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One of Us Is Lying Audiobook

One of Us Is Lying

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Publisher's Summary

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention, and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app.

Only Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Monday he died. But on Tuesday he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Cast of narrators:

Kim Mai Guest - Bronwyn
Shannon McManus - Andy
Robbie Daymond - Nate
Macleod Andrews - Cooper

©2017 Karen M. McManus (P)2017 Listening Library

What the Critics Say

"This fast-paced blend of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and classic John Hughes will leave readers racing to the finish as the try to unravel the mystery on their own." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    tarafarah7: Tara Brown Grand Rapids, MI 06-03-17
    tarafarah7: Tara Brown Grand Rapids, MI 06-03-17 Member Since 2016

    I'm in my 18th year teaching Spanish and English Literature and Composition. I love to travel and learn about different cultures! I❤Audible!

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    "It kept me guessing!!"

    I pre-ordered One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus because right away it sounded like an episode out of Gossip Girl (and I'm telling you, I loved Gossip Girl!). I also liked that there were multiple narrators, which I haven't experienced too much in audiobooks. I'm glad I spent the credit on this book, and if you like teen drama or the "whodunit" type mysteries, you will enjoy it as well.

    I couldn't decide whether to give it 4 or 5 stars. If I could, I'd have to settle on a 4.5 rating. I liked the fact that there were 4 narrators for 4 different main characters, but even though there were only 4 of them, it seemed like I got lost a bit keeping track of 'who was who' & 'who did what.' When you listen, make sure you pay attention to detail or you might get lost as other people are introduced into the story. I tried to multi-task while listening, and I found myself wondering what was going on in some places, mostly because my mind wasn't fully focusing on the story....learn from my mistake. I plan to listen to it again to get the full experience, even though I know how the murder of the 5th student happened. I liked it so much that I don't mind...plus I'm sure I'll come across a bunch of details that I overlooked the first time through. :-)

    I thought both the writing and narration were great! It's told in alternating points of view by each of the 4 teens. Throughout the entire story I was thinking I knew who the murderer was. It wasn't until the last part that I realized I was totally off base. Wow! I didn't expect that one at all! It kept me guessing.

    I recommend this audiobook to those who like mysteries, drama, and teen characters. It's not a thriller, nor is it an "edge of your seat" read; it is just a really good murder mystery that starts right away and ends 10+ hours later. It kept my interest throughout, and I felt like I got to know each of the kids well. It was a mix of Gossip Girl (TV show) and Clue (the movie & boardgame)....might be a bad comparision, but just know I used to LOVE them both! :-) I definitely think it is worth the credit, and I am looking forward to listening to it again in the future!

    Thank you for reading my review. :-)

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    N 06-16-17
    N 06-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Big Car No Gas"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen M. McManus again?

    Probably not


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    At first, I wasn't in love with the voice acting. It took listening to a chapter or two before I realized what grated on me most. It has less to do with the voice actors and more to do with the director/producer of the audio book. The voice actors were fine, in fact, probably perfectly cast for the roles of the characters they played. What was unfair to them was that they were given the task of not only narrating their own character's voice but the other characters as well during their narratives. This meant that 4 different voice actors had to provide the voice of Nate. Four different actors had to cover Addy and so on. This would have been MUCH better had the producer/director allowed the actor who voiced his/her character to do so EACH TIME no matter which of the four characters were narrating. Continuity guys...


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

    SLIGHT SPOILER ALERTJust disappointed...This is a classic example of an author who has a promising idea but not the ability to carry it out. Entrepreneur with the big idea but no engineering to bring it to life.

    THE GOOD
    The premise of the book was exciting. I found it during it's pre release phase and, based on the brief description given, I was hooked and found myself thinking about it every few days up to its release. Obviously a nod to John Hughes with a twist, the idea was a strong. Five kids go into detention and only four leave - a modern setting for the age-old "who dunnit".

    The storyline between characters was good. There were enough surprises and unique pieces added to each characters backstory to make them interesting and modern. There were plenty of details dropped to follow. These, however, were more like lines and less like red herrings. No idea challenged you to mentally chase it. You just added it to inventory of things to keep up with.

    THE BAD
    The killer was pretty easy to guess - no real shock.

    The killer's accomplice, however, was horribly written (the biggest disappointment for me) and COULD have been so much better. NOTHING in the story provided any background that would have led me to believe this character would have gone to the extremes written. Ridiculous. This character was so wrapped up in himself...he would NOT have done this.

    In fact, it was so far fetched, that I initially thought it was an incredibly clever deception by the author. It was, however, a flat delivery and felt like a rushed exit. I had no feelings for the accomplice but no belief in his actions either.

    The other thing that bugged me were the narratives. These are high school kids providing a narrative that vacillated between a believable "high school kid" and an omniscient narrative that just felt out of place. The kids provided too detailed and at times too mature/dramatic descriptions for the age of their characters.

    Final things. SPOILER ALERT FROM HERE ON

    There were stereotypes and cliche points to the letter for some characters. Lot's of "girl power" written in the story too without the need. Guy's humbly submitting themselves to the girls who are in control (Ashtyn and Bronwyn) when they've done nothing to deserve the power they've been given.

    Addy gets a dismissive "pass" on sleeping around but Bronwyn makes Nate "pay" for not speaking to her/breaking up with her after he is released from jail? Um...yeah...

    So, what COULD have made this spectacular?

    Just a few simple things:

    1) The voice actors should have been allowed to voice their characters when called to speak in each person's narrative.

    2) A little more realistic narrative from the high school kids. They are high school kids narrating their feelings not romance novelists trying to poetically describe the world around them.

