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Viva Durant and The Secret of the Silver Buttons

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  717 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Viva Durant, New Orleans’ youngest detective, is on a quest to solve a jazzy mystery involving hidden treasure, while exploring the city’s unique culture, history, and music. This family-friendly audio original features original jazz music from the creator, Ashli St. Armant, and an enthusiastic performance from Audible Hall of Fame narrator, Bahni Turpin.

Plucky 14-year-old
Audible Audio, 5 pages
Published October 31st 2019 by Audible Original
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It was a pretty cute and short audiobook.

I sort of, kind of, like these little audible originals. It's a smidge hard to pick the two books out of the six options.. but I feel like I've done pretty good so far. In Viva Durant and the Secret of the Silver Buttons we meet - well Viva. She is the Nancy Drew in New Orleans and she is out to discover a mysterious treasure.

Now it revolves around a old nursey rhyme(ish?) that I remember clapping along to when I was kid. Heck I'm still a big kid at 27
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Exceeding enjoyable little mystery. Exactly what I needed to read right now.
This was a fun, quick audio. Viva is a curious, smart 14 year old who goes to stay with her grandmother in New Orleans for the summer. While she's there, she investigates a case of missing silver buttons and possibly hidden treasure. The story was well done and the audio had singing and music that enhanced the story. I liked the mystery and following the clues to see what really happened. I would listen to more of these :)
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook-read, ya
Fun little audiobook
Shreya Chandwadkar
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This is meant for children.
Why? because everything goes the protagonist's way.
Ain't nobody gon treat you good all the time Viva. The real world is cruel.
A good story to make your younger cousins listen to. Has fun supporting sounds as well.
Also, every chapter ends and begins with a 10-second jazz piece :)

All in all, a one time listen.
Zinzee Noel
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story and the narration was also great. The ending completely surprised me.
Alex Shrugged
This audiobook was a free monthly selection as part of my Audible subscription.

I dropped a star on this book because the main character, Viva Durant, lied to her grandmother multiple times to direct questions, and Viva did not seem repentant. In other words, lying to adults is considered a reasonable thing to do if telling the truth will stop that child from doing something it wants to do. In this case, Viva wanted to satisfy her curiosity. She was seeking a treasure by solving the clues hidden
Alan Teder
Fun Children's/YA Jazz/New Orleans-Themed Mystery
Review of the Audible Original audiobook (2019)

This was an extremely well done children's/young adult mystery by jazz performer / music educator Ashli St. Armant (who sings under the stage name of Jazzy Ash). It had a fun story line and an excellent audio production with incidental music, presumably by Jazzy Ash herself and her band the Leaping Lizards.

The story has 14-year-old Viva Durant spending a summer vacation with her grandmother in New
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, read-2019
Cute story with excellent narration. However, the whole thing felt a little too juvenile and simplistic, lacking conflicts that would keep things interesting. The protagonist is supposed to be 14, but she came across more like an 11- or 12-year-old to me. Using music in the story was a nice touch, but having the same melody repeated over and over got annoying after a while.
Robin Mandell
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really charming and entertaining. The performance and production are both excellent.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute story, probably more for kids than adults but still fun for adults to listen to with their kids.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderful main character, lots of fun action and the dialog is well written. The plot dragged a bit in parts.
Overall charming and engaging mystery- and Viva is a great friend to hang with.
Robin Hatcher
This was an enjoyable young adult Audible Original. I'm not a huge fan of music and background "noise" in audiobooks. I prefer a good narrator, reading the story the way it was written. That said, the addition of those things did fit the ambiance of the New Orleans setting and the woman Viva was investigating.
Krysten Blouin
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Cute Audible Original story. I wasn’t super impressed with the music throughout the production. It was also strange how the author included so many unrelated details that never really got tied back into the story. I wish they had incorporated more of Viva’s musical talents into the story, especially considering it takes place in New Orleans - seems like a missed opportunity. Overall, I enjoyed the listen, but it won’t be something I revisit or necessarily recommend to friends.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this audible production! The story was lively from start to finish. The performance was very well done. The story was full of adventure, intrigue, humor and mystery. Highly recommended. Young girls will get a kick out of Viva!
It's about a 14 year old going to her grandma house in New Orleans for the summer without her mom. Thinking she'd be bored but finding herself trying to solve a mystery.
Joni Janice Mielke
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed listening to this story, complete with its sound effects and musical accompanimenf. Set in the magical city of New Orleans, Louisiana, the atmosphere created in this audiobook's production matches the story perfectly. The main character is a young girl, just entering her teenage years, and her perspective on the world around her (and the people in it) is what you would expect. Her curiosity bolsters her search for answers throughout the novel, and as a listener, I was hooked and ...more
Ida Wilcox
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOODNESS I just looooooved this.

It was fast paced and ingaging and pulls you right into the story.

Almost made it believable like I wanted to look up the story of Ms. Mary Mack.

Marshall Wayne Lee
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
_Viva Durant and the Secret of the Silver Buttons_ by Ashli St. Armant receives 4 stars from me due to the engaging plot and interesting characters.

