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And the narrator is fantastic. Very early on in this book, in the first few chapters, I suspected something about a character and I was half right. Another commonality was the masculine-masculine relationships, existing beside others. And you know, situational. No, no, go ahead. One of the pumps has been shot away, it is generally thought we are sinking. Lesson Number 1 to properly manscaping is maintenance.
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Her razor-sharp observations about celebrity, addiction and sexuality demand to be read aloud to friends. I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass. The woman in question turned out to be a dedicated misandrist translation: Girlfriends demanding exclusivity and weddings, not situational. They share our genes and in many cases, we have actual Roman or Greek ancestors.
And the narrator is fantastic. I found this audiobook engrossing. The author took me places I did not expect or wish to go, and she worried me that I would not be able to sustain my interest--but I certainly did. In short, a young child, Aiden Price, age six, disappears from his school after a terrible rainstorm.
Ten years later he is found wandering the woods nearby. He is reunited with his mother but apparently due to sustained trauma, refuses to speak or provide any information about his captor or where he had been for the ten years.
I don't want to give away any more information. I just want to add that if the subject interests you, get the book and set aside plenty of listening time. You have nothing to lose and lots to enjoy. The narrator does a bang-up job portraying Aiden's mother. If you were a fan of Downton Abbey, you will recognize her voice immediately--I promise you.
What disappointed you about Silent Child? Most of the book was taken up by Emma's mental frailties and inability to cope with what was happening to her. Fine, but since this entire portion of the book was all done in first person and from Emma's perspective this aspect of the story dragged on and on like an unwelcome house guest. Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah A. Joanne Froggatt was pretty much the only good thing about the book. I listened to the entire book, mainly out of curiosity about how the plot would be finally resolved.
Unfortunately, the final resolution of the plot was fraught with holes ending with what seemed to me to be a highly improbable and unsatisfying resolution.
In other words, no, not really. No idea how anyone could have given high ratings to this book. I listened to the book while doing housework , the book had so many twists and turns that it took me longer than normal to get my house work done. The ending gobsmacket me I never saw it coming. Highly recommended to anyone who likes thrillers. I had no idea what to listen to next and chose this one based on star ratings and amount of reviewers.
It was a good book to fill the space with after a string of comedies I had listened to. Very early on in this book, in the first few chapters, I suspected something about a character and I was half right. There is also a twist of sorts that I didn't guess at all.
It wasn't gripping exactly, but I did want to know whodunit. If you're into these types of stories - "psychological thrillers" - then it will at least have you wanting to know what happens next. The narrator did a really great job emoting for each character and making you really feel the frustrations of the characters. My only real critiques of this book are that there is a character in the end that I think deserved WAY worse and it was frustrating to not see better justice done, and the story itself could have been a tad stronger.
Wish I understood what is making me feel that way but I'm not sure, so maybe take that with a grain of salt. But like I said, the author did have me wanting to know how it ended and I did look forward to driving so I could finish it.
This audio book was performed brilliantly by Joanne Froggatt from Downton Abbey. I thought I'd love the book. Don't bother with this book. I don't care who did whatever dastardly deed the mystery author chooses. I do care that the plot is well designed, the writing and editing tightly presented by a good reader. This quiet suspense novel is very well done. The Silent Child has a simple enough premise. A child disappears during a flood and is assumed dead, yet he reappears ten years later to the surprise of the entire town, especially his mother.
His mother is 8 months pregnant and elated that her son has 'returned from the dead,' yet entirely frustrated that he is silent and will not say a word about where he's been or what's happened. As the story progresses, we are faced with several different characters who are suspected of taking Aiden The Child's name.
We are led in about twenty different directions, but when the truth comes out, it's extremely convoluted and senseless. I enjoyed 'Silent Child' until the final chapters when the mysteries were unraveled. I was disappointed in the end, and I have a feeling other avid readers will be too. Begins OK but then is obvious and descends quickly into utter nonsense I admit i finished it because i wanted to be sure who the culprit was - but i resented every 10 minutes more that i listened and was glad when it ended.