    3) Had Jenea (sp? I purchased the audible book and not the actual book to check the spelling) been the killer (or at least the accomplice) she could have been lying to Addy about Jake to frame him. During the time she was confronted by Addy and was confirming Jake's role, I really believed the author had created an INCREDIBLE twist and that Addy would have believed Jake was the accomplice when it was really Jenea. THAT would have been an awesome twist showing that Jenea had been jilted by Simon and she had masterminded everything while throwing suspicion on everyone (including Jake). When I learned that was NOT the case, the rating when from 5+ to 2 at best.

    The big car was entertaining but just ran out of gas...


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tori - Audible Newark, NJ 05-30-17
    Tori - Audible Newark, NJ 05-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Thoroughly Engrossing"

    For Karen McManus’s first novel, she dives into the world of high schoolers faced with typical challenges like college applications, sports, and dating. However, these particular teenagers have a less-than-common problem – they are all under investigation for murder. As the story of four unlikely partners in crime unravels, you’ll be guessing right until the very end – whodunit? Four narrators tell the story from each point of view, giving you a real feel for each of the main characters. A blend of The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us is Lying is a thoroughly engrossing YA novel that won’t let you put your headphones down.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    K B 06-14-17
    K B 06-14-17
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    "My primary criticism is partially my mistake"
    Any additional comments?

    As I started listening, I very soon felt that "The Breakfast Club", and, more so, John Hughes should have shared the credits. Bronwyn/Claire, Nate/John, Cooper/Andrew, and to some extent Addy/Allison. Even the parents shared character traits with those in that film. What I failed to note before purchasing was that this book is geared to teens. Teens today don't even know "The breakfast Club", as it came out in '85. I still call a bit of plagiarism on the part of the author, but knowing it was intended for teens diluted my other irritations with the storyline. I stayed with it to the end, didn't see the plot twist coming, and overall don't regret my time. Glad I got it on a daily deal, though.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ashleigh Flatonia, TX, United States 06-07-17
    Ashleigh Flatonia, TX, United States 06-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great YA Mystery"

    If you like a good YA mystery with a sprinkle of romance, this is your book!

    Not as deep as '13 Reasons Why' but this story definitely gave me hints of that same teenage angst vibe.

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    Amazon Customer 09-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    so so so good! can't wait for the tv show! interesting plot and well written.

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    Kindle Customer 09-10-17
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    "Really good book"

    Great book. Narration was really good. I would recommend this book. I loved enjoyed it.

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    quibecca 09-09-17
    quibecca 09-09-17
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    "SO MUCH TO LOVE ABOUT THIS BOOK!!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I saw that this book was compared to THE BREAKFAST CLUB...so I had to buy it. That is probably one of my favorite movies when I was younger...much younger. There are always this group of people at school. Thankfully I didn't believe in cliques then and don't till this day. Everyone needs to include everyone in my opinion.

    I cannot give anything away so I am just going to talk about each character a little. I loved each and every one....or loved to hate them!

    Bronwyn: First of all, what a unique name. I really liked it. She is the "princess" of the group. She is bound for an IV League school. At first she is just like Molly Ringwald's character in THE BREAKFAST CLUB. Snotty, stuck up, and looks down on everyone. No one likes a " spoiled princess"! I think she turns out to be one of my favorite characters. They all have something special, but she ended up being one of my favorites.

    Addy: is also a lot like Molly Ringwald's character. She is beautiful, and has always had a boyfriend. She is dating the most popular boy in school. Which makes her cool..Apparently. She is a doormat. I don't know what else to say about her other than that. Read and you will understand what I mean. She plays a great one though :).

    Nate: Is the criminal. So naturally, the most alluring character right? I think so. Nate is by far my favorite character. This kid has had a tough life. He hasn't made the best choices. No one wants to associate with him. He just comes off at a jerk. Let me tell you though....this boy is my favorite. Some don't like him, but I ended up loving him.

    Cooper: The athlete. Okay, Cooper is another favorite :). Not as much as Bronwyn or Nate, but pretty close. He is the ultimate pitcher for their baseball team. He has talent scouts coming out to watch him all the time. He has offers coming in from several colleges. What's not to like about him. Right? This boy's dad is a horrible human. When you read you will understand what I mean. Cooper has a lot of things to figure out.....but when he does, he just shines. He's so cute.

    and then there is......

    Simon: He is an outcast. There is a VERY good reason why he is the outcast. When I say everyone should involve everyone, this kid is the perfect example of what happens when someone is not included. He is a great character to hate. I loved hating him....oh, this boy. Naughty, Naughty, Naughty.

    It's killing me not to say what I want to say, but even the slightest thing might give it away. This was such a good book. I loved the different narrators, and the different POV's. I devoured this audio book. I loved every minute of it.

    I have always told my kids that lies always come back to bite you in the butt. Someone ALWAYS finds out!

    Source: I bought this book for myself on Audible. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book

    Content: Drugs, dealing, sex, but too descriptive, and kissing.

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    Holly 08-29-17
    Holly 08-29-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome!"

    A solid debut, with a great cast of characters you care about, suspenseful plot, and well written narrative, this is a book not to miss!

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    Jovensky 08-24-17
    Jovensky 08-24-17

    I'm just now really getting into books. I'm very auditory so I thought audio books would be better than physical copies. I'm also 17 yrs/o.

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    "Good Read"

    At the beginning this book I told myself I’d pick one person and would stick to that person for the entire book and boy was I wrong. It was a great book but I just didn’t feel my jaw drop after the “plot twist. But the characters are so well developed. They’re all their ow person and mixed with the different narrators was amazing.

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