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Believing the Lie Audiobook

Believing the Lie: An Inspector Lynley Novel

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Publisher's Summary

After writing 16 Inspector Lynley novels, New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth George has millions of fans waiting for the next one. As USA Today put it, "It's tough to resist George's storytelling, once hooked." With Believing the Lie, she's poised to hook countless more.

Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

Deborah's investigation of the prime suspect - Bernard's prodigal son Nicholas, a recovering drug addict - leads her to Nicholas's wife, a woman with whom she feels a kinship, a woman as fiercely protective as she is beautiful. Lynley and Simon delve for information from the rest of the family, including the victim's bitter ex-wife and the man he left her for, and Bernard himself. As the investigation escalates, the Fairclough family's veneer cracks, with deception and self-delusion threatening to destroy everyone from the Fairclough patriarch to Tim, the troubled son Ian left behind.

Crack another case with Inspector Lynley.

©2012 Elizabeth George (P)2012 Penguin

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    Julia Holman 02-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my favoirte authors. NOt disappointed!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I love all the characters, They are like old friends in this series.


    What about Davina Porter???s performance did you like?

    As always....easy to listen to...and I am very discerning when it comes to readers.


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

    No...Just really enjoy reading books written by Elizabeth George


    Any additional comments?

    I often base my choices on what other reviewers say. I like this author so much I decided to forge ahead and purchase it...I love a good long book for 1 credit!! And i was not disappointed at all. I really enjoyed this listen!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ACT1 Australia 02-16-12
    ACT1 Australia 02-16-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointed"

    I stuck with this story to the end but it got rather graphic for me in some parts and I felt let down at the end. Havers seemed to me to be the only engaging character in this one and although I know the issues were deep, I got very irritated with some of the characters

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paulette Moreno Valley, CA, United States 01-22-12
    Paulette Moreno Valley, CA, United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2010

    I've recently returned from living and working in Alaska. I, my beautiful two dogs, and wonderful three cats travelled together.

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    "A Lynley Shame"
    What would have made Believing the Lie better?

    A plot would have been nice.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Ngaio Marsh novel or Michael Connelly.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'm sure she did her best. However,she gave a reading that sounded like someone were dying. A reading from a Sunday school teacher would have been more interesting.I have noticed that a good narrator performance, sometimes makes a mediocre plot enjoyable. It's too bad that this was not the case here. I will certainly not by anything narrated by Davina Porter in the future.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Believing the Lie?

    Good editing would have improved this book tremendously.What editor let this pitiful book be published as it is! The detail was written in the most pathetic manner. There was too much boring, uninteresting, and extraneous detail about the family in Cumbria; Most of this could have been cut. The Affair with the Inspector's supervisor could have been done away with for certain. The intimate scenes were written as if one were going to the Dentist for a Root Canal .If this is an Inspector Lynley novel wouldn't it have been nice to include he and his team in the story! If I could I would get a refund. The author seems to be loosing her touch I may never read one of her novels again.


    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Nielsen 12-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A Downward Spiral of a Series"

    Another reviewer said exactly what I was thinking - this book is a downward spiral of the Lynley series and nothing compared to the earlier books in the series. Lynley himself was quite two-dimensional throughout, with none of the interesting interactions with his "team" that made earlier books in the series so compelling. His main focus in this book was an affair that seemed both unbelievable and out of character. Lynley's affair was just plain boring and trite with nothing to recommend it. The plot was really a tangle of tangents with so many "sub-plots" it was hard to care about any of them. Instead of having one or two - or even three - subplots with good character development - George had at least seven different subplots with a heavy hand on sexual/gender issues that didn't improve the story overall. More is not better. Deborah St. James came across like an idiot and deserves better. Simon St. James got the barest whisper of a part and didn't fair well, either. The only long term character that seemed true to herself in this story was Barbara Havers, and since she was only tangentially involved in any of the miriad subplots she wasn't enough to carry the story. I used to wait with great anticipation for the next installment in the Lynley series. Not anymore. If the downward spiral continues I won't be reading the next one. A once good series is being slowly tortured to death.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K 06-27-12
    K 06-27-12
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    "Classic Elizabeth George (which is a good thing)"

    I love mysteries and Elizabeth George has been one of my favorite authors for over 20 years. But this is the first audiobook of hers I have tried. Even though it is one of the few stories I partially figured out, I still really enjoyed it. Lots of twists and turns plus good narration made it a great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri Guildford, Australia 06-15-12
    Sherri Guildford, Australia 06-15-12 Member Since 2009

    Australian, living in beautiful central Victoria. Audio book addict otherwise fairly well balanced.

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    "I believed!"

    As much as I admired this book I do wish Inspector Lynley would get over his wife's death and throw himself into the centre of the action again. However despite the lack of Lynley, Believing the Lie is a very well constructed book. One of of Lynley's old flames, Deborah St James, is a main character in this story and frankly she gave me the pip - in fact many of George's female characters can be annoying but the brilliantly drawn Barbara Havers (also pushed to the margins in this book) makes up for all of them. I'm not a fan of Davina Porter as a narrator but I think I'm one of the few. You won't find a lot of gory murders in this book, it's an engrossing story of lies creating serious consequences for those who tell them and those who believe them.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick BEAVERTON, OR, United States 04-10-12
    Patrick BEAVERTON, OR, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Plot starts simple but comes complex fast"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed the plot and sub plots of this book. I kept me intrigued and I reached a point where I did not want to put the book down.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Inspector Lynley . He understand what is important fact and what isn't normally sidetrackede.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    A couple of characters grinded on me. I credit the author for doing a great job creating interesting characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 04-05-12
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2009

    Diana bookworm

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    "Started slowly but finished well"

    Just don't give up on this at the beginning because it starts so ploddingly slowly. Elizabeth George hasn't failed to deliver before so I had faith and kept going. It blossomed and
    delivered!! You cant really fail with Inspector Lynley and good old Barbara sorting things out. It's not my favorite but still worth the read...

    It ends with a definite lead int the next book...and I cant wait for that one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Spokane, WA, United States 04-05-12
    Kenneth Spokane, WA, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Too... Drawn out!!!"
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth George and/or Davina Porter?

    This author seems to have missed the concept that less is more. She sets the stage and tells and retells the foundation over, and over, and over again. I was getting so frustrated with the drawn out dialogue that I almost stopped listening and move onto another book. The only thing that kept me listening was wanting to know how the children came out. The ending left me thinking that's it? The goal of an author is to make the reader want to get their hands on another book by that author ASAP. This author did not achieve that with me. I was just glad it was over.


    What was most disappointing about Elizabeth George’s story?

    Trouble through out the book. Less setting the stage that had already been set. Assume the reader is not stupid and got it the first time maybe the second but to repeat and repeat just not necessary.


    Did Davina Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, I did follow that.


    What character would you cut from Believing the Lie?

    ?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Love 03-27-12
    S. Love 03-27-12
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    "So disappointed in Inspector Lynley"
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth George and/or Davina Porter?

    Oh, yes! They are two of my favorites. I'm hoping this book is just a one off. I probably didn't rank Porters performance as high as I should because the story was so bad.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth George again?

    I would. Elizabeth George is one of my favorite authors and I used to love Inspector Lynley.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Believing the Lie?

    I would not have published the book. The plot is so unbelievable. Starting with the reason Lynley was sent to investigate in the first place. Every scene with Deborah St James should be removed. She was acting soooo out of character and invading people's personal lives for no reason, except personal nosiness--so much harm done. And, please Ms George, how could you let Lynley be interested in a woman like Isabelle? I was flabbergasted at that in the last book of this series. Again, so out of character for him.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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