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Silent Echo: A Siren's Tale Audible – Unabridged

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 12 hours and 36 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Audible.com Release Date: October 22, 2013
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G3KNH60
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Opinion: I received this book through Netgalley, I requested it because the synopsis seemed very original, even though the cover did not convince me a lot, but this is one of those cases where you must not judge the book by its cover.

From the very first page to the last one the book hooked me, not only because the story is refreshing and captivating but because the writing style is fluid and inspiring. The author has also written a story within a story, Silent Echo takes pieces of the The Odyssey, I really do not know how many because I have not read The Odyssey yet (something I'm definitely going to do this year because after reading the story of Portia I have a lot of curiosity) and within Portia's story the songs are a story inside Silent Echo. I loved the songs and there were even some that I kept singing in my head.

It's been a long time since I've read a book that had so many switches, turns and unexpected discoveries. When you think you've discovered everything that is behind the story suddenly appears a scene leaving you with more intrigue and disrupts everything you previously thought. It is a mesmerizing book, it started engaging the reader completely enthralled till the last page, literally.

I loved the references to current issues because in addition to recognize everything about what the author refers, it was a change that brought realism to the story.
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SILENT ECHO weaves a tale as hypnotizing as the siren's voice. Be prepared to be woe by Max's serenades to Portia, to be crushed by Felix's dilemma as he struggles to move out of the friend zone, and to feel heartsick as Portia loses her identity when she regains her voice.

Portia has the unfortunate problem of being a very likeable character at the beginning of the book and slowly is poisoned (by the other sirens) to the point where she becomes the type of person she hates. I didn't like who Portia was by the end of the book, but I did pity her for what she had to go through. I also didn't approve of who she picked as a boyfriend at the end. Then again, I'm always disappointed by the heroines in that regard.

I especially enjoyed Max's songs to Portia. I wish that my husband picked up a guitar and sung to me. I loved the lyrics and they felt as true to the heart as those in SLAMMED. I didn't enjoy Portia's songs as much. Though her voice might have been pretty, her message was not.

I wish that the book stuck with the POV of the teenagers. I didn't how much information was revealed by Leucosia and would have much preferred learning about her involvement through Portia's POV only. I think that leaving Portia's POV for extended periods of time made her personality change harder to accept as a reader. It would have been more of a seamless transition if the reader experienced it in its entirety.

I'm kind of shocked at all the negative reviews for this book. Though I wasn't blown away by the book, I really did enjoy the author's spin on the siren's tale. I'm a huge fan of Greek mythology, so it's a little disheartening for other reviewers to be so harsh on the author's interpretation.
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Elisa Freilich has a way with words and she flows with her song lyrics and poems throughout the story. I LOVED the song Portia and Leucosia sang together, concerning Krispy Kreme donuts too! Silent Echo was a fun story, but I dislike weak female heroines. I won't tell the story, but when it came down to the big "battle" I was a bit disappointed in Portia. It had an interesting ending and but I sure wish somebody had come out on the happy end! LOL
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Usually when I begin a novel, it takes me a while to get into it. But in Silent Echo, my attention was captured from the very first page. The visual imagery depicted in that first scene is so vivid, I felt as if I was watching a movie reel instead of reading static words on a page. The characters in the book are all so fresh and original. I loved the unique friendship between Portia who is mute and Felix who is deaf. So many books these days are written with one-dimensional characters who are superficial. Its important for tweens and teens to read books likes Silent Echo which showcase teens who are "different" yet are thriving and have wonderful, social relationships. I love that the concept of strong families is reinforced throughout the book with each of the main characters. If the book stopped here then it still would have been a great read, yet this author takes it so much further! The weaving of Greek mythology throughout the book (which I admit I knew NOTHING about) made me stop and google several times notes about The Odyssey and its key gods/goddesses. Anytime I get to learn something from a book, its a WIN for me. There are so many twists and turns; you don't see them coming and makes the reader truly feel like they are on a fantast-"ical" journey. Which brings me finally to one of the best parts of the book - the original lyrics. Never before have I read a book where music was such an integral part of the story, where I could practically "hear" the songs in my head. That "-ical" scene was absolutely incredible - I won't be surprised if JayZ or Eminem teams up with this author at some point in time. It was that good!! All in all, a great crossover book; cant wait for my daughter to read it!
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