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All Fall Down Audiobook

All Fall Down

Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband’s becoming distant, her daughter’s acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer’s, and her mother’s barely dealing at all.
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Allison Weiss has a great job…a handsome husband…an adorable daughter…and a secret.

Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband’s becoming distant, her daughter’s acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer’s, and her mother’s barely dealing at all.

As she struggles to hold her home and work life together, and meet all of the needs of the people around her, Allison finds that the painkillers she was prescribed for a back injury help her deal with more than just physical discomfort - they help her feel calm and get her through her increasingly hectic days. Sure, she worries a bit that the bottles seem to empty a bit faster each week, but it’s not like she’s some Hollywood starlet partying all night, or a homeless person who’s lost everything. It’s not as if she has an actual problem.

However, when Allison’s use gets to the point that she can no longer control - or hide - it, she ends up in a world she never thought she’d experience outside of a movie theater: rehab. Amid the teenage heroin addicts, the alcoholic grandmothers, the barely-trained "recovery coaches", and the counselors who seem to believe that one mode of recovery fits all, Allison struggles to get her life back on track, even as she’s convincing herself that she’s not as bad off as the women around her.

With a sparkling comedic touch and tender, true-to-life characterizations, All Fall Down is a tale of empowerment and redemption and Jennifer Weiner’s richest, most absorbing and timely story yet.

©2014 Jennifer Weiner (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Kelly BURLESON, TX, United States 08-11-14
    Kelly BURLESON, TX, United States 08-11-14
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    "Entertaining story, well-written as always"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I love all Jennifer Weiner books. I enjoyed this one about prescription drug abuse, and all that is involved with recovery. It did get slow at times, during the rehab part, but overall, a great read. I did feel that the writing for the 6 year old daughter was poorly done. The six year old spoke more like a 3-4 year old.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All Fall Down?

    I liked that we got a realistic view of drug abuse from the addict's view.


    What three words best describe Tracee Chimo’s voice?

    Annoying at times


    Any additional comments?

    The voice that the narrator used for the daughter was EXTREMELY annoying. I wish she had used a normal voice. I also hated that she said "withdraRal" instead of "Withdrawal". The emphasis on the "R" was super annoying.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    SPCF California 08-26-14
    SPCF California 08-26-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Jennifer Weiner's very best"

    I'm still thinking about this audiobook even though I finished it a few weeks ago. The story itself caught me off guard with the twist at the beginning, and had me gripped from then on. An excellent story, hit VERY close to home, and personally, I'm very glad Ms. Weiner wrote it. She's one of my very favorite authors, and this is her very best.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 07-07-14
    Michelle SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2011

    I have a CRAZY commute... Audiobooks help keep me sane. I love fiction with story lines that I can imagine happening today.

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    "Love Jennifer Weiner!"
    Would you listen to All Fall Down again? Why?

    Jennifer Weiner writes with such a great comedic voice, you cannot help to be drawn in. This story line is a much more serious than her other books, but still delivered with that unfailing humor.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy 10-07-14
    Jimmy 10-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Jennifer Weiner Fan Here"

    I do like Jennifer Weiner, though, if you read too many too close together, they all have that same theme. Still, this was an interesting look at addiction from the addict's point of view. Having experienced family members with addiction, it did soften my heart a little to see this POV. Narrating was great, no issues, spot on!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki 08-11-14
    Vicki 08-11-14
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    "Not what I expected"

    I have enjoyed other books by this author in the past. I expected lighter reading but this story was serious and a little disturbing as addiction is a disturbing topic. I thought that the author did a superb job in telling the story from the addicted person's point of view and describing how one can quickly spiral out of control, use medication as a means to manage unresolved emotional issues, and fall into the web of denial. I rated the story lower, not because it was not an important topic or well written, but because it was not what I expected from the author or the brief description of the plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 06-23-14
    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2014

    Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.

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    "The beginning leads one to expect a bit more"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did listen to the entire book as I have long been a fan of Jennifer Weiner. The reader was very good. That said, I felt that the last 1/3 of the book became just a tad predictable and not so interesting. The major issues of sexism, class divisiveness, etc. bode well, but then something happened. I also felt the husband was not portrayed as fully as he could have been. He wasn't developed enough as a character - or, perhaps this was the point.


    Would you recommend All Fall Down to your friends? Why or why not?

    I do not have any friends that would read this book as they tend to not read what the media continues to call "chick lit." While I do not agree with this labeling, I do understand their point. In Ms. Weiner's earlier books, the sharp humor and fast pace was very different from this book. I kept wanting a bit more and more descriptive prose.


    Which character – as performed by Tracee Chimo – was your favorite?

    I think the daughter, actually.


    Any additional comments?

    I was unhappy that I felt let down. I was sad that I felt compelled to read to the end because I had such high hopes for this book. I don't know what happened, but somehow the core got tangled. The overly long descriptions of the rehab place became tedious and repetitive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Mansfield, TX, United States 05-22-16
    Lisa Mansfield, TX, United States 05-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listen!"

    I really liked this book because I could relate to the things she endured as a working mother with an extremely sensitive child. I felt validated by her authentic description of the stress you have every single day. I would recommend the book to anyone who's ever had a child and was married to someone who didn't think they needed to help you.

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    spampinato 05-02-16
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    "Great."

    Enlightened. I really learned a lot about myself. The little girls voice was appropriately annoying. Somehow that made me empathize more with the mom's need to self-medicate.

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    Terri Martin 02-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Kind of torture for me"
    What would have made All Fall Down better?

    I am still listening to this but it is never ending whining from the main character to the child and on. I am about the middle of the book now and just don't think that I can continue. It is just so slow and the same over and over. Haven't even got to where she gets into treatment. But I think I have to stop listening. I just can't get into it.


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    Peggy Kinsey Dallas, TX 01-15-16
    Peggy Kinsey Dallas, TX 01-15-16
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    "A look into the life of an addict"

    This was such an eye opening book. I never really thought how someone could start abusing drugs...but it can start simply & before you realize you've spun out of control. It could happen to anyone I think.

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