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Telling Lies Online

Narrated by: Stephanie Murphy
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

When her dating app decides she's a man, what's a lonely lesbian to do?

Jamie Richards is a scientist who embraces reason - except when it comes to romance. Tired of her impulsive streak leaving her heartbroken, she's determined to do everything right the next time she's in love. But her resolve crumbles when a technical glitch matches her with perfection in Claire, a woman who lives on the opposite side of the country. Who is straight. And under the impression that Jamie's a guy. But Jamie can't help being smitten. Would one tiny lie be so terrible if it gets her closer to the woman of her dreams?

Claire Flores is a dreamer and a believer in signs, but she has a secret that keeps her cautious about love. All she wants is a picture-perfect family of her own, but she's never met a man who attracts her. Until now. Throwing caution to the wind, she goes from Portland to Boston to meet Jay, her online love. Instead, she meets Jamie, his work colleague, who befriends her in Jay's unexpected absence. Claire's heart is aflutter. Jamie stirs up feelings Claire never knew possible, but how close can she get without having to admit that she's been lying to herself about her dreams all along?

What starts as a simple fib soon snowballs as Jamie fabricates increasingly ridiculous tales to keep her identity as Jay under wraps, until a comedy of errors threatens to topple the whole charade to the ground. Can true love prevail when it's founded on a lie?

©2016 Miranda MacLeod (P)2018 Miranda MacLeod
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Cute and happy

Miranda MacLeod’s books always leave me feeling good after a great story and a few laughs. This one was no different. Though both main characters can be frustrating I couldn’t help but love them

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cute story

Cute story, very predictable. I enjoyed listening to it. Not really steamy. it doesn't need to be.

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Roller coater ride

I enjoyed the flow of the relationship between Jaime and Claire in Miranda MacLod's Telling Lies Online. It was fun, and had bold supporting characters. At one point, The antics due to the lies were becoming slightly over the top. The author managed to bring the story to a reaonable turn with great aplomb that it made sense. The narration by Stephanie Murphy was very well done.

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Cute

Predictable story, but told well. Good for an easy listen. Happy ending as expected. Worth the listen if you like hallmark movies :)

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A promising debut

I have to say, I really enjoyed this story, despite finding the characters utterly annoying at times, which I think is a testament to the author’s talent and the narrator’s too. Telling Lies Online is the story of a train wreck, you know it’s going to happen but you can’t help watching and you can’t prevent it. It’s unnerving and irritating. And yet, it’s very sweet too, go figure…

So, what’s the story? A technical glitch leads to a series of bad decisions. Jay and Claire have been online dating for a while, and both think they might have found The One. Only problem is, a bug changed Jay’s profile into a man’s. Claire is straight, or so she believes. In a totally unrealistic move, she decides to leave Portland (in Oregon) for Boston (on the other side of the country), where Jay lives. When she gets there, instead of telling her there was a bug on the dating website and she’s really a woman, Jay becomes Jamie and introduces herself as Jay’s colleague. She then uses everything she’s learnt about Claire during their months of chatting to woo her. I spent the whole book wanting to shake Jamie for missing so many opportunities to end her lies and Claire for being so gullible.

The most interesting thing about this novel, I think, it’s that it’s Miranda MacLeod‘s debut, and that she wrote it as part of NaNoWriMo. As she explains on her website, she wrote in a little over a month, it in not the best conditions (that’s part of the fun). I’ve read a couple of the books she wrote since and liked them a lot, which I find very encouraging for would-be authors.

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It was frustratingly good!

I received this audiobook free from “Audiobooks unleashed” site. I was excited to give it a listen since I had just recently finished reading another book by the same author and loved it.
Now I really did enjoyed this book, it even caused me to become a tad frustrated with the constant angst and misfortune between the two MC’s. Which isn’t really a bad thing. It just means I was very much invested in this audiobook... One of the characters “Jamie” just can’t help herself when it comes to keeping her secrets and letting them snowball out of control. While the other “Claire” can’t seem to acknowledge who she really is and refuses to see what’s staring her in the face. Needless to say there’s quite a bit of back and forth before everything implodes and the listener get there HEA. It was a cute book and the Narrator Stephanie Murphy did a wonderful job with it! ... I’m sure I’ll continue to listen to more by this author. 5⭐️

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Lesson for lifetime

Jamie surely had a lesson of a lifetime for the rest of her life, and that is not to lie. There were several moments I seriously was screaming "WTF dude!" If you thought it cannot get any worse...well it did.
It is pretty damn good story. Mellow read, or as in this case Listening. Stephanie is great voice for the narration.

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I never rate a book at 2 stars... never. But this book is terrible. The first hour and a half consists entirely or boring dialogue and bad jokes. I don’t like any of the characters and the writing is completely unrealistic. The narrator doesn’t even try for the Spanish accent when speaking Spanish. Overall, it’s not worth my time to finish it. I thought about it but I can’t, the book is too poorly written.

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:) good read

Excellent story, the audible voices were fantastic. I enjoyed this story very much. I would recommend this story.

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Started great, but lost touch with reality

It started out great, maybe a little unbelievable but I allowed myself to go with it. I usually really enjoy this particular narrator but she made Clare sound so whiny and annoying half way through. And the book too such a turn that it was hard to keep listening. Not a bad book, but just really unbelievable at points.

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  • 06-29-20

Nor-witch??

This book is well narrated. The characters are well put together in that the expressions of emotions are felt through the narration. The story is a little predictable and there are holes to be picked in the thread in some parts. Overall it is not Miranda's best work ( I am a fan) but it is an enjoyable listen. One major issue is the lack of research on the pronunciation of the English town of Norwich (the W is silent).

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  • Lisa B.
  • 12-29-19

Very enjoyable.

I read this some time ago and really enjoyed it. The characters are interesting and the story really draws you in. This time I had the opportunity to experience the Audible version. Again I really enjoyed the story, and Stephanie Murphy reads it well. The only problem she has is with pronouncing Norwich, which perhaps she should have checked before recording the narration.

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  • 04-01-18

LIght and funny

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This was a light and fun listen, with a really improbable story that had me groaning at times because of the lies that Jamie Richards was telling. However you might normalise her behaviour, it was mostly irrational and made an honest person like me quite uncomfortable. That said, the scrapes she got herself and Claire into were interesting and I spent some time waiting for the denouement, having expected it all to unravel some time before it did. If you want something to listen to that entertains, at the same time makes you squirm with embarrassment and have you wondering how this is all going to pan out, then go buy this.