Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician's Lie, a debut novel in which the country's most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband's murder - and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.
The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden's husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear.
But when Virgil happens upon the fleeing magician and takes her into custody, she has a very different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless - and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding. Over the course of one eerie night, Virgil must decide whether to turn Arden in or set her free...and it will take all he has to see through the smoke and mirrors.
©2015 Greer Macallister (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. First published in print by Sourcebooks Landmark.
Wasn't what I was expecting when I bought it but loved every minute. Lots of unexpected bits, good character development and a brilliant end!
As far as the performance goes the readers were very engaging, I thought they portrayed the characters perfectly.
Over all I definitely would recommend this audiobook to anyone
Not disappointing at all. I was enthralled by Arden's life, rising as a lovable innocent young girl endowed with artistic gift and her relentless determination to be in the ranks of famous magicians at the turn of the century. Her pursuit was implacable. I like the way the author weaved the story from 2 era until the conclusion of the story and in the process there were 2 lessons learned from the 2 main characters ( the captor and the captive)
her patience and determination to learn the art of magic. Many more but I don't want to spoil the readers.
Excellent readers. Cant say anything negative to both
Absolutely. I was also captivated to finish the book as if I had a 24-hour deadline.
Hoping to have a part 2. The love story was so perfect and it cannot be that real in a very challenging unreal world.
"My first download, I'll never go back!"
Ada's voice is surprisingly soothing through the course of the thrilling plot, I love that she kept pulling me in the entire time. The voices she chose for Clyde and Ray during her narration were distinct and exactly how I would have read them. Did not love Virgil's interpretation of Ada's voice, high and whiny, but it gets the point across well and I like how it changes the perspective between the narrators and draws you in to how they are thinking. Have recommended this story to several friends who have enjoyed the twisted mystery that plays out, hard to stop listening!
The story spans time and wraps you in a world of illusion and heartbreak. The author does a great job writing and the split between narrators keeps you listening.
"Excellent for a first noovel"
I'm most impressed by the quality of research necessary to write this novel set over 100 years ago in the early 20th century. The novel is well written and the story is interesting. I feel that it drags on too long resulting in it becoming boring. Narration is adequate.
Recommended with reservations for those who enjoy historical fiction. For those who prefer mystery/thriller novels, you will find The Magician's Lie boring
loved this story.....and expertly narrated. The story captures your attention from the start and you are compelled to keep reading.
I expected to enjoy this story, but it fell flat. None of the charm or atmosphere of "Water for Elephants", although the melieu is similar. The biggest problem for me was the unlikability of all the key players. There is also an abusive relationship that was hard to handle. The ending was a letdown, too. I wouldn't recommend this one.
"Starts Strong but Quickly Disappoints"
I would not recommend this book to a friend. Both the prose and the story quickly became quite pedestrian.
I loved both voices, except when Julia was attempting to imitate a man's voice. I would have liked it better if Julia had just used her own natural voice when reading the men's parts, as her "man-voice" sounded contrived. Otherwise her reading voice was excellent and added a sense of mystery to the plot.
"Keeps you attention the entire time"
Great dual narrative that has you guessing how it will end. The woman trying to speak in a mans voice was a little annoying but the story and rest of the narration was great.
It was a great story; a little Water for Elephants, a little the Night Circus. I loved the narration. The readers are excellent. Honestly, I was sad that it ended. I wanted to continue on the magicians journey.
The author tries too many sleights of hand to completely fool the reader.
I wanted to enjoy the book but finally had to skip chapters because it was so much of the same. When Arden is telling her life's story, nothing moved, plot wise. It was just an incredibly long narrative. Well written, but it just didn't move things along.
Both are excellent narrators - actually I selected this book because I had heard another one narrated by Nick Podehl.
Disappointment: I wasted my time listening.
If the book was described differently, perhaps listeners wouldn't be disappointed. After the initial action, the rest of the story went nowhere fast.
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