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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (656 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kay Bratt Narrator: Shannon McManus Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781469200927
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When her family relocated to rural China in 2003, Kay Bratt was thrust into a new world, one where boys were considered more valuable than girls and poverty and the one-child policy had created an epidemic of abandoned infants. As a volunteer at a local orphanage, Bratt witnessed conditions that were unfathomable to a middle-class mother of two from South Carolina. Based on Bratt’s diary of her four years at the orphanage, Silent Tears offers a searing account of young lives rendered disposable. In the face of an implacable system, Bratt found ways to work within (and around) the rules to make a better future for the children, whom she came to love. The book offers no easy answers. While often painful in its clear-sightedness, Silent Tears balances the sadness and struggles of life in the orphanage with moments of joy, optimism, faith, and victory. It is the story of hundreds of children — and of one woman who never planned on becoming a hero but became one anyway. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeni | 2/7/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this book......it was interesting but I couldn't stand all of the horrific thongs happening. I was always sad after reading it and couldn't read it tip the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Stevenson | 2/6/2014

    " sad but inspiring the difference one person can make in a child's life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lena Gordon | 1/22/2014

    " I loved this memoir of a family in China and her experiences in the orphanage. Brings light to cultural differences, and daily goings on of a Chinese orphanage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 1/15/2014

    " This is a beautiful story of an American who volunteers in a Chinese orphanage. The conditions of the orphanage in this book are heartbreaking. It is unbelievable how strict Chinese adoption is when there are babies dying everyday because there are too many orphans and too little staff to care for them. This book is a tear jerker and makes you appreciate what you have. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Berklee Jensen | 1/14/2014

    " Couldn't finish the book. At about 70% finished I had enough of the repetitiveness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Schrillo | 12/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this book but it was very difficult to read. It makes me so sad to think of all those little ones over there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylee | 12/15/2013

    " I am really intrigued by the work that this woman has done for this orphanage. I was blessed to volunteer in an amazing orphanage. This book showed me the difference that we can do in any situation if we are just diligent. I did feel like the book dragged on a bit at the end but overall I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/12/2013

    " I made it about halfway and decided it was too sad for me to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 12/11/2013

    " I found this book sad but inspirational. Written by a women during her four years living in China with her husband and young daughter you can easily see how difficult it is to be an ex- pat in any culture. What the author accomplishes during her time living in China is truly remarkable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 11/21/2013

    " I found the book very interesting. Why some found the author so annoying was beyond me. I guess I read it more for the info on orphanage life rather than info on Kay Bratt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 10/23/2013

    " Amazing, heart wrenching, and hopeful book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 10/13/2013

    " This book broke my heart, angered and frustrated me and gave me hope. Well written in diary form,which helps you endure the hardships. Story line covers the experiences of an american woman who volunteers at a Chinese orphanage over a two year period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Zanin | 9/13/2013

    " A very eye opening read about an orphanage in china. Make you remember how blessed we are here in America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tricia | 8/25/2013

    " Interesting and tough to read - esp. in light of being mom to SG and H. Very realistic look at life in an orphanage in China. Didn't connect well with the author. Admire many of her qualities, but something left me a little flat about her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Sweeney | 8/8/2013

    " A true life portrayal of life in a Chinese orphanage. I was very interested in this book because my two oldest children were adopted from Korea. I found a link to the White Lily Orphanage that Jenny stayed at for a while. It is still functioning and is run by a order of nuns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Kim | 7/28/2013

    " Not a very polished writing style but nonetheless a good read as a memoir "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Lane | 7/21/2013

    " Amazing insight into the life of orphans in some Chinese orphanages. Helps me understand my daughter's history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 5/16/2013

    " Very disturbing orphanage conditions, but inspiring to see what people can do to bring change. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianna | 5/14/2013

    " This was a difficult book to read. I was completely astounded at the conditions of the Chinese orphanage where Bratt volunteered. I cannot believe such conditions still exist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 4/3/2013

    " Good book about children in orphanages in China. Sad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 3/30/2013

    " It was a good introduction to China, although her attitude in parts of the book bugged me ( a little judgmental). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawna Lynn | 3/18/2013

    " Beautifully written memoir! Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Patterson | 2/8/2013

    " /Very interesting account of this person's journey to China and her experiences over several years of working as a volunteer in a Chinese orphanage. Heart rending "

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About the Author

Kay Bratt is a child advocate and author who lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina. She lived in China for over four years, and because of her experiences working with orphans, she strives to be the voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. She is currently an active volunteer for the nonprofit organization called An Orphan’s Wish. If you would like to read more about what started her career as an author, and also meet the children she knew and loved in China, read her poignant memoir, Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage.

About the Narrator

Shannon McManus, award-winning narrator, is a Los Angeles–based actor, writer, and voice artist. Her natural vocal abilities and extensive theater training have led to work in audiobook narration, commercial voice-over, and animation. Critical praise includes an Audiofile Earphones Award and a Publishers Weekly Listen Up! Award in children’s and young adult fiction.