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If We Were Villains Audiobook

If We Were Villains: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Oliver Marks has just served 10 years in jail - for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he's released, he's greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago.

As one of seven young actors studying Shakespeare at an elite arts college, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress. But when the casting changes, and the secondary characters usurp the stars, the plays spill dangerously over into life, and one of them is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless. Intelligent, thrilling, and richly detailed, If We Were Villains is a captivating story of the enduring power and passion of words.

©2017 M. L. Rio (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Much like Donna Tartt's The Secret History, M. L. Rio's sparkling debut is a richly layered story of love, friendship, and obsession.... If We Were Villains will keep you riveted through its final, electrifying moments." (Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, New York Times best-selling author of The Nest)

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    kara lenox 04-20-17
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    "Wow"

    I loved this roller coaster of a book. The word choice kept me captivated. I don't go crazy over fine art and Shakespeare, though this book had a spell over me with all its passion that made me want too! I highly recommend listening to this gem!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 04-25-17
    Ruth Bain 04-25-17

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    "Slow building tragedy"

    The narration by Robert Petkoff absolutely makes this story emotionally compelling. The plot itself is quite reminiscent of "The Secret History", using Shakespeare and theatre as a backdrop. I found the story a little over-long, especially as the outcome was signaled well before the end. Excellent character development, and Robert Petkoff gave each character a recognizable voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 05-09-17
    Donna 05-09-17

    I can read.

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    "I never write reviews, but..."
    What would have made If We Were Villains better?

    This is a ZERO star story! The characters are terrible, self-involved people and the story is even worse...I just wanted it to be over. I can't get my time back, but I will most certainly ask for my credit back. Nothing can save this book, it belongs in a literary dust bin!


    Would you ever listen to anything by M. L. Rio again?

    NO!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Petkoff?

    No one, not even Jim Dale, could fix what is wrong with this story. It's not the fault of the narrator, the writing is terrible!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, disappointment and sheer boredom.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lou 04-25-17
    Lou 04-25-17
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    "slow start for a non-thesbein but great story"

    I have never read Shakespeare but have a new perspective. Well worth a listen.

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    Michael C. 05-12-17
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed"

    The performance is outstanding and the characters true in their self-absorption and willful disregard for anyone and anything outside their small world. It feels very much like colllege days. The author does an excellent job drawing the reader into their world.

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    Kindle Customer Sunriver, OR 04-27-17
    Kindle Customer Sunriver, OR 04-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration OUT of this WORLD"

    The Masterful narration managed to make a full emotional story even more believable. I found myself immersed fully .

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