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Before I Fall Audiobook

Before I Fall

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Publisher's Summary

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death - and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

Cover Art © 2016 Open Road Films. All Rights Reserved.

©2010 Lauren Oliver (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Oliver, in a pitch-perfect teen voice, explores the power we have to affect the people around us in this intensely believable first novel...This is a compelling book with a powerful message and should not be missed." (Booklist)

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    CyndiLooWho 05-15-13
    CyndiLooWho 05-15-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good choice for a Teen - Excellent Narration"
    Would you try another book from Lauren Oliver and/or Sarah Drew?

    Yes!


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

    Sarah Drew is one of my favorite narrators. I chose this book because of her and was pleased with my choice.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was placed on the Summer Reading list at the school I work at and I think it's a good choice. I hated the characters at the beginning, but it seemed I was supposed to, so I kept going to see how things would evolve. I'm happy with the book, and loved the narration. It would be a good book for those new to Audible. It would also be a good book for a parent and teen to read together as it would bring a lot of important topics of conversation up in a relatively non-threatening way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer MOODY, TEXAS, United States 05-05-13
    Amazon Customer MOODY, TEXAS, United States 05-05-13
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    "Very Good Listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Before I Fall to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to this book; however it was very nice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Before I Fall?

    When she finally gets it. She realizes that even though her friends may be shallow, they still have some redeeming qualities and they have reasons for the way that they behave. she believes that there is still hope for them.


    What does Sarah Drew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sarah put alot of emphasis into the story, thus bringing out the feelings of the listener.


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

    I did not have an extreme reaction. I did laugh at one point and I was very sad several times through out the story. I also was angry with Lindsey and the girls for their snobbish ways.we


    Any additional comments?

    This is not my normal type of book but it was well worth the listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Medellin Sylmar, CA USA 04-19-13
    Marie Medellin Sylmar, CA USA 04-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Sam, hated her, loved her, cried for her! AWESOME!"

    Just have to say. I borrowed this audio from the library and I loved it so much I had to buy it for my collection!!! Let me start off with the narration. AWESOME! Sarah Drew did it again. She is one of my favorite narrators! Lauren Oliver, you blew me away! This book/audiobook was beautiful, moving and heart wrenching. Oliver's writing grabbed me and pulled me in. Yes, this was something of a "teenage groundhog day" but with a very needed message for our youth. (I wish this book was written when I was in highschool.) I think this is an awesome book for all teens to read. Oliver does a wonderful job conveying high school life and the repercussions brought on by thoughtless and negative actions towards others. Sam, a highschool senior, is made to live her last day alive over and over again in order to find out what really matters in life and what matters to herself. Oliver has you loving and hating almost every character at one point or another in this emotional roller coaster of a story. I was angry and repulsed. I laughed and cried. I was in love and I hated. In the end I was reminded to pay attention to how I live my life and treat those who are in it. With a word, look, touch or action we can inspire or break a life. Truly life influencing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Greenville, SC, United States 02-18-11
    Tara Greenville, SC, United States 02-18-11
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    "Beautiful narration and writing"

    You adult fiction has such a special place in my heart, and now so does this book. I am so impressed with the talent of Sarah Drew's reading, and absolutely love Lauren Oliver's beautiful descriptive writing! Am a fan of both ladies now and look forward to what they each do next.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Callie parowan, UT, USA 05-02-10
    Callie parowan, UT, USA 05-02-10
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    "Excellent"

    I myself am a teenager, and i was very surprised at how realistic this book is. It is one of the few books that shows how hard being in high school really is. The plot line is beautiful and i could see Sam the whole time in my mind. I must admit that i did cry at the end, but i am so glad that i bought this book. It is a must read for any teenage girl in high school.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    wild_childsue 05-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "not sure how I fell"

    I started out HATING the main character and all of her friends. Had to keep reading it though as this was a book club assignment and I just wanted to get through to the end. I love most everything I read so at first it was a struggle but as I kept listening it was getting a little better and by the end I was actually hoping she would live unlike at the beginning where I just wanted her and her friends to die.
    If you can get past the first two or three chapters this is actually a good book. Not for everyone though. Definitely not for Young pre-teens. It's more a book for someone over 16.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Sonora, CA, United States 10-20-13
    Kathryn Sonora, CA, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprisingly Satisfying"
    What did you love best about Before I Fall?

    i like the differences between each day


    What about Sarah Drew’s performance did you like?

    you were in the moment


    Any additional comments?

    the details. color and sound . the beautiful writing is really showcased by this reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Georgetown, TX, United States 08-15-13
    Donna Georgetown, TX, United States 08-15-13
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    "SURPRISINGLY GOOD"
    If you could sum up Before I Fall in three words, what would they be?

    Had my Attention!


    What other book might you compare Before I Fall to and why?

    It was a different kind of book.


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Drew – was your favorite?

    Sam, of course


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    She kept reliving the same day over and over, and each time, she had a different and new perspective on the events that were unfolding. It was like a life time of 'lessons' that we learn and finally grow up she had them all in a week's time frame. How many times do we wish we could 'go back' knowing what you know?!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LL 06-27-13
    LL 06-27-13
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    "If I Had it to do All Over Again..."

    This story starts out with a very harsh look at teenaged friends. Lots of drinking, lots of sex and lots of bullying. The main character relives the same day over and over again in order to correct some of her mistakes. What I found most interesting is how her perceptions of what was going on with others was often so off the mark and how actions have consequences that aren't always predictable. Sarah Drew is a terrific narrator and brought the story to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 06-28-12
    Evelyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Believe it"

    As a former High School Guidance Counselor, I can assure you that these characters are alive and well in most High Schools. The "bullying" can be sly and secretive among girls, but even the nicest of private schools will have to deal with this issue. Sam evolves from a one dimensional teen into multi-dimensional as she contemplates her life and her choices. Lauren Oliver has a magical way with words and metaphor. Her descriptions of feelings and thought processes leave the reader thinking "yes, I've felt exactly that way!". This book is probably best for girls / women of all ages (High School and older). Sex, drugs, smoking, peer pressure, popularity, drinking........it's all real in the world of education today. Have you known a 'mean girl' ? Have you ever been a "mean girl" ? Maybe just tried it on for awhile? Or maybe stood by quietly while observing the cruelty? Then you'll be able to relate to much of this story. I initially thought that Sarah Drew's voice would be annoying for an entire book, but it eventually fit the characters well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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