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Big Little Lies

Written by: Liane Moriarty
Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
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Publisher's Summary

DON’T MISS SEASON 2 OF THE GOLDEN GLOBE AND EMMY AWARD-WINNING HBO® SERIES STARRING REESE WITHERSPOON, NICOLE KIDMAN, SHAILENE WOODLEY, LAURA DERN, ZOË KRAVITZ, AND MERYL STREEP

From the author of Nine Perfect Strangers, Truly Madly Guilty, and The Husband’s Secret comes the number-one New York Times best-selling novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

A murder.... A tragic accident.... Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare, but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal. 

©2014 Liane Moriarty (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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an inspiring story of courage, perseverance , love, hope and defiance. I ended up listening to it over again.

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Excellent Listen. Absolutely worth it.

I enjoyed the brilliant characters and unpredictable story. The performance by Ms. Lee is second to none.

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  • Amy
  • 2018-09-13

Big Little Lies Review

The story is fantastic, it keeps you listening and wanting to know more until the big reveal at the end. I will say I didn’t love the narrator, her voice kind of grates on your nerves a bit, but the story was worth it to push through. Definitely worth a listen. #Audible1

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Narrator's Voice threw me

I had difficulty enjoying the narrator's voice. In hindsight I think it affected how much I enjoyed the novel.

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excellent entertainment

I loved how the story evolved and she kept you guessing the whole time. I listen to books while I sew and sometimes miss a bit, but not this story, I would go back and re-listen, didn't want to miss anything. great narrator!

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Loved it!

I initially found the narrator slightly off putting, but she did a good job overall. The characters were so well developed and the pacing and plot were fantastic. This was the best book I have read in a long time. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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What a great narrator!

Top three books in audible so far! The narrator Caroline Lee does such a good job. She is just brilliant at delivering all the characters and maintaining the listener engaged :)

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Amazing!!

Such an absolutely amazing book! I had been looking for a book to get me hooked on reading again, and this book did not dissapoint. The story is absolutely incredible and now I am even more excited about watching it come to life through the show. I would 100% recommend to anyone looking for a gripping story with romance and mystery and a shocking ending. The performance was also fantastic. 5 stars across the board!!

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Excellent

I had been putting off watching the show because I had been meaning to listen to this for such a long time. Well worth it.

The plot is well organized and draws the listener in. It foreshadows well, but not so well that you know exactly what’s about to happen. It’s delightfully suspenseful, and utterly delicious.

Excellent writing and what I take to be a very empathetic and thorough understanding and depiction of women’s experiences of trauma. But still fun and genuinely enjoyable.

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AMAZING!!!!!

Absolutely loved this book, I couldn’t stop listening. This is my first Laine Moriarty book I have ever listened to, DEFINITELY WONT BE MY LAST♥️♥️♥️

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  • L. O. Pardue
  • 2014-10-07

Oh, Calamity!

Kindergarten Politics. I never had children, but I imagine that those two words strike heart-stopping fear in any parent with a child entering elementary school. Liane Moriarty took me through the experience with all the irony, hilarity, fear and poignancy possible. I loved the format of the story-telling. It was clear who was talking at each point of the story, but the story was written to allow each witness to say a paragraph or so about how they saw the event. As you can imagine, lots of differing viewpoints. For the main characters, Madeline, Celeste and Jane, their stories alternated from chapter to chapter. I would love to meet them for coffee anytime.

The narrator was outstanding in every way. I always knew who was talking, but the emotions generated by these stories were clear to the listener. I have no complaints with this narrator.

There is a death and an investigation, but it is actually minor to the rest of the story. Just the setting for the death, a Kindergarten Trivia Night in which everyone dressed as Elvis or Audry Hepburn, makes it funny to me.

If this book sounds like something you would never want to hear, let me tell you, I resisted my many friends begging me to read this story. Boy, am I glad I got away from my comfort zone to listen to this excellent story. I will go to Liane Moriarty again!!

