Lake Silence Audiobook by Anne Bishop (REVIEW)

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Review of: Lake Silence Audiobook
Anne Bishop

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On March 9, 2018
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Lake Silence Audiobook

By: Anne Bishop

Narrated by: Alexandra Harris

Published by: Penguin Audio 03/06/2018

Lake Silence Audiobook by Anne Bishop read by Alexandra Harris

Lake Silence Audiobook Sample

Lake Silence Audiobook

4.5 Hearts

This is the sixth book in The Others series. However, this book starts a new tale in a new location in this world that Anne Bishop has created. In the first five books in the series, we followed Meg and the members of the Lakeside Courtyard. In this book, we follow Vicki and the people in the small town of Sproing. This town lives much closer to the terra indigene (shifters, vampires called Sanguinati, elementals and more) than the people of the city of Lakeside.

So Vicki has just recently divorce her verbally abusive husband. She got some of his family’s land, a run down lodge called The Jumble, in the divorce settlement. She also got some money to fix up The Jumble, which she does. The Jumble has very strict requirements for how the property is managed. The land is owned by terra indigene, Vicki owns only the buildings. She has to follow their rules for the land. Such as, she can’t put motorboats into the lake, can’t widen the roads, etc.

She gets her first tennent in the way of Aggie Crowe. Things go pretty well until Vicki finds Aggie heating up an eyeball in the wave-cooker (Aggie decided that the eye would be better warm, since the body had been dead for a bit and the eye was squishy) There is a dead body in The Jumble. Vicki quickly calls the police. Things go downhill from there.

While this story has a completely new set of characters, we do get mention of Vlad and Meg. There are references to the Lakeside Courtyard, but we don’t actually get any page time with any of them. That’s okay though, because we have a great time with all the new characters. Vicki and Aggie are both great characters. Ilya Sanguinati, who becomes Vicki’s lawyer, is interesting and I can’t wait to see where Anne Bishop takes his character. Vicki has two other shifters that come on to help her in the jumble, a cougar shifter and bear shifter. In town, there is Julian Farrow, an Intuit, former cop and the current owner of Lettuce Read, the local bookstore (can I say, I love all the store names in this series). There is also Officer Grimshaw who is assigned to handle things in the town, even though he technically works for highway patrol.

Vicki and Aggie, along with a few other terra indigene, play a game called Murder. It is very similar to Clue. Trying to figure out who did it and with what and in what room. Vicki is also asked to become the Reader. Many of the terra indigene aren’t as in tuned with humans as others, so in some towns a Reader is chosen to read stories to the ones who can’t read.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Sproingers. They are little creatures that the people of the town treat like animals. They feed them carrot pieces. But they are much smarter than mere animals. There is a scene where they want to peer into a window, so they form a pyramid so one can get high enough to see in.

There are also the beloved ponies from the earlier books too. Or, I should say, new ponies. Whirlpool, is adorable and has a great scene with Vicki in The Jumble. We also meet a few of the elementals.

This series continues to mix together humor, cute and very dark. Humans in this world are not usually the good guys. There are some good ones like Vicki and Grimshaw, but there are way more bad ones. People who don’t think the rules apply to them. They think that they have final say, no matter what the terra indigene say. If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend it. I do think you can start with this book, but I would recommend starting with book one. There are things that are mentioned in this book that you learn about in the first five books. While I think you could understand it, I think you would have a better appreciation after finishing the first book. Plus, you won’t regret spending time with Meg and the gang.

Lake Silence Audiobook Narration

4.5 Hearts

Alexandra Harris continues to do a great job with the narration of this series. I love how she voices all the crows, mostly. I think she is amazing with showing the feelings of every character, from Vicki when she is upset to Vicki’s evil husband to Grimshaw’s determination. She is the voice of this series for me. I can’t imagine tackling this series in any other way.

Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel,Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestsellers list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

Crawford Award (2000)


Narrator Alexandra HarrisAlexandra Harris is an actress, known for The Posthuman Project (2014), The Prophet’s Son (2012) and In the Shadows (2012).


I like to thank Penguin Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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ML Simmons Reviewer

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. YAY. I am glad you loved this too. I am excited to be back in this world and cannot wait for the next audio.

    • I can’t wait for the next audio either. I heard on a FB Live that the next book is, again, in a new location. I would’ve liked more time here. I don’t know if she’s planning on going to return here one day or not.

  2. The little animals sounds really interesting. I haven’t started this series but it sounds like I should.

    • This is such a fun series, Mary. I think you would like it. It can be pretty dark, but there’s some good humor too.

    • I have to say, you really should. This series is so much fun. You can start here, if you really want.

  3. I think it’s great that the second series arc of the series is really great for you with the new characters and setting. I have the first two books in the series so I’ll get to them. 🙂

    • I hope you get a chance to try this series. It is really fun. It is a bit darker than some UF out there, but there’s still humor too.

  4. I am so glad you enjoyed this one, Melanie! I really had a good time with Vicki and all of the new characters in this book. I am happy to hear that you liked the narrator for this series. I am slowing picking up copies for an eventual re-read.

    • Audio would be a great way for you to revisit this series. It took me a bit to get used to her, but she really fits the characters.

  5. Great review Melanie I enjoyed both yours and Kims on this title and she and this series is on my list. Fingers crossed

    • I hope you get a chance to try it soon. It is a really fun series.

  6. I had somehow gotten the impression that the Others series was YA and didn’t give it a big priority on my TBR, but now that I’ve been corrected and all these awesome reviews are around, I think I need to get to reading it. I know when a second story arc everyone says its a good spot to jump in, but will I miss any world building if I start at this book?

    • Noooo. This is a pretty dark UF for adults. There isn’t sex in it, but it can be pretty violent. If you’re at all thinking about reading the whole series, I would start with book one. While you get everything explained in this book, I think you have a better appreciation for the Others if you start there.

  7. I really enjoyed this one but I thought that Vicky and Meg followed the same scheme…

  8. This series is on my to-read list. I own a copy of book1, but haven’t read it yet. It sounds nice how this book follows a new point of view, but you see the main characters from the first 5 books still as well.

    • I hope you enjoy this series as much as I have when you get a chance to dive it.

  9. Another author I haven’t tried as yet! This sounds like a good read, especially featuring new characters. It’s good that previous characters make appearances too. I want to meet some of these Sproingers… they sound awesome!

    • You can start with this book, but I really love the early books too. You can’t go wrong starting either place.

  10. Great review. While hesitant at first, I ended up really enjoying the book. I like that there are similarities with the original series, but still so much different. I wonder if this new spin off will continue to follow Vicki and Sproing, or go to other places within the World of the Others.

    • I heard in a FB Live that the next book is tackling the people repopulating the wild country from a previous book. I would like more time with Vicki, but I will take anything she gives me.

  11. I’m not ready to move on from Simon and Meg (crying really hard!!)!! I think I need a short story, or several of them before I’ll be ready to move on. Despite that though I am excited for this new chapter in the Others series

    • I was disappointed to leave Simon and Meg (and Vlad and Tess and more). This one is a lot of fun. I want to do a revisit of this series too.

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