Apples Never Fall Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
"Audiobook narrator Caroline Lee’s voice is an irresistible, visceral joy; like the best audiobook narrators, her delivery is endlessly malleable, shifting nimbly across accent, register and tone to create a sense that one is inside the story rather than peering in from the outside." (Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times)
"[Lee] adds a crisp warmth that makes for an easy and absorbing listen."(Alan Rosenberg, The Providence Journal)
"Australian narrator Caroline Lee is an amazing performer who digs so deeply into her characters' personas that listeners will become addicted to each witty, insightful, and gutsy one." (AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner)
From Liane Moriarty, the number one New York Times best-selling author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers, comes Apples Never Fall, an audiobook that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the people we love the most can hurt us the deepest.
The Delaney family love one another dearly - it’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other....
If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father?
This is the dilemma facing the four grown Delaney siblings.
The Delaneys are fixtures in their community. The parents, Stan and Joy, are the envy of all of their friends. They’re killers on the tennis court, and off it their chemistry is palpable. But after 50 years of marriage, they’ve finally sold their famed tennis academy and are ready to start what should be the golden years of their lives. So why are Stan and Joy so miserable?
The four Delaney children - Amy, Logan, Troy, and Brooke - were tennis stars in their own right, yet as their father will tell you, none of them had what it took to go all the way. But that’s okay, now that they’re all successful grown-ups and there is the wonderful possibility of grandchildren on the horizon.
One night a stranger named Savannah knocks on Stan and Joy’s door, bleeding after a fight with her boyfriend. The Delaneys are more than happy to give her the small kindness she sorely needs. If only that was all she wanted.
Later, when Joy goes missing, and Savannah is nowhere to be found, the police question the one person who remains: Stan. But for someone who claims to be innocent, he, like many spouses, seems to have a lot to hide. Two of the Delaney children think their father is innocent, two are not so sure - but as the two sides square off against each other in perhaps their biggest match ever, all of the Delaneys will start to reexamine their shared family history in a very new light.
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|Listening Length||18 hours and 3 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 14, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#17 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#2 in Domestic Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#2 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2 in Domestic Thrillers (Books)
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Just what is wrong? Shallow characters, no character development and muddy motives mar every section of the book. The plot is nonsensical and the lack of comprehensible plot growing out of character actions makes the entire book fall flat. Because of these flaws the book is neither a domestic thriller or a literary examination of family dysfunction. The book ends up being nothing much at all. I’m tired of the taste for O’Henry endings, but the supposed twist just isn’t believable and is telegraphed from the beginning. Because Moriarty is so skilled the reader doesn’t notice unless thinking critically. It is the literary equivalent of drinking soda or eating a candy bar, but not as a special treat. Instead this book is the kind of thing you’re sorry you ate as you struggle with disappointment and nausea. This reads like a waste of time, money, calories and treats. Apples Never Fall is a true disappointment because Moriarty has excelled at balancing genuine insight into people’s behavior with an engrossing read in the past but she failed here.
First of all, it’s so extremely readable. I downed it quickly and I do love a good mystery, so that plus the family drama was good stuff. Definitely read it, especially if you’re a fan of her other work but even if you aren’t.
Secondly, I remember thinking about halfway through that even though it was a good read, it lacked her usual musings on people and relationships and families etc. Boy was I wrong. it all comes rushing in towards the end and then you realize what you’d missed all along, much like the characters themselves.
Thirdly: I really had a hard time with the conclusions in this book. The main thing I want to say is, it is not OK to excuse toxic by calling it “complicated“. There are bad and toxic relationships and bad and toxic behaviors. it is not OK to write them off as part of life and relationships and just complicated; sometimes you really do need to walk away. The book very much highlighted how generational some damage is and how scars are left behind even if you determine to be different. All of the
Characters need to be in therapy, not just the one of them.
Lastly: you can love someone and realize that you can’t and shouldn’t trust them, and recognize that it’s unwise and damaging to keep them in your life, especially if little innocent kids are involved. I wish more of the characters in the book had realized that.
I think I’m going to reread it right away and chew on it some more.