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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (427 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Maine Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the internationally acclaimed author of The Preservationist comes a provocative retelling of the story of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel: a novel that gives new meaning to the words “temptation,” “rivalry,” and “murder.”

Their expulsion from the Eden is only the beginning: Eve and Adam have to find their way past recriminations and bitterness, to construct a new life together in a harsh land. But the challenges are many for the world’s first family. Among their children are Cain and Abel, and soon they must discover how to be parents to one son who is everything they could hope for, and another who is sullen, difficult, and rife with insecurities and jealousies. In the background, always, is the incomprehensibility of God’s motives as He watches over their faltering attempts to build a life. In Fallen, David Maine has drawn a convincing, wryly observant, and enthralling portrait of a family—one driven by passions, irrationality, and love. The result is an intimate, in-depth story of brothers, a husband, and a wife—people whose struggles are both completely familiar and yet utterly original.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An elegant, inventive book…[that] envisions the events in Noah’s life with awe and realism.”

    New York Times

  • “Inventive re-imagining of the Biblical flood tale for a 21st century audience.”


  • “Author David Maine brings motive and inner dialogue to the story, and narrator Simon Vance brings those elements alive, from Cain’s rage at the God who cast his parents from Eden and his regret at his murder of Abel, to Eve’s fears during the first childbirth and Abel’s and Adam’s faithful love of God.”


  • “A brilliant, kaleidoscopic analysis of the situation…this debut is a winner.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine | 2/14/2014

    " Interesting take on life after the flight from the Garden of Eden "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tara | 2/4/2014

    " Quite an interesting book, I realized that I am not as familiar with the Abel and Cain Stories in the Bible as I thought I was. Good read and interesting way to set up the book. The chapters are backwards, which took a little getting used to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marie-clare Prisco | 1/31/2014

    " Interesting version of the Cain and Abel story, written backwards when Cain is an adult. The story more back through time allowing the ready to gain empathy toward Cain. It's a remarkable and refreshing look at an ancient story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danyel | 1/13/2014

    " A very insightful and suprisingly delightful read. Well written and easily read it "breathes life" into a very well know biblical story. "

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About the Author
Author David Maine

David Maine was born and raised in Connecticut but spent much of his life living in Morocco and Pakistan. His first novel was The Preservationist, a retelling of the Noah story from Genesis. This was followed by Fallen, which re-examined the stories of Eve and Adam and Abel and Cain. His is also the author of The Gamble of the Godless.