Every day in the news there are samples of the unhappy events in this mystery. Why read a novel that has yet more? One can craft a good mystery without this material from the gutter of human experience. Clint Eastwood could have made good westerns, but in all I've seen a woman is raped or abused. I don't watch Eastwood's westerns and won't read any stories from Hart's pen.
I did like the narrator, and I think that carried the story better than if I had read this book in print. The story itself is not steller, and not horrible. One review wrote about the class system in the south and its depiction in the book (that was a major deciding factor in my download), but there was nothing really geographically specific there. Overall the book did make my daily commute less of a chore, but there are better written stories.
The storyline is fine -- well-paced, and psychologically interesting -- but I found the novel so heavily overwritten that I stopped halfway through. (One of my favorite faux-noir descriptive sentences goes something like this: "Her legs were as long as ever.") Since I have the same "ugh! reaction to Dan Brown's writing, I imagine that most folks won't find the style objectionable.
Great! Well worth the listen if you are up to it. Good plot development throughout to keep you interested.
Narrator was great as well, which is important with a long read like this.
Not much to say other than the obvious...
The story was teriffic, the character development was great! The character was complex and it was easy to become entwined in the book.
The reader did a teriffic job as well.
It's one of those "tough to put down" stories... hard to find anything wrong with this one.
This will make a terrific movie! Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Diane Lane as Teresa,the mind runs! A really good whodunnit.The narrator was excellent, but not for this story,was so surprised from the first sentence that he did not have a Carolina accent.Though at times the writing banal,the story pace kept me hooked.Good character development.
Towards the end, I started counting how many times the main character, Work, "realized" something -- like he "realized" he was at home, or "realized" he needed to talk to his sister, or "realized" it was morning.
By the end, I didn't care what happened to him and just wanted him to stop stating the obvious before he acted.
I think the narration made a slow book seem even slower by adding emphasis and pause to each of these amazing insights.
The King of Lies was well written, well plotted, with a satisfying ending. The narrator was extremely good, giving a very good book an extra boost. I recommend it highly.