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Publisher's Summary

Maddie Faraday's life would be perfect if it weren't for her cheating husband, her suspicious daughter, her gossipy mother, her secretive best friend, her nosy neighbors, and that guy she lost her virginity to 20 years ago.

In Tell Me Lies, Jennifer Crusie dishes up a funny, sexy, suspenseful novel about small-town secrets, big-time betrayals and the redemptive power of love, laughter and chocolate brownies.

©2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A jaunty tale of love and murder...the plot springs some genuine surprises...there's enough intrigue and scandal here to make a small city stay home." (Publishers Weekly)

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Awful!

I have always enjoyed Jennifer Cruisie's books with the exception of the ones written with Bob Mayer.
I was really looking forward to this new one. It's terrible and I couldn't finish it. I listened to the sample, but couldn't really tell how bad it is from that. It's depressing and none of the characters are worth knowing. I didn't even make it halfway as another reviewer did. I like Joyce Bean too but her reading of this book just makes the character even more whiny and self-absorbed.
I wish Audible would let let me exchange this book for another one of equal value. Amazon has no problem with exchanges. They should add this feature to Audible. It's not like I'm not going to buy more audible books.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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didn't finish it:

Before you read my review, know that I like Jennifer Crusie. She writes super fun books and I have liked most of the books that she has written (of course some more than others). That being said also know that I didn't finish the novel- I couldn't. Maybe someday I will because I own it, but I was not expecting the book that I got. According to the summary, I expected lighthearted, funny, etc. Not so. I didn't laugh once. Nothing that happened was funny to me-- and I got about half way into the book. Cheating on a spouse isn't funny-- especially when a child is involved. Hitting or beating a spouse isn't funny. And I think I was supposed to be glad that the heroine of the story had a "man friend" to comfort her, but I really wasn't. I didn't like the characters. I was so disappointed with the story, that I had to stop reading the book. That is why I gave it a low rating. The reader was great, though. And I will still look forward to Crusie's books. And since this book, I have read some of hers that have hard topics, that she faces well, I just wish I hadn't purchased or read any part of this one.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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so bad, I could not finish it

This is possibly one of the worst books Jennifer Crusie has written and I could not finish it. Maybe the "abridging" process distorted it, but all the events and reactions in the books seem ridiculous AND the narrator has a slight lisp that I could not ignore. I could not finish it and I'm upset I spent money on it. Where is the Jennifer Crusie who wrote "Bet Me" and "Welcome to Temptation" and "Anyone But You"? She went nowhere near this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I read the reviews after I bought the book

I was like oh no but I have to tell you I really enjoyed the book. I am new to this author and I must say I am very pleased. I thought the story was easy to follow and the narrator was excellent

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  • Aimee
  • Boise, ID, United States
  • 09-29-14

Light, Fun Read

I always enjoy Crusie's work. She has a way of making me laugh. I admit that in the middle of the book it didn't seem like her normal work or "style" but after a little research I found that this seems to be an earlier book. Still, it was fun to read and easy to listen to.

My hats off to Ms. Crusie for her talent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The Book Was Better

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I actually really loved the book, it's one of my favorites. However, listening to the narrator ruined the romance and fun of the story. She sounded stern and matronly. To make things worse, even though I gradually got used to the sound of her voice, the story stopped mid way through the book. The whole climax of the novel was just missing. Whats the point if you don't get to enjoy the best part of the novel? No reveal on the killer, no resolution to the romance, nada. Not worth your money on this one. Skip the Audio Version and just go enjoy the book on your own.

Has Tell Me Lies turned you off from other books in this genre?

In the Genre no. However I'm reluctant to buy another Crusie Audible if its told by the same narrator and if it is similarily cut off. I'd prefer to get my money's worth and enjoy a whole book.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Joyce Bean?

As long as it isn't a romance novel sure. She sounds like she'd be better off reading crime related novels or how tos.

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Weak mystery, Ok romance

The mystery hinged, in part, on the woman's insistence on hiding much of the evidence, which made very little sense. One of Crusie's weaker efforts.