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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)

What Members Say

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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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    Janet SPICEWOOD, TX, USA 06-24-12
    Janet SPICEWOOD, TX, USA 06-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Spare yourself -- an insult to teenage girls"

    The author can write -- and write well -- but brace yourself for hours and hours of mean girls and teenage cliques. The protagonist is intolerable at first but supposedly redeemed at the end. In fact she moves from brutal and self-absorbed to shallow and self-justifying ("we never thought it would hurt anyone"). I hung in despite setting it aside once, but was ultimately sorry I did. A waste of the author's talent the reader's time.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Spokane, Wa, United States 06-22-12
    Kelly Spokane, Wa, United States 06-22-12
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    "Dead Ground Hog!"
    Any additional comments?

    I liked it, I liked Sam as she grew. Funny thing is they are the popular girls but when she was with her friends it reminded me of being with my friends in HS and we were not popular!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    June Nashville, Tennessee, United States 06-19-12
    June Nashville, Tennessee, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Before I Fall to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I enjoyed the performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was moved by Sam's transformation.


    What about Sarah Drew’s performance did you like?

    Very entertaining. Her performance added so much to the story!


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

    I thought the ending was sad, but great!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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