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Viva Durant and The Secret of the Silver Buttons

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,081 ratings  ·  327 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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Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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 b
Even when I told her that the most stars she could give this book was 5 stars, my baby insisted it get all the stars! 100 stars from my little princess. (She thinks 100 is the highest number.😃)
While visiting her grandmother for the summer, 14 year old Viva Durant reads about a missing treasure. The newspaper story intrigues Viva, and she embarks on a journey through New Orleans and beyond in search of answers to the great mystery.

Upbeat with intersparsed bits of jazz music, this middle grade or YA sleuth story was a fun distraction while doing chores. It's a very simple story, and it alone would not have maintained my attention, but in conjunction with other things, it kept me reason
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.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2019
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 :) ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Exceeding enjoyable little mystery. Exactly what I needed to read right now.
Melissa Rose
If I am honest, I didn’t expect much when I picked up this book for free on Audible a few months ago. However, after listening, I found Viva Durant and the Secret of the Silver Buttons to be a delightful middle-grade mystery that was accompanied by a pleasing soundtrack. I would recommend to YA readers and those looking for a fun story with a bit of New Orleans culture.
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.

***3 STARS***

This was a really fun and quirky mystery and thought I did enjoy my time with Viva and her adventures, I felt there were too many clues going on and it began to get a little confusing. But it didn't mess with the overall Nancy Drew vibe of the story and I can see this book being made into a TV movie, maybe on Netflix, I think that would be fun. - R.
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Such a fun mystery! Viva is a great character and I loved the music and sound effects. Bahni Turpin's narration is wonderful as usual.
Now I need a sequel (prequel?) about Gram's heydays pls!
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an Audible Freebie and I enjoyed it. It was an age appropriate story for its target audience. A young girl visits her mysterious grandma in Louisiana and suddenly a mystery is afoot and the mystery is based on a child's rhyme. Very cute and creative. So 4 stars. ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook-read, ya
Fun little audiobook
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019, own
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.
T.R. Horne
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This middle grade story is perfect for a nice ride with children. It has mystery and intelligence as well as a little distinct New Orleans jazz music. I loved the sound effects that made the story come alive as well as the singing portions that made me feel like I was in New Orleans with the main character. I'd recommend this short mystery for parents who want to listen to an audiobook with their kids on the road and not roll their eyes the entire time. The narrator does an amazing job with the ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5* for the story but the audiobook quality was unexpectedly poor for an Audible production. The volume would suddenly change & some sections sounded as if they had been recorded from the far side of a large room (sort of hollow).
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a quick fun read, I liked the accent! But not so much the ending
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.
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
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.
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 rem ...more
Jen Brodehl
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars- An audible original mystery book for kids. It’s done well and Lucas really liked it.
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 Orl
I so enjoyed this audiobook! Due to Covid-19, Audible made a number of kid/teen/classic books available via their platform for free. I'd been wanting to read this book for a while, so now seemed to be the perfect time. It was really enjoyable. It reminded me of my childhood years when I was super intrigued by Nancy Drew and wanted to solve mysteries just like she did. Viva is a great character, really likeable and smart. I'm hopeful that there will be a follow-up to this story, with Viva visitin ...more
This was a short and sweet Audible freebie from awhile ago about a 14 year old girl named Viva on a mission to solve a big mystery while staying with her grandma in New Orleans.

The story was aimed a little on the younger side with a lot of repeating clues and whatnot, but it was overall a cute little story. They added in music and singing which will be stuck in my head all day. It wasn’t too long either which made the story go by a little quicker. This clocks in around 4 hours if you want a shor
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a cute middle-grade detective novel I picked up as one of the free audible originals in Dec 2019. It was enjoyable and not too long, only 4hrs, although I felt like Viva got into some sketchy stuff (lying, trespassing, breaking and entering) in pursuit of her mystery solving that maybe doesn't send the best message... But then again, maybe I'm just taking it too seriously. ...more
Salma Salah
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Viva lives in California but every summer she and her mom goes to New Orlean's because her grandma lives there.But this summer was different because Viva went by her self and no adults with her she was confused in the flight ,but when she saw her grandma she felt safe.Her grandma was always nat smiley but she was loving.When Viva arrived to her grandma home she saw an article that talks about a man that's searching for his grandma's treasures her name was Mary Mac.Viva was interested and planned ...more
Jan 31, 2020 marked it as on-time-out
Pausing @ 15% in. I think I might DNF this one because the song got annoying and I don't want to listen to it anymore. However, I'm not positive that I want to give up on it yet because the story is cute. We'll see. I do know that I'm not in the mood to listen to it right now. ...more
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun children’s mystery. I didn’t love the singing and the main character keeping her sleuthing a secret from her grandma, but the story was clever and appropriate. My kids really enjoyed it. We would love to listen to more Viva mysteries.
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.
Robin Mandell
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really charming and entertaining. The performance and production are both excellent.
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Ashli St. Armant is a vocalist, actor, writer, and arts educator based in Southern California. She is the founder of Leaping Lizards Music, a music and theater education program for students, TK-12. She is a professionally trained vocalist and actor who attended the Orange County High School of the Arts and holds a degree in Child Development from Saddleback College. Alongside teaching, writing, a ...more

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