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They Who Fell: Volume 1

Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Series: They Who Fell, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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They say that long ago, there was a rebellion in Heaven - that an army of angels sought to seize the throne and were cast down into the pits of Hell in punishment. Those are the affairs of angels, and everything would have been fine if they'd kept them to themselves. But there's been another uprising, and another fall. Cast down to Earth, the rebel angels ravaged the globe in an orgy of sin and violence as they indulged in their newfound freedoms. Their new home is the Perch, a black, towering monstrosity that blights what's left of the New York City skyline.

Life inside the Perch means you watch your tongue, if you're a servant. Jana has lived there since she was a child, and now she's found herself thrust into the middle of angelic politics. Some of them want to torture her, just for the fun of it. Others say they want to protect her. And Rhamiel, a charismatic and powerful angel with one of the few faces that wasn't burnt and scarred by the fall, is relentlessly pursuing her affections.

Life outside can be just as dangerous. Strange things fall with the angels and wander the countrysides. The roads are filled with Vichies, cringing humans who've thrown their lot in with their oppressors and won't hesitate to take advantage of the weak. But some are still fighting, including William Holt. He leads a small cell of fighters, searching for a way to strike back against the angels without getting themselves killed in the process. And all around, the fallen angels inflict their savageries on the dwindling remains of humanity, enjoying every vice they'd been forbidden during their long centuries of service.

They Who Fell is the first book in a trilogy.

©2014 Kevin Kneupper (P)2015 Kevin Kneupper

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WARNING!!! final book will make you regret!!!

this is a review for the trilogy. it is important i do so, because you need to be warned. the first book is interesting enough to feel it might be worth trying the rest of the trilogy (especially since it ends w/ a cliffhanger). book 2 is also just interesting enough to finish, & retains promise. although the narrator changed & is now someone completely laughable at times (NOT the right choice for 90% of the characters). but in the THIRD book, i swear to you that is seems like the author had ZERO ideas left, but his producer forced him to uphold the contract & demand a certain number of pages be written. the writing style & imagination are completely & infuriatingly different. it seriously should have been 1/3 the length, and even then the valid, non-redundant content was still a lame, wilted, uninspired train wreck. Plus you have to endure the horrible narrator. classic example of an author mad at his boss for making him finish something he absolutely despises having to be a part of. 2/3 of the last book is CEASELESSLY repeating the self-deprecating, guilt-ridden thoughts of each of 3-4 of the main characters. i was AMAZED (and nauseated) at how maaaaany different ways he was able to repeat the same annoying expression over & over & over & over & over, and then switch to a different character (walking along in the same scenario, no less) and repeat the same similar thoughts in the same redundant way. then when the characters eventually find themselves in a different situation a few chapters later, do it ALL OVER AGAIN! i could not believe what i was hearing! i was actually angry throughout most of this audio book (9 & a half hours!). what a waste of time, overall, and a huge slap in the face to the audience. i am upset that he is receiving royalties for this. SERIOUSLY, please don't start this trilogy. you will find yourself continuing to the third, wanting closure, but you will only walk away with outrage & regret!

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great narration but where's the plot?

okay, it has a plot...a paper think plot to be sure. the characters are two deminsional and lack development. it takes well over half the book to get into the plot. honestly, I can't sympathize much with any of the characters because I don't know them well enough.

I gave it three stars for a couple reasons. first, this narrator is awesome. second, the author is great at description and helping you see the environment around the story. beyond that this is just average.

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Marvelous!!

The characters are amazing and the story line is inspiring! I fell in love with Jana and all that she went through. Can't wait to find out what happens next!

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awesome

i love it, very interested and can't wait for number 2. when is it out.

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Totally inaccurate

What would have made They Who Fell: Volume 1 better?

This book is so inaccurate about angles that it is distracting from the story.

Any additional comments?

Please do some research

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  • Suzy GM
  • 08-11-18

Worst book ever!

I couldn’t finish it it’s the worst book I’ve tried to read for years! It should have been brilliant but so boring!!! I felt sorry for the narrator.

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  • Dan-Dumitru Donici
  • 04-26-19

amazing read

the feeling of being powerless and opressed creeps it's way to your bones with every chapter you read...

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  • David
  • 10-07-19

Awesomely bad

A bizarre car-crash of a book, riding high on the Twilight/Hunger Games wave in which post-apocalyptic dystopia meets high-school romance. Earth's population has been wiped out by a small number of peculiarly stupid angels, but some gung-ho survivors stalk them with surface-to-air missiles and Tasers. Meanwhile the eyes of a human serving girl meet those of a proud but handsome angel with entirely predictable consequences. Energy and pzazz cannot overcome the routine plotting and characterisation, and the worldbuilding is perfunctory.

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  • Sue Smith
  • 03-25-18

Bad Angels

Interesting take on fallen angels. These are no guardian angels. Pacy story with good narration.

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  • hollabee
  • 04-30-18

Good read

An apocalypse style story. Human beings have to fight back against there angel overlords. Enjoyed this book will continue with the series.

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