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Monday, August 6, 2012

Audio Review: Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

Posted by Irish in Review7 Comments

Title: Silent in the Grave
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises (Audio); Mira (Print)
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 05 Jan 2007 (Audio); 01 Jan 2006 (Print)
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: B000MGTPX0 (Audio), 0778324109 (Print)
Format: Audio
Audio Length: ~13 hrs
Narrator: Ellen Archer
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Place(s) Traveled to: London, England (1886)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Line(s): To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband’s dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor.
Lady Julia Series Order
Book 1: Silent in the Grave
Book 3: Silent on the Moors
Book 4: The Dark Road to Darjeeling
Book 5: The Dark Inquiry

Silent in the Grave by Deanna Rayburn is a book that I’ve heard about for years and one that has been sitting on my shelf for almost as long. But it wasn’t until I mentioned to my back up book bully Jen that I started to be harassed into reading it. (And I mean harassed in the nicest possible of ways.) So I did what any person does when faced with a book bully…I caved and used one of my credits so that I could spend some time in 19th century England and promptly fell in love with this world.

Lady Julia Gray is a woman beyond words. She is absolutely fabulous and I totally want to be her. She is smart, funny and she doesn’t back down even in the face of stern Mr Nicolas Brisbane. I really felt sorry for Brisbane throughout this book he was used to things being a certain way and he just didn’t know how to deal with a woman like Julia. I loved when ever the two of them shared the same page. You could almost see the vein in Brisbane’s forehead ready to pop. lol Other than Brisbane there is the wonderfully eccentric March clan that will often make you laugh out loud with their antics. There is nothing typical about that family and I loved every moment of the ones we met in this book. 

The mystery of this book was also pretty solid. There was nothing about it that was easily figured out and it wasn’t so convoluted that you get that WTF feeling. Events proceeded in a good enough pace to keep you turning the pages and you might even learn a few things that you didn’t know about before. I know that I certainly did. 

About the Narrator
Ellen Archer did a wonderful job with this audio and I really enjoyed listening to her reading of this book. She did a great job with all the different voices and it was always easy to tell who was supposed to be speaking. Listening to some of the audio samples of other books she’s narrated I find that she isn’t English. Which is something that surprises me as she did an impeccable English accent for her reading of this book. She became the voice of Lady Julia and she is definitely on my narrator to watch list. 

7 Responses to “Audio Review: Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn”

  1. QNPoohBear

    I picked up the book when a librarian recommended it. She can quote the opening sentence and it hooked me in too. I love love Julia and Brisbane and the eccentric March clan. Brisbane is sooo swoony! I actually figured out Edward’s secret right away but pretty much dismissed my intuition.