This book is for middle grade readers (I think that is the category, you know for like 6th, 7th, 8th grade or so). It fits well for this audience. I enjoyed the main character Viva, and found her to be believable. One of the things I think that really sets this book apart from other books with young sleuths is the believability of their actions. I
Michael Lewis
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A well-done story for the younger audience
I got this one free on Audible originals; it wasn’t for my age group, but the other options looked even worse. A free audiobook is a free audiobook.

This is a mystery, and both the story and production hold up great. The tone is kept light, albeit keeping the intrigue up, and the story moves along through a healthy mixture of Deus Ex Machina and decent logic (It’s a good thing you remember a store you only saw for three seconds while eating food at a
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Teenage Viva was not looking forward to spending the summer with her grumpy and strict grandmother in New Orleans until one fateful day when her grandmother reads her an article that was just published. “Miss Mary Mack is actually a song about finding her treasure” it read. Her grandmother called the article ridiculous but the more Viva begins to sing the song, the more she believes it could be true. This sets Viva on a wild adventure as she uncovers clues, is Miss Mary Mack really a song about ...more
C.A. Gray
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun middle grade listen reminiscent of Nancy Drew! (Not that I've read those in several decades, but this makes me want to revisit a few of them.)

Viva is 14, and visits her grandmother in New Orleans for a summer. She's not at all excited about it until she stumbles across a newspaper article written by a man who claims to be the descendant of "Miss Mary Mack," of the nursery rhyme song (which I'd never heard of before, and I wonder if it actually exists or if it was written for the purposes
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fourteen year old Viva Durant is visiting her grandmother in New Orleans for the summer. After reading a newspaper article about a hidden treasure the clues to which are hidden in the children's song "Miss Mary Mack." Viva embarks on a secret search to solve the riddle of the song and the origins of the woman who inspired the song. This children's/YA audio book, will not only readers to the culture of New Orleans -- its architecture, idioms, food, jazz, and cemeteries -- it will also teach them ...more
Maryorie Collazo
I finally finished this audiobook. To be honest I was about to DNF it because I had no time to keep listening and the story seemed too simple. It got better by the end, but I have to say I absolutely hated (yes, that's a strong word but I did it anyways) the excesive amount of sound effects. I'm not sure if it was because it's my first audible original and all of them are like this but I couldn't stop myself from getting a little upset, especially in the singing parts. I mean we get it, Viva ...more
David Doty
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a free Audible Original with my Audible subscription, so I decided to give it a try. It's really a young adult novel, which describes the adventures of 14-year-old Viva Durant, who spends a summer trying to solve a mystery while visiting her grandmother in New Orleans. That said, it was a light, fast, easy read but I enjoyed it. The Audible narration, which includes original music and sound effects, was a nice diversion for a few days on my daily commute.

If you're familiar with the
Kristen Staron-la cagnina
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
We thought this was a cute audiobook. I picked it out of my Audible Originals and I was in a hurry to pick something quickly. I am glad I made the choice. It was entertaining. My daughter was in the car for parts of the book and enjoyed it as well. She asked me to put it on and she doesn't ask for many audiobooks as she is still young and I think many have a tendency to put her to sleep, even the children's books. I think the voices and sounds kept her entertained. I enjoyed letting her listen ...more
Kendra McIntyre
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Viva Durant is in New Orleans for the summer visiting her grandmother when she comes upon a mystery: is the hand game song "Miss Mary Mack" really a map to long lost family treasure? Viva sets off on an adventure around New Orleans to find Miss Mary Mack's hidden treasure and discovers all the things there are to love about the Crescent City. This was a cute read and my kids (again) really enjoyed it! The jazz music in the background did nothing but enhance the story. I was surprised and ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an Audiobook should be.

Technically a jewel. Sweet Jazz (original!), New Orleans, the sounds! From the city and the environment, a reader always on point with every character in the story, and a good mystery!

It's a perfectly crafted audiobook for smart kids but enjoyable for any age.
Audiobooks can be very entertaining if mixed with music and sounds, this is a great example, good job Audible.

Hope to hear more about Viva in the future and ready to give 5 stars if the mystery cases get better.
Erin Holman
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun car listen--the kind of mystery that would have absolutely THRILLED me when I was about ten. As an adult listening with my family (another adult and a nine-year-old) on the way to and from a Thanksgiving weekend, I still loved it. Full cast, music, sound effects--like a radio drama more than just an audio book. The story was fun, too--loved following along with Viva as she learned more about her family and New Orleans. Also, Bahni Turpin could read the phone book and I'd listen ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Great book for age 10 and older. During a summer visit to her grandmother, 14-year-old Viva finds herself unraveling a mystery based on the "Miss Mary Mack" song. Uncovering the mystery takes her to various places in and around New Orleans.

I believe the target audience is listed as 8-10 years old, but I feel like average readers need to be a little older in order to stay focused enough on the story. As an adult, I loved this story. It was fun, adventurous, and historically informative. The
Johannah Gage
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really fun family-friendly mystery! Great for all ages, and EXCELLENT audio book production -- truly a "radio play" style, with sound effects and music, making it easy to close your eyes and visit New Orleans. Bahni Turpin is quite possibly one of my favorite narrators of all time (and an Audible Hall of Fame narrator).
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