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The Upside of Falling Down

Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
4 out of 5 stars (280 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.

They tell her she's the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she's lucky to be alive. But she doesn't feel lucky. She feels...lost.

With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity and enlists a blue-eyed Irish stranger, Kieran O'Connell, to help her escape her forgotten life...and start a new one.

Hiding out in the sleepy town of Waterville, Ireland, Clementine discovers there's an upside to a life that's fallen apart. But as her lies grow, so does her affection for Kieran, and the truth about her identity becomes harder and harder to reveal, forcing Clementine to decide: Can she leave her past behind for a new love she'll never forget?

©2018 Rebekah Crane (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Narration?

I should have listened to a sample first. The narrator reads in an up and down cadence and I can't hear the story for that unending roll. When she is being the characters it's actually good. But the narration doesn't work. I'll pass on the audio and read it!

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Meh

I thought it was unrealistic with too many coincidences. I didn’t think the Irish accents of the narration sounded authentic either. WHAT ALICE FORGOT is a much better book about amnesia and new starts.

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Sweet baby Jesus, please send avoid at all costs

I was really looking forward to listening to this book. This is my first time with this author and narrator. The story is interesting but after 2 chapters I'm not sure I'll purchase the Kindle version to finish it. The overall writing isn't done in a concise manner. The catalyst of this story is the woman is a sole survivor from a plane crash. Her male nurse is working to help her recover her memory. It seems so forced that you're not really feeling a connection. Although the female is in a dark spot of being a survivor with no memory, it just doesn't translate well. It's truly hard to pinpoint the main issue but it falls apart pretty quickly. It is a Kindle Unlimited book, so I might give it a try to finish it.

The narrator was so bad and annoying, I tapped out after 2 chapters. It was so frustrating to listen to and became unbearably annoying.

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The upside of falling down

I totally enjoyed this story and narration. Very well written with the details and reflections of her memories and her use of words to explicitly see and feel her emotions and thought processes

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A quick easy listen and enjoyable

I was surprised by this one. Having trouble finding something to listen to so just decided so I could just get to relaxing instead of shopping. I ended up loving it and saw myself in this story. Don't hesitate like I did. It is definitely a good story and a good listen.

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Love this story!

This is a great story and great characters. I didn't want to stop listening! I hope someone makes this into a movie.

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Cute!

I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. It is an easy read, though and for free to listen/read with Kindle Unlimited. Though it had mixed reviews and I was a bit nervous, I read it in almost one sitting. It's short and fast-paced, with a few twists and turns that I did not expect. The "secondary" characters are charming and lovable, and it left me feeling good at the end. Having spent time in Ohio, I loved the Ohio-specific humor, too! Perfect, light summertime read.

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forced...

forced narration, thin plot,, predictable ,difficult to listen to at times., narrator sounds like someone trying to speak with an American accent.

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I wanted to like this...

...and there were some nice moments. But one of the things I learned in both acting and creative writing classes is that if the audience is worried about the person on stage - or the protagonist here - they will be distracted and have a hard time feeling engaged with the story.
I hate spoilers, so I think it's safe to say that the thing that distracted me Big Time, throughout the book, was that this girl , the sole survivor of a horrible plane crash, just leaves the hospital when her Dad, her sole living parent, arrives. And honestly, I felt so mad at her for not calling her father, saying "I'm ok, I just seem to need to hang out with some strangers in a small town in Ireland. Despite my complete case of amnesia, everything's cool"
Huh?? Girl, when I was 21 I had a grand mal seizure at JFK airport when I was supposed to board a plane for the Soviet Union. Woke up in a New York hospital instead. The first thing I did when I was conscious? CALLED MY PARENTS!
I just don't get it. This also felt like a book that *really* wants to be a movie. Some of you know what I mean. The same ones who hopefully half laughed and half agreed with my very true story about the seizure. I was so worried for her poor Dad, I pretty much forgot the rest. There was some surfing. The requisite cute boy, fun new gay BFF. A bit too twisty near the end, and honestly, I would respect the writer so much more if not for the very end.
If the main character had been in her mid 20s, I probably would have believed in this story. Because she's so young, I worried the whole time. No offense to 18 year-olds. I know many of you are mature and capable. I just inherited a huge "worry gene", and this world can be too scary. And my worry was mostly for this father, who lost his wife very young, waiting & waiting for a call from his only child.

If you like readers who are great at doing different voices for different characters, this isn't a great one. She had a bit of trouble switching from an Irish accent to an American accent, so sometimes Americans were briefly Irish, but not a huge problem.

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Loved!

I loved all the characters! They were very well developed. I cried at the end because it was NOT what I had expected. I love a HEA with a twist.