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  • The Silent Town

  • Tallman's Valley Detectives, Book 3
  • By: Anni Taylor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (101 ratings)

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The Silent Town

By: Anni Taylor
Narrated by: Caroline Lee
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Senior Detective Kate Wakeland senses dark undercurrents in her beloved small town, Tallman's Valley.

She's glimpsed a silent town lying beneath the valley – a place where the streets and landscapes are the same, but where daylight never reaches. But as Kate begins to investigate the silent town, a shocking multiple shooting occurs on the mountain that bookends the valley, Witness Mountain.

Kate is forced to suspend all else and focus on the case at hand. How did a frail, elderly man manage to shoot his family? Did he have the help of his grandson, a teenage boy who can't account for his whereabouts that morning?

The height of a devastating fire season hinders Kate at every turn. Through the smoky veil hanging in the valley, Kate begins to suspect a connection between the Witness Mountain shootings and the silent town.

But the dangers are far greater than Kate ever imagined. There are people who will kill to conceal what they know and what they've done.

©2021 Anni Taylor (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Brilliant plot, good twists & well written

This author is my new contemporary favourite. She’s excelled herself with this book. I so hope there’s another sequel.

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Another Anni classic

Engaging storyline has you thinking and guessing all the way along. Nice little twists, and great additions adding in modern technologies to keep up a very modern feel. Clean way of wrapping up the series; intertwining all three summaries nicely. Recommend a listen 👍🏼

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Fabulous & compelling!

Can’t wait to start the next Anni Taylor book. I have listened to a few now & will listen to another right now!

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loved the book from start to finish,can't wait to read another from this Author Anni Taylor

liked the way the story ebbed and flowed and tangled the characters together, good and bad

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Kept me guessing

This was thoroughly enjoyable with something continuously happening throughout. Kate's character is down to earth and believable. so many twists and turns that had me surprised at the end.

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Such a gripping series

I love the main characters in this series, that it’s Australian ( though I’m not) and thoroughly believable story

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Excellent listening

I so enjoyed all 3 of this series. Narration & storyline were spot on. Complex plots & interesting characters made it really engrossing.

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Sad it’s the last one.

What a journey, 3x books in 3 days. Fantastic finish to the series. All loose ends tied up just how I like it. Was worried for a while and couldn’t put it down but brilliant as always Anni. Thanks for the journey with Kate & her family,

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A good twist

Great story. Strong beleavable characters. The story is grim in places but so is reality. Thanks Anni for a great yarn

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Good story..poor narration

I really enjoyed the premise, the complex,(but distinctly Aussie) plot. Good writing. That said, as an audiobook the narration, actually all of the characters outside of the narrator’s voice, were so poor and overdone that it actually ruined the story, writing and any subtleties of plot line. Good lesson for audiobook performances of what not to do

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  • Daisey
  • 19-03-2022

I LOVED this book

Dignified writing with no swearing that I can recall, all done in good taste. Great character development.
Caroline Lee is just phenomenal as always.

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  • fikar5
  • 29-03-2023

Keeps you guessing

I really enjoyed this book. Not realizing it was 3/3 I will now have to go back and find the first two.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-2022

Excellent!

I loved all 3 books in the series. I'm so sad that I'm done, the character feels like family. I can just hope that there will be a 4th book. Caroline Lee is the best narrator ever!

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  • Molly
  • 01-02-2022

Great!

I’ve read all books in this series. I will be looking forward to reading more from this author.

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  • Kristina B Fargason
  • 11-07-2023

Annie Taylor Doesn’t Disappoint

I love that I’ve discovered Annie Taylor. Great stories without cheesy romance scenes. Mystery, intrigue and entertainment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-02-2022

excellent as always

love it, as always her books are great and the stories always have a unexpected twist.

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  • JoMama
  • 21-07-2023

Startling revelations

I love Anni Taylor, and I cannot wait until her next book. The reader never really knows what’s going on behind the scenes, and it is impossible to predict the ending. Who are the bad guys, and who are the good guys? The reader never knows until all is revealed.

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  • Lindy
  • 14-07-2023

I love Detective Wakefield !!

This series is very well written, and I am sad it ends with book 3. Anni Taylor is a master of character development, and she doesn’t disappoint—closing all the loose ends that have been lying just under the surface in Tallman Valley.

