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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: September 2005 ISBN: 9781400171828
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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.”

    People

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/25/2013

    " interesting & different -- biblical story told in reverse "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherie | 12/16/2013

    " Well, The Red Tent, this isn't. Maine tells his story in third person, focusing on one character at a time. His first character is Cain and is not linear. Although the author titles his chapters with the sequence, it gets a bit confusing at times. No one is saint and no one a sinner (that includes God, as Maine protrays him as arbitrary and feckless). But give the author his due, he sticks to the protrayal of the God of the Old Testament. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myshell | 12/11/2013

    " A really interesting perspective on the Genisis story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 12/2/2013

    " Good quick read that brings up a lot of the age old philosophical questions on faith and reason "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 11/24/2013

    " An interesting take on Cain & Abel and I really enjoyed the reverse chronology of the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Russell | 10/13/2013

    " Not worth the time I wasted on this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 8/14/2013

    " One of the most told stories in our culture, yet it's told in a new, really interesting, slightly unnerving way in "Fallen." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 8/7/2013

    " The story of Cain and Abel using mostly modern language and told in reverse. The first scene is Cain as an old man, near death and the last scene is back in the garden. In between, the book rises above the gimmick and becomes one of my all time favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 3/7/2013

    " Beautifully written, this interpretation of the Cain/Abel, Adam/Eve stories really gave the classic Bible characters a tangible humanity. I enjoyed Maine's non-linear time frame. The book does an excellent job of examining each character's feelings, motivations, and relationships to one another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/1/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. It had a unique way of putting things together. Really seemed to make me think, even hours after I had put the book down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 1/14/2013

    " Quite enjoyed how the story was presented by going backwards. Another strong character piece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 7/8/2012

    " The story of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel. Worth reading, especially if you liked The Red Tent. Was a bit slow at parts, though, and the chronology (or lack thereof) kind of annoyed me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Watoosa | 6/19/2012

    " Very creative telling of Cain & Abel and Adam & Eve stories in reverse chronological order. Rather a downer, but it is the fall of man after all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francesbean | 4/29/2012

    " Interesting take on an old story, though it was a little dry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimi | 2/3/2012

    " The author's fleshing out of the biblical story of the original family (Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel)was interesting to think about--- "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 6/11/2011

    " This story is told in reverse chronology. I'm not sure why. I found it confusing and would have liked it better if it had been told chronologically, "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 6/6/2011

    " The problem I had with this book was that it started with the story of Cain and then digressed back to Adam and Eve and ended with them being sent from the Garden of Eden. To me it would have been easier to stay focused if it had been in chronological order. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Laplume | 1/16/2011

    " Deliriously brilliant and insightful account of Cain, Abel, Adam, and Eve's trials. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rita Hughes | 12/28/2010

    " Good and thought provoking story about Adam, Eve and the kids. We had a good discussion in our bookclub. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tracie | 11/9/2010

    " couldn't finish it, outta my league. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Helen | 8/30/2010

    " Pretty well written but VERY boring.. I don't think I will finish, although I like the writing style. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathie | 8/20/2010

    " I could not get into this book. It was too plodding for me. Cain's navel gazing bored me silly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 6/21/2010

    " Really compelling (if not a tad precious) writing that does an interesting job projecting current day mannerisms and psychology onto the post-Eden lives of Adam and Eve, and the lives of Cain and Abel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 6/21/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. It had a unique way of putting things together. Really seemed to make me think, even hours after I had put the book down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 4/16/2010

    " Another biblical retelling, told backwards which was a bit annoying, TBH. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 1/19/2010

    " This book is pretty awesome. Taught me how temptation can get the best of us. No matter who you are, there will always be temptation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rita | 1/11/2010

    " Good and thought provoking story about Adam, Eve and the kids. We had a good discussion in our bookclub. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lady Feral | 11/8/2009

    " An original take on the facinating lives of Cain & Abel, Adam & Eve. Told in reverse, the story keepts you guessing, every chapter making you want to read the next, to understand event that the characters are reacting to now. So beautiful, the narration clinical and reliable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 11/5/2009

    " The problem I had with this book was that it started with the story of Cain and then digressed back to Adam and Eve and ended with them being sent from the Garden of Eden. To me it would have been easier to stay focused if it had been in chronological order. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myshell | 9/29/2009

    " A really interesting perspective on the Genisis 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.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.