All Fall Down

All Fall Down

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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"Allison Weiss has a great job...a handsome husband...an adorable daughter...and a secret. Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband's becoming distant, her daughter's acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer's, and her mother's barely dealing at all. As she struggles to hold her home and work life together, and meet all of the needs of the people around her, Allison finds that the painkillers she was prescribed for a back injury help her deal with more than just physical discomfort--they help her feel calm and get her through her increasingly hectic days. Sure, she worries a bit that the bottles seem to empty a bit faster each week, but it's not like she's some Hollywood starlet partying all night, or a homeless person who's lost everything. It's not as if she has an actual problem. However, when Allison's use gets to the point that she can no longer control--or hide--it, she ends up in a world she never thought she'd experience outside of a movie theater: rehab. Amid the teenage heroin addicts, the alcoholic grandmothers, the barely-trained "recovery coaches, " and the counselors who seem to believe that one mode of recovery fits all, Allison struggles to get her life back on track, even as she's convincing herself that she's not as bad off as the women around her. With a sparkling comedic touch and tender, true-to-life characterizations, All Fall Down is a tale of empowerment and redemption and Jennifer Weiner's richest, most absorbing and timely story yet"--
Published: New York :, Atria Books,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781442378469
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO
Characteristics: 1 sound file :,digital
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Bob
Mar 16, 2017

Bob's wife says: I didn't care for the narrator's reading of the child's dialogue. Everything was said with either a lisp or a whine. Maybe this was intended to underscore Allison's impression of the situations but it drove me nuts.

As for the story itself I found it pretty worthwhile and I'm certain that Allison's story could apply to many women today, even if you've never used drugs to cope, you can likely relate to the struggle to be all things to all people.

I did find the middle section where her addiction deepens dragged on too long and the final stages of the story were too short and rather rushed.

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rprosini
Sep 02, 2016

The talking speed of the reading is too fast to understand
I could not hear this book.

RoseyCanuck Oct 15, 2014

Her name is actually Alison

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yramretsof
Sep 02, 2014

When I tried to transfer the downloaded book to my Ipod, a window appeared which said that the license of this book did not allow transfer to Apple devices. I checked the licensing tab in Overdrive Media Console on my computer, and it definitely indicated that transferring this book to Apple devices was NOT allowed. I think that should be made known somewhere in the information for the Downloadable Audiobook version of this novel.

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chesler
Aug 19, 2014

Only one minute will play.

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