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  • Whisper, Book 1
  • By: Lynette Noni
  • Narrated by: Tamala Shelton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (154 ratings)

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Whisper

By: Lynette Noni
Narrated by: Tamala Shelton
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Summary

“Lengard is a secret government facility for extraordinary people,” they told me.

I believed them. That was my mistake.  

There isn’t anyone else in the world like me.  

I’m different. I’m an anomaly. I’m a monster.   

For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes, Subject Six-Eight-Four - ‘Jane Doe’ - has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word.  

As Jane’s resolve begins to crack under the influence of her new - and unexpectedly kind - evaluator, she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, discovering that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot...and one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.

©2018 Lynette Noni (P)2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

Critic reviews

"Compulsively readable, compellingly narrated, and so full of twists and turns that I couldn't put it down until I'd turned the final page. I loved every sentence of Whisper." (Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the Throne of Glass series)

 "A gripping and heart wrenching tale. I was enthralled." (Maria Snyder, New York Times best-selling author)

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monotone narration

I was enjoying the story but the monotone flat delivery the narrator was to much to take

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Couldnt stop listening

rmI haven't enjoyed a book this much in ages. kept me wanting to listen and not turn off.

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Not the best, or worst

This story is a little bit frustrating to me and I don't know why. It has all the usual things I like in a book but it felt off to me and I nearly gave up so many times - I would have if I hadn't listened to and absolutely loved another series by the same author, so kept telling myself to wait it out.
I am going to listen to the next in the series now because the final few chapters actually drew me in and peaked my interest. Perhaps book 1 was mostly background and book 2 is the 'better' one. So I give it 4 stars because I feel I must have liked it more than I thought otherwise I wouldn't consider listening to book 2 - never mind have it downloaded and ready to go right now, lol.

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Easy listen

It was early on that I thought this seems like a children’s book due to its simplicity and theme. I went back and checked the genre and it is indeed “young adult”. It was entertaining nonetheless, an easy listen with nothing taxing and inoffensive. The narrator was very good and that’s really what made me finish the book. It’s not a genre I would consciously choose.

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Superb

Not my usual book genre but thought I would give it a try and I was more than pleased. I found it had an interesting storyline which held my interest constantly and I think it’s well worth a listen.
Some good characters and decent narration.
Go on give it a go, it’s free what do you have to lose .

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really enjoyed the voice of the reader

story was good but not amazing. I found plot holes in the main characters abilities which where explained but cheaply. was good though and wasn't too predictable, kept me hanging on for more. maybe target audience is teenage girls which I don't fit into. still I'll be finishing the next audio book to find out what happens

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couldn't stop

I won't entirely convinced but after the first 2 chapters I was hooked!
Loved it!

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Wasn't sure about this book at first but was hooked after chapter 3 loved it

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Best book ever!

Best book I've ever listened too. Nothing bad about it. I 100‰ recommend this book and hope there is a second book as so much more to it

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nice premise but vaguely disappointing

story intrigued me enough to finish, overall I liked the premise. Yet I found the main character to be a bit too close to a mary sue for my liking and other characters were very much glossed over.
information was just dumped out in places and pacing ruined by getting stuck in the main characters thoughts, who is a bit oblivious. Too avoid spoilers I'll just say there was a big plot hole at the end that I found very frustrating.

The narrator was ok, but I found her to be a bit monotonous at times.

However, saying all that I'm interested enough to listen to the next but only as it is included free at the moment

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  • Suzanne
  • 15-09-21

This will be a Hollywood movie one day!

I really liked this (YA) novel. Given the succes of other novel-to-movie adaptations, I can see this being a big winner, (akin Hunger Games, Divergent, Ender's Game, Twilight, Maze Runner etc.).

However, that will depend on the scriptwriters and director, picking up the books arguable shortfalls, given the intended YA audience.

I don't really know what's missing as the overall plot is believable, just predictable. It lacks grit and substance.

For example, inferred pivotal moments which should be captivating and engrossing, were often vague and disjointed. What feels like critical elements seem implausible, cringeworthy or at least dubious.

