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Publisher's Summary

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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I really enjoyed this!

I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I kept on thinking what would happen if do a challenge like that. I enjoyed the emotional rawness and eye opening events.
The ending was a bit sudden

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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.

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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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Excellent book!

Really enjoyed the creative subject of a woman choosing to go mute and document her experiences. And narrated by a very talented voice actress! Great character voices and timing. 10/10!

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Amazing

I really loved this book! I feel like I learned things about myself just listening. Wonder if I could be silent that long? I enjoyed the narrator also.

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Discussion worthy!

This book will be delightful to discuss with my friends and family. Full of fun fodder for friendly interaction. The ending seemed abrupt but overall a good read. Especially liked the narrator who has a calming and clear voice. She was able to put pictures in my head

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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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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.
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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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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-20

Mute


I immediately fell for Rebecca... What would this experiment be like for me? What would happen? Would I change? Would I even be able to do it??
This book is filled with loads of laughs & sadness & anger & frustration & joy & introspection of someone who didnt really know what she was letting herself in for and could be any one of us....
I loved how the narrator brought Rebecca to life... I loved the end even though I hate the end. Great listen!!

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  • Emma-Claire Leonard
  • 01-16-20

A beautiful thought provoking book

I loved this book and couldn’t wait to listen to the next chapter each time. It was very thought provoking and carried the reader through Rebecca’s story.
The characters were very well written and created a lot of empathy for them. As a cat lover, I was so pleased when Giga was introduced and I recognised myself in her panic.
The narrator was also perfect for the story and had great intonation and tone.

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  • DocRev
  • 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.