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Falling Off Air Audiobook

Falling Off Air

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Publisher's Summary

Robin Ballantyne's life is finally coming together. After learning she was pregnant with twins and being abandoned by her irresponsible boyfriend, Adam, she's settling into life as a single mother. But one night, after putting the children to bed, she hears an argument and suddenly, a body falls past her window. Running outside, she finds the body of Paula Carmichael, a renowned activist. When the police find Robin's name in Paula's diary and a connection through ex-boyfriend Adam, Robin becomes the prime suspect. She must figure out who killed Paula before she loses her freedom, her children, and her life.

©2004 Catherine Sampson; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Sampson...makes a grand entrance into the mystery genre with this stellar debut novel....Compelling." (Booklist)

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  • Hannah
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    2/02/05
    Overall
    "Rich, developed and unusual"

    That's it. It is the best "mystery" I've listened to in ages. I heartily recommend it to anyone who is becoming bored with their choices in this category.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • connie
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    11/11/10
    Overall
    "clever, well written & narrated Brit mystery"

    Sampson doesn't waste words in weaving her mystery and she weaves the words well. Not only is the writing and characterization better than average, so is the mystery itself. Like many Brit authors of mysteries with contemporary settings, she combines the best of the classic and "cozy" mystery traditions with the best of the "thriller" -- She can create suspense and interest without needing to revert to graphic sex or violence. I am not a parent and usually avoid novels incorporating the dilemmas of motherhood, but even this element becomes an interesting part of the tale.

    I picked this up during a half price sale and now look forward to downloading her other Audible title and any others that may be added. Best if all, I don't think there's a cliche anywhere between the covers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • RB
    Utah USA
    15/06/09
    Overall
    "A wonderful debut mystery"

    Sampson's stellar debut of single mother of twins, Londoner Robin Ballantyne, is instantly compelling. Told in first person narrative, Reading's performance is spot-on; all of the characters were fully developed and believable. My next listen is Sampson's Out of Mind; and I can hardly wait for book three to be released, The Slaughter Pavilion. Very well done indeed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kendra
    Lebanon, OR, USA
    27/03/09
    Overall
    "Really interesting read...."

    I chose this book specifically because of the reader. I think Kate Reading does a wonderful job. I enjoyed the story very much, and will be looking forward to more titles by this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Demetra
    Orofino, ID, United States
    23/03/10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "very good!"

    I really liked this book, so much so that I will listen/read another one by Cathering Sampson. The characters were interesting, good storyline and good narration. Kept me very interested and listening longer than I should.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • cristina
    Somerville, MA, United States
    9/04/12
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    Performance
    Story
    "Loved the heroine and the reader"

    So the mystery is not a great mystery, who cares? The heroine is totally believable and I got totally caught up in her life. Kate Reading is absolutely perfect in her narration. I could not stop listening, waiting to see what would happen -- then sorry when it was over. Immediately read the second one in the series. Not quite as good as this one, but close.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Janice
    Sugar Land, TX, United States
    4/05/11
    Overall
    "Could use a little more editing"

    I've rounded up to 4 stars, but really want to give about 3 1/2. The central story is good and unravels in a logical way. But there were 2-3 side stories that could have been minimized or eliminated altogether as they added little value to the story and did not even serve as decent red herrings for the mystery at hand. The pace improved significantly towards the end, although the climax seemed to be a bit thrown away. I also had to shake my head in disbelief at the poor judgment shown by Robin at critical moments of the investigation. For a supposedly bright woman having to protect herself from false accusations and character assassination, she stumbled around pretty oblivious to those who clearly did not have her best interest in mind.
    The reading by Kate Reading was competent, but I was annoyed at times by her interpretations of some of the characters, especially the police personnel. A little over-dramatic. Overall, not a bad book, but missed some of its potential.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C. A. Gelsinger
    Westminster, MD USA
    6/02/08
    Overall
    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    I was at first a little put off by the narrator and the slow pace; it's so different from the series that I've been listening to lately. Like one of the other reviewers, I was soon pulled into the story. I'm now looking forward to reading the second in the series to see how Robin progresses as a working mother, daughter, friend, and lover.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Diane M Benetz
    Parkville, MO United States
    24/09/06
    Overall
    "Nicely written mystery."

    The author does a good job of 'pulling you in' to the story and liking the main character - flaws and all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Loves To Read
    Round Rock, TX United States
    21/10/05
    Overall
    "Great Book!"

    Most stories where single moms are the main characters show women as being rather helpless and without options. The main character in the book struggles with her priorities but is NOT helpless. I enjoyed the book quite a bit and look forward to her next one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Sarah
    Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
    16/03/11
    Overall
    "A good listen"

    A good listen, well written, well read, and an unusual perspective. Not Shakespeare, but much better than average!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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