This twenty six and a half hour story of star crossed lovers is an entertaining listen until the few hours toward the end when it gets a little bogged..Show More » down by more 'perils of pauline'-ish plot twists than are necessary to bring the story to a satisfying conclusion.
Journalist Gini and photographer Pascal, desperately in love and torn apart by circumstance a decade before the story takes place are thrown together -but this time not by circumstance- assigned to investigate a scandal that would rock the political foundations of the USA and the UK in which each is already mysteriously involved.
Slightly silly, slightly contrived and mostly a lot of fun, Lovers and Liars takes our heroes to the upper echelons of London power, the dark (and smelly!) underbelly of Venice, the streets of Paris and the pastoral manor homes of Oxfordshire. As they struggle to investigate and validate the increasingly muddy waters of a possible news story and rediscover the love they never lost, Pascal and Gini encounter a thoroughly self serving and manipulative cast of characters including the couple at the centre of the scandal whose utter dysfunction and willingness to draw everyone around them into their web of insane ambition would put George and Martha* to shame.
Lovers and Liars' huge cast of characters is where this production falls down. Narrator Ray Chase chose not to do dialects or accents. In a 26+ hour production with 5 major characters other than the heroes, keeping track of voices is tricky. I sometimes had to rewind busy, conversational scenes (like parties), in order to figure out who was talking.
Lovers and Liars is also an artifact. First published in the early 90's, it's an interesting take on Middle East politics and foreshadowing of the west's role in creating the post 9-11 world we live in now. I've just discovered Sally Beauman and listened to one of her recent books before this. She's a better writer now- a superb literary voice. This earlier book is a page turner, written in a fast paced bestseller style anyone can enjoy...with some (but not too much) steamy sex.