The writing was about equal to that of a 15 years old - totally silly fight scene with 9 month pregnant woman - and then ridiculous narration by a boy who had been captive since he was 6 using a fully adult vocabulary.
In spite of it being a pretty silly book it has left a sort of 'bad taste' I had high hopes for this as Amazon has "bigged it up" so much, but I found the pathetic heroine very annoying and her overly dragged out performance was irritating- how long can a voice tremble before it ceases to be of any impact!
The climax was ridiculous and very unbelievable for a woman in labour- can't say anymore without a spoiler alert. A real shame and a waste of a credit. What more can I say, excellent storyline with a twist that you don't see coming. Kept me guessing to the end. I would highly recommend this book. The plot, the twists and turns made this hard to put down. Joanne Froggart read this brilliantly. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who is a dan of her or Sarah Denzil.
Story okay though I had guessed whodunit relatively early, although not entirely correct. I found that the main character started irritating me about halfway through and I started hoping she'd accidentally fall down a flight of steep stairs whilst holding a pair of scissors and chewing on a chunk of beef. Joanne Froggatt does a great job and I take my hat off to her for injecting some life into an otherwise two-dimensional character.
Thank goodness Audible recommend this one Drove past my exit on the motorway so I could listen longer! Calling anything a thriller of the year is always a bold claim, especially when there are releases fairly close in the genre from authors like Rachel Abbott and Paula Hawkins as well as a plethora of others.
But that's what Audible have done with this book by an author relatively unknown to their listeners. Does it match up to that claim? First off I have to say that I definitely enjoyed reading it. The tight, clean writing style suggests to me a confident author working in sync with a good editor. Denzil takes a very human approach to her characters and builds them from a combination of strengths and frailties which mostly rang very true to me.
She gradually builds the mystery in a plot where, in truth, I think some people will feel that not a lot happens during the middle of the book. For me, the start was excellent, the middle a quite subtle development of the story and characters before the book quite literally explodes towards the end with a conclusion of some considerable drama.
Most importantly to me the central character, Emma, came across very strongly. She is put through hell in all kinds of ways, both subtle and monstrous but remains thoroughly believable except at one point towards the end which does involve giving the author the benefit of a touch of artistic license near the end.
Jaonne Froggatt is also new to me, her narration is excellent. It's a real performance and while it might sound a strange thing to complement her and the production team on they know the value of a little moment of silence. All too often even the best narrators give a great OMG moment only for the narrative to carry on with the next chapter immediately meaning the listener either doesn't get to savour that great moment or misses what comes next.
Here, there were a couple of great uses of a little silence which was a great extra to add to a fine performance. So, in summary this is a fine thriller, well written and performed. Is it genuinely the Thriller of the Year?
I'm not quite sure I'd go that far but I think it will be on a lot of readers' shortlists. I found the idea behind this book to be very ambitious. No matter how much background reading you do, to place yourself in the woman who this has actually happened to is a tough call.
Sometimes the author succeeded extremely well, other times the weird phrasing grated a little. The time-frame is also rather rushed - seeing her son putting on weight or expecting him to speak within a week doesn't seem very realistic considering the trauma he is supposed to have been through.
The idea is a good one, and Sarah had a good crack at it. It just didn't work for me sometimes, that's all. I thought this was going to be another over hyped best seller that didn't stack up I was gripped from the outside, by the storyline and the exceptional narration.
I didn't see the twists until they hit me in the face. Clever, clever, clever and did I mention the unbelievably fantastic narration. Thank you for your feedback. Read reviews that mention carrie fisher funny humor mental illness wars laugh hilarious mother princess hollywood entertaining honest memoir wit debbie parents bipolar witty. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This author is an alcoholic and I am a bookaholic.
When I start reading a book, I compulsively continue it, even if it's God-awful and I hate it. This unfortunate quirk has caused me many a boring hour, but in this case I owe it a debt of gratitude.
