• When the Sky Fell on Splendor

  • By: Emily Henry
  • Narrated by: Amara Jasper
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (328 ratings)

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When the Sky Fell on Splendor

By: Emily Henry
Narrated by: Amara Jasper
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Publisher's Summary

The Serpent King meets Stranger Things in Emily Henry's gripping novel about a group of friends in a small town who find themselves dealing with unexpected powers after a cosmic event.

Almost everyone in the small town of Splendor, Ohio, was affected when the local steel mill exploded. If you weren't a casualty of the accident yourself, chances are a loved one was. That's the case for 17-year-old Franny, who, five years after the explosion, still has to stand by and do nothing as her brother lies in a coma. 

In the wake of the tragedy, Franny found solace in a group of friends whose experiences mirrored her own. The group calls themselves The Ordinary, and they spend their free time investigating local ghost stories and legends, filming their exploits for their small following of YouTube fans. It's silly, it's fun, and it keeps them from dwelling on the sadness that surrounds them.

Until one evening, when the strange and dangerous thing they film isn't fiction - it's a bright light, something massive hurtling toward them from the sky. And when it crashes and the teens go to investigate...everything changes.

©2019 Emily Henry (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Compelling story, unpleasant narration.

This is the first Emily Henry book I've read/listened too, and I'm impressed! The cast of characters is complex and well-developed, and the plot is compelling. My only complaint with the audiobook: the voices the narrator used for dialogue, especially lines spoken by the male characters and the younger version of Franny (in flashback scenes), which range from cartoonish to whiny to gratingly gravelly. I had to turn the volume way down and turn the speed up to get through some dialogue-heavy sections. If you're particular about audiobook narrators, this might not be for you.

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I struggled but made it through—

I am not sure if it was just the narration or partially the story itself but I struggled through this book. I realize that the narrator had a lot of different
voices to do so I am sure that was difficult. The male voices weren’t varied enough, the sound editing seemed off at times because it would be whisper quiet and then the narrator would suddenly yell one or two words. I kept wondering if the book would be better than the audiobook but I wasn’t interested enough to give it a try. I am sure that the narrator has done great work in other books.

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terrible narration.

By far the worst "female doing a male voice" I've ever heard. They don't need to sound like slingblade!

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Couldnt stop Listening

Strange story. But good. Sad but hopeful. Mostly well narrated. I’d listen to more by this author

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Metaphysical alien philosophy....?

This is one of those stories you can't describe or else you'll ruin the the whole book. I really enjoyed the fast pace, the majority of the story, and couldn't wait to get to the end of this mystery, but then it seemed to have an end that was for a different book altogether. Take the story Stand By Me, mix it with X-Files for 3/4 of the book and end it with What Dreams May Come. All 3 stories are excellent individually but chop them up, don't mix together, and make them one story not so much.

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Terrible engineering

Had a hard time following this because of all the pauses. Terrible engineering on this production. Kind of ruined a decent story.

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geeesh

this was such a hard book to listen to. The voice are over exaggeration and the tones sound like the fake girls off the white chick's movie.

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Exciting

I didn’t know Emily Henry write YA and when I heard it was a story reminded people of Stranger Things I knew it had to be good. I loved the small town kids vibes of this story and the found family this friend group had with each other. I loved how different and perfectly written each of the main characters were and how far from ordinary they were. This story had me needing to know what was going to happen next and before I knew it I had finished it and given it 5 stars.

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I loved the book, but the words trailed off when the narrator used a deep voice. It made it seem like the volume was being turned down during that part of she was trailing off.

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This book is atrocious.

I hated the book itself more than anything but I wasn’t a fan of the reading either, especially the male voices they were so cringey.

But it’s not the narrators fault the book isn’t good. It’s overly long, uneventful, boring, the characters are one dimensional and have no depth, nothing makes sense, honestly just such a bland book. 1 star on good reads.