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Publisher's Summary

There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother. When the hostage situation turns deadly, Faith is left with too many questions, not enough answers. To find her mother, she'll need the help of her partner, Will Trent, and they'll both need the help of trauma doctor Sara Linton. But Faith isn't just a cop anymore--she's a witness. She's also a suspect. The thin blue line hides police corruption, bribery, even murder. Faith will have to go up against the people she respects the most in order to find her mother and bring the truth to light--or bury it forever.

Karin Slaughter's most exhilarating novel yet is a thrilling journey through the heart and soul, where the personal and the criminal collide, and conflicted loyalties threaten to destroy reputations and ruin lives. It is the work of a master of the thriller at the top of her game, and a whirlwind of unrelenting suspense.

©2011 Karin Slaughter (P)2011 AudioGO

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Too Violent Even for a Police Procedural!

What would have made Fallen better?

The characters seemed cardboard and the "action" too violent, even for a police procedural. The listener was kept inside the mind of someone who was not only being tortured in graphic detail, but tortured *senselesssly* . Even characters we were supposed to sympathize with were disrespectful, amoral, and treating each other like crap.
One of the psychopaths in the book blamed his Catholic upbringing for his conduct, and I found the charge both unrealistic and insulting.

Has Fallen turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not my usual fare...and this book made me see why.

What three words best describe Shannon Cochran’s performance?

Not worth listening.

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

I found myself confused by the turns from bad to worse. Frankly, the forces of evil got all the saving throws and the "good cards," and way too quickly. The character hooks felt just as "wrong" as the rest of the book, and *nothing* was emphasized *except* violence and confusion

Any additional comments?

Rated R for excessive violence and denigration of family boundaries by *both* the "good" AND the "evil" characters.

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Okay not bad

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator could have been better

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The ending was good

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes it did

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

Maybe I would

Any additional comments?

No dont have any

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The first and it was GREAT!

This was the first story by Karin Slaughter that I have read/listened to. I listen and read.......so enjoy the ability to do this! This story compelled me to purchase other books by this author and I have enjoyed reading/listening to them.

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Become a Karin Slaghter fan!

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

The characters have engaging personalities in which you want to read on, not just about the case, but to find out what happens next in their lives. Its true, written by others.. read these in order... and these books are ones you can't put down.. or want to keep listening to.. you get hooked and want to devour what happens next. Very well written.. very well narrated.. I like Shannon Cochran's voices of characters , and their personalities.

What did you like best about this story?

Dr. Sara Linton and Will Trent attraction to each other. I also enjoy how the author shows both their points of view in the story solving the case, along with Faith Mitchell.

What about Shannon Cochran’s performance did you like?

S Cochran has a passionate way of becoming the characters, and you follow along in the story, whereas , her voice never gets on your nerve. She does an excellent job.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me smile by the touching way that Sara went after Will. She finally caught on, his sad life, his miserable marriage... Meanwhile, the other characters like Faith, and Amanda were rooting for Will.. they knew what was going on.. before he even did.

Any additional comments?

Not only a good book but a great series. I have recommended them to my brother, and to my friends who like cop/suspense books. I was hooked after reading Unseen, and Broken. They are hard to put down and are to be enjoyed. I am so happy I found them. I encourage people who like detective novels, to join in and enjoy.

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  • barc2003
  • Glendale, AZ, United States
  • 12-31-13

Nonstop Action

My first book by this author and boy was it a doozy. Everyone thinks they know why Faith Mitchell's mother, a former police officer, has been kidnapped. Or do they?

This book had me from the beginning. It's an action packed mystery with some unexpected twists and turns. It brings up a number of secrets in the personal and professional lives of the characters. It is full speed ahead from the beginning

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Karin Slaughter is just an amazing writer

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

Karin Slaughter has written alot of books. And some of them are so different from each other, with plots and story lines you wonder how she ever came up with them. But they all have the same thing in common--they are realistic, keep you totally engaged, and involve characters that you can relate too. I would recommend ALL of her books and short stories to anyone looking for a writer on par with Lawrence Block or Harlan Coban.

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My First Experience With this Author

I bought this book from the Audible Daily Deal. Out of all the books, I've purchased in the daily deal or otherwise, this one is the best. The characters are well thought out, the dialogue excellent and the narration really good.

I'm looking forward to now downloading other books from this author.

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  • Kelly
  • Colorado Springs
  • 12-09-13

surprising ending, but I expected more

Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Shannon Cochran?

I like Karin Slaughter's writing style. I really like the main characters Will, Sarah and Faith. And I was glad to learn a bit more about the backgrounds or Will, Angie and Faith. Unfortunately, though, the ending left me wanting more. It surprised me -- I didn't guess the ending on this one and that is always a positive thing when reading a mystery. However, I still wished for more. I don't want to spoil the plot so it is difficult to explain what I found lacking. I will just say that the last three chapters felt as though they were rushed. Ms Slaughter's plot lines normally unfurl quietly and slowly, much like peeling away the layers of an onion. I like that. This book felt the same until the end, and then it just felt like all the secrets were revealed so quickly that there wasn't time to relish each one on its own.

Would you be willing to try another book from Karin Slaughter? Why or why not?

Yes, I am reading the next Will Trent book starting tonight. I gave this one three stars, but I did enjoy it. And I am sure I will enjoy the next one too.

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  • susan
  • ADDISON, IL, United States
  • 11-12-13

Very Slow book...

Would you try another book from Karin Slaughter and/or Shannon Cochran?

Yes only because I really Like Will...

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Interesting? Least interesting? Old women you can not keep them down!

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Her Mexican / Texan accent was not needed, almost annoying.

Was Fallen worth the listening time?

Not really... I tried to return it but the website was not working right... so i went thru it with the thoughts of my next book ready and waiting!

Any additional comments?

Maybe its me... I did not like the book, I am not big on drug, gangs etc... I love suspense books though. This book had no suspense, but it had a lot of characters who I got crossed and confused about.
If you listen to books and do something else - like crafts or even dishes you may need to rewind a lot!
The ending was blah... Probably because I was really not into it.
All the low reviews I agree with...
Im glad I got through it :) OK, not horrible...

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this narrater is awful

What made the experience of listening to Fallen the most enjoyable?

the series is amazing

Who was your favorite character and why?

Will trent

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shannon Cochran?

the lady who did the last book in this series.

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

yes

Any additional comments?

the narrator was awful