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The End of Lies: A Thriller Featuring Becky Rose

Narrated by: Colleen MacMahon
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Summary

My name is Becky. I arrived home to find my husband, Chris, stabbed to death and a gang of men ransacking our house. Turns out that Chris had something that belonged to them. And if I want to stay alive, I have to find it and return it. They’ve given me seven days. And a beating. There is nowhere to hide and no time left to look. So I will stand my ground as the deadline approaches. All I have is a head full of lies and a very bad plan. This is my story.

©2019 Andrew Barrett (P)2019 Andrew Barrett

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A fantastic listen

A great story as always from Andrew. A great narrator as well. Highly recommended, most enjoyable.

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Exceptional Story & 1st Class Narration.

The narration of this audiobook is perfect for the story. We hear a mild mannered librarian speaking with a gentle well spoken voice but that voice is somewhat at odds with much of what she has to tell us. There’s a murdered husband, gangland violence and she likes to swear. A lot. Colleen MacMahon does a wonderful job bringing Becky Rose to life. The story is first class but I don't think this audiobook would be anywhere nearly as brilliant as it is without her.
As for the story itself, this is what every crime thriller wants to be. We follow Becky as she tries to deal with the death of her husband as well as the criminal gang that he was trading dangerous information with. Becky must find the list they want at the same time as trying to stay alive. This was one of those rare stories that you don’t want to end as it’s so good but at the same time you can’t wait to find out what happens when it does. Andrew Barrett gives us a main character that is so out of her comfort zone we are scared for her. We wouldn’t want to be where she is, dealing with what she is and that coupled with the very real feel to her makes it so compelling. This is what Andrew Barrett does best, he creates a story and character and you know where it’s going and how it fits then he takes you off somewhere else. By the end he’s dropped you off at a very different place than the one you thought you were heading to. It’s told first person by Becky and I thought the author captured her ‘voice’ perfectly and really brought her to life. Once I’d reached the end I wanted to start again just to see it all unfold from a new perspective. I’m a fan of Andrew Barretts writing and this story instantly became one of my favourites, highly recommended.

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Quality fast paced thriller full of twists and turns.

This story hits the ground running and maintains the pace throughout. Becky goes through hell but somehow manages to adapt and survive all challenges thrown at her, and there are lots.

Colleen MacMahon brings the characters to life brilliantly and has a pleasant easy to listen too voice.
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys gritty no nonsense thrillers. This is the forth book by Andrew Barrett that I have enjoyed and am looking forward to the next one.

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Fast paced thriller

I have read and listened to this book. The narration pushes it to a 5 star for me. A fast paced thriller that made me want to keep listening/reading. Whichever way you take this book just make sure you do!

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Gripping

A gripping psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns. This book was a cleverly woven story that begins with Becky finding her husband dead and continues headlong into intrigue and mayhem. There follows danger at every turn. The constant swearing was handled admirably by the narrator Colleen MacMahon who brought the story to life by getting inside the characters heads and delivering them in a way that was in keeping with the book. The book is full of surprises.

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Book review

I would recommend this quick paced book. As the book progressed the main character’s character emerged, at the end of the book my opinion of her was very different. As the plot twisted and turned I became more and more intrigued. A most enjoyable book.

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Gripping and fast-paced - great narration!

I greatly enjoyed Colleen McMahon’s narration - she brings all the characters perfectly to life and effortlessly moves from crisp descriptions to swearing like a lumberjack.
I had to speed her up a little in parts but that’s due to my personal preference.
I really like the author’s Eddie Collins series so I was curious to see how this stand alone would work and I wasn’t disappointed. The writing is tense and gripping, with a good dash of dry humour, the plot is fast-paced and keeps you guessing and the whole thing is highly entertaining and enjoyable - exactly what I’m looking for in an audio book. Great stuff!

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Fast paced

A book that never stopped, fast paced with loads of twists and turns. Becky the central character was someone you thought you understood only for it all to change and then change again. A gritty, complicated, mad character who drew you into her world and her story. The pace made you want to keep listening to see what happened next. An engaging read, well narrated and I didn’t want to stop listening to find out what happened.

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Great listen!

This book isn't quite a 5 star listen for me but I did enjoy it. I liked the fact that the heroine was a fairly ordinary person. Her husband similarly was an ordinary guy. They had ordinary jobs but Andrew Barratt spun an extra ordinary tale around them. I listen to a lot of books by American authors so I'm used to reading about situations that could never happen to me. But the beauty of this book is that it was totally believable and could happen and that made it fun.

I never talk about plots in my reviews because I've had countless books spoiled for me by reviewers who have given away too much. Just rest assured that there are enough twists and turns in this story to keep you guessing.

