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The King of Lies Audiobook

The King of Lies

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Publisher's Summary

John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.

Work's troubled sister, her combative girlfriend, his gold digging socialite wife, and an unrequited lifelong love join a cast of small town characters that create no shortage of drama in this extraordinary, fast-paced suspense novel.

Hart's mastery of prose and plot belie his newcomer status as he explores the true heart of a man. An illuminating anatomy of a murder and the ripple effect it produces within a family and a community, The King of Lies is a stunning debut.

©2006 John Hart; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Mystery Writers of America 2007 Edgar Nominee, Best First Novel by an American Author

"[A] stunning debut, an exceptionally deep and complex mystery thriller....Few readers will be able to resist." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is a first novel that lunges off the page, just grabs the reader by the throat and won't let go....Hart is a fine stylist, turning phrases with a panache that recalls Raymond Chandler." (Booklist)

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    Where does The King of Lies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not finished but so far, holding my interest.


    Any additional comments?

    There are sessions/chapters, that it's gets a bit annoying listening to the reader swallow,hear the spittle collected and breathing. Have to really try and tune it out but I've heard worse.

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    M 09-23-16
    M 09-23-16
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    "Couldn't be more cryptic"

    Tell a story! This book couldn't seem to figure out what it was about. Characters popped out of nowhere. I was constantly thinking who's this, where'd they came from?
    Bottom line I couldn't bother to finish

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    Sherri Lupton Hollister Pamlico News 09-23-16
    Sherri Lupton Hollister Pamlico News 09-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "North Carolina Suspense and Murder Mystery"

    Family dynamics, murder and a little southern charm come together to throw you off the scent of what's really going on. Young love is pitted against greed, honor must stand in the wake of bigotry, can a kind hearted lawyer prove his innocence without putting those he loves in harm's way?
    John Hart weaves a heart wrenching story of innocence lost, lives built on lies, finding strength at the end hope and faith when all seems at its worst. A truly magnificent story!

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    Judy 09-23-16
    Judy 09-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "slow starting but ok"

    It took a long time for this story to really get going. For a while I wasn't sure if I would finish but finally the story took on a life of it's own. This is a new author for me and after listening I would likely try another of his books, but likely only on sale to begin with.

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    trinitymom 09-22-16
    trinitymom 09-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "If you liked Gone Girl..."

    Slow start, good finish. Very much like Gone Girl, well written. would read John Hart again.

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    BDHumbert Fort Pierce, FL, United States 09-22-16
    BDHumbert Fort Pierce, FL, United States 09-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "AWFUL"

    The lead character is an idiot and deserves to be shot. There is nothing about this book at all interesting. When I find myself in a book that I don't like the narration speed increases.
    By the time I was a third of the way into this mess I was on 3x and would not have left it on if I wasn't watching a baseball game

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    Doug 09-21-16
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    "Listen at 1.25 speed"

    This book took a bit for me to get into. The narrator is a little distracting, but when I listened to it at 1.25 speed, I couldn't hear his lip smacking, breathing, and pauses. This could easily have been taken out in production, but wasn't.

    If you listen to it at 1.25 it is very enjoyable.

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    Sara 09-20-16
    Sara 09-20-16
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    "Mouth Noise Nightmare"

    The story was ok, although depressing, with generally unlikeable characters and a lot of rape. But it was very hard to listen to due to constant, obtrusive mouth noises by the author-- spit shifting around and then swallowing at the beginning and end of many speeches. It was frankly disgusting and gave the feeling of being too close to a stranger. The reader himself was fine if this could have been avoided.

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    Nicole H. Hadley Willis, Texas 09-20-16
    Nicole H. Hadley Willis, Texas 09-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Twists and Turns"

    Loved it. It was recorded years ago so some parts have noises not heard in newer recordings but very good story. Really like the narrator.

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    Amazon Customer 09-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "love it"

    excellent book, great plot, keeps you guessing till the end, lots of twists along the way. Definitely recommend it.

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