Which is a way of saying that the giddy, girly style of writing in the first chapter almost drove me insane. Nothing but my reluctance to abandon a book kept me going.
But then a miracle happened and the writing while informal and still WAY too full of whimsy settled down. By the second chapter, I was glued to Fisher's weird family diagram parents, sibling, spouses, step-parents, half-siblings, step-siblings, actresses, actors, singers, agents, artists, beauty queens, and a respected Chinese-American author and laughing hysterically. This is not a book you read to find out "what happened.
Their lives may not have been any more troubled or eventful than many private citizens, but they were lived in full view of the public. Old style Hollywood with its carefully groomed stars and jealously guarded publicity may be a thing of the past, but the celebrity machine is still cranking away even more furiously than when Eddie Fisher caused an international scandal by dumping his wholesome wife and marrying Liz Taylor who soon dumped HIM and married Richard Burton.
A lot of people, judging from the ink that was wasted on reporting every detail. Fisher herself grew up the daughter of two celebrities and became one herself at the tender age of 19 when she played Princess Leia in the Star Wars series. She married a famous singer and then an agent, had a daughter, wrote books, and performed one-woman shows.
She also abused drugs and alcohol, attended AA meetings, was in and out of mental hospitals, was diagnosed as bi-polar, and underwent electroshock therapy. You could say she's lived a "full life. She comes across as brutally honest, especially about her own problems and mistakes. You get the impression of someone who has been through so much craziness that she has both developed an inner toughness and been stripped of the need to hide her defects and weaknesses.
I read this book or a version of it years ago and remembered being impressed. I was happy to find the Kindle version and enjoyed re-reading it. I think it's a valuable story. No, most of us didn't grow up in Beverly Hills, but most of our lives have been touched by addiction and mental illness. In the end, this isn't a story of a celebrity.
It's a story of a woman and how she's dealt with her problems. Comment people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? I bought this book the day after Carrie's death, about an hour after I learned of her mother's death.
I was too sad to go to bed so I bought this book instead. And read it straight through. I'm glad I did. This memoir paints a very different picture. I am sorry the world has lost these two brilliant and beautiful souls, but I am glad for them both that they still have each other. Comment 84 people found this helpful. Carrie Fisher in person was a force to be reckoned with. Now at least, we have her memoir to enjoy. I saw her one-woman show in person in Berkeley before she took it to Hollywood, and it was a hoot.
Out of her pain and suffering, she crafted a light-hearted account of growing up the daughter of Debbie Reynolds, which enough to make anyone crazy. Add in all the dysfunction of her life, and it is a wonder she was able to cope at all. Underneath all the laughter, there is a serious tale of substance abuse and mental illness. Through it all, it was her own innate honesty that made it possible for Carrie to hold it together.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. THE textbook, in story form, of what deep depression is like and how one woman cioped with it in many ways, some good, some harmful Many people suffer, but medical or texbooks do not help. This brilliant account of theraputic experiences combined with before and after life journeys really is compelling and reassuring to anyone who suffers from this disease. A great work, brilliantly written, and a useful tool for those who wish to get some help or with others.
Doctors need to read this book to get a real persepctive on a real and largely misunderstood problem in the medical world. Patients will be comforted to know they are not alone, that there is help for them. It is sad that her life history was molded in large part by this disease, but her as spokesperson for all who suffer clears the air for real help.
Her crusade to remove the stigmas attached to this illness will be a lasting part of her legacy. Comment 2 people found this helpful. Since being diagnosed as bipolar a couple of years ago, I've been on a journey to discover people who have been successful and thrived in spite of bipolar disorder, because so very much you hear about it is so horribly depressing. In my quest to find 'normal' aka functional people who have Bipolar, I stumbled across Carrie Fisher's name, and I'm glad I did!
This book, written in true bipolar style of jumping from one subject to the next and going off on random tangents, is a hilarious and positive book that reads like a one hour comedy special.
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