The reason I didn't give it 5 stars... I'm not a huge fan of unnecessary swearing. Not because I'm a prude - far from it. But lots of swearing means I can't have it on speaker at work while I'm doing stuff in my lunchtime in case a child wanders in. So it cuts down my listening time.

Colleen MacMahon did a good job with the narration too.

I will look out for more Andrew Barratt books.

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A fabulous ride

Rebecca and Chris are a blissfully happy married couple of 20 years plus, so when Becky arrives home from work to find her beloved Chris dead on their lounge floor and strange men ransacking her house, all hell breaks loose. My goodness, what an exhausting time ensues. By half way I was having to listen whilst lying down! This is one of my 'double dipper' books. I've read the book and listened to the audio version. What an amazing job Colleen MacMahon does, bringing Becky to life. Her beautiful BBC English juxtaposes perfectly with the foul language Becky prefers to employ. Of all the possible revelations and scenarios you might imagine, the denouement in this story will completely floor you. I'd already read the book and was still amazed all over again. It's a very clever plot, which Mr Barrett executes perfectly. An absorbing and compelling tale, liberally sprinkled with dark humour, which will keep the listener engrossed the entire time. I'm thrilled and privileged to highly recommend The End of Lies as 8+ hours of fabulous entertainment.

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  • Kirsten eriksen
  • 10-06-19

Best Andrew Barrett so far

I’m a fan of all Andrew Barrett’s books but this is the best one yet. The twists and turns leave you shocked and gasping and literally wanting more. The way Andrew takes the foibles of real people and turns them in a story is both believable and disconcerting. A great stand alone read. (Most of his books are series based)

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  • Rayc
  • 10-06-19

Gripping thru to the end

The End of Lies: A Thriller Featuring Becky Rose.
Grabs you and holds till the last words. Strong characters with some strong language, raw emotions and a story with many twists.
A great read/listen.
I was given a free copy of this audio book at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • Jan M
  • 03-06-19

Nail Biting Listen!

The End of Lies by Andrew Barrett is an intense listen. From the very beginning the pace is fast and full of twists. This book has so many great twisty elements from terror, murder, greed, revenge, heartbreak, and love. I loved the tension and suspense the author wrote. I thought I had things figured out, and then there was another twist. Kudos to the author for keeping me on the edge of the seat. Colleen MacMahon was spectacular performing this book. She was so realistic in conveying Becky's terror at what was happening. Its an incredible listen! I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • Rwjack
  • 01-06-19

I loved the Kindle version and I love the Audible version too.

I have read quite a few of Andrew Barrett's novels and The End of Lies is my favorite. I love Becky Rose, the main character, and the narration by Colleen McMahon is perfect for her. An excellent audio book.

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  • Mindy H
  • 31-05-19

Excellent, wow and phenomenal just doesn’t cut it!

Andrew Barrett is the king of plot twists! This intense thriller draws you in from the very first words! Just when you begin to let your guard down the plot thickens, twists and turns. Up to the very last page!
If you only purchase one book this year, this is the one!
The narration is excellent! Easy to follow and her infliction carries you along on the roller coaster ride!

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  • Clau
  • 22-05-19

And Andrew Barrett does it again!

This is a fast-paced, heart-racing, gripping story that will make you forget about everything around you until the surprising end. And believe me, the end is surprising.

The plot, as usual with Mr Barrett, is perfectly done; the main character and narrator, Becky, is very compelling, and you feel her terror and bewilderment. The writing is, as always, top notch.

And as the cherry on top, Colleen MacMahon's narration is superb!

So, yes, I fully recommend this book, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Georgia McNabb
  • 20-05-19

Rather Twisted Tale

Not sure I really liked it but it keep my attention so that I finished listening to the story on Audible. In beginning I did not care for main character (she seem stupid) then later with twists you learn there is more to her. Still Not a big fan of this book.

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  • Aquakittie
  • 20-05-19

Holy Cow What a ride!

Wow talk about a twisty turny gritty delight. This book was a fast paced, thriller about a woman named Becky who comes home to a dead husband and a whole lot of bad luck trying to sort out the mystery.

I loved the uncovering of Becky's snarky personality as the story unfolded. The whole thing was a little preposterous but so much so that it couldn't not be true. This lady's streak of bad luck after bad luck just seemed exactly what would happen to someone who got in over their head in something. How can things get worse for Becky? They DO!!! And fast. We follow Becky's account of the hours and days that followed her finding her beloved Chris dead on the living room floor. The bad guys give her a 7 day deadline to get her affairs in order or she's dead too. You feel for her but then start to wonder. Becky is right where she put herself. And how is she going to get out of it all in time?

I think the narrator did a great job with the voices as well.