• Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Before the Fall

By: Noah Hawley
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Selected by The Sunday Times as one of the top page-turners of summer 2017.

From the creator of the award winning Fargo and Legion TV series.

The rich are different. But fate is blind. A private jet plunges into the sea. The only survivors are down-on his luck artist Scott Burroughs and JJ Bateman, the four-year-old son of a super-rich TV executive. For saving the boy, Scott is suddenly a hero. And then, as the official investigation is rapidly overtaken by a media frenzy, it seems he may also be a villain. Why was he on the plane in the first place, and why did it crash?

©2016 26 Keys, Inc (P)2017 Oakhill Publishing

Critic Reviews

"Hawley's sublime prose glows on every page in this literary thriller of the highest quality." ( Daily Mail)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-17

Good story, narration distractingly bad

This narrator's female voice is absolutely horrible. He makes every woman sound like a weak, whiny, nag ... this is the first time that the narration has been bad enough to make me comment on it in a review. I will avoid this narrator at all costs, it ruins the book.

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  • Gary Hart
  • 11-16-17

Best book I have listened to, if not ever, then a very long time👍👍

Really enjoyed this booked and a bit of a cliche, but “couldn’t stop listening until I had finished”.
Narrated very well, and a great story. Have already recommended to my friends👍😀

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  • J ward
  • 11-13-17

Brilliant

So well written and beautifully narrated. I loved this book, particularly the way the story unfolded- the main story with a mystery and then an in depth look at each character; their motives, their flaws etc ..I didn't see the ending until very near the end( a refreshing change). Bravo!!!!!👏🏻👏🏻

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  • Alexander Marshall
  • 12-08-17

great story well read

loved it, one of those books that I was sad to finish, well worth a listen

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  • Stephen
  • 12-07-17

fantastic

loved every minute of this book, highly recommend it. Jeff Harding is the ultimate narrator and makes every book come to life. awesome performance.

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  • Felicity
  • 01-08-18

Most irritating narrator ever

This is the first audiobook I couldn’t finish because the narrator is just so irritating. His voice goes up at the end of every single sentence. Avoid this narrator at all costs.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-17

bizarre

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who would enjoy this are those that read the last page of book because that is were the story starts.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-21-22

couldn't stop listening

a wonderful story I love how you got to know the background to each person on the plane. it was a juicy audiobook to listen to and kept me going on my long drives

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  • Audiobooks Nest Reviews
  • 03-05-22

Gripping and Suspenseful Meets Thought Provoking

🧡 This is about a plane crash and a hero who saves a child. Ostensibly, it is about solving the mystery of how and why the plane crashed. If this was all the story was about, it would be gripping and suspenseful. And yet there is so much more going on. This is not only what happened before the fall, but about the aftermath.

💚 In the course of uncovering the truth, Hawley examines society and humanity. Characters and plot lines take on the mantle of diverse, important themes, be they privilege, the media or fate. The way this is done is seamless and organic and I loved how it sent my mind on tangents.

💛 This is very much a patchwork of stories, shifting from character to character, plot to plot. It examines very human, often flawed motivations and how these mingle with chance and past events.
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🎧 A simple yet excellent production and a thoroughly fun listen. Hawley ensures that the character speaking/thinking is always namechecked at the start of their section, while narrator Jeff Harding does a simply phenomenal job portraying each and every one.

🎧 Ideally, the chapter headings would match the written ones rather than being numbered.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-21

Anti climax

I really enjoyed the narration. Great book until the last few chapters. Really disappointing ending

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  • Annie
  • 01-27-18

Loved it but difficult to listen to

If you could sum up Before the Fall in three words, what would they be?

Loved the storyline but really struggled with the narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Before the Fall?

When JJ spoke with Scott for the first time after the accident.

What three words best describe Jeff Harding’s performance?

Unaffected. Frustrating. Difficult.

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The story line was great,though a bit frustrated with the end. Would have liked a bit more closure. Apart from the narration, it was good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-21

mediocre ending

Great story and I was hooked to find out what happened but once I got there I was disappointed in the ending.

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  • Shirley Akers
  • 10-05-22

not the best I've heard

struggled to finish it narrator I did not like. Silly story to have to listen to

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  • Mark Fitzmaurice
  • 01-05-22

Great story eloquent prose excellently narrated.

Think Lee Child without the violence. Can't wait for Noah's next book. Narration excellent.

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  • Sharon F
  • 12-31-21

Before the fall

Best advice… stick with this. A great story, I loved the individual characters. Bit slow in one major place but stay with it, it does get better. Would be keen to know if there is a tell-all sequel.