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The Liar

By: Nora Roberts
Narrated by: January LaVoy
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In a “sexy, suspenseful read,” #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts delivers “a slow-burning fuse of a plot that ultimately explodes in a nail-biting conclusion".

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...

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I loved it

It had suspense and overall a good storyline
It was a lighthearted at times fun.

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A pleasure to listen to

Absolutely loved the narration & January's ability to switch between characters giving them a life of their own was captivating.

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Predictable

I found the story so predictable that I have been unable to hear the story through. It has taken me five attempts to complete the book. Roberts has written much better.

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One her best books yet

Typical Nora Roberts style predictable but with wonderful characters that feel like old friends and plenty of suspense.

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  • Sue
  • 13-06-2015

Great Story

Really good story The narrator was pretty considering At first l didn't know if l could listen to her voice all the way though the book but l got so engrossed in the story that l forgot about the sound of her book

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Some good twists. ending a little flat

Good enough to keep listening. few good twists. found the ending a little flat.

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just boring

nora roberts must have written this one when she was very tired and out of ideas. Usually her books have a bit more suspense and action. It just drags. i deleted it when there was still hour and half remaining. There was just nothing there to keep the listener going to the finale....if there even was going to be one!!

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Enjoyable light listen

What did you like most about The Liar?

I've been a bit hit or miss with Nora Roberts's stories in the past, but gave this a go and I'm happy I did. It's charming portrait of small town life and close knit family makes up for some of the themes that irked me.
The unravelling of the mystery is done with deft timing, and was an enjoyable listen.
The narrator is gold. Perfect voice for bringing this book to life and was one of the main reason's I enjoyed it.

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Pretty good

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Looking back at my Goodreads status reviews I can see that for the first half I was addicted to listening to this book. The book slowed down in the middle, then picked up again near the end.

I would say that it's a bit predictable based on the title but it was fairly suspenseful and engaging through most of it. I'll classify this a beach read. 4 stars!

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Captivating

Captivating, suspense and romance a great story. The only issue I had was all the things I didn't do while listening to the story ☺.

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  • Cheryl D. Davidson
  • 17-04-2015

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
  • 01-05-2015

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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  • laurie hughes ross
  • 19-04-2015

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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  • JillHen
  • 12-06-2015

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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  • MaxineSap
  • 07-06-2015

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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  • Maureen
  • 29-04-2015

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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  • ScratchGolfer
  • 21-04-2015

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
  • 24-05-2015

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
  • 19-04-2015

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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  • Janis from Oregon
  • 15-04-2015

Good Story with Obvious Plot

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it for the good characters and strong dialogue. However, the book's ending was apparent from the very beginning of the book. The fact that none of the characters in the book ever voiced the possibility of it ending this way - really - was not believable and became tedious. So I would recommend the book with caution.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was obvious from the first minutes of the book. I went through 16 hours of the story to get to the ending I could see coming from a mile away.

What does January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She does a good job with the Southern accents and female character differentiation. However, her male character voices were less pleasant.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The family interactions were well written.

Any additional comments?

I usually enjoy Nora's stand alone books, but this one had a tired, and over-used, plot that was obvious and she used a plot device that was used in Hot Rocks, one of the "In Death" books, so I saw that coming too.

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  • Catherine P
  • 16-04-2015

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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  • AZ
  • 05-05-2017

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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  • cd3364
  • 31-05-2018

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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  • Edus
  • 21-02-2017

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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  • Siobhan
  • 30-07-2022

Good chick lit

Excellent storytelling but soooo predictable 🥲
and a little bit too drawn out in places.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-2018

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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  • Jill Besterman
  • 11-05-2015

Predictable and not very believable

What would have made The Liar better?

A better, more believable storyline. The heroine is recently widowed and left with an unbearably cute toddler and a load of debts. In remarkably short order she deals with the worst debts (don't they have probate in the USA), is reunited with her loving and morally upright family and meets a gorgeous man. The twists are predictable and I was on a sugar high by the end.

Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

I have listened to and enjoyed other stories by Nora Roberts but this was not one of them. I would be more careful in choosing a book by her again.

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

The narrator had a very pleasant voice and did a good job.

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

Don't know where to start.

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  • Lulu19
  • 28-04-2015

Fabulous!

Possibly one of the best Norah Croft books yet. Has everything. Drama, romance, children, family and a strong woman. Couldn't be better.

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  • Joanne
  • 06-12-2023

Trust again

Shelby had the wool pulled over her by the ‘husband’ left widowed (maybe) she and her daughter returned to her hometown then she met Griffin … twists and turns of troubles but all gently done. Another good book by Nora Roberts.

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  • Jill Kirtley
  • 08-06-2023

Entertaining!

The Liar is packed with suspense, intrigue and romance, together with great characters and a fantastic narrator. I was thoroughly entertained throughout.

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