"Audiobook narrator Caroline Lee’s voice is an irresistible, visceral joy; like the best audiobook narrators, her delivery is endlessly malleable, shifting nimbly across accent, register and tone to create a sense that one is inside the story rather than peering in from the outside." -- Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times
"[Lee] adds a crisp warmth that makes for an easy and absorbing listen."- Alan Rosenberg, The Providence Journal
"Australian narrator Caroline Lee is an amazing performer who digs so deeply into her characters' personas that listeners will become addicted to each witty, insightful, and gutsy one." -- AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner
From Liane Moriarty, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers, comes Apples Never Fall, an audiobook that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the people we love the most can hurt us the deepest.
The Delaney family love one another dearly—it’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other . . .
If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father?
This is the dilemma facing the four grown Delaney siblings.
The Delaneys are fixtures in their community. The parents, Stan and Joy, are the envy of all of their friends. They’re killers on the tennis court, and off it their chemistry is palpable. But after fifty years of marriage, they’ve finally sold their famed tennis academy and are ready to start what should be the golden years of their lives. So why are Stan and Joy so miserable?
The four Delaney children—Amy, Logan, Troy, and Brooke—were tennis stars in their own right, yet as their father will tell you, none of them had what it took to go all the way. But that’s okay, now that they’re all successful grown-ups and there is the wonderful possibility of grandchildren on the horizon.
One night a stranger named Savannah knocks on Stan and Joy’s door, bleeding after a fight with her boyfriend. The Delaneys are more than happy to give her the small kindness she sorely needs. If only that was all she wanted.
Later, when Joy goes missing, and Savannah is nowhere to be found, the police question the one person who remains: Stan. But for someone who claims to be innocent, he, like many spouses, seems to have a lot to hide. Two of the Delaney children think their father is innocent, two are not so sure—but as the two sides square off against each other in perhaps their biggest match ever, all of the Delaneys will start to reexamine their shared family history in a very new light.
A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This clever mystery is packed full of the brilliant twists and comic touches we’ve come to expect and love from the author of Big Little Lies. Empty nester Joy Delaney and her irritable husband, Stan, are newly retired and pretty bored, so when a troubled young woman shows up at their door, Joy happily sets aside her beloved illness-related podcasts to offer the girl some help. Weeks later, Joy goes missing, leaving the Delaneys’ four grown children in a bind. If they report their mom’s disappearance, the police will surely think their father did it—because maybe he did. Liane Moriarty made us laugh out loud with her portrayal of the family dysfunction at the heart of the story, from Joy’s description of “Stan-splaining” to the couple’s arguments about what “streaming” means. Actress Caroline Lee, who narrates all of Moriarty’s novels, does a particularly wonderful job with the tart dialogue. Part domestic thriller, part witty suburban comedy, Apples Never Fall is a blast to listen to.
Not The Best Apple But A Good One.
In comparison to Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers, Apples Never Fall does indeed fall beneath both. I didn’t find the characters as compelling some really needed more development, and the twists weren’t as blindsiding.Nevertheless the book was enjoyable and the ending was gratifying.
I don’t know exactly why the other two reviewers slammed the narrator, she has done better male voices and general narration in the other books overall. But I find her voice perfectly understandable nor annoying even through her heavy accent.
So boring, so so boring…
Irritating and distracting voice
Love the book HATE the voice of the reader. What a turnoff.