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Finished this 1 minute ago and loved it so much I was motivated to jump right to writing a review. I have discovered my favorite narrator. It doesn't matter who is doing the "talking," he does them all: men, women, and children. I "lived" this book through Robert Petkoff. Whatever the award (given to audio book narration) is - he deserves it. I can't think of anyone on any Audible I've listened to where I've felt this way - he is phenomenal. I won't recap the story since I'm sure you've read the book summary. The mystery, while not the main thrust of the story, remains a mystery until fairly late in the book. Even though I pretty much surmised what happened (probably about when the author wanted the reader to) I was riveted right to the end. I chose the book based solely on the fact Noah Hawley wrote many of the scripts for "Fargo" (the TV series) Season 1 - and I loved Season 1. The story does a great job of chronicling the lives of the rich (yep, they are different), gas bag political TV news as well as what makes people tick. He even does a great job getting into the minds of his female characters, so much so I think he must have had input from his wife, girlfriend...somebody female. Impossible for me to say if I would have loved the book as much if a different narrator had done it. What I can say is I will definitely be looking for other books by him.
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I read "Before the Fall" and liked it enough to buy the Audible version. This is a novel that went from good to great with a professional narrator. Robert Petkoff read smoothly, consistently, and confidently. He was clearly comfortable telling this story.
This is the story of a plane that goes down in the ocean. There are survivors, but the story is not just about the survivors. Hawley weaves back and forth as he tells his story, revealing slices of life from each passenger's past while maintaining forward momentum with the story of the survivors.
"Before the Fall" is about a man and a boy who are forced to leave their past and the people they love behind, and coming to terms with the realization that the past can never be entirely left behind.
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