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Publisher's Summary

From Richelle Mead, the number-one internationally best-selling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore.

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink, and many go hungry. Fei's home, the people she loves, and her entire existence are plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes listeners on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei's jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever....

©2015 Richelle Mead (P)2015 Listening Library

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Misleading description of the book

This was a fantasy book with only about 5% of it being fantasy. I also didn't like the description of the book describing "sound becomes her weapon". Sound was not her weapon it's as much a weapon as the dragon radar in Dragon Ball was a weapon. All she did was hear the rocks falling and footsteps.

The book was okay but I felt this book was very misleading and the ending just kinda comes out of left field with not much build up or hints throughout the story.

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Very disappointed

I normally don't write reviews but I was so surprised by how much I disliked this book I felt I should share my opinion. From the very beginning I was simply not captivated by her writing like I have been in the past. After maybe 2 and a half chapters I realized I had no idea what I was listening to and had to re-start the book. This book took me significantly longer to finish than I would have expected due to the fact that I kept falling asleep listening to it. Now you might think, "oh is it the narration?" and I don't think that was the problem. There was simply a very weak plot-line unlike Richelle Mead's usual writing style.
If your expectations going in are for well developed characters with charisma and charm with an interesting story line to support them then you will probably not like this book. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy it more that I did!

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This review kills me to write

Richelle Mead is one of my favorite authors of all time. She has an amazing ability to craft character chemistry. Unfortunately, this novel just lacked in this area. I liked the story and the setting. I just didn't feel anything for the characters. Fei lacked personality. Li Wei might have been better, but only marginally. Fei's sister, Zhang Jing was two dimensional. We were supposed to care about her and the village people up in the mountain, but I just didn't. The girl and her dad who ran the restaurant in the town were pretty cool, but they didn't get much screen time.

The plot was interesting enough. I liked the premise anyway. There were a few holes that never quite resolved themselves, like what triggered Fei's hearing to return. The King and the people keeping the village in enslavement were never fully realized. I felt they were evil for evil sake, which does't make for an interesting story.

The narrator was really good. She was convincing and rode the line between and accent and good pronunciation well. I would listen to her again.

So while it kills me to say this, Soundless was a disappointment. If only because I know the author is capable of so much more.

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My favorite audiobook so far!!!

Nothing I write will do justice to this story! It was amazing! This was a timeless story of overcoming, surviving, caring more about others than yourself, and doing what is right not what is easy. There are so many life lessons, such as when you dream big you can change the world, that there is nothing in life you cannot overcome if you set your mind to it and that just because we are born to a certain station it does not mean that we cannot work hard and break out of the mold we were placed in! Believe in yourself!

I am very surprised at the low ratings this story received. I do not know if it because I heard the audio version and it added so much depth to this story or that people were just expecting something different but I truly loved this story and Fei's journey to save her people.

I do not feel there was a lack of world building. I think the story was steeped in tradition, beauty and strength.

The narrator was simply perfect! I do not think they could have chosen anyone more suited for this story. She added so much to an already great story! I was transported to this new world and made to feel part of it. Fei's struggles were my struggles, here loss was my loss, her triumphs were my triumphs!

Another reason I loved this story so much is that I am watching a similar story come to life in my own world. My daughters boyfriend is slowly regaining his sight after years of being completely color blind from a tragic accident! I am watching as he is seeing the world again for the first time, experiencing new things, dealing with how overwhelming it is to have so much stimulus again in his life and Richelle's description of Fei regaining her hearing is so much a reflection of his journey! It helped me so much to know where he is coming from and has allowed me to help him on his journey.

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another terrible teen novel

Generally I enjoy the melodrama of teen novels, but this book's characters and the dialogue are flat at best. I did not have high expectations. I've read other Richelle Mead books and this book did not even meet the low expectations that I had.

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Took a while to love it

I wasn't sure I would like this story in the beginning, but by the end I loved it. I hope there will be more books!

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Excellent book/excellent performance

I love how well the village and how it worked was developed. And the main character and her discoveries were well described. The voice reading was very lovely to listen to.

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Amazon story!

I hope for a second book! Rochelle mead is amazing! And so was this story!

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Richelle Mead can do a lot better than that.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

suspense

Have you listened to any of Kim Mai Guest’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Was my first time listening to Kim

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, since I know Richelle Mead wrote many really great books.