Characters seem superficial, bland and unrelatable. I don't really feel a connection and find I crave something horrid to happen to a significant character that will irrevocably alter expectations.

Perhaps, though I'm Australian, I hate our accent, especially in audiobooks. We sound awful! I wouldn't be surprised if future adaptation(s) are set elsewhere (ie. North America, or utilise American actors).

At the same time, I'm exceptionally proud of this Aussie author. This is one of her many fantastic series. (Oxymoron or I'm just a moron, you decide!)

All that being said, I really liked this book and can't wait to continue the series.

Note: This book is intended for YA audience, so please disregard the above comments as necessary! Though, I did try to take this into consideration. Whilst I have not been a "youth" for a very long time, I enjoy (& seek) many YA novels from all genres, for my own listening entertainment and to recommend to my own YA children.

So, just to reiterate, I really did enjoy this book. I hope you do too!

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  • J
  • 29-09-19

Great book and narration

Really enjoyed the story and narration. Couldn't stop listening.
It was refreshing to have an Australian narrator. Tamala's pitch and tone are both relaxing and spellbinding. Lynette's story was different to what I usually listen to but thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • MDBI
  • 14-09-21

2 writers?

Whisper started as a truly captivating, incredibly well expressed story. Jane enchanted us into sharing her heroine and singular experience. The fascinating story line along with the exquisite narration left me thrilled with the choice of this book. Then half way through it sadly metamorphosed into just another over the top teenage crush triangle.
Overall, worth the listen even just for the beautiful voice and tone of Tamala’s narration. Lynette obviously has incredible writing talent, unfortunately it lost it’s way within the unnecessarily supernatural evolution of the story. Almost like two different writers contributed the first and second halves of the book. All being said, I still look forward to the next in series and recommend highly.

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  • Kathy
  • 15-09-21

Loved it

I struggled at first. Then the story began to. one alive. I was memorized.

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  • Ashton
  • 12-09-21

young adult fiction

terrible writing, dull start, ametur narrator meh, obviously free book, don't bother with it sugar.

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  • Bonnie Buchanan
  • 28-01-22

Annoying Get some ..

I won’t say what, but the word sounds like “Calls”….The Female main character is annoying as all get out. With all that has been done to her, You would think she would eventually fight back, but so far, by chapter…Ummm…30, I’m still waiting for her to get a pair! Get Angry, Get Upset, Get Motivated, or Something, Already!!

I’m tired of it…infuriated by the Mad Scientist & the abused prisoners inability to put on her big girl panties and to defend herself, or at least to stop allowing herself to continue to be victimized!

Not all Princesses need a White Knight to “Save Them”, some of us, chose not to wait around and allow ourselves to be victims, instead we chose to save ourselves!

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  • Matt Beller
  • 13-09-21

Couldn’t stop listening

Whisper was more then I could have hoped for. The story kept you guessing and wanting more. It was written well and the narration was perfect! Loved every minute of it!

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  • Stephanie Lynn
  • 07-12-19

Love this story!

I...LOVED IT! This book was one of those that I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I started. I had heard of Lynette Noni's other series, though I've yet to read it, but seeing SJMaas' praise, along with an interesting blurb, and I was all for it.

I'll admit, I rewrote this to be double sure to avoid spoilers, as the first one talked a lot about the characters. That said, this is one of those books that it's best to know next to nothing about so you can enjoy it as it unfolds.

This books starts out with a strange girl who is selected by a governmental facility for a 'program' go one is willing to tell her about. We aren't given a name, so she is called Jane Doe. For over 2 years, she hasn't spoken, or even responded to treatment, evaluation, or torture. In a last ditch effort to get a response, the Director tells her she had 30 days to show improvement, or she will be removed from the system. To sweeten the deal, he adds a new face to her schedule.

I loved the characters, plot, and writing style, but most of all, I love the mystery and sci-fi elements of this story! It's so fun unwrapping the layers of the story, and coupled with a fast-pace and complex original characters, I loved every moment of it!

