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Fall on Your Knees

Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (108 ratings)

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The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives, even to destroy them.

Set on stormy Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia, Fall on Your Knees is an internationally acclaimed multigenerational saga that chronicles the lives of four unforgettable sisters. Theirs is a world filled with driving ambition, inescapable family bonds, and forbidden love.

©1996 Ann-Marie MacDonald (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Penetrating and Powerful

What did you love best about Fall on Your Knees?

The story was a well-woven tapestry of the human psyche. The inner secrets that manifest our destinies presented in ways that make it hard to simply judge another by their actions.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Francis is a character that fills the book with her desperate attempts to eradicate the devastation of a repressed memory. She is real and vibrant and loving and sad.

Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The tragedy of repression

Any additional comments?

Ann-Marie MacDonald is a brilliant writer who clearly understands the human psyche. She is a true story-teller keeping the reader bound to her characters, longing for their redemption. She delivers.

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one wretched event after another.

A friend recommended this author so I had high hopes. After the first few heartbreaking events I kept thinking something positive has got to happen; this has to get better. But it doesn't. The story gets more interesting once Mercedes and Frances are born and their characters are more fully drawn than most every other character, but it is not enough. Not sure why I slogged through this whole thing, but I did. Kathleen 's diary near the end was the most interesting part. I am relieved to be finished with it.

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A challenging story, but worth the listen

This book was well presentesd, though not easy to listen to. I got in preparatiin for a trip to Cape Breton to get a sense of the hustory and culture there. I was not ready for the difficult and surprising story, but, in the end I really did appreciate the book, which is well written and the narration.

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Tedious and depressing

This book is too long and too depressing. It has all the sick staff in it - pedophilia, incest, betrayal, hate, child abandonment. This story filled me with despair and I am sorry I listened to it for this many hours. Yes, the language and the narration are beautiful and intoxicating, so I got sucked in. It left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. What is the point of all this misery? "Life is a shit sandwich and then you die" - sums it up.

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Epic.

Really, this is an epic tale that I struggle to categorize into one specific genre. Family drama, historical novel, love story, mystery, an ode to Cape Breton, and oh, so much more.

Each chapter unfurls at a different speed & with a different urgency based on from whichever character's perspective/voice we are hearing. Each character is fully fleshed out & multifaceted. They experience the same events completely differently & MacDonald expertly weaves their individual stories together.

Clear your schedule & enjoy!