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Publisher's Summary

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that 'sharing is caring.' So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified.

And one parent is dead.

Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it's the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, school-yard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

©2014 Liane Moriarty (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A surefire hit ... The Aussie author of last year's runaway hit The Husband’s Secret comes back with another winning and wise novel that intertwines the lives of three women." ( Entertainment Weekly)

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Earphones comfy? Go!!

I could barely put this down. I vacuumed, washed dishes, walked the dog, cleaned the pool, ironed all while listening to this book. I was enthralled with Liane Moriarty's characters and her style of writing. Do yourself a favour and have a listen, you won't regret it.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Loved it

Would you listen to Big Little Lies again? Why?

such an accurate portrayal of Australian mothers as well as dealing with the sensitive issue of violence.

What other book might you compare Big Little Lies to, and why?

What Alice Forgot

What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

very easy to listen, a soothing voice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

you won't be disappointed!

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Overly expressive narrator.

The narrator reads the wrong expressions for the story and contexts. It’s hard to listen to and makes a good story less enjoyable.

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Fabulous, fantastic and relatable.

I loved this book - great Australian story that everyone can find a relatable moment in. Thoroughly recommend.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Pity about the narrator

I found story absolutely captivating, however I found the narration by Caroline Lee to be lacklusture and a misrepresentation of the story. Her intonations were often incorrect and I found her character voices to be whiny and a similar voice for each character.
Luckily I could see through the reading and see how good the story actually was.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A monotonous boring listen

I kept waiting for something to happen. You could literally remove 50 chapters from this book, yes 50 as there are over 80 and still not be entertained. The story was predictable and like listening to a whining mothers group with no life. Big thumbs down from me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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so entertaining!

what a wonderful wonderful story! the author has captured the dialogue of privileged white women in Australia and their precious children perfectly. I recognised aspects of myself in the story and had to laugh and laugh. She also has tried harder this time to tackle the serious issues that face women. But she can't help but make it politically correct and include the 0.001 percent of men who might face similar situations. The actress brought all of the characters to life and did a fantastic job well done. I thoroughly have enjoyed the journey of the novel. I look forward to watching the movie.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A great story.

Had me until the author tried to think like a 6 year old. A great story though.

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Thoroughly entertaining

Any additional comments?

Caroline Lee and Liane Moriarty are a match made in heaven. Great characters dealing with real-life dilemmas. Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • macquarie fields, Australia
  • 29-06-2015

Great read from beginning to end.

Serious topic written with understanding and humour. Will recommend this to so many people.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Yuko
  • 13-04-2017

great performance

so many twists in the story that takes place in a familiar background. the performance of the reader is fantastic.

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  • Natalie
  • 26-03-2017

Struggling to get past the 4th chapter

I don't know if it's the simplistic and uninteresting writing style or the annoyingly crackly, broken voice talking to me like I was 8 years old that frustrates me more. I don't usually regard my self as a quitter - but I doubt I will finish this book.

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  • Tanya
  • 30-11-2016

This is how you merge your characters.

Author brings these charactors together so artfully!! She gets into the heads of each characters personality. And she nails school gossip and school parents to a tee.
Loved this book!

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  • Sab_sunrise
  • 06-09-2015

Loved it!

I really really enjoyed this book.
First of all it was read very well and this is to me as important as the content of the book. (I cant listen to a great book that is poorly read).

Big Little Lies was a "page turner" for me and the twist in the story did catch me by surprise.
I loved all the inner dialogues of people, their hidden thoughts and feelings, so human. I most appreciated how the story includes the trivial, the funny and the more profound human fears and joys. I am about to purchase another book of the Liane and hope it is as good as this one.

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  • Susan
  • 24-07-2015

Most enjoyable

Delightful story with all of the elements: mystery, comedy, suspense, and romance. Nicely structured and topical. The author has captured beautifully the antics of school parents.

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  • Jo
  • 16-06-2015

Funny, Sad and Riveting

I laughed and cried and was outraged at and with these characters. Enjoyed as much the second time is listened

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  • Emma
  • 14-05-2015

great story, fabulous narration

i really loved this story. it was so well crafted, the characters engaging and I laughed, cried and inwardly screamed with anger and frustration. best of all I was not disappointed with the big reveal at the end. What more can you ask for.

the narration was well done and suited the tone if the story. i would happily listen to another book performed by Caroline Lee.

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  • Linda
  • 20-04-2015

Modern mothers

This was a story based on a group of mothers and the dramas in their lives related to being accepted in their social group. It began by portraying these women as being social butterflies but did develop a more interesting story line as the realities of their lives unfolded. It tackled issues such as violence in the home, bullying and the rather nasty discrimination of community members who condemned a child in a very public way based on the story of one child. The outcome seemed a bit over dramatic and I found it difficult to empathise with these modern mums but some of the characters were memorable. Perhaps a book for those who are mothers.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • ally burgo
  • 11-03-2015

A very easy entertaining read

Touches on a lot of themes but didn't delve especially deeply into any of them. Which sounds like a bad review- but I really enjoyed this book. Very light reading without being completely vacuous chic lit which I hate. Recommend for holiday or mid week reading

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  • KERRY JOHNSTONE
  • 22-02-2015

Really enjoyable read!

This was my first audio book and I loved it!
God story, great characters and believable narration.

I'm hooked.

Thanks!