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Fighting Silence Audiobook

Fighting Silence: On the Ropes, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it's the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?

I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn't have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn't a single night that I didn't hear her voice.

You see, meeting the love of my life at age 13 was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of 21.

They both happened anyway.

Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.

Fighting for my career.

Fighting the impending silence.

Fighting for her.

Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.

I think that's the sound I'll miss the most.

©2015 Aly Martinez (P)2015 Aly Martinez

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    Maria 05-01-17
    Maria 05-01-17
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    "Love it"

    My first book by this author and I just loved this story, both narrators did an outstanding job.
    Loved Carson Beck`s voice, perfect for narrating audiobooks. They both worked beautifully together to bring this story to life for me as a listener.

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    sheryl beauchemin Rochester, NY 04-16-17
    sheryl beauchemin Rochester, NY 04-16-17 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "THE SILENCER'S ULTIMATE FIGHT"
    Any additional comments?

    I was gifted this audiobook through Audiobook Boom by the author, narrator or publisher for an unbiased review.

    Very good story about Till and Eliza's difficult defeat over poverty, family abuse, physical handicap and emotional fear. There's a lot of action and time covered so it's no wonder that there are some blanks. For example, the outcome of the initial confrontation with Till's father and another, the final state of his brother, Flint. I'm going to assume Flint's story is to be continued, and hopefully we'll get some background into their father, as well.

    The subject of deafness didn't have the level of acceptance I feel is important. However, the story does focus on the pain of knowing what is lost after having the ability to hear. The deaf society is rich and proud. Sign language and lip reading communicate just as the spoken word with only the inconvenience of few people "speaking" it.

    Two Thumbs Up.

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    Valerie G. 03-02-16
    Valerie G. 03-02-16
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    "loving this series"

    Each book I read in this series just makes me a bigger fan of Aly Martinez. I enjoy how each is linked to the other its like seeing friend. the best for me is that these men love so hard, and each one reminds me of the love I share with my fiance.

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    Malinda 02-12-16
    Malinda 02-12-16 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Really good start to the series :)"

    4-4.5 stars

    This was a really good story. I liked both Eliza and Till very much and enjoyed their story. This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked this well enough that I'm sure I'll try more of her work in the future.

    Eliza is a nice girl that grew up without much. When I say without much, I don't just mean her family was poor, I mean she didn't get much love either since her parents saw her more as a burden than someone they should love. Eliza loved drawing and such so it was unfortunate that the only time her mother paid her any attention was to tell her not to waste time on art and throw away any art supplies Eliza had managed to get. Because of this, Eliza spent most of her time in a condemned apartment in her neighborhood so she could have a place to draw and hide her supplies.

    Till is a good guy but grew up with even less than Eliza. His father wasn't around much and then got sent to prison. Till's mother is a drunk that is rarely around and doesn't bother with trying to be a mother to Till or his two younger brothers. Till had to take a hand in raising his brothers and bringing in money to make rent and food since his mother rarely bothered with such things.

    When the story being, Till and Eliza are both young and they go to school together but don't really know each other (not positive but I think they were around 13 years old at the time). Till had just found out about his hearing issues and that they'd get worse and worse as Till grew up. He's upset and goes to find someplace to be alone. Till happens across a condemned apartment with an open window and when he climbs in, he meets Eliza. Eliza has been hanging out there a while and isn't sure about Till being there but soon they start hanging out in the apartment on a daily basis. Till and Eliza never actually talk in school but in their apartment, they're BFFs and have their own little world.

    As they're growing up, Eliza wants more with Till and he does as well but he won't allow anything to move forward between them. Partially, this seems to be due to the fact that he thinks that high school relationships never last and Till wants Eliza in his life and doesn't want to mess it up. Eventually though, it seems to be more that Till doesn't think he'll ever actually get something good for himself without life taking it away. He's determined that if he gets in a relationship with Eliza, thing will get messed up and he'll end up losing her completely and then he couldn't even have her friendship. Of course, eventually the fine line of friendship gets crossed...and yeah, it messes things up but pretty much just because Till's issues. There's a bit of back and forth and Eliza is pretty cool about things until Till finally pushes her too far and Till has to learn his lesson or lose her for good. Once they fix things, we get to see their relationship progress through the years until the story ends with Till and Eliza well on the way to their HEA together.

    This was a really enjoyable story. Eliza was a great heroine. She was smart, sweet and giving without being a pushover. Till was a good hero. I liked him very much except for his issues that caused him to push Eliza away. I guess I never really "got" his issues completely so it bugged me a bit. Outside of that, I had no real complaints about the story. Overall, it was very good and kept me interested until the end. I'd recommend this book. :)

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    Books R Us 07-15-15
    Books R Us 07-15-15

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    "3.5 Stars"

    This was a great story with good characters and a good start to the series. It had love/drama/humor, and some action. I am looking forward to listening to the next book.

    Spoiler...
    I have one reason why I didn't make this a 5 star. After they took the next step in their friendship to lovers and then decided to go back being friends for another 3 years, they dated other people during that time. Which is fine, but the fact they were so completely in love with eachother and both knew it, yet still slept with other people during those 3 years of just being friends put me off. I can see dating other people and trying to move on but actually being able to go all the way with another person no. Not while spending every day with eachother and being so completely in love, no matter how much time had past. There is no cheating and we don't even hear details about anyone else just a mention of it. Either way it still bothered me so I gave it a 3.5 star.