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  • David Shear
  • 2014-08-01

Great story. Genius writing

I've never experienced a book quite like this one. I'm exhausted from listening to it. I was on the edge of my seat through the entire story. As each new fact was revealed I was impatient to see what happened next.
I laughed and laughed dozens of times. And I cried once, standing in the grocery store holding my breath waiting to see what happened. I was totally invested in the character and story development.
What makes the writing truly genius was that all of the reactions I listed above came from small, simple things that happened in the story. There weren't big, unbelievable action scenes or sweeping romances, just daily, simple, life-happenings that added up in just the right (or wrong) way.
And the ending...perfect. It was worthy of the rest of the story. The ending was long and satisfying.
I loved the narrator. I think she really added to it. Her voice squeaked and cracked and felt very real.
I loved, loved, and enthusiastically recommend this book.

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  • Dina
  • 2014-08-24

WOW- what a wicked web we weave!

I generally don't take the time to write reviews but am taking the time now. If you have enjoyed all of Liane Moriarty's other books, then you will enjoy this one too! It will definitely not be rated the "feel good" story of the year but very brilliantly crafted and inter-woven. I found the narrator very likable and believable and enjoyed listening to her accent. I was concerned a bit based on another review I had read as I cherish my credits and am very careful what I use them on, but am delighted to report that this book was very credit worthy!

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  • Taryn
  • 2014-08-26

You Must Buy This Book!!

I love Liane Moriarty, her books keep you guessing from beginning to end. She has the rare talent of combining humor with serious topics without being insensitive. In this wonderful mystery/comedy/commentary on modern life and helicopter parents she is at the top of her game. To give any hints would give away the story. Other reviewers have done a great job, so I can only add that this book will resonate with any parent or educator. It will keep you listening and the ending will not disappoint! MUST LISTEN!!!

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  • horslovr
  • 2014-08-19

Very entertaining!

What did you love best about Big Little Lies?

The character development, the characters themselves, and the somewhat "dark" humor

What did you like best about this story?

There are lessons to be learned, and all of its flawed characters teach us those lessons.

What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice inflections greatly added to the story, she has a very pleasing voice to listen to.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

How to avoid a "train wreck" in life.

Any additional comments?

The story droned on just a bit in areas, but the characters were so entertaining that I didn't mind.

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  • Sharon
  • 2014-08-27

New Liane Moriarty fans!

My husband and I listened to this book while driving to (and from) a vacation destination, and were thoroughly engrossed throughout. A very interesting presentation of events, EXCELLENT narration, and a satisfying ending all worked to make this a 5 star book.

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  • Ford K. Thigpen
  • 2014-08-02

LOVED this book!

What did you love best about Big Little Lies?

This book kept me wanting to listen, kept me awake to listen, until the very end.

Any additional comments?

I rarely write a review even thought I have listened to at least two books a week for the last two years. I don't want to give anything away. I think it is best to listen to this book knowing nothing about the story. You will NOT regret the credit!!

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 2014-08-27

A Tremendous Accomplishment, A Must Listen

Many, many thanks to the audible reviewers of this book for leading me to the promised land. Big Little Lies is a work of genius, brilliantly performed. I have been extremely fortunate to have enjoyed many 5 star books. This one has to rank among the best.

Liane Moriarity's gift of creating characters and weaving an entirely unique story into a remarkably complex mystery is, well, genius. The setting is something I could never imagine being caught up in. Yet I was so caught up in the characters and every aspect of their lives I never once thought of them as fictional.

Caroline Lee, cracked voice and all, was equally great.

Do yourself a favor, buy this book!

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  • Mystery Fan
  • 2017-03-27

If you want a good mystery this is not it.

The Aussie accent was neither here nor there. The world of kindergarten politics was excruciating to those of us without kids. If it had been an interesting classic murder mystery it may have been ok. To suffer through 9/10 of the book before the murder and the saccharine sweet finish. Meh

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  • Beverly
  • 2014-07-31

Little Lies Always Turn Into Big Lies

I find Liane Moriarty's books to be incredibly moving. The way she weaves her characters in and out and then entangles them in the guts of the story is masterful. She certainly nailed life in a rich town. You get the good, the bad, and the ugly. This book is about abuse of all kinds: verbal, emotional, and physical. I think it certainly is pertinent to the times. It is set in Australia so the narrator and accent are a bit irritating, but the story overrides all. Definitely a must read for any woman who has ever been controlled by a male, her kids, her schedule, her job, etc.

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