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I’ve spent years hoping someone would finally hear me. It’s easier not to try anymore....

10 years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rear view mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home.

At 28, Nolan has traveled the world as a successful concert violinist with some of the best symphonies in the country. But success breeds envy, and when Nolan’s benefactor and lover decides Nolan has flown high enough, he cruelly clips Nolan’s wings. The betrayal and ensuing scandal leaves the violinist’s career in shambles and with barely enough money to start fresh somewhere beyond his vindictive ex’s powerful reach. But just as he’s ready to get his life back on track, Nolan gets the call he’s been dreading.

After a stroke leaves his father a partial invalid, duty-bound Nolan returns to Pelican Bay and a life he’s spent years trying to forget. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again....

Even if I could speak, there wouldn’t be anyone there to listen....

©2017 Sloane Kennedy (P)2017 Sloane Kennedy

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  • Jackie Thorogood
  • 16 12 2017

So very good, highly recommended.

I loved the book, so I knew that I would love this audible as well, which I did, it's highly entertaining, the audible gave it extra depth, it was a perfect way to spend a couple of afternoons,
Michael Pauley was once again excellent he work these characters, plus his take on all of the other characters is truly amazing the book came alive with him,. Outstanding.
I will definitely be listening to this again,

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  • Robert Dean Foreman
  • 02 01 2018

Excited to read the next book

I loved this story, plots, twist &turns tears, I was all over the place. So happy with ending , and yet scared to learn the next saga . loved the animals

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  • Claudia AP
  • 01 01 2018


This book is AWESOME and the narration moved me to tears 💖
Nolan and Dallas destinies were intertwined since their teenage years but insecurities speak louder when you need to be a perfect son, so Dallas never acted on his attraction to quiet Nolan... He never acted... nor to speak to him, nor to protect him against bullies. He knows he deserved what fate had in store for him.
All Nolan wanted was to leave Pelican Bay... to leave all the hurt and pain behind. what a cruel sense oh humor destiny has to bring him back to Pelican Bay... not as the famous violinist he used to be... but as someone with a tainted past...
These two wounded souls will find in each other the strength to grow as individuals, and the love to grow as one.
AWESOME book. Awesome narration.
Don't miss it

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  • FHR
  • 01 01 2018

Engrossing from start to finish.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. This was was my first audiobook and I absolutely fell in love with the experience, the emotions feel so much more raw and heartfelt in audio. This story was absolutely beautiful and heartwarming.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot itself. It was so multi layered and the characters were developed so well. I loved how the characters connected and had that undeniable spark. Their confidence and belief in each other was spectacular.

What about Michael Pauley’s performance did you like?

His range of emotions that he portrayed. The little scoffs he did in his narration was hilarious. His ability to portray every character on their own light was captivating.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did. The bedroom scene when they declared their love for each other was amazing. I actually had tears in my eyes as I listened to the scene.

Any additional comments?

A fantastic first time experience that has opened me up to a whole different world. II can’t wait to listen to more books from the author.

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  • Annika
  • 26 12 2017

A beautiful second-chance book

You can hear so more than you realise if you just truly listen. If you truly look at someone you might just see so much more than you ever thought possible.

"I'd been silently screaming my while life and no one had ever heard."

So what does Dallas, the town's baseball hero and Nolan, the skinny, invisible, bullied guy have in common?
- Let me tell you; Not one single person in their lives truly sees them. Knows them. That kind of knowing someone to their core that unconditional love brings. Neither Nolan nor Dallas ever had that one single person that truly knows them. Both have been invisible and ignored. No one ever really listening to what they'd had to say. Judging, condemning - and with pitchforks in hand. That was true in high school, and is still true some ten years later when their paths cross again.

Nolan returns to Pelican Bay after “the incident” in San Francisco, to help his mom with his ailing father. But he is far from welcome. Ostracised and ignored by the town he turns to the one person that might just be lower on the totem pole than him. His former crush Dallas. The two forms a (very) tentative friendship, both slowly realising how much they have in common. And that by standing together they are so much stronger than they ever were alone.

We also get to meet some wonderful animals. Loki will steal your heart for sure, but Gentry might just break it a little bit. And Jerry… well.. when you need someone to lighten the mood, you might want to visit with Jerry, the ornery – but not dangerous – zebra. Just don’t expect him to do what you want him to. ;)

One issues I had with the book was that the resolution to some of the issues that were going on. It was all too quick and too neat for my tastes. The town switched sides too quickly. I mean they’d hated Dallas for ten years, made him a pariah to the point where he avoided going into town at all. Then, overnight they swarm him with love and generosity? Don't believe that. No thank you, I don’t need that kind of people in my life - or in my books. Bring me genuine friends that will stand by someone through the hardships, the pain and sorrow.

