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  • The Weight of Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,684

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. That was pretty bad.

  • By Meg on 07-21-17

Interesting plot. Poorly written. Annoying performance.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-17

The mystery does draw the listener in but as it ended, I felt the plot wasn’t sufficient compensation for the banal prose, repetitive phrases, and merciless annoyance of the lead character. I suppose the point is to show that she truly is her mother’s daughter but her constant, melodramatic whining and the voice used to portray it were maddening. Honestly, could none of the editors consider finding another phrase than ‘her breath caught’ to describe the moment? I offer that one example of the limits of this author’s tool bag. The idea for this story deserved better execution.

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