We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The King of Lies Audiobook

The King of Lies

Regular Price:$27.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (2319 )
5 star
 (789)
4 star
 (879)
3 star
 (439)
2 star
 (120)
1 star
 (92)
Overall
4.0 (1716 )
5 star
 (676)
4 star
 (633)
3 star
 (265)
2 star
 (84)
1 star
 (58)
Story
4.0 (1721 )
5 star
 (678)
4 star
 (607)
3 star
 (293)
2 star
 (92)
1 star
 (51)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Judy 09-23-16
    Judy 09-23-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    105
    33
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    trinitymom 09-22-16
    trinitymom 09-22-16 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "If you liked Gone Girl..."

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bruce Fort Pierce, FL, United States 09-22-16
    Bruce Fort Pierce, FL, United States 09-22-16 Member Since 2017

    Retired Reader

    HELPFUL VOTES
    114
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    590
    149
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Doug 09-21-16
    Doug 09-21-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    81
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sara 09-20-16
    Sara 09-20-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    185
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nicole H. Hadley Willis, Texas 09-20-16
    Nicole H. Hadley Willis, Texas 09-20-16 Member Since 2017

    Nicky

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 09-20-16 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    46
    26
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "love it"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Laura 09-19-16
    Laura 09-19-16 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    77
    29
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Slow but pretty solid"

    I was not thrilled with the narrator on this one, though I think the understated tone was deliberate and did what it could to counter the occasionally melodramatic purple prose. I did figure out whodunnit but was still surprised by the climax and satisfied by the denouement. All in all, not a favorite, but in the end I genuinely cared what happened to Work and those he loved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 09-19-16
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 09-19-16 Member Since 2013

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

    HELPFUL VOTES
    385
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    250
    157
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    27
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nice Suspenseful Psychological thriller"

    i enjoyed this book because the characters were so diverse & believable. And it showed that people can deal from past hurts & betrayals, not easily but they can. I think too the big bad bugaboo money was nicely defined. But in the end everyone got their dues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    bustos 09-18-16
    bustos 09-18-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    2
    Overall
    Story
    "5stars"

    What a great writer!I couldn't wait the hear the next chapter and yet I didn't want it to end. The narrator was perfect!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.