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  • Deb
  • 11-07-2023

Hard to focus with this naration

I have read a couple of books by this author, through gritted teeth as it was this same narrator. I don't want to hurt her feelings but she needs to rethink this profession or resign herself to stop attempting accents or anything else but read the storyline!! She is terrible at them, to the point of distraction! please stop!!! the story was a bit long winded and predictable at times. the end picked up a bit but it seemed like she couldn't think of a way out after boxing herself in a corner and made the escape a bit ridiculous. I don't think the characters would have taken the actions they did. at the end.. I won't listen to another with this narrator. there were some good characters and she wove in characters from past books pretty seamless without a big explanation as to who they were. which means if you haven't read them, it didn't mean much to you or make the story any better and didn't matter. I am one of those readers to see it through the end if it has any merit, and I made it through the end. no hoopla on this one. Sorry Ms. Taylor

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  • Sharon
  • 16-06-2023

I’m becoming a jaded reader, but this book rejuvenated my interest

I’ve listened to so many books over the years , some extraordinary. But am becoming more picky because I can’t be bothered wasting my time with authors who just copy ideas and don’t get creative, crafting something really special.
I had read Anni’s first two books in this series and found them interesting with great character development.
I really enjoyed this book. There was good suspense, Interesting characters and the storyline was really interesting, kept me engaged throughout.
I’ve read a few reviews critical of Caroline Lee’s narration particularly in relation to American accents. Whilst she may not be as polished as some in some of these accents, I find her general narration so relaxing and easy to listen to, and sometimes search for books she narrates purely because I love her voice. So I can readily overlook her sometimes cringy US accents because they don’t dominate and don’t ruin the story for me. I’m glad I picked this book.

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  • Fee
  • 01-02-2022

5 1/2 *

I’ve loved this series, I discovered it because of Caroline Lee who’s one of my favourite narrators.

I must admit, this wasn’t the best of the series but still beautifully written and atmospheric and well worth listening to or reading. And apologises to Ms. Lee but there are two characters in this one, an American and an Irishman, I found their accents really jarring to the narrative as a whole, sorry, they were awful!

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  • Andi
  • 28-01-2024

Brilliant!

Excellent story- beautifully written and narrated! All books by this author are excellent! Strongly recommend

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  • Tracey Marsh
  • 17-01-2024

Loved the whole series

Really enjoyed the whole series. Sometimes it rambled on a bit but for the most-part it was great. Would definitely recommend.

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  • 26-11-2023

Cracking Story

Plot line is very clever as is the case with Anni’s other books. Always a nice twist. An excellent listen

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  • Brian Burke
  • 09-09-2023

Great book

I loved the storyline and narration, too. I would recommend the whole series. Well worth a listen.

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  • Hughes Clan
  • 20-08-2023

Great listening

As usual lots of twists and turn. We’ll performed (apart from the Australian/Welsh/Scottish/Indian/New Zealand accent!!) but generally great to listen too and enjoyed the story.
Working my way through the entire series.

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  • Mr Norman C Mayhew
  • 10-08-2023

Brilliant

Great series. Such a good story. Brilliant red herrings and twists. Love this author. Narrator does a great job and makes all the characters believable- except a slightly dodgy Irish accent and very dodgy English accent that sounded like the chimney sweep off Mary Poppins! Ignorable for the story though. Worth the credit without doubt.

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  • Customer 383839
  • 09-06-2023

What an ending

Nicki
I loved the writing style and intricacies of the plot.
I’m left wondering what now for Kate and her Family.
I’m always amazed how authors keep tabs on all their characters? Such hard work. Well done Anni

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  • debbie.hazelwood
  • 27-03-2023

Fabulous trilogy

Well I’ve seen a few reviews saying that there wasn’t the best but put with 1&2 I loved it! Full of twists Annie Taylor didn’t disappoint yet again
I would highly recommend to anyone that loves a hood plot twist

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  • heather izzard
  • 26-03-2023

The worst of the three

Sadly Im disappointed. The last 4 or 5 chapters were just nonsense. It was almost like there was no way to tie up loose ends.
I really enjoyed the 1st 2 but frankly... This just wasn't on a part.
Poor Caroline Lee, who is a brilliant narrator seemed to drag on and on!
Please Caroline... No more Irish accents. It was horrible.

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