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Allison Weiss has a great job…a handsome husband…an adorable daughter…and a secret.

Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband’s becoming distant, her daughter’s acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer’s, and her mother’s barely dealing at all.

As she struggles to hold her home and work life together, and meet all of the needs of the people around her, Allison finds that the painkillers she was prescribed for a back injury help her deal with more than just physical discomfort - they help her feel calm and get her through her increasingly hectic days. Sure, she worries a bit that the bottles seem to empty a bit faster each week, but it’s not like she’s some Hollywood starlet partying all night, or a homeless person who’s lost everything. It’s not as if she has an actual problem.

However, when Allison’s use gets to the point that she can no longer control - or hide - it, she ends up in a world she never thought she’d experience outside of a movie theater: rehab. Amid the teenage heroin addicts, the alcoholic grandmothers, the barely-trained "recovery coaches", and the counselors who seem to believe that one mode of recovery fits all, Allison struggles to get her life back on track, even as she’s convincing herself that she’s not as bad off as the women around her.

With a sparkling comedic touch and tender, true-to-life characterizations, All Fall Down is a tale of empowerment and redemption and Jennifer Weiner’s richest, most absorbing and timely story yet.

©2014 Jennifer Weiner (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • Kelly
  • BURLESON, TX, United States
  • 08-11-14

Entertaining story, well-written as always

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I love all Jennifer Weiner books. I enjoyed this one about prescription drug abuse, and all that is involved with recovery. It did get slow at times, during the rehab part, but overall, a great read. I did feel that the writing for the 6 year old daughter was poorly done. The six year old spoke more like a 3-4 year old.

What was one of the most memorable moments of All Fall Down?

I liked that we got a realistic view of drug abuse from the addict's view.

What three words best describe Tracee Chimo’s voice?

Annoying at times

Any additional comments?

The voice that the narrator used for the daughter was EXTREMELY annoying. I wish she had used a normal voice. I also hated that she said "withdraRal" instead of "Withdrawal". The emphasis on the "R" was super annoying.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • SPCF
  • California
  • 08-26-14

Jennifer Weiner's very best

I'm still thinking about this audiobook even though I finished it a few weeks ago. The story itself caught me off guard with the twist at the beginning, and had me gripped from then on. An excellent story, hit VERY close to home, and personally, I'm very glad Ms. Weiner wrote it. She's one of my very favorite authors, and this is her very best.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Michelle
  • SANTA ROSA, CA, United States
  • 07-07-14

Love Jennifer Weiner!

Would you listen to All Fall Down again? Why?

Jennifer Weiner writes with such a great comedic voice, you cannot help to be drawn in. This story line is a much more serious than her other books, but still delivered with that unfailing humor.

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  • Toby
  • Portsmouth, NH, United States
  • 06-23-14

The beginning leads one to expect a bit more

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I did listen to the entire book as I have long been a fan of Jennifer Weiner. The reader was very good. That said, I felt that the last 1/3 of the book became just a tad predictable and not so interesting. The major issues of sexism, class divisiveness, etc. bode well, but then something happened. I also felt the husband was not portrayed as fully as he could have been. He wasn't developed enough as a character - or, perhaps this was the point.

Would you recommend All Fall Down to your friends? Why or why not?

I do not have any friends that would read this book as they tend to not read what the media continues to call "chick lit." While I do not agree with this labeling, I do understand their point. In Ms. Weiner's earlier books, the sharp humor and fast pace was very different from this book. I kept wanting a bit more and more descriptive prose.

Which character – as performed by Tracee Chimo – was your favorite?

I think the daughter, actually.<br/>

Any additional comments?

I was unhappy that I felt let down. I was sad that I felt compelled to read to the end because I had such high hopes for this book. I don't know what happened, but somehow the core got tangled. The overly long descriptions of the rehab place became tedious and repetitive.

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pretty much as expected

A very typical story of addiction. I listen as I walk my dogs. It kept my interest but I cannot say I was riveted. I didn't particularly like the main character.

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Annoying

Story line was never completely believable. Main character was always falling apart and needing pills, but then seemed to get so much accomplished. Yet slept all the time too. But made lots of money on the sly to buy the pills. Wore athletic clothes, married to athletic husband but spoke of being overweight. And then 10 days in rehab made her suddenly skinny. Often spoke of needing to take care of her ailing dad, but spent no time doing it. Spoke of her mom being incompetent, but then she stepped in took care of her daughter so effortlessly. And if I had a 5 yo daughter that sounded as whiny and baby-like as hers I might become addicted to pills too. I wouldn't bother with this book.

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Jennifer Weiner Fan Here

I do like Jennifer Weiner, though, if you read too many too close together, they all have that same theme. Still, this was an interesting look at addiction from the addict's point of view. Having experienced family members with addiction, it did soften my heart a little to see this POV. Narrating was great, no issues, spot on!

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recovery

being a member of NA and celebrate recovery. this book was fun and true. enjoy

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Real life for some... How use becomes addiction.

As a recovering alcoholic, the story rang true to how use becomes addiction before you even realize you have lost control and it is too late to stop on your own.

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The scary world of pills

I'm sure this book hit the nail on the head for an addict. It was well-written and honest. The main character gets stuck in your head and you find yourself actually agreeing with her. Scary, right?! It is a very serious read (or listen).