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Before I Fall Audiobook

Before I Fall

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Publisher's Summary

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death - and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

©2010 Lauren Oliver (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Oliver, in a pitch-perfect teen voice, explores the power we have to affect the people around us in this intensely believable first novel...This is a compelling book with a powerful message and should not be missed." (Booklist)

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    Jaime Rohnert Park, CA, United States 11-09-12
    Jaime Rohnert Park, CA, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I Want to Read More From Lauren Oliver"
    Where does Before I Fall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a fantastic listen. Before I Fall was one of the best audiobooks I have listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters are written with empathy, so I liked them all despite their faults.


    What does Sarah Drew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This story lends itself well to the audio form, and Sarah Drew reads the story very well. Her teenager voices are very accurate. If you find teenagers to be very annoying, you might find her voices too good!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lisa frisco, TX, United States 10-20-12
    lisa frisco, TX, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome Listen A Must Read for all Young Teens"

    I found this story amazing even as a 40 year old reader. Lauren Oliver did an amazing job of taking me back to my teen years and struggle through the challenges of fitting in and finding myself. I laughed, I cried..Great book. Made me take a second look at life and remember the things in life that are important. I will read anything Lauren writes in the futures. I have done this to date and am a big fan so far.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Valencia, CA, United States 10-11-12
    Denise Valencia, CA, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2007

    Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!

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    "This story builds with each day lived over."

    I was very surprised by this story. At first I didn't like Samantha much or her friends. She and her friends are "mean girls". But each day that is lived over again, peels back a layer of Samantha and her life, as well as her friends. You are made to realize that they are just as vunerable and flawed as everyone else. When Samantha learns that she dies, she goes thru the process of "grief", there is denial, pain/guilt, anger, depression, upward turn, reconstruction, and acceptance. She sees, with maturity, how her actions have affected others. By the end of the book, I was in tears and I already know from the beginning that she dies over and over again. The story builds with each day, and while each day is the same day, how she changes it is very different. The story flows until you cannot put it down. I highly recommend this book, especially to teen girls as well as parents.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leah ruther glen, va, United States 09-30-12
    Leah ruther glen, va, United States 09-30-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Makes you think..."
    Where does Before I Fall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About the middle.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Most of the main characters friends were narrated in a lethargic, stoned style. Not my favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Narration of supporting characters was difficult.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie LITTLETON, CO, United States 09-11-12
    Jackie LITTLETON, CO, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great! I couldn't stop reading it!"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved it! Kept me hooked that whole something completely different!


    But I don't think this is a young adult book. I am not a young adult and I really enjoyed this but I am not sure that I would have been appropriate if I was a teen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alison essex jct, VT, United States 09-08-12
    Alison essex jct, VT, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Really Enjoyable"

    This was a really nice listen for me. Without giving the plot away....it was lovely to listen to a teenage girl relive a day to try to get it right. How often I wish I could have such an opportunity. The ripple affect of each little action is mind boggling. The very ending of the book was nothing short of beautiful. It took my breath away.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal Canyon, Texas, United States 09-01-12
    Crystal Canyon, Texas, United States 09-01-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow, that was bad...."
    Would you try another book from Lauren Oliver and/or Sarah Drew?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Lauren Oliver’s story?

    I don't believe that Ms. Oliver knows what it's like to be in the popular crowd. She certainly didn't portrait it in the correct light. People aren't either all good or all bad--like her main characters. She portrays all popular people as mean, stupid and evil and all non-popular people are just standing around getting kicked by them.


    What didn’t you like about Sarah Drew’s performance?

    She did fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Kirk Gahanna, OH USA 08-19-12
    Doug Kirk Gahanna, OH USA 08-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "spectacular"
    If you could sum up Before I Fall in three words, what would they be?

    Engrossing, unpredictable, mind-bending


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam. It is very much focused on her


    What does Sarah Drew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Has impeccable timing of emphasis and inflection.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer princes 08-16-12
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    "Definately a Must "Read""
    What other book might you compare Before I Fall to and why?

    It was like a Butterfly Effect/Groudnhogs day type of book. in fact she mentions both in the story!


    Any additional comments?

    This was unexpectedly a great book. I'd never heard anything from Lauren Oliver or Sarah Drew and was immediately drawn into the story. Not being from the popular group in high school, it was interesting to get such an insight. As she keeps reliving the day, she sees how her actions have ripple effects. It demonstrates how everyone's actions make a difference whether you are popular, goth, geek, or outcast.

    The narration was really good. At times the voices for the friends ran together as they all "spoke" with a lazy, whiney cadence. Sarah Drew did a great job distinguishing everyone though and the way she narrated the internal struggle with Sam was top notch.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Luana SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-20-12
    Luana SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Repetitive"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I was listening to the same thing over and over again.


    What could Lauren Oliver have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not sure


    What does Sarah Drew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    without Sarah Drew I wouldn't have even finished listening to the book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I realy enjoyed 2 previous books (Delirium and Pandamoniam) and thought they were quite good. I purchased Before I Fall based on Lauren Oliver's first 2 books and also based on the performance by Sarah Drew.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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