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The Sound of Crickets [Kindle Edition]

Marissa Farrar
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Four women who have never met ...

Four lives inextricably joined ...

Four friendships that will last forever ...

Named after Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Thompson always thought life would have given her wings. Instead, she finds herself stuck at home with three small children, and a body she no longer recognises. Hoping to connect with like-minded people, she decides to reach out on a women's forum to try to find others with whom to start a blog.

To her delight, she gets a response. Sara, a romance author whose elderly mother has just moved in with her. Kelly, whose husband only wants to spend time down the pub, and Charlotte, who is suffering from empty nest syndrome now her daughter has left home.

Told in the medium of their blog posts and emails to each other, The Sound of Crickets is a touching novel of friendship in the digital age.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1254 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Warwick House Press (April 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,334 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Resonating Tale About Womanhood April 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Sound of Crickets. It’s what four women expected to hear when they started a blog about life. Each took turns posting about their day-to-day, ranging from the ramblings to a stay-at-home mom of three under-fives to a single woman facing the possibility of life alone (while humoring her disapproving mother who had recently moved in with her).

I know Marissa Farrar’s writing from The Dark Road, an entirely different kind of story from Crickets. Her voice has always been succinct, her characters clear, but Crickets was an entirely different novel from what I’m used to. Let me tell you that switch in genre did nothing but prove beyond a shadow of a doubt she’s a versatile author.

Crickets touched on the things women struggle with: the monotony of staying at home, a few extra pounds, finding your soul mate, aging, empty nesting, infidelity, and ultimately mortality. Charlotte’s story became impossible to read without tears. Approaching forty, this one touched me in a profound way, echoing a lot of my own insecurities while making me count my blessings. That’s what good stories do, right? They resonate. A job well done. I finished the book in two days. The blog-style format made it a super fast read. Kudos, Marissa.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different Concept April 22, 2014
By Gillian
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this as a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is not my normal read and so found it very different. It took me a while to get into the story, but once I got used to the format and the 4 women writing the blog, the end came along very quickly. Being an empty nester I could relate to some of the story line. It was lovely to read the comments at the end of each blog from other people. By the end of the story these four ladies where my friends and I felt like I wanted to join their blog.
Different, very different.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sound of Crickets: Women's Fiction April 22, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I began reading this book when I went to bed --- a big mistake, because I didn't finish it until the wee hours of the morning! It is that good! I rarely get captured by a new book as quickly I did this one, because I've read so many really great books in my 70 years.
All of us who spend much time on social media can relate to at least one of the four main women characters and how it's often easier to share your struggles with friends you don't see every day or who won't run into your husband at the supermarket. The four distinct women have unique problems and fears, and every reader will relate to at least one of the women and appreciate the support of the four bloggers, and even their blog commenters. The women learn that pnline friends can be real friends, as real as a local best friend.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Wonderfully written, this book is bound to grab your heart and make you fall in love with its charecters. Four women meet online and start up a blog. They quickly become friends and celebrate each others successes and support each other through the bad times. I think everyone of us will be able to relate to one or more of the women in the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really hits home! May 21, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a must read for women if all ages. Four women who have never met start a blog about life and all the terror and uncertainty of it all . All of their experiences are ones that so many women are faced with in this day and time. Some funny, some heart breakingly sad and some just utterly embarrassing! I loved this book! It was written in such a way that I felt personally tied to each woman blogging. This is something far different than what I am used to reading by this author but still amazing. Another great work by Marissa Farrar!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept April 18, 2014
By mulysa
Format:Kindle Edition
I recieved this as an ARC to review.
I enjoyed the story line and the characters. it was interesting to read into the lives of seemingly normal people. I was not fond of the format used i completely understand the reasoning but it was not my favorite. At times it was a bit confusing but I enjoyed the storyline overall. the 4 main characters lives were interesting and relatable. I felt connected to the characters in a different way than i normally do, they felt like my friends, family and maybe even my neighbors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wow April 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading this one. It is a very fast read due to it being written in a blog style. At times it was confusing. I really enjoy Marissa Farrar writing. The really touches the point of four women s lives, four strangers doing a blog together. It really get the insight of their lives and how drama and how sometimes difficult things can be. I felt I could relate to the characters, I really enjoy Marissa talent of making the characters fell real. I really hope to read something new by her soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Gem! July 20, 2014
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What a wonderful gem of a book this is. It is the story about 4 women who collaborate on a blog, and about their lives, loves, tragedy, etc. I won't give away more - suffice it to say that you shouldn't miss this book. I loved the writing style, the humanness of the story, the humor and the tears. I was fortunate enough to get this book for free, but I would have gladly paid for it ... it was that good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sound of Crickets
I couldn't put this book down. Four women from different parts of the world come together to blog. They write of personal
and private situations that they really can't tell... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Pamela
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What an amazing touching book.
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was good.
Published 10 days ago by jody
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Interesting book about 4 women in different stages of life. All wanting the same thing love and acceptance for who they are.
Published 20 days ago by lee3
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic tale of friendship
The Sound of Crickets by Marissa Farrar

Amelia Thompson mother of three small children, bored with herself and life decides to start a blog. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sheri A. Wilkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
Very interesting book. The story line was on fast forward mode in the end. It was rushed in the end.
Published 2 months ago by Prince Simba
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Skipped around too much. Couldn't follow .seemed very disconnected.
Published 3 months ago by Maryallene Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars My first book review
From page one I found this very intriguing. As I read through I enjoyed the many personalities that she presented with each posting and reply. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ThePocketDBA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good. A woman's book. Had to finish.
Published 5 months ago by K. M. COOP
4.0 out of 5 stars A different sort of book
I never would have thought that something like a blog could work well as a book but it does. The lives and musings of a few women turn into quite a heart wrenching story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Susan T
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More About the Author

Marissa Farrar is a multi-published fantasy and horror author. She was born in Devon, England, has travelled all over the world, and has lived in both Australia and Spain. She now resides in the countryside with her husband, two children, a crazy Spanish dog, two rescue cats and six hens and ten goldfish. Despite returning to England, she daydreams of one day being able to split her time between her home country and the balmy, white sandy beaches of Spain.

Even though she's been writing stories since she was small and held dreams of being a writer, her initial life plan went a different way.

In her youth, inspired by James Herriot, she decided to become a vet, and would regularly bring home new pets to her weary parents. Upon discovering her exams were never going to get her into a veterinary degree, she ended up studying Zoology. Once she completed her degree and realised she'd spent the majority trying to find time to write, she decided to follow her dream of being an author. Seven years later, she was published and two years after that she was able to say goodbye to the day job.

However, she's continued to collect animals!

Marissa is the author of four novels, including the dark vampire 'Serenity' series. Her fifth novel, Underlife, a dark fantasy set beneath the streets of London, will be published August 2012.

Her short stories have been accepted for a number of anthologies including, Their Dark Masters, Red Skies Press, Masters of Horror: Damned If You Don't, Triskaideka Books; and 2013: The Aftermath, Pill Hill Press.

If you want to know more about Marissa, then please visit her website at You can also find her at her facebook page, or follow her on twitter @marissafarrar.

She loves to hear from readers and can be emailed at

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