Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Plus plan is $7.95 a month after 30 day trial. Upgrade or cancel anytime.
The Lie  By  cover art

The Lie

By: T. C. Boyle
Narrated by: T. C. Boyle
Try for $0.00

$7.95 a month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $2.79

Buy for $2.79

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

This short story from the collection Wild Child was originally published in the New Yorker.

Lonnie is tired. He's tired of his job, the monotony of it, and tired of the predictability ofhis home life now that he's a father. It's a day like every other day, and hecan't face the inevitability of it all. So he lies. It's a small lie, but heknows small lies become big ones. He knows it as soon as he says his daughteris in the hospital. But he can't stop himself, and he can't stop the lie fromtaking on a life of its own.

©2013 T.C. Boyle (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

What listeners say about The Lie

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    35
  • 4 Stars
    25
  • 3 Stars
    15
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    2
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    41
  • 4 Stars
    19
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    34
  • 4 Stars
    13
  • 3 Stars
    17
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

I didn’t want it to end.

I really enjoyed the story. I was interested from the start. There’s a great lesson to be learned here, in how a little lie can escalate. My only wish was that the story kept going 😊

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Interesting

One lie lead to another. It wasn't a favorite for me and the ending was odd.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Convincing story. Well told. But horrific.

Typical Boyle tale, well read by the author, but its sad inevitability was difficult to bear. Good but I can’t say I enjoyed it.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Overboard T. C. Boyle

T. C. Boyle wraps himself around a big fish tale with this Big Lie story that starts comically, becomes cruel, then preposterous, and nearly redeems itself in the final lines as a character study of a tragically self-unaware narcissist. The voice is fittingly calm and the language is Boyle-esque overblown.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Deany
  • Deany
  • 09-23-22

Fantastic

I enjoyed this. The narrative voice excellent, story great, full of tea spitting Nuggets.