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The Loudness of Unsaid Things

Narrated by: Hilde Hinton
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
4 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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An unforgettable story of loneliness, isolation and finding your way. Heart-wrenching, wise and wryly funny, this novel will make you kinder to those who are lost.

Miss Kaye works at The Institute. A place for the damaged, the outliers, the not-quite rights. Everyone has different strategies to deal with the residents. Some bark orders. Some negotiate tirelessly. Miss Kaye found that simply being herself was mostly the right thing to do.  

Susie was seven when she realised she'd had her fill of character building. She'd lie between her Holly Hobbie sheets thinking how slowly birthdays come around, but how quickly change happened. One minute her dad was saying that the family needed to move back to the city and then, SHAZAM, they were there. Her mum didn't move to the new house with them. And Susie hated going to see her mum at the mind hospital. She never knew who her mum would be. Or who would be there. As the years passed, there were so many things Susie wanted to say but never could.

Miss Kaye will teach Susie that the loudness of unsaid things can be music - and together they will learn that living can be more than surviving.

©2020 Hilde Hinton (P)2020 Hachette Australia Audio

Critic Reviews

"My heart grew, then broke, then mended itself. A wise, funny, brave novel and a story that you will never want to forget." (Favel Parrett)

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So much promise , does not happen

Hard to read a book where there are no likeable characters. I did like the narration which was the only reason I persisted .
The book was disjointed and left out so much detail. I am still left wondering ....what and why ,felt very sad for the father not for the daughter

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Bravo Hilde

Wow!!!! What a debut!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
I wept and laughed and learned. I want to read it again so I don’t forget the wisdoms of Susie and her dad.
I am changed for reading this book. Make it into a MOVIE, with Sam as the dad....(I’m not joking, I hung out with my friends at ‘the exchange’ so first hand visuals)
You should be really proud of this. It is a masterpiece!
Keep writing

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Waiting for More

I had high expectations for this book but, sadly, I felt something was missing.

There have been attempts to draw parallels to 'Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine', however, this book is the poorer cousin of the latter. I was left feeling like we'd been read a laundry list of escapades by this character, as opposed to a story that went somewhere.

Unfortunately, I felt the narrator was almost worse than the story itself. Bereft of cadence, I found the reading stilted and dull.



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monotonous

I found parts of this book entreating but the narrator just droned on with minimal.emotion or input I to the story. I feel like I missed the core of the book because of it. I really struggled to finish and didnt really follow the ending because I lost focus

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Brilliant

A book full of kindness, sorrow, energy and experiences. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who has ever struggled with life. Beautiful.

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Challenging and entertaining book!

As I have a mental illness, I was really curious to hear this book, to hear another perspective. I found it a very good book, written with sensitivity and the author's 'standoffish' tone of voice matched one of the book's themes of not wanting to get hurt. She portrayed the sometimes 'kookiness' of mental illness well and with gentleness. I highly recommend this book.

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Frustrating.

I am going against the grain here, but this was horrible.

Authors should not narrate their own books (in my limited experience).

I also dislike long reviews, so I am going to keep this short.

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I really wanted to relate to the characters, but I couldn't. The old mother was particularly horrid. Coming from someone that has experienced way more trauma than the main character, I am disgusted.
I adore flawed characters, but hated this.
Perhaps it was the writing style. Leaving everything DRY and vague.
I felt like the author was trying too hard to impress the reader the ENTIRE book. It didn't flow but kept tripping over itself.
The language Suzie uses is so inconsistent with her age (don't get me started).
And why the hell would someone who is supposed to truly care for the mentally handicapped refer to them in her mind as "Mrs Shrek" or "Newtons Third Law" or "Lego head"...????
This book was boring, rang false and screamed "Try Hard" from the top of its lungs. It wasn't even artsy.
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a novel novel

I really enjoyed this book, a little sad as there were so many opportunities for a different life for Suzy, if the right conversations were to be had with the right person at the right time. but also because if that very true to life. beautifully told.

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Time & Space to Mend

Thank You Hilde Hinton for writing and reading your book to me. l have laughed, gasped, held my breath and cried. Looking forward to your next creation.👍

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sad, quirky, brave, hopeful, touching!

Fabulous narration by the author, thoroughly enjoyed the story of Suzy shoes and had laughs and a few years too, recommend this one!