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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,021 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sidney Sheldon Narrator: Karen Allen, Kate Forbes Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9780060786588
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If America had a royal family, the Taylor Winthrops would wear the crown. The popular, charismatic Winthrops have captured the imagination of the world with their public service, their enormous charity, and their glamorous lives. But in the period of one year, all five members of the family are killed in a series of accidents. Beautiful young anchorwoman Dana Evans begins an investigation and starts unraveling compelling evidence she can hardly believe.

In her determined pursuit of the truth, Dana never anticipated the cat and mouse chase that leads her through half a dozen countries in search of a remorseless killer. As she closes in on her suspect, the shocking secrets she uncovers put Dana and her young son in dire jeopardy. Can Dana outwit her pursuers and expose the truth that will astound the world?

A dynamite thriller filled with all the elements that have made his previous works phenomenal bestsellers, The Sky Is Falling is Sidney Sheldon at his sizzling best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sheldon crafts a page-turner…the tension builds and holds right through to a seven-alarm finale.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kate Forbes narrates this twisted plot, effortlessly using accents and pronouncing foreign words and phrases from around the world while portraying Washington TV reporter and anchorwoman Dana Evans. In addition, Forbes varies volume, pacing, and pitch to differentiate characters from Aspen, Juneau, Dusseldorf, Moscow, Brussels, and Rome.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Sheldon’s entertaining plot has the feel of a James Bond film but with a heroine instead of a hero.” 

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manuela | 2/20/2014

    " Un romanzo passato completamente inosservato. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alee | 2/19/2014

    " Sidney Sheldon will always be forever one of my favorite authors. He just has a way of pulling you into the story so quickly that the book soon becomes hard to put down. The Sky Is Falling had a very catchy story line and extremely strong character emotions. I liked it a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karissa | 2/12/2014

    " It is good but not really unexpected. The saying that "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer" came to my mind here from the beginning so I sort of expected the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Earl Joseph | 1/27/2014

    " Thrilling and hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sadaf | 1/27/2014

    " Read when I was 10 !! It was good for that age... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashish | 1/23/2014

    " Its a real roller coaster. the Charectar is a globe trotter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 El Rey | 1/16/2014

    " this is one boring book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 1/16/2014

    " slow story but overall a good read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayushi | 1/9/2014

    " Honestly this was the first Sidney Sheldon I read at the stupid age of 12 so though it doesn't really match upto any standards but I will give it a 3 for the first bedroom scene I read ! LOL "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alwaleed | 12/29/2013

    " The story is magnificent, it shows how trust shouldn't be given easily. The storyteller was so good I could easily picture each and every scene in my head (my favorite being how Jeff killed Cesar). Brilliant book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/22/2013

    " Good book. Finished in a day. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ralwattar | 12/22/2013

    " Super-thin plot, no character development, and very predictable plot twists. I felt like it was set in the early 90s. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chen Villanueva | 12/8/2013

    " I love it, as usual, another page-turner from Mr. Sheldon! I'm a big fan of Mr. Sheldon and his heart-pulsing books. The mystery, plot and twists and turns of his novels are a must-read! This one's quite fast-paced though but it was good! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shalini | 12/4/2013

    " A very easy read. A good book that can be interspersed between heavy reads. It comes with a very subtly imbibed caution against the nuclear weapons. Kemal seemed cute and adorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yuniar | 12/3/2013

    " Dana Evans...she had a strong character... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 11/30/2013

    " I mean, it's Sidney Sheldon. You know what you're getting into. Reading one of his books--in one afternoon's sitting, generally--is the equivalent of watching a bad suspense/thriller movie. Guilty "pleasure" all the way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doloresgraha | 11/8/2013

    " that people we think are our friends can turn against us for money. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs Kay | 9/10/2013

    " love this book...read it twice "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 6/3/2013

    " It's a good mysterious story about the murder of a family. Nicely written by Sidney Sheldon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vira Cla | 5/18/2013

    " First time reading Sidney Sheldon. Hell yeah conspiracy! Too much dialogue, less narration. Somehow it's tempting to not stop reading it. Well, it's good for me to learn some vocabs and how the native talks. :)) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suman | 12/6/2012

    " Intorducing the character of the novel. Dana Evans is a newscaster who is very much influenced by the mysterious death of winthrop family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 12/5/2012

    " Beginning and middle were pretty good, but the ending was kind of drawn out and hard to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally D'auria | 4/6/2012

    " Oh my, what a suspense novel, I couldnt stop reading it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 CherieLenore | 2/12/2012

    " I really enjoyed the story. I was at the edge of my seat. I hated all the "darling" this and "darling" that, totally cheese. Otherwise, it was great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akhilteja | 12/8/2011

    " Twists & steep turns... But all is well .... Hail the lord writer Sidney Sheldon "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 11/9/2011

    " A typical Sheldon novel. Not as good as his first one was but a good summer read. Always a surprise in his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kc | 9/21/2011

    " better than the stars shine down, almost as good as the other side of midnight. picked up a lot at the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shahla Pirasteh | 8/12/2011

    " A spellbinding novel of glamour, sex, power,and murder that spans the globe "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mugen | 8/1/2011

    " This is the first Sidney sheldon book I have read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rissa Yullita | 4/7/2011

    " lumayaaann, tp akhirnya agak kurang memuaskan hehehe... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 3/27/2011

    " fast, fun, and an overall good read. Another great story by SS. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/2/2011

    " Excellent book by a favorite author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/23/2011

    " Another conventional book by Sidney Sheldon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev | 1/15/2011

    " Kept me guessing right to the end, then couldn't put the book down till I knew. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Indah | 1/12/2011

    " I think this one is slightly predictable. But Sidney Sheldon is always enjoyable. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DW | 1/2/2011

    " Not a bad read but I invariably compare all Sheldon's books to Master of the Game and none of them come close. My fault I guess for having read that one first. I probably would have liked this one more if it had no cover and went in blind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karissa | 12/1/2010

    " It is good but not really unexpected. The saying that "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer" came to my mind here from the beginning so I sort of expected the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manuela | 11/25/2010

    " Un romanzo passato completamente inosservato. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 11/19/2010

    " The 1st book I've read by Sidney Sheldon. The story was a tad far fetched for me...even for fiction, but I will be sure to give him another try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michel | 10/21/2010

    " Pretty good story. Quick read and some good suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sridharananusha | 9/26/2010

    " this is the book with which i tarted reading sidney books......
    i am become one of his fans....

    what an awesome mystery!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rahul | 8/28/2010

    " the first sheldon i read....dark, romantic, tragic ! "

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About the Author
Author Sidney Sheldon

Sidney Sheldon (1917–2007) remains one of the world’s top bestselling authors, having sold more than 300 million copies of his books. He is also the only writer to have won an Oscar, a Tony, and an Edgar. The Guinness Book of World Records heralds him as the most translated author in the world.

About the Narrators

Karen Allen is an American actress of film, television, and stage. She trained as a classical actress and enrolled at the Actors Studio and with Lee Strasberg in New York. Her first major film role was in 1978 in Animal House, but she is best known for her roles in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. She won the Saturn Award for Best Actress for her role in Raiders of the Lost Ark. After that, she focused her attention on the stage and had numerous roles, and for her role in Monday after the Miracle, she won the 1983 Theatre World Award. She also had roles in television movies and series. Her audiobook narration has included books by New York Times bestselling authors Lisa Scottoline and Sidney Sheldon. 

Kate Forbes is a professionally trained actress who has appeared on Broadway, in regional theaters, and with a renowned touring company. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was active in theater, she completed an MFA at New York University School of the Arts. With this training, she launched into a successful acting career.