by Noah Hawley
Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Length: 12 hours and 59 minutes
Source: BEA, Purchase
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Narration: 4 cups
On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs--the painter--and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.
With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members--including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot--the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens. As the passengers' intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy. Was it merely by dumb chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? Events soon threaten to spiral out of control in an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations. And while Scott struggles to cope with fame that borders on notoriety, the authorities scramble to salvage the truth from the wreckage.
Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.
I received a copy of Before the Fall by Noah Hawley at BEA and after hearing a narration sample and reading some blogger reviews I decided to grab an audiobook. I switched back and forth between the two before listening completely.
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Before the Fall offers, an interesting mystery regarding a private jet crash headed to NY from Martha’s Vineyard. I absolutely loved the way Hawley unraveled this story. We begin with the crash and then the author takes us back to before the accident allowing us to get to know the victims, survivors and families affected. In-between we became a part of the investigation as we piece together what happened on the flight. From the media chasing the insider scoop to investigative departments stepping on toes I was completely hooked.
We spend a lot of time with one of the survivors Scott Burroughs and I found him to be an intriguing oddity. Time inside his head was refreshing and offered a unique perspective. While he is hailed a hero, there is a sense of mystery surrounding his presence on the plane that evening. This leaves the reader/listener unsure of his role in the crash.
The last three-fourths of the story were intense as we learn what really happened that night. Hawley keeps the reader guessing as each piece of information leaves you speculating.
I have found a new narrator to love. Robert Petkoff has a voice made for narrating. From his pace to the voices he created, I was delighted. Narrators like this only enhance the story.
Whether you read or listen to Before the Fall you’ll find a clever mystery.
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