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Let the Sky Fall

Narrated by: Kristen Leigh, Nick Podehl
Series: Let the Sky Fall, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
4.3 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A broken past and a divided future can’t stop the electric connection of two teens in this "charged and romantic" (Becca Fitzpatrick), lush novel.

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category-five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who's swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs, even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra's forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim - the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them - but the forbidden romance that's grown between them.

©2013 Shannon Messenger (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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A good surprise

A change from her lost cities series aimed for older readers. She has made an interesting world where sylphs live side by side with “groundlings” (humans). Vane has no memory of who he is, his family and his life before the storm that claimed his parents’ lives. Audra is his guardian, sent to protect and help him. I spent some of the book predicting what would happen but then what I thought would happen didn’t and the carpet was pulled out not just from under the characters but also from my understanding of what would happen. I wondered how there could be too more books in the series but now my preconceived notions have been dashed I am looking forward to the next one.

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  • Bruce
  • 01-04-2019

Starts as good as the blurbs claim

Orphans (full and partial). Action. 17ish hormones and angst. Superhero lost King. Evil Other. Urgency (as in first-love and end-of-the-world varieties). Super-articulate commoner Wind-Prince named Vane? Vain? has mere days to learn to soar above Luke Skywalker and Bobby Pendragon. His Yoda is every boys’ dream. Her Luke is: well, she...must...resist...temptation... Clever twist(er) on ancient themes. Then it all goes wrong, starting with the burger and fries scene. I am compelled to deduct a star for the story from there on.

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  • Heidi Tickal
  • 22-08-2019

So inappropriate

My family is a Shannon messenger fan, so I decided to buy this series. I am very disappointed with the fact that she included so much inappropriate material in this book. We decided to stop listening after just a few chapters because, to be honest, it was sickening. Not a single person listening in my family wanted to continue, even though the plot was original and fun. If you put a cockroach into an ice cream sundae, would you want to eat it? We didn’t.

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  • WkngMom
  • 09-02-2020

Warning! Last book never made into an audiobook!

The seres is not as good as Secrets of the Lost Cities. Still, it's entertaining and somewhat original. But only two of the three books are available as audiobooks, so unless you're willing to read the third book in paper format, don't waste your time!

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  • Crystal
  • 12-08-2013

Clever, fresh and fun.

I predict this is book/series is going to blow up so I urge everyone to get on board early!

The 'air elemental' angle was novel for me and I absolutely adored the lore that fleshed out the book. I found little things like the Southerly winds being tropical and lazy while Northern winds being frigid and demanding really clever.

I also had fun with the 'wind bending' techniques and was completely hooked waiting to see all the training come together in the final battle.

The dual male and female protagonists were very well drawn and I loved their relationship. The interplay was complex, clever, cute and so much better than the usual "he's hot and she's hot so they must get together" paint-by-numbers YA romance. The drama between them was genuine and the climax was sincere.

The story itself was also very strong and it moved purposely, never getting side-tracked or wallowing. It expertly weaved the respective pasts, presents and futures of Audra and Vane together for a tightly layered and well-paced story.

I will definitely check out the next book in the series as soon as it is released. I strongly recommend Let the Sky Fall to everyone into YA especially those looking for a fresh paranormal concept or just a well-written story!


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  • Dcresong
  • 25-07-2013

very interesting! imaginative!

What did you love best about Let the Sky Fall?

It was the kind of book in which you need a great imagination to follow . The characters are great!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Let the Sky Fall?

When he first realized his powers were real.

Which character – as performed by Kristen Leigh and Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

Both

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Let this book take you away with the wind.

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  • Stanton Miller
  • 02-04-2020

Honestly? A waste of my Audible credit.

You may like this book but in my opinion is was not good. The main boy character, Vane is crude and dirty minded bringing in suggestive and horny content. However the story itself is boring and childish so it doesn't come together for any audience demographic. As for the main girl character Audra, she is so bland and boring. In fact, all the characters have no depth and you never learn to care about any of them. Like at all. I'm bummed I used a credit on this book.

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  • Melissa Rocchio
  • 17-01-2020

Thank you so much

Thank you for writing this book, I never liked books but your sears connects me to an amazing imaginary world that I can relate to, so thank you for all you have written and P.T.S. Keep on writing you will change the world!!!!!! THANK YOU

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  • B.A. Wilson
  • 20-09-2018

Interesting World and Solid Narration

I enjoyed this unique world (sylphs). The male lead is an average teenager, with a dry sense of humor that I found to be charming. I would have appreciated a bit more character development in the side characters, but overall I enjoyed this. I want to go on to book two, but I'm hesitating because book 3 is not yet an audiobook.

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  • barbara
  • 12-09-2014

Unique Story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this to someone who digs scifi/fantasy but wants something different from the usual.

What did you like best about this story?

The world created by Messenger right over the top of our own was pretty sneaky and well done. She makes it believable and rational.

What does Kristen Leigh and Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love to see books narrated like this, it help to clearly identify the difference between the characters and highlights each characters personality.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

“Obey my command. Follow my voice. Race to my side and surrender your choice.”
― Shannon Messenger, Let the Sky Fall

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  • Courtney Whisenant
  • 08-01-2014

One of my favorite listens this year!!

When I bought this audiobook on Audible, I had no clue what it was about or who the author was. My purchase was based solely on a search of books narrated by Nick Podehl and then narrowed by most fabulous covers (Yes, I judge books by their covers). This was a total WIN for me--I loved it! I am now a Shannon Messenger fan and will be reading everything she's written. I'm from Alabama so I'm used to people making fun of my southern drawl, but when she jokes on the Canadian accent, I laughed so hard driving down the road I thought I was going to have to pull over. I was really impressed with the authenticity of the characters and the originality of the story. I thought her writing style was fresh and age appropriate--it's nice to read something that I can wholeheartedly recommend to my teenage nieces who are constantly looking for something new and exciting to read. I can't wait to read the next installment!!

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  • Sar1386
  • 20-01-2016

Not as good as I expected.

I went into this thinking it was going to be great based on all the positive reviews I have read about it. But once again another book has been over hyped on what is an average story. I'm quite disappointed with the way this turned out, some parts dragged and others were rushed I think this could have been a great book with just a few changes made. Although this disappointed me I am glad I read this and I will probably read the next book In hopes that it's better than this one. I would recommend this to others as they may like it but if u don't like story's that drag then it's not the book for u.

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