Michael Pauley did a good job bringing this book to life, giving both Nolan and Dallas a voice. Making them heard. I just love listening to his voice, and I can honestly say his voice is one of my favourite ones. If not the voice. There's just something about it that is soothing and relaxing, that even in the middle of a migraine I wouldn't mind listening to is voice. But that's his voice mind you, not the narration in itself. I do feel that at times there could be more of a difference between how he narrates different characters, but this is just a minor thing, and definitely not something that will ever keep me from listening to one of his narration.

Locked in Silence is a beautiful book about second chances. A second chance at love, of family, friendships. But more importantly, a second chance at life. Because before they met again, neither Nolan or Dallas were truly living, they were surviving one day to the next. It’s a hurt-comfort book that will have you swearing at the injustices of the world and at the narrowmindedness of the small town people. But it will also bring a warmth to your heart because underneath there are some wonderful people capable of great love,

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 26 12 2017

New series starts with an emotional bang

Every Sloane Kennedy audiobook is an auto-buy for me. Since listening to Redemption – the first book in her Protector series – I have been hooked.

Locked in Silence is the first book in her new Pelican Bay series and I have to admit I’m already hooked.

Ten years have passed since Nolan Grainger and Dallas Kent were in their senior year at the high school in Pelican Bay. Both had secured promising futures and had plans to leave the small town in their rear-view mirrors.

Fast forward ten years and things have not gone well for either man. Nolan has traveled the world as a vaunted violinist, but between his father’s stroke and his own disgrace, he has come home to lick his wounds and help his parents get back on their feet.

A little critter brings him into contact with Dallas most unexpectedly and after another chance encounter, it is Nolan who voluntarily approaches Dallas, the former golden boy. Dallas never bullied Nolan, like most of the other kids in the high school, but neither did he defend the young nerd who was a musical prodigy.

Their relationship as adults is fraught with landmines, but the attraction invades their every interaction.

And, despite Nolan’s desperate situations, at least he hasn’t been locked away for the past 10 years. Dallas has carved out a life for himself, convinced this is as good as it gets. Nolan’s entry into his life, however, shakes him from his torpor.

Both Nolan and Dallas are gentle souls. Dallas’ care of the animals in his sanctuary is poignant as he often takes in and cares for creatures who have been neglected as he has been. Understanding that time is finite, he treasures his interactions as he nurses, rehabilitates, and either releases animals back into the wilderness, or cares for them until the end. Nolan shares that inability to walk away from someone in need. In the end, the town he had always felt was an anvil around his neck, provides him with the man who gives him love like he’s never known. The animals in this book are as alive as the human characters and just as endearing.

Forgiveness is the prevailing theme in this book – from dysfunctional parents, seemingly-cruel siblings, former lovers, or bullies (former and present), a lot of people have hurt Dallas and Nolan. There were times I wondered if they could overcome the pain and grief.

Love can sometimes heal as well as bring joy. People can redeem themselves by changing to become better people and sometimes even evil people get their comeuppance.

This is a beautiful and painful tribute to two beautiful men. Whether by disability or false accusation, they thought they were destined to be alone for life.

I’m so glad they were wrong.

And Michael Pauley? I don’t think I can ever say enough good things about this talented narrator. I love him. He brings Dallas to life even though the man is locked in silence, unable to speak. The emotions evoked by Dallas’ frustration at being unable to communicate like others is heightened by Michael’s ability to give Dallas language and emotions. Great job.

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  • Neta_BER
  • 22 12 2017

Amazing book! Loved every second!!!

What an amazing story, I was completely caught off guard with this book! I knew going in hat it will have some drama, and as a Sloan book I was expecting it to be a bit over the top BUT was pleasantly surprised that it really wasn’t!

First, I have to say that it was beautifully balanced, and I loved that it did not revolve around sex, and in fact there were not as many sexual scenes as I was expecting, which might sound disappointing but In reality, it helped set the focus on their relationship. I have read books by Sloan before and while they were very good they were often action packed and full of twists and turns that can sometimes be a bit too much. I liked that in this book she seemed to take a step back and let the characters explore.
I also find it interesting how much Dallas as a character can be honest when he cannot actually speak, there is something about how he communicates and bonds with Nolan that is just so refreshing and without any dramatic evasion and misunderstandings. Their interactions are sweet and funny, and how can ANYONE resist Loki/Tom hiddelston jokes and references?!!! I was laughing my ass off and fangirl-screaming every time his name popped up. Nolan is also a wonderful character, I liked his softness, and that fact he cries a lot, he lets his emotions show and is not afraid of them, without being a Femme character. His music is clearly a part of him and still he does not back down and puts his all into everything he does. It is another refreshing aspect of this wonderful story that really captured my heart.
The animals are described beautifully, it shows research and attention to detail, they were engaging, funny and interesting to read about.

