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Liars' Paradox

Narrated by: Jennifer O'Donnell
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A master of international intrigue, New York Times best-selling author Taylor Stevens introduces a pair of wild cards into the global spy game - a brother and sister who were raised to deceive - and trained to kill....

They live in the shadows, Jack and Jill, feuding twins who can never stop running. From earliest memory, they've been taught to hide, to hunt, to survive. Their prowess is outdone only by Clare, who has always been mentor first and mother second. She trained them in the art of espionage, tested their skills in weaponry, surveillance, and sabotage, and sharpened their minds with nerve-racking psychological games. As they grew older, they came to question her motives, her methods - and her sanity.... 

Now 26 years old, the twins are trying to lead normal lives. But when Clare's off-the-grid safe house explodes and she goes missing, they're forced to believe the unthinkable: Their mother's paranoid delusions have been real all along. 

To find her, they'll need to set aside their differences; to survive, they'll have to draw on every skill she's trained them to use. A twisted trail leads from the CIA, to the KGB, to an underground network of global assassins where hunters become the hunted. Everyone, it seems, wants them dead - and, for one of the twins, it's a threat that's frighteningly familiar and dangerously close to home....

Filled with explosive action, suspense, and powerful human drama, Liars' Paradox is world-class intrigue at its finest.

©2019 Taylor Stevens (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Absorbing.

- I read Liars’ Paradox slowly and took my time thinking about it all. It is a thoughtful thriller. As the characters developed so did the suspense. This book simply works. Characters you don’t like, then do, then wait to see what they do.
- Author Taylor Stevens noted in an interview that LP is not literary fiction. I don’t know about that. I could easily see LP spurring interesting discussions in my old college classes. I may be a little weird but . . .
- I related the twins to the Frankenstein creature? (I.e. The unfortunate creature of the book, not the movie monster.) What does the parent owe the child? What does the child owe the parent? How much do they become each other?
- I love that the protagonists are twins. Tied together by genetics, environment and upbringing but very different beings. On the same road of life but making different choices. The Road Not Taken can be taken.
- Add the perfectly fitting, relentless performance of the reader and It was easy for me to become deeply absorbed into this world. The language, the descriptions, starting with the title, sucked me right in.

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Annoying narrator

Good story ruined by the narrator constantly taking sharp breaths in before EVERY sentence. And trying to read in a "tough " manner. I get the attempt due to the story line but......I had to stop listening and buy the real book to read it as I couldn't listen anymore.

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Liked the characters but

I struggled to finish this. Loved her other books. Would make a great action movie.

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If you love Tom Wood's Victor

and other 'smart', well trained assassin/spy novels, Taylor Stevens is a master. Great character development, as well as great fight scenes, and no picking out the end right away. Was so happy to see this release after a series of boring, unfinished 'thrillers' that were only psychological in the sense that I felt psychopathic rage at the authors (editors?) at marketing such crap so well as to bypass my discretion...

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True...Liars’ Paradox Is Good

If you are familiar with Taylor Stevens’ work (Vanessa M Monroe) you already know she is a master storyteller. And if you’re not familiar with her, you have some catching up to do. Liars’ Paradox will not disappoint.

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Family Thriller Meets Spy Intrigue

Taylor Stevens knocks another international thriller right out of the proverbial park. But this time, she's wrapped her story around a fascinating pair of feuding twin assassins and a dangerous woman who may or may not be the worst mother in history. Quick paced, high action, complex relationships: Taylor Stevens keeps her readers spellbound from the first word to the last. Nicely narrated by Jennifer O'Donnell.

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The New Master of Modern Thrillers

From the first sentences of The Informationist, I knew I was in the presence of a wonderfully powerful writer with all the purity and pain of Alan Furst and the reality and flavor of the modern complex world we live in. Trying to fit a spy into the tightening panopticon of our surveillance society is hard enough but to keep the power and fear of a real spy thriller intact is the work of a true master. Taylor Stevens has it all in spades.
Read her. Listen to her. Support her on Patreon.com. Rejoice in a new writer and a great new pair of characters.

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Jack and Jill THRILL!

I've been a fan of Taylor's work for quite a while but was anxious I wasn't going to like Liars' Paradox because her world-building in the Munroe series was so strong. I had nothing to fear. Stevens has done it again, the characters are multidimensional and compelling and the story unfolds at a rabbits pace. I love when I anticipate that a book is going to have twist and yet it still manages to surprise me. One of the things I love about Stevens' work is that I know that the details are going to be accurate. There isn't unlimited ammo or impossible physical/geographical acts. The amount of checking the author does to make it a true action thriller that's real world accurate is truly impressive. I immerses the reader into this world of spies and killers and secret twins fighting the odds to save the mom who abandoned them. I anxiously await the next in the series.

Jennifer O'Donnell was a good narration choice for this book. Hillary Huber is a tough act to follow and O'Donnell held her own. She has an authoritative voice that comes across no nonsense. I think that the scenes with the "voice box" probably needed computer editing. It's a decently large part of the story and they were asking her to do the impossible by sounding like a computer. Normally I listen to books at 1.25 speed but with Jennifer I needed to slow down because she already talks at a pretty impressive pace. She didn't add a lot of schmaltz or emotion and I really appreciated it.