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Arcadia Falls: Free First Chapter | [Carol Goodman]

Arcadia Falls: Free First Chapter

In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.
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In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.

With a hurtful rift growing between her and her daughter, Meg is hopeful that the change of scene will provide them with a fresh start. But it soon becomes clear to Meg that this isolated community hides deeply rooted and deadly secrets. And after a mysterious death, Arcadia Falls begins to reveal a disturbing dark side.

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©2010 Carol Goodman (P)2010 BBC Audio

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    Mia NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-16-11
    Mia NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "I couldn't make it past 5 minutes"

    I absolutely hated the way the relationship between the mother and daughter was constructed, it felt incredibly fake and the whiny teen voice didn't help anything. The dialog felt very forced, people don't talk to each other that way.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Uber Femme San Antonio, TX 10-25-10
    Uber Femme San Antonio, TX 10-25-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Hard to listen to"

    Hard to listen to. Predictable turns of phrases and stereo-typical interactions between mother and teenaged daughter. Painful, actually. Maybe it got better after the first chapter, but I didn't listen.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Desiree San Antonio, TX, United States 10-25-10
    Desiree San Antonio, TX, United States 10-25-10 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Hard to listen to"

    Hard to listen to. Predictable turns of phrases and stereo-typical interactions between mother and teenaged daughter. Painful, actually. Maybe it got better after the first chapter, but I didn't listen.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannie 10-25-12
    Jeannie 10-25-12

    Crazy Girl

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    "Cover Appealed to me the most!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The mother-daughter relationship was not very appealing to me. And I must agree with the other reviews that the whiney-ness of the daughter was grating on my nerves. I don't know if girls really are that way as I don't have daughters, but rather sons, and after listening to their 'back and forth', and am happy to not have one of them like this character.


    If you’ve listened to books by Carol Goodman before, how does this one compare?

    No I haven't.


    What three words best describe Jen Taylor’s voice?

    Upbeat and higher registered. Good inflections.


    Do you think Arcadia Falls: Free First Chapter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I found myself focusing on the story rather than the narration. I believe I would rather read the book.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie 11-04-10
    Jackie 11-04-10
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    "Very realistic, yet imaginative"

    I really like how the mother and daughter interact. The daughter is a typical teen, but with a lot of imagination. The narrative is very descriptive and flows well. One of the better free samples. It really makes me want to hear more!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda 08-03-12
    Ronda 08-03-12 Member Since 2011

    I love a good murder mystery or any novel where good overcomes evil. Two of my favorite authors are Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker.

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    "Good idea that needs more work."

    The free first chapter got me hooked but I was disappointed in the rest of the story. I thought the plot was erratic and repetitive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Penny Eugene, OR, United States 11-13-11
    Penny Eugene, OR, United States 11-13-11
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    "Stunning imagery"

    A well-woven story of heartache and hope told through truly stunning imagery. As an introduction, this makes me want to find out what happens next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Arkansas 09-08-13
    Jan Arkansas 09-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Original and Cozy...Like an Autumn Read"

    Sophisticated fantasy/magic and mystery storyline based on an old fairytale. Probably would have never known about it had it not been offered first as a free chapter. I listened to the chapter and immediately bought the book afterwards. Solid writing throughout, and kept my attention. Worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 05-29-13
    Linda 05-29-13 Member Since 2012

    Retired and loving it.

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    "What a Horrible Voice"
    What would have made Arcadia Falls: Free First Chapter better?

    A different reader is what this book needs. I am so happy that you offered the chapter for free, it saved me from buying the book. That reader was horrible. I quit listening after only a few minutes.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A book by Ian Rankin


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jen Taylor’s performances?

    NO!


    What character would you cut from Arcadia Falls: Free First Chapter?

    I never got that far.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carcasa Cyberspace 04-29-13
    Carcasa Cyberspace 04-29-13
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    "Not Convinced"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes - I appreciated that I got a full chapter, 20 minutes instead of 5. Unfortunatly for the author and narrator, it convinced me that it wasn't for me.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Change the voice of the winny daugher!


    What aspect of Jen Taylor’s performance would you have changed?

    Change the voice of the winny daugher!


    Did Arcadia Falls: Free First Chapter inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to move on and look for a different book.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't want to rate it too hard, I think it just wasn't a good fit for me. I think this is geared more towards women...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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