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The Liar

Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
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The extraordinary new novel by the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Collector.

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions....

The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn't just dead. He never really existed.

Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows - and threatens Griff as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning....

©2015 by Nora Roberts (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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  • AZ
  • 05-05-17

You know what you're getting

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

You know where you're going with a Nora Roberts' suspense romance but that's half the fun of the journey. It is worth listening to if you want a traditional romance novel with a heroine escaping a past that includes violence from the worst kind of man - and the odd malicious or cold woman -.and finding her path in life. With Nora Roberts the heroine will face fear and heartache down and be thrown together with family or friends old and new as well as a lasting love interest who will stay the course as she finds out what she wants. It is not breathtaking, but there is comforting easy listen to be found in the escapism and the attention to details of idealised small town American life. I like the emphasis on friendships as well as romance that Nora Roberts adds into the mix so it isn't all about finding the right man. In fact the relationships are only sealed as permanent when our heroine knows where she is (and how strong she is) in other areas of her life. I am also a total sucker for the animal characters Roberts writes and her loving description of the landscape, homes and towns she sets her stories within. Her books are like a road trip - it's the places you visit on route, the view and the company of the characters that make the book time well-spent.

The dialogue is often edging on ridiculous - does anyone actually speak like that? Despite that I find myself liking most of the characters. Each voice is well narrated by January LaVoy.

So, when I need predictable, tidy endings with some adrenaline moments, Roberts is a good bet for an enjoyable listen. If that's not what you're looking for, she may not be the author (and this may not be the book) you are looking for.

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THE LIAR

Most enjoyable. Very difficult to stop reading. Really loved the story. Could not wait to reach the end to see what happens

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Narration not brilliant

Overall not bad if a little predictable but the narration really was really annoying in parts. Particularly the part of Cally. Would not recommend

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One big yawn

It was obvious from the beginning where this story would lead. The narration leaves much to be desired. I cringed every time I heard the child's voice. Speaking of said child, she was a perfect little girl and it got irritating real quick. Nora Roberts has written some interesting thrillers but this wasn't one of them. I think it's time to stop supporting Ms Robert's writing factory.

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Ok story a bit predictable

Very long winded not one of her best books in my opinion . The narrators were amazing but the story was poor.

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Oh so slow

I listened to this book because I had enjoyed a previous Nora Roberts book. This book could have been a 1 hour story. The story was good but the drivel in-between just went on and on and on, it started well but was so slow getting to the action. Full of sugary itty bitty characters from the deep south, whose drippy sweetness overkill, had me near puking at times, there were so many fingers down the throat moments. The truly handsome sexy men, the lispy child, the sex scenes were really over the top.

The book is read in a southern American drawl, which as a Brit is sometimes hard to take, but then the average Brummie accent must do the same to Americans, so you go with the flow.

If I had not been on my own and deep cleaning I would never have bothered to go on listening but it was light enough to float over me and I just let it play out - don't waste your money if you are a serious crime book reader it was romantic drivel with crime thrown in.

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A real romance

A relaxing and enjoyable read with a happy ending. puts a smile on your face.

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Heartwarming, with a touch of suspence.

Great story one of her best. Full of love and good old family values. Worth another listen in a couple of months.

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My first and last Nora Roberts

Sweet love story but would have been suitable if condensed into a mills and boon romance. Speed read type of book. Not sure small town Southern people actually are the way they are depicted..terribly simplistic. Narration can only do so much for a poor story. The little child was horrendous though, disturbing!
I'd never listened to a Nora Roberts story and I had to do a double take thinking this was some sort of spoof.
Anyways if you are after a padded weak storyline this one is a winner

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Rubbish

This is the worst Nora Roberts book I have ever listened to. The story was so predictable, really not up to her standard.

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  • MaxineSap
  • 07-06-15

Enjoyable

I enjoyed the book even though I figured it out mostly in the first two chapters.

It sort of dragged a bit. There were times Shelby got on my last nerve and No doubt it could have been shorten. But I read/listen to books for entertainment and I was entertained so the book did it's job. Some people were looking for a straight up suspense, I like romance with my suspense.

I guess I must not have read/listen to the books this book was supposed to be like because I didn't feel this was a rehashed book or a couple of Nora's older books re-done.

It is not a great story, but a decent one. You won't be disappointed unless you are looking for a block buster.

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  • laurie hughes ross
  • 19-04-15

Enjoyed it but figured it out too early.

Always love her books. I just wish I hadn't figured it out so early. Instead of spending the book wondering "who did it, "I spent the book wondering how the mystery would be solved. Maybe that was her intent, and if so, she succeeded. I still enjoyed the book immensely.

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  • Maureen
  • 29-04-15

Not a great book.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Usually fans of Nora Roberts Romance/Dramas. But I'm not sure this time.

Has The Liar turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

What three words best describe January LaVoy’s performance?

Good except for Child's.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

The performance was pretty good. But the Southern accents become grating and progressively more difficult to listen to. The story is less than stellar and so predictable.

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  • Cheryl D. Davidson
  • 17-04-15

not really fast enough can predict script etc

more of mushy romance novel. not thriller at all should have looked at genre first. thought it was murder mystery. just love story where everything is perfect

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  • Beth O'Neill
  • 01-05-15

So sappy

Pablum. Pure saccharine. Completely predictable. Unrealistically perfect characters. Uninteresting. It got lots of great reviews which, for the life of me, I don't understand. This is a romance novel.

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  • jennifer
  • 12-06-15

Insufferable

So formulaic, sappy and annoying.
The performance... I couldn't take the baby talk either. And the stereotypical Southern accents and Southern-isms.
What's to LIKE about this book? Not much.This book is basically a Hallmark channel movie. The story is entertaining enough in its simple and predictable way, but is almost too irritating to get through. I'm about halfway through and can't go any further.

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  • ScratchGolfer
  • 21-04-15

Not Worth Your Time

What disappointed you about The Liar?

The story read like it was written for a 5 year old. The narrator was awful with a very FAKE Southern accent. I tried putting it on FAST play but it was still unpalatable. I should have known better than pick a Nora Roberts book in the first place. I don't think any man would enjoy listening to it. Never again.

Has The Liar turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes. Also, certainly from this author or narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of January LaVoy’s performances?

Never never never.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Liar?

Everything involving the kid.

Any additional comments?

Bad bad bad choice. Yuck!

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  • Kimberly C
  • 24-05-15

Like nails on a chalkboard

Between the southern drawl in the baby talk I couldn't even get past one chapter of this audiobook. I may try to buy the book later and see how it fares to read it but definitely not able to deal with the narrator on this book.

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  • Donna
  • 19-04-15

Not Nora Roberts best.

The story was just OK. I found the plot lacked her usual suspense and was very predictable.

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  • Magen
  • 28-04-15

15 hour story that should have been 2

It just goes on and on and on. . Like listening to a bunch of chickens clucking in a hen house. It started with potential, but it's like listening to a scenic tour of the desert salt flats, pretty soon it's not hard to guess what's up ahead. Even towards the end when the tension finally starts to build and go somewhere, it prematurely climaxes and just leaves you feeling unsatisfied... Overall it's vanilla.

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