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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (384 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Juli Zeh Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9780307736505
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The gripping international bestseller that fuses an ingenious detective tale with stunning, cinematic storytelling—and a provocative riff on quantum physics—from Germany’s foremost young literary talent.

A child is kidnapped but does not know it. One man dies, two physicists fight, and a senior constable falls in love. In the end, everything is different . . . yet exactly the same.” —Prologue

A rising star who has garnered some of Europe’s most important literary prizes, Juli Zeh has established herself as the new master of the philosophical thriller. With In Free Fall, she now takes us on a fast-paced ride through deadly rivalry and love’s infinite configurations.

Against the backdrop of Germany and Switzerland, two physicists begin a dangerous dance of distrust. Friends since their university days, when they were aspiring Nobel Prize candidates, they now interact in an atmosphere of tension, stoked by Oskar’s belief that Sebastian fell into mediocrity by having a family. When Sebastian’s son, Liam, is apparently kidnapped, their fragile friendship is further tested. Entrusted with uncovering the truth, Detective Superintendent Schilf discerns a web of blackmail, while at the same time the reality of his personal life falls into doubt. Unfolding in a series of razor-sharp scenes, In Free Fall is a riveting novel of ideas from a major new literary voice. With the recent success of works in translation, such as Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire, Zeh is poised to take off.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “Juli Zeh uses the structure of the detective novel like a composer uses his music book. And into this book she writes, with remarkable consistency, her musical score . . . Here’s a piece of literature that takes the liberty to develop its very own rules, and to impose them upon an obsolete form, coming indeed very close to a musical work in its tenor and thematic variation . . . One might think that such perfection, such erudition must leave the reader untouched, bored even . . . but it does not. For that, Zeh’s labyrinth is built too cleverly; its corridors are adorned with witty elements; her sentences are of extraordinary brilliance. Die Welt
  • “A novel from Juli Zeh’s pen is always an adventure, because each of them opens up an entirely new world . . . This is Juli Zeh’s unique talent: Her sharp intellect absorbs the most complex issues, including elementary particles; to then put them into words with such playful precision it makes you swoon . . . In Free Fall takes the bird’s-eye view, unorthodox, nerve-racking, simply unforgettable—like Hitchcock’s masterpiece. Brigitte
  • In Free Fall is the virtuosic presentation of an amazing narration. Juli Zeh steers through with confidence and ease. Welt am Sonntag

  • It is such a delight to watch Juli Zeh play her entire repertoire of literary skill . . . challenging the conventions of the classical detective story with subtle irony. Die Zeit
  • Add a hospital scandal and two of the quirkiest detectives in fiction, mix with Juli Zeh's thrumming, moody prose, and you have one of the finest crime novels you'll read. Herald Sun

    Praise from Germany:
  • A highly cinematic thriller . . . Zeh's smart novel will appeal to a wide range of readers. Library Journal
  • "Engrossing . . . vivid characters combine with a devastating 11th-hour reveal to make a memorable intellectual thirller. Publishers Weekly
  • An elegant quasi-thriller about physics, murder, and the solving of murders . . . This is one of the best books of the year. Zeh has enough control to keep the murder from being lurid and the physics from being dull. Her prose is sharp and often witty, and the excellent translation means every moment shines brightly. New York Observer
  • "[A] masterfully constructed story of an intense friendship between two physicists, a marriage, a kidnapping, and a murder, In Free Fall plunges the reader into a hyperreality that is as seductive as it is disturbing. Boston Globe

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Benjamin | 2/2/2014

    " Diluted novel of ideas, or a novel of diluted ideas. Crome Yellow Light. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/18/2014

    " I was one of the winners of this first-read giveaway. I am not a fan of mysteries, but I must say that this one grabbed me from the outset. Zeh is a very talented writer and a very educated one who has written on a difficult subject dealing with the tension between two phyicists who are friends but also adversaries in their beliefs. The physics concepts she presents were challenging to envision but the story and her characterizations were so well presented that it kept me reading to the end. Interesting concept. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 1/16/2014

    " This was an amazing mystery---exceptionally well-written and with a fascinating plot. German author and taking place in Germany, it deals with 2 physicists who have been friends since college. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Radha Gummuluri | 1/8/2014

    " One of the funniest books ever. Amazingly written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tomáš | 1/1/2014

    " Masterpiece, full stop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 12/24/2013

    " A mystery, which I am usually not a fan of, but I really liked this one. It had a little too much discussion of Physics for my liking "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin Fautley | 12/18/2013

    " Brilliant. A crime both is, and isn't committed. Quantum physics as the basis of a whodunnit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleanor | 12/9/2013

    " The combination of science and murder drew me in from the beginning. Her use of language makes me wish my German was good enough to read the original! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 3/16/2013

    " I'm almost halfway through...this book is fantastic so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 3/2/2013

    " I didn't know what was going on about a third of the time and wish the epilogue would have been longer to help me sort things out. I found a lot of sweetness here (amidst some horrifying moments), and things to think about, including a concept involving the mountains that I'd never heard before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Brennan | 5/5/2012

    " I recieved this book through giveaways and was pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed it. It is a very interesting book couldn't put down. I would defiently recomend all mystery fans to pick up In Free Fall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elster | 4/11/2012

    " I read the German version "Schilf". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 12/25/2011

    " Philosophical novel and thriller by German author. Two physicists who were at Uni together, differ over their view of the world. This leads to the grisly murder of a doctor from the local hospital. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruno | 10/28/2011

    " Graag gelezen. Iets wat marketinggewijs had kunnen omschreven worden als literaire thriller, maar gelukkig niet door die omschrijving werd bezwaard. Ik wil best nog wel iets van haar lezen; Speeldrift werd mij onlangs nog aangeraden. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha Pontoni | 8/18/2011

    " translated from German. Very interesting .... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Craig | 7/28/2011

    " Not impressed - the book is all over the place with added information such as color of flowers that are pointless. I am forcing my way through the book hoping it will get better. So far no luck "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elster | 5/8/2011

    " I read the German version "Schilf". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/8/2010

    " I didn't know what was going on about a third of the time and wish the epilogue would have been longer to help me sort things out. I found a lot of sweetness here (amidst some horrifying moments), and things to think about, including a concept involving the mountains that I'd never heard before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 11/30/2010

    " I'm almost halfway through...this book is fantastic so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 7/23/2010

    " translated from German. Very interesting .... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marty | 4/21/2010

    " Since this was a Goodreads win, I wanted to give it my all. However, I found I did not enjoy it and it was difficult to keep track as my attention was wondering.
    It is a bit over the top in writing and gets into many unnecessary details. I wanted to like it, but just could not. "

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About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.