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Before the Fall

Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
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Winner of the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Selected by The Sunday Times as one of the top page-turners of summer 2017.

From the creator of the award winning Fargo and Legion TV series.

The rich are different. But fate is blind. A private jet plunges into the sea. The only survivors are down-on-his-luck artist Scott Burroughs and JJ Bateman, the four-year-old son of a super-rich TV executive. For saving the boy, Scott is suddenly a hero. And then, as the official investigation is rapidly overtaken by a media frenzy, it seems he may also be a villain. Why was he on the plane in the first place, and why did it crash?

©2016 26 Keys, Inc (P)2017 Oakhill Publishing

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"Hawley's sublime prose glows on every page in this literary thriller of the highest quality." ( Daily Mail)
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great story well read

loved it, one of those books that I was sad to finish, well worth a listen

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fantastic

loved every minute of this book, highly recommend it. Jeff Harding is the ultimate narrator and makes every book come to life. awesome performance.

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Best book I have listened to, if not ever, then a very long time👍👍

Really enjoyed this booked and a bit of a cliche, but “couldn’t stop listening until I had finished”.
Narrated very well, and a great story. Have already recommended to my friends👍😀

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Brilliant

So well written and beautifully narrated. I loved this book, particularly the way the story unfolded- the main story with a mystery and then an in depth look at each character; their motives, their flaws etc ..I didn't see the ending until very near the end( a refreshing change). Bravo!!!!!👏🏻👏🏻

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Good story, narration distractingly bad

This narrator's female voice is absolutely horrible. He makes every woman sound like a weak, whiny, nag ... this is the first time that the narration has been bad enough to make me comment on it in a review. I will avoid this narrator at all costs, it ruins the book.

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Unique storytelling

A refreshing approach, each chapter takes you further and further into the lives of the characters, and how they all intertwine around the central event. I really enjoyed the writing style and the depth of character background stories. I thought the narrator did a great job.

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Great book for lockdown

I really liked this book. It's a nice conceit, ten people each with a story brought together by a calamitous event. The book has pace, interesting characters, a who-done-it and why. It's engaging and easy to listen to, while walking exercising cooking or gardening, perfect for those in lock-down.

A private jet takes off from Martha's Vineyard with 10 people on board. A media mogul's family,- husband, wife and two children, his rich banker friend and wife, an artist (a casual acquaintance) and the crew of three, Over the sea the plane comes down and all except the artist and a three year old boy are lost. The story is told mostly from the artist-survivor's point of view but throughout the novel each of the other passengers reveals their story. The unravelling is set against the background of current American media, including a 'shock jock' who is an unscrupulous and loathsome character set on exploiting the situation. He appears more repulsive because of my suspicions that there are many real live 'commentators' in the US who are in this mould.

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Great thought provoking and emotive story

It took me about a chapter too settle into the narrator's style (probably just a cultural clash) but it took no time at all the get hooked on the storyline. The lead character is somewhat idea, maybe too perfect but I couldn't help loving him. Great story, brilliantly written.

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Ending was a huge letdown

The story was decent but it didn’t really seem to end in any sort of conclusive or satisfying way. The ending, or lack of, ruined the whole story for me.

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I didn't care enough to finish!

I very rarely give up but I didn't like any of the characters - and frankly didn't care. Sorry.