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Believing the Lie Audiobook
Believing the Lie
Written by: 
Elizabeth George
Narrated by: 
Davina Porter
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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    Cheryl 05-22-12
    Cheryl 05-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Ok. Enjoyed reading but not my favorite,"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Fdyes because it was interesting but I would rate it as average.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth George? Why or why not?

    Yes,dc as because she is entertaining to read.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I really liked to listen to her


    Could you see Believing the Lie being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Ladden Copake Falls, NY, US 04-29-12
    Diana Ladden Copake Falls, NY, US 04-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "MOST ANNOYING CHARACTER SINCE DORA COPPERFIELD"

    Ms George is an excellent writer and usually I am enthralled by her books, but the overwhelming and annoying presence of Deborah St James ruined this book for me.
    Her personal obsession with becoming pregnant was allowed to become part of and, in fact, influenced the case.
    Worse, in my opinion, the author allowed the character to escape full responsibility for the chaos and death she caused. The characters that surround her, usually intelligent and compassionate, made excuses for her selfishness and stupidity and never allowed her to face the depth of damage done by her interference.
    It is possible that Ms. Porter is responsible for some of this impression as Deborah St. James's voice is relentlessly self-pitying and coyly theatrical.
    Oh, how I wish Mrs. St. James had been visiting and opened the door on the day of Lady
    Helen's unfortunate demise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda C. Ingalls Sandy, Utah United States 04-24-12
    Linda C. Ingalls Sandy, Utah United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A set of scenarios about different characters that were interesting and in the quality that Elizabeth George writes.


    What other book might you compare Believing the Lie to and why?

    Any of her other books.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Good clear voice. Intonation was good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked it. Even though you're left hanging it was still good. I wish Havers was in more of it as she is my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 04-20-12
    Catherine 04-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as usual but worth the credit for fans"

    I have been a longtime Elizabeth George fan and have read every one of her books. They can sometimes be tough to get through, so I wondered at Davina Porter's narration, but her performance was wonderful. George's characters, always so layered and unique, shine through in this audiobook...but the story! A barely-there excuse for the ever-crush worthy and luscious Lynley to waste his multitude of talents. Is there a crime? Isn't there a crime? (And at some point: Who cares if there's a crime?) I have to admit, I felt a little insulted. It just isn't a very smart plot. Also if you hated Deborah St. James before (really...couldn't George have killed HER off instead of Helen?) you will find her especially grating in this book.
    But, here's the rub, if you are a Lynley fan you are probably going to get this book. I keep giving George just one more chance based on the genius of her earlier books in this series. Her characters really feel like old friends and her descriptions of London and small town England are always spot on. I feel comfortable with her novels. But maybe that's the problem. Her books have become cozy. They used to be intense and intelligent. They challenged me. I used to say I loved reading Elizabeth George because I always felt she was smarter than me. But sadly with this book I am brought one step closer to walking away from her future books and just revert to re-reading her older ones. In fact, if you have never read Elizabeth George, please don't start with this book! Come on, Elizabeth George, it's time to knock another one out of the park in the Lynley mystery series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Portland, OR 02-28-12
    Ellen Portland, OR 02-28-12
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    "Long time George fan listens for the first time"

    As a new Audible customer, I caution readers of this review to keep that in mind. I have always READ, not listened to books, but am giving listening a try, for the car, and for long walks. I've read just about everything Elizabeth George has written, and looked forward to her new one. Must say I am disappointed, and not sure whether it is the writing or the listening experience. Davina Porter falls flat to me when she emulates the male characters, and there are many, with a whole host of different accents. The book jumps around a lot, to different places and different subplots. Many characters, families, and relationships. There are, of course, the regulars - Lynley and Havers, the St. James', but a also host of others and I find myself getting confused more than I used to, and not being able to go back through the pages to refresh my memory.
    I've picked a less complex novel for my second "read" and will better be able to separate my issues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 03-08-12
    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 03-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Too much for so little"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People with the same


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth George again?

    NO


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?

    Versatile, appropriate and easy


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

    About half of the book


    Any additional comments?

    I am very tired of George's

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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