Get Your Free Audiobook

Non-member price: $31.21

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

How much can you trust your friends?

The text message is just three words: I need you.

Isa Leigh drops everything, packs up her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten, where she and her three best friends attended prestigious boarding school Salten House. Only Kate still lives in the area, at the crumbling Tide Mill she inherited when her disgraced art tutor father vanished when she was just 17.

Each of the women is running from something, from an act that has haunted them for many years but which they have tried their best to bury: in work, in alcohol, in family, faith and routine. At school together, the girls used to play a game - the lying game - in which they competed to tell the most outrageous stories to fool tourists. But for some, did the boundaries between fact and fantasy become too blurred? And how much can you trust one another?

©2017 Ruth Ware (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

What listeners say about The Lying Game

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    24
  • 4 Stars
    23
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    4
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    36
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    20
  • 4 Stars
    17
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    6

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Don't bother

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

plot

Would you ever listen to anything by Ruth Ware again?

Yes, I enjoyed and would recommend her previous two books

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

Yes - her amazing narration is the whole reason I chose to listen to this book

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Imogen church

Any additional comments?

Eugh - very disappointing. I found Ruth Ware's last two books a tad far-fetched but still enjoyable, but even the amazing narration of Imogen Church couldn't save this one. I've never come across a book that is both (a) so far-fetched and yet somehow (b) so dull. I've actually dropped my rating to 1.5 from 2 after sleeping on it. WAY too dramatic for little action, extremely forced "surprise" ending (!?) - I would barely call it a surprise. The "twist" I'd say felt like a haphazardly tied-up plot line. Don't bother. It's too bad because I was really looking forward to this one!(EDIT: I definitely enjoyed the start, but the momentum and intrigue plateaued significantly about 30% of the way through)

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Terribly disappointing

I should have go on what other readers have said that it was not worth the read. Story terribly drawn out and not that gripping at all. I will not read any books by this author. Narrator very good hence two stars.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beautifully written and read

This story kept me locked in from the very start. The narrator did a wonderful job and was very pleasant to listen too. The story of four friends meeting up as adults to face their past was captivating, heart wrenching and bloody funny at times too.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

So much angst, so little time

I can’t believe I finished this sophomoric angst ridden psycho drama. The first person narrator, Isa made me want to scream. The ONLY positive thing I have to say is that Imogen Church in her Audible rendering made it bearable.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Slow

I enjoyed it, but it was very slow. It would be a good book to read on a rainy winter's day.
Some very tense moments. The accents were fantastic, really made each character distinctive and memorable.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

boring

A long drawn out story that is not believable. May help you fall asleep though

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sandra
  • Sandra
  • 05-10-2018

Not worth the credit!

Dreadfully incoherent! They need to invent a new category of fiction for this book. I really tried to like it

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rose K
  • Rose K
  • 12-06-2020

Read one of Ruth Ware’s other books instead

Slower and less compelling than In A Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10. Basis of story was interesting, but could have been made more suspenseful and rich.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for barbara
  • barbara
  • 20-04-2018

The Lying Game

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, from beginning to end, and the naration was excellent. Really makes you think.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for David Loughran
  • David Loughran
  • 25-06-2017

Good mystery, hate the protagonist.

The narrator is fine overall but beware some of her dodgy accents. She can be a bit wet.

Speaking of wet, the protagonist of this story is saltier and wetter than the marshes of her girlish youth.

I liked the story (although there is lots of repetition) and most of the characters (shout out to Fatima). However the writing is full of screed and goes on and on about nothing much in particular (long detailed paragraphs of banal instances that add nothing to the story) and is full of repetition. Could be edited down to a killer short story. Some of the twists and turns are quite interesting and i listened all the way through to the end to hear the payoff and was greeted to a wet fart of an ending. The writing style is full of repetition.

I thought the protagonist of this story was an awful selfish berk and I kept hoping and hoping she would have some personal growth moment but she doesn't and it is horribly frustrating. "I wanted to say this certain thing, but i couldn't" (repeat ad nauseam).

In the end my partner and I had a jolly good time listening and mocking the story, characters, and narrator, despite the repetition.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rhiannon
  • Rhiannon
  • 19-07-2017

Yawn

not a bad story but so needlessly long winded.I loved her other 2 books which is why i bought this one.I loved the narrator though .

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Apples
  • Apples
  • 31-08-2017

Takes a long time to get going

Overall enjoyed the book, could have been shorter, an awful lot of backstory and it doesn't really get going until the last hour or so. Liked the character developments throughout though.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for S. Christie
  • S. Christie
  • 01-08-2017

Oh dear..

I absolutely loved Ruth Ware's first two books and was excited to read this one. Oh how I was disappointed. It was as if it had been written by another person. Dismal, drawn out, over described banality to the point of painfulness. I listened to 6 and a half hours before anything remotely exciting happened! I almost came up on a hundred occasions but kept going because I loved the previous books so much. I truly wished I hadn't bothered. Dull. Unbelievable. Predictable. Boring. The only reason I have given this book two stars is because of Imogen Church's amazing narration. She is wonderful. Shame the story wasn't.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for mrs
  • mrs
  • 24-07-2017

a page turner

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

Yes i would, its an easy read but with a good story

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

she is a great narrator and every character she does is recreated very well throughout.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for E. Faulkner
  • E. Faulkner
  • 06-10-2020

A good listen

A good well written book with a couple of nice twists, some obvious clues which made me guess a couple of them but doesn't spoil the book. Resolves well by the end.
Narrator is excellent, clear speech and good accents which make it clear who is speaking.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kirsty
  • Kirsty
  • 24-09-2020

Enjoy Ruth Ware’s storytelling, good twist at the end

Enjoy Ruth Ware’s storytelling, good twist at the end that I wasn’t expecting which was great and I love Imogen Church’s reading.
Looking forward to the next Ruth Ware book

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for mobolanle
  • mobolanle
  • 14-07-2020

Unnecessarily long

The storyline was interesting but could have been shorter. Unnecessary repition by the writer.

I however long the narrator, switch between characters was great.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Bunny2
  • Bunny2
  • 29-06-2020

Brilliant!

Full of twists and turns the whole way through. Was so gripping! Truly loved it!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kerry hastings
  • Kerry hastings
  • 22-05-2020

Engaging story - good characters

I liked the characters and I was drawn in to their shared history.
The narrator is excellent and does a range of voices so you know who is who! This makes books she narrates really enjoyable.
I think it was a bit unlikely that they would have lied about their original truth so wholeheartedly. The actual truth was far more likely to generate such deceit!

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.