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  • Ben
  • 27-01-22

Read a Different Book

I would give this book one star, except that I made it all the way to the end which says something for the author's wit. There were moments when she was genuinely funny; it's just that all the other issues weighed too heavily for me.

1.) We don't find out what Jane can do until 1/3 of the way through the book and not much happens before we do find out. Jane spends the first part explaining how damaged she is and repeating over and over that she was tortured and held captive for 2 1/2 years. That's awful for the character but honestly boring to read about when the author provides absolutely no detail on how Jane was tortured. We just see her physically and mentally exhausted afterward. And (supposedly) hardened, although she bounces back from all her trauma within just a couple weeks in the later part of the book. Honestly, she's more upbeat than most teenagers by the time she makes friends. I found this attitude toward trauma both disrespectful and lazy. Clearly all the author wanted was a weak backstory.

2.) While we're on the topic, I'd like to cover that perky personality with a few extra details. Jane, the tortured soul, loves to joke and tease. She loves pink and glitter and, yup, kittens. She is a supreme girly girl and apparently an attractive one since several instances occur when men talk about her body right in front of her (but we'll cover misogyny in a minute). She is also a complete idiot. When she first meets Ward she can't fathom why the organization would have her meet with him. Really? He tells you on day one why he's meeting with you. You just weren't paying attention. Later she talks about how Ward lied to her too, just because the director told her so. She also proceeds to believe in stories about terrorists on the spot and to believe this government organization is trustworthy, all because someone she refused to talk to for the famous 2 1/2 years told her a story. Well, having just made friends the same day probably had something to do with her decision too. She is so easily influenced by what she is told that I can't believe she didn't talk for all the time she was locked up. This girl has no willpower. I could go on, but the point is that she is not a hero. She is a stereotype. I'm convinced this book was written by a naive 16-ish-year-old girl.

3.) The male heroes in this book are pigs. Ward is the worst because on the first day he meets Jane he starts by checking her out her body and telling her "You're no Jane Doe." And what makes this cringe-worthy statement worse is that Jane likes it! She is repeatedly flattered when men objectify and infantilize her. But when Ward makes this first comment to her she is still a traumatized prisoner who hasn't seen daylight in years. Ward may not know yet just how bad Jane's had it, but he did know she was locked up and treated like a lab rat for all this time, and yet he can't keep it in his pants? Later, when he gets to be extremely protective of her I can't help imagining the abusive relationship these two will have when they finally get together, which is bound to happen in the next book. Ward also calls her "Chip" because he's going to chip away her hard exterior. Oh, God, could someone be more demeaning? The answer is yes, and that person appears in the final 1/3 of the book in the form of an overly attractive guy who persists in calling Jane "princess." He has a cute story to go behind it as if that's supposed to make it alright that he addresses her like a child. And he calls her princess over and over and over again. I would have kicked him in the manly bits after the first 5 times, but that's me. I am not the idiot formerly known as Jane, who comes to accept her new nickname.

4.) This author has a disturbing love of male eyes. "His oh-so-green eyes" make an appearance at least 3x as often as dimples, which are apparently sexy. Maybe Jane actually lives during the 1950's. Her perspective on sexuality and the male gaze is just about that outdated.

5.) Cliche's abound in this book, which is another reason why I think someone very young wrote it. Also, Jane has a bad habit of telling us every thought that passes through her mind instead of allowing us to interpret scenes for ourselves. Wow, I'm starting to consider downgrading this book to one star. But no, I'll keep my promise and give it two.

6.) The book was predictable. I like to be surprised, but from the beginning I knew about Jane's parents, the purpose of the facility, and that she would later team up with a resistance group. It got boring toward the end. The book also reminded me of X-men, only poorly written.

To sum it up, I do not intend to listen to the sequel to Whisper. I believe that in 2022 women are stronger than Jane, men can behave in a genuine way, and that there are far superior YA novelists, ones who desire to teach worthwhile lessons to their readers no matter the age.

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  • Panama
  • 25-09-21

Not great

Slow slow slow but decent. The narrator was mostly monotone. The story got more interesting towards the end.

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