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There’s something special about a mystery where you think you basically have it pretty much figured out and the author still manages to pull it all together in a surprising way even though what you suspected turned out to be true. This was my experience with The Heavens May Fall, a truly effective and well constructed mystery and legal thriller that was simply a whole lot of fun to listen too.
Being this is an Audie nominee, I hold it to a higher standard than most books. Bray and Colacci have both given Audie caliber performances in the past and while this isn’t the greatest example of their work, it’s still pretty strong. I tend to believe that Bray is an excellent first person narrator but in third person POVs he’s simply very good. His cadence is excellent during courtroom scenes and moments of heavy dialogue but can become a little distracting during quieter scenes. Colacci’s voice has a bit more quirk to it but it matches well with Bray’s style. McFadden’s role was sadly limited but I’d love to hear her take on Lila is a bigger role I the future since I love the character. Overall, this was a good mystery take with solid performances that could be a dark horse among the Mystery category.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of suspense thrillers with twist and turns.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heavens May Fall?
I truly loved this book, Allen Esken has a way of taking you through the motions of emotion, suspense and anticipation. I was enthralled with the storyline and just when I thought I had figured it out, well, I was wrong. When a socialite is murdered and the investigation begins, Max Rupert puts his sights on the husband. Max has a way of seeing what is least obvious with his own theories and how he proves his theories can't stop but amaze you.
Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?
I truly am a fan of Detective Max Rupert, a homicide detective who won me over in the very first book of Allen Esken. He is a complicated man with rigid edges but he will not stop at nothing until he finds the answers for the victim. I feel his pain when we listen to the loss he has had in his life, and we cheer him on when he finds the clues that starts the down fall of the criminal. I love all three narrators, I get lost in their voices and they take me through a story that I hate to see the story end.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Towards the end of the book, specifically the last four chapters, I am floored with what transpires, and the narrators depict the characters disbelief by the infliction of their voices, this was done so well that it gave me goosebumps.
Any additional comments?
I love this author and I cannot wait to read his next book.
45 of 51 people found this review helpful
I don't want to give too much of the story away in this review, but what I will say is that this book is well written with a good plot and strong characters. RC Bray and David Collacci are brilliant and have given life to the characters in this book. A very good listen - I would highly recommend.