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    Tammy 05-24-17
    Tammy 05-24-17

    I am an avid reader and listener of all types of books. I am always willing to try any book or audiobook.

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    "A fight for a life"

    I was gifted this audio ARC for a honest and unbiased review from the author/narrator
    Aly Martinez did a good job of writing this book. It had what every good story should have, love/drama/ action/Great friends and humor.
    The two narrators did a fantastic job of story telling in this book.
    I will be looking forward to listening to both author and narrators in the future.
    I highly recommend this audio book to you especially if you like stories about broken families and boxing.

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    Zara Quintana 05-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Found a NEW Author & Series to Love"
    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom. I've heard great reviews about Aly Martinez's books on facebook and in the Aural Fixation fb group, but have never read or listened to any of them as of yet. When I got a chance to listen and review this audiobook through Audiobook Boom I jumped at the chance and wasn't disappointed. I fell in love with this author's writing and the characters she created in this book so much that I have searched out the other books in this series and other series that have characters mentioned or that appear in this book. Laura Jennings and Carson Beck do an great job performing these two main characters and had me wanting more as they gave me all the feels. I highly recommend this audiobook and can't wait for listen to or read more.

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    Brandi Tennessee 05-12-17
    Brandi Tennessee 05-12-17

    Mom of 3. Voracious reader and listener. If I don't have the ability to pick up a book, then I grab an audio book.

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    "A battle worth reading"
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    I love a story that begins when the characters are children. I love a story that shows the characters as they slowly fall in love--even if they don't recognize it as love.

    These two grow and evolve and become so much more than their home life would lead you to think possible. Sometimes you can survive the past. Sometimes you can fight your way to something better.

    And sometimes you can lose everything. Or a version of everything.

    Fighting Silence will make you laugh, cry, and love. It'll make you hate, hurt, and feel. You're going to love it.

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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    HD 05-10-17
    HD 05-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Fighting Silence the most enjoyable?

    The narrators really brought the characters to life. I felt sucked into the story right from the start. As the ending neared, I was getting antsy because I didn't want it too.


    What other book might you compare Fighting Silence to and why?

    I am not sure there is another book similar to Fighting Silence. This seems to be in a category of its own.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were a few that I really liked. I liked when she first met ill's brothers, I liked the first time they were together, I liked when Till opened his eyes on how much Eliza meant to him. So many favorite moments.

    Most importantly I loved the bond the characters had. They just fit perfectly together and I loved how they relied on each other to gain strength from one another.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Till lost his hearing completely. I cried because I can only imagine what that must have felt like. I thought that Aly Martinez did a nice job explain the feelings of the characters and what they were struggling with. I would have liked a bit more in regards to what measures they were taking to help improve things, not just have it glossed over.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book. I went into it totally blind and didn't even know what the story was about really. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline grips you. Till, Flint, Q were brothers, but with Eliza they were a family, a whole family. The narrators did a great job with the characters and I also liked how 'real" they felt. Overall, this book is a beautiful love story, but it was also about never giving up on your dreams or yourself!

    5 Doodle Stars!

    Received this audiobook for an honest review, thank you to the publisher. All statements are mine and my honest take of the story and listen

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    S. Lewis (TMLA) 05-10-17

    Blogger who just got into listening to books and now I'm addicted!! I love listening to someone bring a book to life!

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    "Amazing Series!"
    Any additional comments?

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    I loved this series when I read it, but hearing the fabulous narrators bring it to life. If it wasn't for Aly, this story wouldn't be around at all, so a huge thank you to her for making a story that will draw you in and never let you go.

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    4/27/17
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    "45 Incredibly Angsty Stars"

    Flipping heck! Talk about an emotional roller coaster, sad tears, happy tears, any tears, I was on tender-hooks for the majority of the book wondering what curve ball was going to get thrown into the mix. Told in dual POV, the story follows Eliza Reynolds and Till Page from school days to all the grown up stuff, and what a lot of 'stuff' they have to deal with. Meeting secretly in a run down apartment every evening, but not sharing a life together out of their bubble, arguing, falling in love, separating, wanting more for each other, this book has it all. I loved it!
    The narration blew me away. Spot on. I will definitely be looking up other audibles featuring these two. I received a copy of this audiobook at no cost from Audiobook Blast in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Lo
    4/27/17
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    "Loved it!!"

    This is a beautiful and moving story.
    And even though I've real a lot of friends to lovers stories, I found it to be very unique and had a refreshing plot.

    It was funny and touching, as well as sexy and romantic.

    Laura Jennings & Carson Beck did a fantastic job of bringing this story to live through their narrating.

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • Amazon Customer
    3/18/16
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    "Deeply emotional"

    Loved this book 10*'s
    I have come to expect a really good book from Aly Martinez and this doesn't disappoint. Great story line, beautfully crafted, brought both laughter and tears.
    I was completely entranced by the strong family bonds, great characters.
    Narrator (Laura Jennings) did a fabulous job given there were many male voices to convey.
    I would totally listen to the rest of the series (an accolade from me as I don't really like series, they bore me), I'm dying to know Flins story, but they haven't come to Audible yet - come on Audible get on it....

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