As far as story arcs go, I liked that the last part of the book introduced some new characters that will appear in book 2 (YES please and thank you!!! Waiting for it anxiously). It was a nice change in pace, and I liked that even though ¾ of the book are slow and centered on them the ending is this explosion of new people, the ultimately help them. I also liked that most of the negative characters did not remain that way by the end. M/M books tend to have archetypes like homophobic parents, religious zealous and mean bullies. Sometimes these characters just look bland and get tiresome. Sloan smartly helped some of them develop into more meaningful interesting characters and its part of why I liked this book so much.

The audio narration is absolute perfection! Everyone who loves M/M audiobooks has probably heard something narrated by Michael Pauley, he is a very talented emotional narrator that brings any book to life. But he is so popular that after listening to so many books he narrated some of them kind of start to sound the same. His signature voices are very distinct, and while his talent is without question I was expecting this book to be “more of the same” good narration. BUT!!! Michael really surprised me with new depth and voice acting skills, as they cannot be called anything but! One needs to have true talent to bring a unique voice to a character that is essentially mute. His emotional narration drew me in and captured me completely, heart, body and soul. How he rendered Dallas’s struggles to make sounds, his inability to do so, and the level of acting he put into each word is incredible. I would have likely loved this book in e-book format just as much had I read it like that before listening to the audio but, ironically, this story in particular, needed a voice. Michael was the perfect narrator to do just that.

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  • felicia jones
  • 18 12 2017

"The book of Job" with a gay twist!!!

A lovely story about two good men, who find love and happiness, despite overwhelming odds. I found the story intriguing and I especially liked Nolan, I found myself being pulled in right away. Life is not easy, especially when you don't conform to what society says you should be. And I knew that facing and overcoming the challenges life throws at you, makes for an interesting story. I thought the tragedies were a bit extreme, and I must say I struggled to reach the end; how much more could the characters endure? They did? Thank God! The narrarator wasn't great, but I got use to him and eventually felt he fits the characters, especially Nokan. I hope to read more of the series.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 17 12 2017


I love this book reading it but OMG Michael Pauley narration is amazing!!! I just love how Michael just always makes any story that he narrates so amazing. He just brings Nolan and Dallas to life. I think these two are the perfect combination. Sloane Kennedy with her amazing writing and Michael Pauley amazing narration!

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 15 12 2017

just the most beautiful story ever

OMG !!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
I love the story! I love it! love it! love it!
did I say I love it yet?
the characters were sophisticated, human emotional but not overrated..
the author investigated a lot before she wrote this book you can see it..m
the book was such an amazing and beautiful book! I even can't explain it with words 😍😍😍
I enjoyed it so much😍 and I loved it so very much .. one of the best books I read of this author.
and Michael!!!!!!!!!!!! what can I say about this narrator? that I didn't say already he's a genius, a devil , a perfect actor and I'm actually falling him and checking all his works
the parts when Dallas tried to pronounce himself with the little voice he had was absolutely perfect I could feel the struggle of the character it was such an amazing work of this artist I can't even call him only a narrator Michael is much much more then a simple narrator he can express feelings like no one else can he can make me cry laugh get aroused get super annoyed and mad if the character is annoying of course can I say again this book was perfect?

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  • Lusitania
  • 24 12 2017

Simply outstanding

I loved reading this book but listening to Michael Pauley bringing Nolan and Dallas to life brought it to a new level. A really outstanding and solid job from Michael on one of Sloane's many great books.

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  • Becky L
  • 20 12 2017

Brilliant story, but better in print

I've read this book before so I know I love the story, and I've listened to Michael Pauley narrate before, so I know I like his narration... but the two did not mix well here for me. The narration was too wistful and at times contemplative, when I thought it needed to be still with emotion but stronger. Ironically, I thought Maddox, Isaac and Newt came across great, and even the sheriff was sheriffy - it was just Nolan and Dallas that didn't mesh for me.

That said - the story was utterly brilliant.

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  • Helennnlouise18
  • 12 12 2017

Absolutely loved it!!

This was my first audible experience and I really enjoyed experiencing it through Michael Pauley’s lovely narration. His voice really brought the characters alive in my head -especially Nolan’s! It was a great reading that just emphasised Sloane Kennedy’s flawless storytelling.

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  • Lucy Oliver
  • 03 12 2017

Loved it

I actually adore this story anyway but Michael Pauley really brings the story to life as he does with every audio book he narrates.
Love Sloane's style of writing,her characters and her passion for her craft .cant wait for the next one xxx