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The Weight of Silence

Heather Gudenkauf

Heather Gudenkauf ensnares listeners in the spellbinding web of her suspense-filled debut novel as the mysterious disappearance of two seven-year-old girls dredges up unsettling suspicions and painful secrets in a small Iowa town. Dragged into the woods in pre-dawn darkness, little Calli Clark wants to scream. But she can’t. She hasn’t breathed a word since being traumatized as a toddler. Soon, her best friend Petra—Calli’s voice for the last three years—peers through her bedroom window and is lured into the same woods. Already haunted by the unsolved murder of another local girl who was recently snatched fromher home, Sheriff Martin launches an immediate search for the missing children. In this riveting tale—seamlessly told from multiple perspectives—tension builds while fear and desperation pit neighbor against neighbor. Brilliantly illuminating such characters as a drunken wife-beater and a vengeful professor, a mesmerizing performance by a full cast of narrators keeps listeners in rapt attention right through the stunning conclusion. “Deeply moving and exquisitely lyrical, this is a powerhouse of a debut novel.”—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times best-selling author

Heather Gudenkauf ensnares listeners in the spellbinding web of her suspense-filled debut novel as the mysterious disappearance of two seven-year-old girls dredges up unsettling suspicions and painful secrets in a small Iowa town. Dragged into the woods in pre-dawn darkness, little Calli Clark wants to scream. But she can’t. She hasn’t breathed a word since being traumatized as a toddler. Soon, her best friend Petra—Calli’s voice for the last three years—peers through her bedroom window and is lured into the same woods. Already haunted by the unsolved murder of another local girl who was recently snatched fromher home, Sheriff Martin launches an immediate search for the missing children. In this riveting tale—seamlessly told from multiple perspectives—tension builds while fear and desperation pit neighbor against neighbor. Brilliantly illuminating such characters as a drunken wife-beater and a vengeful professor, a mesmerizing performance by a full cast of narrators keeps listeners in rapt attention right through the stunning conclusion. “Deeply moving and exquisitely lyrical, this is a powerhouse of a debut novel.”—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times best-selling author
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Heather Gudenkauf ensnares listeners in the spellbinding web of her suspense-filled debut novel as the mysterious disappearance of two seven-year-old girls dredges up unsettling suspicions and painful secrets in a small Iowa town. Dragged into the woods in pre-dawn darkness, little Calli Clark wants to scream. But she can’t. She hasn’t breathed a word since being traumatized as a toddler. Soon, her best friend Petra—Calli’s voice for the last three years—peers through her bedroom window and is lured into the same woods. Already haunted by the unsolved murder of another local girl who was recently snatched fromher home, Sheriff Martin launches an immediate search for the missing children. In this riveting tale—seamlessly told from multiple perspectives—tension builds while fear and desperation pit neighbor against neighbor. Brilliantly illuminating such characters as a drunken wife-beater and a vengeful professor, a mesmerizing performance by a full cast of narrators keeps listeners in rapt attention right through the stunning conclusion. “Deeply moving and exquisitely lyrical, this is a powerhouse of a debut novel.”—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times best-selling author

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, Andy Paris, Therese Plummer, Tony Ward

Length:

10h 46m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

02:28


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:46


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

11:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

00:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:53


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

13:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:32


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:39


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:59


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:53


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:11


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:41


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

21:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

16:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

10:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:55


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

11:29


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

16:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:04


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:58


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

14:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:04


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

14:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

17:08


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:34


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:32


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:22


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:57


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

01:50


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:41


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:27


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:50


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:20


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

27:42


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:40


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:29


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

19:33


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

10:17


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:24


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:18


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:55


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:14


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:35


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

12:56


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:00


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

10:02


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:46


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

10:57


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:25


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:13


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:40


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:14


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:56


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:00


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:39


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:19


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

19:16


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:25