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When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if she’s uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals ligature marks around the victim’s throat…Vera pulls her team together and sets them interviewing those connected to the victim, while she and colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth, work to find a motive. And when they discover that the victim had worked in social services, and had been involved in a shocking case involving a young child, then it appears obvious that the two are somehow connected. Though things are never as they seem…

©2011 Ann Cleeves (P)2011 Soundings

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  • Colin
  • EXETER, United Kingdom
  • 11-11-17

Gripping story

Another gripping story from Ann Cleeves.
From the very first chapter the reader engages with the characters, absorbs the setting & becomes involved in the plot.
There are always red herrings & the reader/listener follows the twists & turns of the story until the final denouement , succinctly delivered by the detective. It is as though she is answering all YOUR questions as the crime is described. A really good read.

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Silent voices

This was another great read in the Vera Stanhope series. Charlie Hardwick who reads the book has a wonderful voice, she keeps the story gping along so smoothly , love all her readings. Loved this book thanks Anne Cleaves you never disappoint.

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  • Emma
  • 07-08-11

Brilliant Narration!

I loved the fact that this book was read by a Geordie. It was perfect!
The story wasn't filled with car chases and gun shots or superfit tanned and toned hunks....It had really believable characters based around Tyneside.
The main detective is an overweight and lonely forty-something woman with her own troubles, past and present. But I liked her, even though she sounded like a real pain to have as a boss!!

Maybe there happened to be a few too many amazing coincidences for the plot to be believed..... but it held my attention all the way through.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Gill
  • 05-17-11

Oneof the best audiobooks I've heard

Far too many audiobooks are spoiled by poor or inappropriate narration. This was really excellent. The story was totally absorbing and beautifully read - what a treat!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Joy
  • 05-16-11

Beautifully written and beautifully read

This book set in my native Northumberland is a wonderful listen. The story is absorbing and poignant, dealing with the consequences of errors of judgement by ordinary people in difficult situations that continue to haunt them. Having just given up on another book because the geordie accent was unbearable I have to say this narration was first rate, one of the best I have heard

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Patricia
  • 04-21-14

VERA is very enjoyable

I loved listening to this book. I loved it so much that as soon as I finished it I downloaded another Vera story and preordered the new book that comes out in May. The narrator was excellent and I kept visualising Brenda Blethyn who I now realise plays the part of Vera excellently and portrays the author's character to a T. A very good listen.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 04-27-14

Good listening overall

I have only recently discovered Ann Cleeves, and have enjoyed this book. I found Inspector Stanhope to be a bit unbelievable as a character, it is unlikely that a slovenly overweight bully of a woman would reach such a level in her career, but despite this the story was good, well woven and kept me guessing. I liked the gentle Northumbrian accent of the narrator.

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  • Joanne
  • 06-19-14

I had no idea this was a tv show

Downloaded it because it looked interesting, it was only later that I realized it was a tv show. Really can't see how TV can do justice to such a superb narrative, certainly won't be watching VERA on TV but will be searching out more books

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Terri
  • 06-12-14

Fabulously easy to listen to

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! <br/>Found the narration easy to listen to and quite soothing (must be that northern accent!)<br/>The story line was interesting with enough detail to paint vivid images in the mind but not too overly complicated, making it the perfect bed time book!

What does Charlie Hardwick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Accent relevant to the setting of the book, making it more realistic. It was as if someone who had actually been there was retelling the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-25-14

Good read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Much better than TV series.<br/>

What other book might you compare Silent Voices to, and why?

inspector london books

Which character – as performed by Charlie Hardwick – was your favourite?

Vera

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Smile at the description of the country side and grin about the gym

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  • Heidi
  • 05-11-14

brilliant. gripping and wonderful listening

Where does Silent Voices rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the top 10

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The cottage

Any additional comments?

If you love the tv programme Vera, then turn the tv off and listen

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • EssexSue
  • 09-12-12

Excellent!!

Very well put together mystery and excellent reading by Charlie Hardwick (well done - you brought Vera to life). Will definitely buy another Ann Cleeves book now.

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  • Bateyk
  • 07-22-15

Loved it

Gosh Vera is a legend. I love this series. Need more Vera audiobooks to listen to.