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  • Written by: Alice Oseman
  • Narrated by: Aysha Kala
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)
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Radio Silence

Written by: Alice Oseman
Narrated by: Aysha Kala
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Publisher's Summary

From critically acclaimed author Alice Oseman comes a smartly crafted contemporary YA novel, perfect for fans who love Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. This is an utterly captivating and authentic teen novel from the author of Solitaire, which VOYA said “could put her among the great young adult fiction authors.”

Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying. 

Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As. 

You probably think that they are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and she is a girl.

They don’t. They make a podcast. 

In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Will they have the courage to show everyone who they really are? Or will they be met with radio silence? 

©2017 Alice Oseman (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Overhyped

You know when you push through a book because EVERYONE says they love it and then it’s just...not...that..good. Yeah? Well that was this for me. I really hard a hard time listening to this, I found it really cringe and also though I definitely relate to the struggle every teen has experienced of feeling lost/directionless...it was so hard for me to care about the characters. Idk. Not it for me.

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Captivating, emotional, beautiful

These new characters from the familiar world of Heartstopper and Solitaire are just as heartwarming and fully realized as all the others we have met and fallen in love with in the Osemanverse.

I had no idea what to expect in this story but was quickly captivated by the engaging plot with its perfect blend of authenticity, unpredictability and suspense. Alice again brilliantly handles complex issues such as mental illness and sexuality with such accuracy and sensitivity. I found myself at times smiling, crying, laughing, and at one point literally holding my breath in suspense.

This is the audible equivalent of a page-turner and I ended up listening to the entire book in a single day. The story wraps up perfectly yet I am left wanting more, if only to spend more time with these characters, to see where they end up next.

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Beautiful and Heartstopping!

Radio Silence is written in language that is so vivid and transparent that I felt as if I was a direct witness to the events of the novel. The characters were brought to life in a way that made me believe they were real and I was moved by their struggles and their lovable humanity. The narrator was outstanding. I loved this book!

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Really enjoyed it!

I'm glad I gave this book a chance. I've enjoyed other works from this author before, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the messages it was presenting. The performance of the narrator was very vell done and it was an enjoyable listening experience.

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I seen some bad reviews for this book but honestly i loved it so much, thanks Alice. Also i loved the little references to solitaire so much and how it said at the end that Frances was the girl in the doctor who costume from solitaire, if you haven't listened to solitaire please so it's so amazing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-03-25

Didn’t hate it, didn’t love it. It was just ok.

First off, I want to say that I’m big on checking out reviews for books after I read them and I could only find 1 that agreed with me. So, clearly my opinion is not a very popular one. I found a few that seemed to agree with some opinions I had, but still rated it a 4 out of 5 because of how relatable it was for them. I did not find this relatable, and not because I haven’t gone through the things the characters deal with because I have. I simply felt no attachment to it at all, it wasn’t a great book, It was just ok. So, I will not rate this higher than a 3 and I feel like I’m being generous with a 3.

I went into this blind because of the amazing reviews it had received and felt that I couldn’t be disappointed. Maybe my expectations were too high, because it never grabbed me and I found myself taking many breaks from it. In fact, the only time I was unable to stop listening was towards the end because I honestly just wanted to get it over with so I start something else. I even caught myself checking the time to see if it was almost over. The writing was a bit sloppy, I didn’t care for the main character Frances and it was way longer than it should have been. I just really did not enjoy this book. I think if it was a 90 minute movie I would’ve enjoyed it more, but instead I spent over 500 minutes wondering what all the hype was about.

If you’re looking for an ice breaker read and don’t want to put too much thought into something than throw on this audio book and check out the decent story, but in my opinion if you’re looking for something captivating then look somewhere else because you will not find that here.

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  • net
  • 2019-03-20

I guess it's not for me

Almost reached the end but got tired of it, feels very slow and repetitive. It has some good points. Maybe it's for younger people.
Maybe it's the audio format that didn't work for me, cause it has lots of online chat logs back and forth and you have to listen to each hour and name of each message. The moms felt very 'one note'. The 'mystery' was kinda obvious... well,not bad, not bad

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  • Tauria
  • 2018-10-11

Emotional To Say The Least

I’ve been meaning to read Radio Silence for a couple months now and I’m glad I waited to pick it up on audiobook. Radio Silence had me sobbing on my drive home today as the struggles of Frances and Aled hit so close to home. I was so happy that it wasn’t a love story and represented so many different communities.

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  • K-dog
  • 2020-01-12

British teen drama within pop social networks and fandom

It was worth a sale price listen, a little long, but entertaining. Topics of sexuality, love, and self worth among some British teens just trying to figure it all out. Kind of like frozen the love is deeper than just mates. Very fandom! Unique.

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  • SHAWN HILLMAN
  • 2019-06-11

WONDERFUL

I loved this books so much, the meaning and message is so important and I just adored the writing!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2024-02-08

Cozy and relatable

The story was relatively with how friendships usually start and the characters had feelings that everyone has felt at some point. The narrator is the perfect pick for the main character and is so smooth I sleep listening to this book often. The story is unique but normal at the same time. I wish universal city was actually real.

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  • Juliana
  • 2024-01-12

Aled is a heartbreakingly relatable character

seeing how alone Aled feels make you feel less alone. he's one of the best characters I've read about in years. I love this story so so very much

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2024-01-11

Refreshing

I found this to be a beautifully told story about friendship, romance, and sibling hood. I also loved the way it put an emphasis on the fact that you don’t need to go to university, something that i’m sure resonates with many

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  • Ruth
  • 2024-01-03

Alice Oseman’s brilliant storytelling

Alice Oseman is brilliant. Nothing she’s written fails to have me pulled in and in love.

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  • Zoey Dougherty
  • 2024-01-01

Pls read this

i loved the whole thing and pls check out the other books they are all amazing

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  • Ramarielina claudia
  • 2020-06-07

Awesome!

For sure, one of my favorite books! I loved the characters, loved the plot, it was just PERFECT!

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-07-14

Oh so good!

This book has become without a doubt a new favorite of mine. A captivating and addictive novel that makes it so hard to put this book down. From chapter one, I was immersed so deeply in the narrative and got immediately lost in its universe and its characters. I strongly recommend the audiobook for this one, Aysha Kala's performance is remarkable.

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