Falling

Narrated by: Jane Green
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
4 out of 5 stars (352 ratings)

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The New York Times best-selling author of The Beach House, Jemima J, and Summer Secrets presents a novel about the pleasure and meaning of finding a home - and family - where you least expect them...

When Emma Montague left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she felt sure it would make her happy. Away from her parents and expectations, she felt liberated, throwing herself into Manhattan life replete with a high-paying job, a gorgeous apartment, and a string of successful boyfriends. But the cutthroat world of finance and relentless pursuit of more began to take its toll. This wasn’t the life she wanted either.

On the move again, Emma settles in the picturesque waterfront town of Westport, Connecticut, a world apart from both England and Manhattan. It is here that she begins to confront what it is she really wants from her life. With no job, and knowing only one person in town, she channels her passion for creating beautiful spaces into remaking the dilapidated cottage she rents from Dominic, a local handyman who lives next door with his six-year-old son.

Unlike any man Emma has ever known, Dominic is confident, grounded, and committed to being present for his son whose mother fled shortly after he was born. They become friends, and slowly much more, as Emma finds herself feeling at home in a way she never has before.

But just as they start to imagine a life together as a family, fate intervenes in the most shocking of ways. For the first time, Emma has to stay and fight for what she loves, for the truth she has discovered about herself, or risk losing it all.

In a novel of changing seasons, shifting lives, and selfless love, a story unfolds - of one woman’s far-reaching journey to discover who she is truly meant to be....

©2016 Jane Green (P)2016 Penguin Audio
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more please

I first fell in love with Jane Green when I read "Jemima J". I couldnt put it down! I had never been drawn to or held much interest in 'chic-lit' I love war and fantasy, suspense and other worlds far removed from my own. Yet, Jane Green delivers again, and again, and again. each time I devour her books and they are just as good to re-read or listen to over several time a year. they are real, hopeful, and make me laugh and cry, sometimes all at once! My mother was born and raised in England, spent her youth in South Africa before coming to the States when she was 16. Thank you Jane for sharing your stories, they are precious to me.

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Narrator ruined story

I liked the story, but there narration was so poor that I couldn't finish. It was difficult to listen to. I've never not finished an audiobook because of the narrator-- this was a first. Save your credit.. Recommend to read, not listen.

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SO Good I Cried!

This is one of those gets you completely and before you know it you are in tears and so upset but also so happy and so glad you listened.

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Unexpected

I loved this book!

I love Jane Green so I didn’t even read what this book was about before I purchased it. Let me just say it was shockingly sad and happy all at the same time.

I cried in sadness and smiled in hopefulness throughout this gem of a book. Being from Ny I could picture Dominic perfectly.

Great story as usual!
I’ve been hooked on Jane Green Since Jemima J!

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The Narrating was Awful

Jane Green should not narrate her own books. Her American accents are awful, and frankly the British accents are grating too. She has the American characters use distracting British phases. For example, I have never once heard an American say that they were going to "organize a babysitter". The characters were flat, predictable, repetitive, and downright boring. The author spent way too much time droning on and on about Emma's thoughts. How about some activity besides buying rugs and getting dressed? Rather than endless descriptions of clothing and decorating, how about an actual plot? As others have said, I used to love Jane Green's books, but not lately.

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Grating Faux Posh Accent a Distraction

This was not one of Jane Green's best. Fortunately, I've read enough of her books to know she's a great writer but this book was slow slow slow. Nothing really happens except at the end.
The slow painful drawl that is supposed to convey an upper crust British accent is beyond grating on the nerves in its inauthenticity as she tries to twist her tongue into what is clearly not natural for her making it an annoying book to listen to which seems to drag on and on as the reader waits for the story to begin which it, unfortunately, never really does.
Even the main event at the end loses its impact because it took soooo long to get to and the slow pace did not provide the momentum needed for the reader to really feel the impact of the book's only event.
To a fellow Brit, familiar with the background from which Emma is supposed to hail, the author's attempts at portraying the protagonist as a country bred upper middle class Brit are contrived and annoying.
Also Emma's reaction to her mum when she visited for the engagement party is beyond ridiculous.
I hope this is a small glitch in what is a wonderful landscape of great literature by Jane Green.

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Hard to listen to

I almost couldn't listen to the entire book because the narration was so bad. Great story and characters though so I found myself wanting, needing to know what happened next. Stick to writing, Ms. Green, I do love your books, but this story would have been 5 stars if read by someone else.

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sadly not as captivating as I hoped. loved so many of her books. too bad

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Jane Green has become one of my favorite authors.

Jane Green never disappoints! She always writes a realistic poignant and emotionally gripping story. This one had me crying and happy and hopeful all at once!

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Good story

This was a good story however I wouldn’t listen to another one this author narrates. Terrible narration