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Summary

A young woman is murdered in Middle Falls, Oregon in 1952. The police never make an arrest, but the town convicts Ned Summers of the crime anyway. He banishes himself to a small house in the woods where he lives alone for the rest of his life. 

When he dies, he opens his eyes back in 1952, just a few days before the murder occurred. 

Can Ned Summers stop the murder and save his friend? 

Includes a special bonus note read by the author.

©2019 Shawn Inmon (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Poor Charc

Should have save Charc and her pups again. I loved it other than that, love the series.

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  • Daniel Lewis
  • 03-07-19

Another great book in the middle falls series

You could read this one without having read the others. Its very much a stand alone story. Some of the others are linked to earlier stories and you would be missing information. There is a character that you might not understand not having read the others but overall you can read this first if you want. The best course of action though is always to start at the beginning. I really enjoyed this book and well worth the read.

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  • I'm in the Middle
  • 06-09-19

Just Meh

Wasn't really a fan of this one. The narrator was really good, but the story didn't stand out like a few of the others in this series.

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  • Stevie D.
  • 03-07-19

Ned Summers

The ninth book in the series is another winner for Shawn Inmon. Finished it in one day and can’t wait for the next one. Keep them coming Mr. Inmon.

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  • Edward Brock
  • 02-02-21

it's a toss up.

This might be my favorite book in this series yet. it's a toss up between this one and the Redemption. Still love how you tie all the characters and books together.

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  • Tammie Hughes
  • 24-01-21

Another Outstanding Listen!

I have just absolutely fallen in love with this series. I really liked this story. It was sad but ended well in my opinion. I wont say how because that would ruin the whole book. I however loved it.

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  • kemyd
  • 24-02-21

Probably my second favorite

I enjoyed every single one of the books in this series. I want to make my "vote" count for you so I will leave this review for all the books.

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  • LB
  • 24-10-20

The narrator affects the story for me...

This is a tricky because I think I may have liked the story better had there been a different narrator. The narrator is such a major part of the audio book that sometimes I can't get past their voice or inflections. This particular narrator had a very cheesy style of reading, forced at times, not genuine. Almost like he was reading for "leave it to beaver".... The story was fine, I found myself growing tired of the re-lived lives and felt the end was a quick wrap-up of his life.
All in all, I truly love this series and am listening one after another and racking up the steps in the process! :)

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  • Tim Exner
  • 08-07-20

the series is getting weaker

this is better than the last one but I had issue with something I found truly unbelievable. for a man that lived two full lives in what is basically isolation (the woods / prison) I would expect that man would dwell a whole lot on exactly what he would do given another chance. he sat in a prison cell for decades and didn't have a plan to save the girl in the next life? that just doesn't seem like realistic behavior.

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  • Gym O'be
  • 08-07-20

Fun book

I really enjoyed this book. It has a good mystery and a great vocal performance.

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  • Honey Pye
  • 09-07-22

Lacklustre...I'm Not Sure I Can Go On With These

As soon as I saw how short this title was compared to all of the others that I have listened to previously, I had a feeling that it wasn't going to impress me, and I was right. It's more of the same kind of people, doing the same kind of thing's but not as well or as exciting in the previous books.
This entire series needs more diversity in the people and their problems to keep things fresh and interesting.
Why not deal with astronauts, scientist's, slavery, interracial/homosexual love, or other such topics back in the day which would have brought an absorbing take on this theme! Constantly reading about either rich, middle class or poor folk of the same types in every book gets stale real quick!
Maybe there will be more multiplicity in future books but I'm 10 books in now so why has it taken so long, if it ever will?

*Spoiler Alert coming up so dip out now if you don't want the book ruined for you*

If Ned had of been a women it would have been a case of slashing the cops 4 car wheels when he was in the diner, and just like that job done!
The problem with this book was that every reset Ned had he did the bare minimum of things differently so they didn't change much, and the one time there could have been an interesting story like when he went to jail it was rushed and steamrolled over, we didn't even get to meet any new character's while he was banged up! I came up with a dozen thing's he could have done which would have changed the outcome for that life even if the girl died in another. I found myself wanting to get to the end just in hopes that the next book will be better. I'm not going to keep reading these books just because I've loved 6/9
I feel that the author is ruining out of ideas and steam for Middle Falls so much so he doesn't even bother leaving the sweet little notes after each book to explain his motivations for writing the character.
Ned was nice enough if not a bit bland, but the excitement has vanished for me. The next book is narrated by Therese Plummer and she's a favourite of mine, so that might help in boosting a weak storyline should there be one.
I still love Shawn Inmon and I have faith in him to make me love another one of his books, I'm just doubtful that it will be in this series.