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The Heavens May Fall Audiobook

The Heavens May Fall

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Publisher's Summary

Detective Max Rupert's and attorney Boady Sanden's friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons.

Max is still struggling with the death of his wife four years earlier, and the Pruitt case stirs up old memories. Boady hasn't taken on a defense case since the death of an innocent client, a man Boady believes he could have saved but didn't. Now he is back in court, with student Lila Nash at his side, and he's determined to redeem himself for having failed in the past.

Vividly told from two opposing perspectives, the truth about the stunning death of Jennavieve Pruitt remains a mystery until the very end.

©2016 Allen Eskens (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Eskens keeps the reader guessing as the tale takes several unexpected twists before reaching the satisfying denouement." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Margarito Martinez 10-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing thriller with a splash of suspense"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of suspense thrillers with twist and turns.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heavens May Fall?

    I truly loved this book, Allen Esken has a way of taking you through the motions of emotion, suspense and anticipation. I was enthralled with the storyline and just when I thought I had figured it out, well, I was wrong. When a socialite is murdered and the investigation begins, Max Rupert puts his sights on the husband. Max has a way of seeing what is least obvious with his own theories and how he proves his theories can't stop but amaze you.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I truly am a fan of Detective Max Rupert, a homicide detective who won me over in the very first book of Allen Esken. He is a complicated man with rigid edges but he will not stop at nothing until he finds the answers for the victim. I feel his pain when we listen to the loss he has had in his life, and we cheer him on when he finds the clues that starts the down fall of the criminal. I love all three narrators, I get lost in their voices and they take me through a story that I hate to see the story end.


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

    Towards the end of the book, specifically the last four chapters, I am floored with what transpires, and the narrators depict the characters disbelief by the infliction of their voices, this was done so well that it gave me goosebumps.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this author and I cannot wait to read his next book.

    37 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Morrisville, PA, United States 02-20-17
    Robert Morrisville, PA, United States 02-20-17 Member Since 2011

    I am an audiobook enthusiast who reviews audiobooks for his blog, The Guilded Earlobe. You can find me on Twitter @guildedearlobe talking about zombies, robots, monkeys and audiobooks.

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    "2017 Audie Nominee"

    There’s something special about a mystery where you think you basically have it pretty much figured out and the author still manages to pull it all together in a surprising way even though what you suspected turned out to be true. This was my experience with The Heavens May Fall, a truly effective and well constructed mystery and legal thriller that was simply a whole lot of fun to listen too.

    Being this is an Audie nominee, I hold it to a higher standard than most books. Bray and Colacci have both given Audie caliber performances in the past and while this isn’t the greatest example of their work, it’s still pretty strong. I tend to believe that Bray is an excellent first person narrator but in third person POVs he’s simply very good. His cadence is excellent during courtroom scenes and moments of heavy dialogue but can become a little distracting during quieter scenes. Colacci’s voice has a bit more quirk to it but it matches well with Bray’s style. McFadden’s role was sadly limited but I’d love to hear her take on Lila is a bigger role I the future since I love the character. Overall, this was a good mystery take with solid performances that could be a dark horse among the Mystery category.

    41 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Narowetz 10-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it!"

    this is my third consecutive Allen Eskins audible book and I have to say that I now count him among my favorite authors. I am new to audible and his stories have been thoroughly engrossing and keeps you intrgued from the first paragraph to the very end. I loved how he had brought characters forth from his previous two books...this to me is rewarding because I always miss the characters in a great story once a book ends. as for the heaven may fall...oh my, this book kept me on edge in that "I can't put this down" sentiment, everytime I settled in to listen. I was very happy with this purchase and book.

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 11-24-16
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 11-24-16 Member Since 2011

    A man's got to do what a man's got to do..

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    "Good, but not great.."

    I loved “The life we bury” (and warmly recommend to all who love “good thrillers that are also good books”), but I feel that Allan Eskens let me down with his third book. The plot of this legal thriller is clumsy (and hard to believe), the writing is stiff, and the characters aren't particularly well developed or appealing. Admittedly as the story progresses the reader gets involved and is eager to get to the bottom line. But this is not the “good thriller/good book” that I expected from Eskens..

    32 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    FRITZ STOOP Moraga, CA USA 05-19-17
    FRITZ STOOP Moraga, CA USA 05-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Blatant Misuse of Genre"
    What would have made The Heavens May Fall better?

    How about a plausible plot that doesn't telegraph the conclusion.


    Has The Heavens May Fall turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre, but this author, certainly


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Sow's ear from a sow's ear.


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

    Nope. Embarrassing and a waste of my time and 'credit'


    Any additional comments?

    This thing was so blatantly transparent, so ignorant of the law and its processes, so poorly conceived and structured, that I am beginning to think popular novels are targeted to morons. I am shocked to consider that an audience that rates such tripe at 4.4 is able to scrape together the money required to buy a credit.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MidwestGeek 03-04-17
    MidwestGeek 03-04-17

    Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.

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    "Excellent police & legal mystery."

    This is a gripping story that is, on the one hand, not entirely original, but on the other hand very well told. I like both police procedurals and legal mysteries, so I have a lot of patience for this genre and do not expect or demand the action of a thriller. Some may find it slow, but I did not. There are three readers, signifying three different points of view. It works well. There are enough twists and turns to keep one guessing; as a matter of fact, I didn't guess the villain and had another person pegged for the crime.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic"

    The story grabs you right away. I had to take a day off from work...I could not stopped listening

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Pattie Kassube 11-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "New Favorite Detective!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Heavens May Fall to be better than the print version?

    I love the unabridged audio books, since it is the entire book read to you, while you drive or do your yard work!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    So real life the play between friendship and the ups and downs of life.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    This was the first audio book I've listened to with multiple narrators, and it made character differentiation more subtle but absolute.


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

    Excellent plot twists.


    Any additional comments?

    Allen Eskens has found a formula for his story and the main character, Detective Max Rupert which makes Max seem so real. These series being set in the Midwest, adds to the enjoyment and the sense of reality around the story line and characters.

    22 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy 03-27-17
    Peggy 03-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The heavens may fall"

    Totally diverting from the very beginning. loved having three different narrators. Thank. You for the read.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Allyson Bell 10-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing as always."

    Mr. Eskens is a master of twists and turns. This book, like his others, are beautifully written and the narrator's are perfect for the characters.

    18 of 23 people found this review helpful

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