Work's troubled sister, her combative girlfriend, his gold digging socialite wife, and an unrequited lifelong love join a cast of small town characters that create no shortage of drama in this extraordinary, fast-paced suspense novel.
Hart's mastery of prose and plot belie his newcomer status as he explores the true heart of a man. An illuminating anatomy of a murder and the ripple effect it produces within a family and a community, The King of Lies is a stunning debut.
©2006 John Hart; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
"[A] stunning debut, an exceptionally deep and complex mystery thriller....Few readers will be able to resist." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is a first novel that lunges off the page, just grabs the reader by the throat and won't let go....Hart is a fine stylist, turning phrases with a panache that recalls Raymond Chandler." (Booklist)
This book took a bit for me to get into. The narrator is a little distracting, but when I listened to it at 1.25 speed, I couldn't hear his lip smacking, breathing, and pauses. This could easily have been taken out in production, but wasn't.
If you listen to it at 1.25 it is very enjoyable.
The story was ok, although depressing, with generally unlikeable characters and a lot of rape. But it was very hard to listen to due to constant, obtrusive mouth noises by the author-- spit shifting around and then swallowing at the beginning and end of many speeches. It was frankly disgusting and gave the feeling of being too close to a stranger. The reader himself was fine if this could have been avoided.
Loved it. It was recorded years ago so some parts have noises not heard in newer recordings but very good story. Really like the narrator.
I was not thrilled with the narrator on this one, though I think the understated tone was deliberate and did what it could to counter the occasionally melodramatic purple prose. I did figure out whodunnit but was still surprised by the climax and satisfied by the denouement. All in all, not a favorite, but in the end I genuinely cared what happened to Work and those he loved.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
i enjoyed this book because the characters were so diverse & believable. And it showed that people can deal from past hurts & betrayals, not easily but they can. I think too the big bad bugaboo money was nicely defined. But in the end everyone got their dues.
So hard to finish this book as I did not like the main character at all. He had no redeemable qualities, was a doormat for most of the book. Just wanted to slap the guy. Story was predictable. Lots of holes...
I couldn't put this down. In addition to the many twists and turns, I enjoyed the cadence of the language and lack of contractions. Another reviewer mentioned the similarity to Conroy's Prince of Tides (I wish this site allowed italics or underlining!), which seems right and complimentary. Will definitely look for another title by this amazing author.
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