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The Liar's Club Audiobook

The Liar's Club

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Publisher's Summary

A powerfully funny, razor's-edge tale of a fractured childhood, Mary Karr's biography looks back through a child's eyes to sort through dark household secrets. She witnesses an inheritance squandered, endless bottles emptied, and guns leveled at both the deserving and the undeserving. In a voice stripped of self-pity and charged with brilliant energy, she introduces us to a family ravaged by lies and alcoholism, yet redeemed by the revelation of truth. Karr, a prize-winning poet, uses her linguistic skills and sharp personal insights to make The Liar's Club an utterly mesmerizing memoir.

Original Material ©1995 Viking/Penguin; Cover Photograph: Dorothea Lange, ©1965, 1994 John Dixon; (P) and ©1995 Penguin Books Ltd

What the Critics Say

"To have a poet's precision of language and a poet's insight into people applied to one of the roughest, toughest, ugliest places in America is an astonishing event." (Molly Ivins, The Nation)

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    FanB14 07-06-12
    FanB14 07-06-12

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Love Karr, This Book OK"

    Mary Karr is the type of writer I love; snarky, self-depricating, honest, raw, emotive, simplistic and many more adjectives I won't bore you with. This book is good and worth a listen, but can't compare to "Lit". She definitely improves book by book. Love her work.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    A. M. Potter Washington D.C. 02-05-16
    A. M. Potter Washington D.C. 02-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Please Remake this Unabridged!"
    Any additional comments?

    It kills me that Audible does not have an unabridged version of this book. The cuts are rough, disrupting the storyline, and the sound quality is poor (including some "air" or room static sound). What kills me is that these flaws disrupt Mary Karr's immensely satisfying narration of her absolutely phenomenal and most cherished memoir. I beg Mary Karr to read this entire book again, and Audible for producing/distributing, for listeners today and in decades to come.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn United States 10-17-10
    Dawn United States 10-17-10

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    "Beautifully written, bitter sweet"

    Mary Karr is a beautiful writer. She knows when to delve into the minute details of a moment and when to cut to the chase. Her story is intriguing from the outset and kept me riveted. I recommend it highly. The recording uses her as the narrator and it took me a while to get used to her voice, but once I did, it felt authentic, almost as though she were sitting there telling me her story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Herceg Highland Mills, New York 04-19-15
    Karen Herceg Highland Mills, New York 04-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Searing memoir"

    Well written, searing and emotionally wrenching but reading performance flat. Author's memory for detail is excellent. I do recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jaydee 02-19-15
    Jaydee 02-19-15
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    "A beautifully written sad story"

    Mary Karr tells her incredible story in a matter of fact way. She does what many writers can't - she shares these painful events as she first experienced them without muddying the memories with retrospection, resentment or self pity. The Liars Club is an excellent book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolina Lamb Chapel Hill, NC, United States 11-04-11
    Carolina Lamb Chapel Hill, NC, United States 11-04-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Mary Karr Walks on Water"

    There is no better writer or reader. She is superb. I would follow her anywhere.
    Read her other memoirs, Lit, and Cherry, and wait, as I am waiting breathlessly, for her next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Lindsay Denver 06-11-15
    Doug Lindsay Denver 06-11-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Darkness in Texas"

    I originally read the book 20 years ago, shortly after spending time writing down and reviewing my own childhood as part of a 12 step program. I also grew up around the same era in Texas around some dysfunctional behaviour so maybe it hits a little too close to home for me but this is truly a brilliantly written memoir in that you can inhabit the head space of her younger self for much of it. As others have said be prepared to laugh and be shocked often in the same paragraph. Although Ms. Karr's reading is a bit dry at times it suits the material pretty well. I wish the EQ was scooped a bit with the treble up and mid-range down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MAK 02-26-15
    MAK 02-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible texture in this outstanding memoir"

    An outstanding read. The author's read of her memoir made the story seem that much more realistic and not acted. Loved this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Saint Louis, MO, United States 11-06-10
    Justin Saint Louis, MO, United States 11-06-10
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    "hated this!"

    i was so excited to "hear" a book that was read by the author - being relatively new to audiobooks - i thought it would really add something to the experience - but i could not have been more wrong! mary karr's reading was completely monotone and there's some serious issues tackled here that i'm sure - had i been reading the book instead of listening - i would have been more "moved" by... i purchased her newest memoir "lit" and am looking forward to reading her work rather than listening to her.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 08-18-16
    Nancy 08-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "really loved it"

    So I loved the book. I have a dysfunctional family as well and it turns out the patterns the author writes about are so familar to me. I loved that the author read the book. It only made it more authentic for me. I will listen to this again soon.

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