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I Loved This Fascinating Story

The soothing voice was perfect for this story and drew me to care and relate to Rebecca’s struggle to sort out her troubled soul. I listen to the entire story in one day while I worked from home. I laughed, cried, and cheered. I would read more books by Christine Bernard and listen to narration by Kendra Murray. Well done!
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • LizRev
  • 12-02-19

A great listen!

I had really mixed feelings about this one. I didn't know much about it before I picked it up so I didn't know that the 'muteness'- (is that even a word? ) was down to a magazine stunt. It meant that the reason I'd selected the book no longer applied and I was instantly disappointed. Add that to the fact that I found the main character quite annoying - she was forcing me to live in her head and I really didn't want to be there! So at this point you're probably wondering why I gave it 4 stars...

What I liked about it was that on the surface it seems simple but it is really well written and if you really listen to what she is saying to herself there is a lot going on. I listened on Audible and the narrator was spot on.

Parts of it made me think about my own relationships particularly with people I don't know well and it made me rethink some of my own thoughts and feelings. I like books that continue to make you think after you finish them and this is definitely one of those.

I couldn't do 9 months as a mute but what I wouldn't give for one day a week of complete peace and silence!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-19

Different & Engaging

This was such a clever and unique concept. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance as well! It left me thinking long after I was done...

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  • Elizabeth Frounks
  • 11-30-19

I love the idea behind this

I was instantly drawn in by reading the summary, and I wasn't disappointed when listening to the audiobook at all. I've often had similar thoughts of 'why not just not talk to anyone' and it's interesting to see how this character goes about this journey of her own and how she comes out of it in the end. It shows a lot and there is a depth. I was left wanting a little at the end but it was a fun journey the whole way through.

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Joni J Mielke
  • 11-30-19

Interesting concept, very good narration

It goes without saying that someone who has embarked on a personal mission not to talk to anyone for nine months would be a trifle self-absorbed. The more I listened, the more this trait irritated me, coupled with the smugness of the character. I don't know how much of this perception was due to the book itself or the narrator's portrayal of the chief character - it has been a while since I read an ebook copy of Mute. The narration was good, however, and the story was well-paced with challenges and complexities that revealed more about secondary characters. A good audiobook, overall.

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  • Lindsay
  • 10-28-19

Beautiful and thought provoking

OK I found this audio great fun and a fascinating listen. I have often said I could happily become a hermit in my house with nothing but books and the radio for company but I think I would at least need to speak to the delivery drivers once I a while otherwise I’m all for this lol. However for Rebecca the nine month challenge of complete non communication ends up being harder and yet more rewarding than she ever imagined and maybe during the time she can finally discover her own truth and appreciate life for what it is. Would you really miss interaction and office life for example if you could fully escape to silence? This audio will get you thinking and the narrator has a beautiful tone which suited the story perfectly.