Friday, November 18, 2011

Audiobook Review: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

PhotobucketSilence (Hush, Hush #3) 
by Becca Fitzpatrick, read by Caitlin Greer

Publisher: Simon Audio
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Format: Audiobook (9 hrs 39 min)
Source: Publisher
Age Level: Young Adult
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Buy: Amazon | IndieBound

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever. (Goodreads)

So, if you’ve seen my reviews for the previous 2 books of the series, you know that I loved Hush, Hush (read my review here)… but unfortunately the rest of the series has not lived up to my expectations. Except for the covers. I do think the covers are gorgeous!

For almost the entire first half of Silence, Nora suffers from amnesia and doesn’t remember months of her life. She doesn’t remember Patch but her mind keeps giving her flashes and bits and pieces. This means that Patch is barely in the book until mid-way through… considering that he is the main attraction to the series (for me) that was disappointing. I did like getting to know Scott better in this installment, and seeing the developing friendship with Nora. Vee was great; I really enjoy her as secondary character. I also liked seeing more of Nora’s relationship with her mother.

Though I enjoyed Silence more than Crescendo, I’m frustrated with how Nora continues to doubt Patch. I may just not be a fan of angel stories. That could very well be the case, but I don’t feel invested in the story outside of Nora and Patch’s relationship. Sadly, the plot had a hard time holding my attention. While listening to the audiobook I’d realize that my mind was wondering and I’d have to go back and make myself re-listen to parts.

After finishing the third book in the series, believing that it was the end, I actually find myself disappointed that there’s going to be a 4th in the series. I’m torn on if I actually want to read it or not… Honestly, I kind of wish Hush, Hush was a standalone book.

Caitlin Greer narrates Silence (she read the other 2 books as well), and she did an overall good job… but the way she over stresses the consonants at the end of sentences tends to annoy me. It distracts me from the story because I catch myself parroting how she pronounces a word (“word-dah”).

Fans of the series, are you looking forward to Hush, Hush #4?
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