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We Were Liars

Narrated by: Ariadne Meyers
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
4 out of 5 stars (259 ratings)

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Summary

A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Listen to it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

©2014 E Lockhart (P)2014 Random House LLC

Critic reviews

'". Lockhart is one of our most important novelists, and she has given us her best book yet. Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart", We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.' (John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault In Our Stars)
"Irresistible." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Haunting, sophisticated." ( The Wall Street Journal)

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The end makes this book worth a listen.

We Were Liars is an interesting story and the narrator's voice works well.

I was confused with the first third of the book, as I never connected enough with the characters individually, they all just became part of the backdrop. I don't think I even new the main character well.

Whether or not this was purposeful with an unreliable protagonist I don't know, because at the end I was able to understand the distance between myself, the protagonist and the other characters. However, I think this could have been achieved even if I had cared about the characters more.

Still, it was a good listen, even though I nearly abandoned it many times, I'm glad I didn't.

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what a bore

What would have made We Were Liars better?

cutting 5 of the 6 and 1/2 hours

What was most disappointing about E. Lockhart’s story?

nothing really happened until the last 30 minutes
this is an excellent example of pointless narration about scenes that make no difference to the story whatsoever. Whoever did the editing on this needs to read the dictionary definition of what an editor should do.

Did Ariadne Meyers do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

ish

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from We Were Liars?

every one except the first and last, then it would have been great!

Any additional comments?

I think you get the idea!

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boring

boring to listen. ended at chapter 25 and switchef to a different audio book s

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Great story with amazing writing

I loved this book soooooooo much. E.lockhart is a fantastic writer. I definitely recommend this book and you can get the most out of it by going in to it not knowing much about the story. The narrator was okay but some of the voices for the characters were not that amazing. Overall I really recommend this wonderful mysterious book

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Absolutely amazing!

Beautiful book with so much meaning! Almost impossible to stop listening when the story gets going and so well read out with emotion in her voice!!

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You want a plot twist? Then this is for you

This was a great book, a very easy read and something which you don't just forget. The ending, though tragic, is amazing and completely unexpected. Well worth a read

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Liars? Mire like whiners.

Would you try another book written by E. Lockhart or narrated by Ariadne Meyers?

Yes.

If you’ve listened to books by E. Lockhart before, how does this one compare?

Nope I haven't.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Eh...

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Maybe if the cast was interesting & new comers breaking through not the tired old adults playing teens/ hyping names at the mo.

Any additional comments?

Slow build up. Less is more.

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Such internalised tragedy

The story is masked and revealed in layers with the sense emerging that Cadence’s illness and amnesia is disguising a traumatic event.
It’s because somewhat circular but these circles contract towards her dawning clarity of what happened to her, her cousins and Gat.
Dramatic and tragic in the end and the book is made good.

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Could not get into it

Maybe just not my type of book as chosen for a book club. Found it hard to get going and didn't finish.

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utter heart wrencher of a story

grief tragedy and childhood whimsy. couldn't get rid of the lump in my throat for days!