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The Lying Game

Written by: Ruth Ware
Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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How much can you trust your friends?

The text message is just three words: I need you.

Isa Leigh drops everything, packs up her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten, where she and her three best friends attended prestigious boarding school Salten House. Only Kate still lives in the area, at the crumbling Tide Mill she inherited when her disgraced art tutor father vanished when she was just 17.

Each of the women is running from something, from an act that has haunted them for many years but which they have tried their best to bury: in work, in alcohol, in family, faith and routine. At school together, the girls used to play a game - the lying game - in which they competed to tell the most outrageous stories to fool tourists. But for some, did the boundaries between fact and fantasy become too blurred? And how much can you trust one another?

©2017 Ruth Ware (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Sandra
  • 05-10-18

Not worth the credit!

Dreadfully incoherent! They need to invent a new category of fiction for this book. I really tried to like it

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  • barbara
  • 20-04-18

The Lying Game

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, from beginning to end, and the naration was excellent. Really makes you think.

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  • David Loughran
  • 25-06-17

Good mystery, hate the protagonist.

The narrator is fine overall but beware some of her dodgy accents. She can be a bit wet.

Speaking of wet, the protagonist of this story is saltier and wetter than the marshes of her girlish youth.

I liked the story (although there is lots of repetition) and most of the characters (shout out to Fatima). However the writing is full of screed and goes on and on about nothing much in particular (long detailed paragraphs of banal instances that add nothing to the story) and is full of repetition. Could be edited down to a killer short story. Some of the twists and turns are quite interesting and i listened all the way through to the end to hear the payoff and was greeted to a wet fart of an ending. The writing style is full of repetition.

I thought the protagonist of this story was an awful selfish berk and I kept hoping and hoping she would have some personal growth moment but she doesn't and it is horribly frustrating. "I wanted to say this certain thing, but i couldn't" (repeat ad nauseam).

In the end my partner and I had a jolly good time listening and mocking the story, characters, and narrator, despite the repetition.

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  • Rhiannon
  • 19-07-17

Yawn

not a bad story but so needlessly long winded.I loved her other 2 books which is why i bought this one.I loved the narrator though .

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-08-17

Takes a long time to get going

Overall enjoyed the book, could have been shorter, an awful lot of backstory and it doesn't really get going until the last hour or so. Liked the character developments throughout though.

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  • S. Christie
  • 01-08-17

Oh dear..

I absolutely loved Ruth Ware's first two books and was excited to read this one. Oh how I was disappointed. It was as if it had been written by another person. Dismal, drawn out, over described banality to the point of painfulness. I listened to 6 and a half hours before anything remotely exciting happened! I almost came up on a hundred occasions but kept going because I loved the previous books so much. I truly wished I hadn't bothered. Dull. Unbelievable. Predictable. Boring. The only reason I have given this book two stars is because of Imogen Church's amazing narration. She is wonderful. Shame the story wasn't.

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  • mrs
  • 24-07-17

a page turner

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes i would, its an easy read but with a good story

What does Imogen Church bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

she is a great narrator and every character she does is recreated very well throughout.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

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  • Kerry hastings
  • 22-05-20

Engaging story - good characters

I liked the characters and I was drawn in to their shared history.
The narrator is excellent and does a range of voices so you know who is who! This makes books she narrates really enjoyable.
I think it was a bit unlikely that they would have lied about their original truth so wholeheartedly. The actual truth was far more likely to generate such deceit!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-20

Very long and drawn out

Very long and drawn out. Becomes monotonous - easy to loose interest and not really notice the odd 15 minutes of missed listening. Believable story line and characters but the story could have been told in 75% of the time. This is not the best from this author and not one I recommend.

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  • Katie Kat Books
  • 21-04-20

Enjoyable read

Enjoyed this book & Imogen Church’s narration was great. I enjoyed the storyline as what the present mystery was referring to had all happened in the past when the characters were at school. It was woven to entwine their current lives with their past selves and I liked this angle of the past catching up with you. So many elements in the book were almost like a count down timer from the events happening, to the waters rising around the house. This gave the whole book a sense of urgency to get a resolution before time ran out...
Great listen but not quite as good as ‘In a dark, dark wood’. The bar has been set very high!

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  • Mandie
  • 09-03-20

‘High drama’ - the others are better

I have read these Ruth Ware books in the wrong order and I didn’t find this one as good as the later ones. It’s still well told but didn’t hook me. The others are grounded in normality at the beginning but in this one the murky past is there right from the start. This makes it somehow lack the intrigue of the others. Full of drama but hits the high pitch too soon and lacked the twists and turns. I wasn’t fooled.

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  • kate
  • 20-02-20

Original and engaging story

A good story, original and engaging. A little too drawn out in places and read too slowly by the narrator but I will listen to more by this author for sure.

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  • Asako
  • 28-06-17

Don't bother

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

plot

Would you ever listen to anything by Ruth Ware again?

Yes, I enjoyed and would recommend her previous two books

What does Imogen Church bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Yes - her amazing narration is the whole reason I chose to listen to this book

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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Eugh - very disappointing. I found Ruth Ware's last two books a tad far-fetched but still enjoyable, but even the amazing narration of Imogen Church couldn't save this one. I've never come across a book that is both (a) so far-fetched and yet somehow (b) so dull. I've actually dropped my rating to 1.5 from 2 after sleeping on it. WAY too dramatic for little action, extremely forced "surprise" ending (!?) - I would barely call it a surprise. The "twist" I'd say felt like a haphazardly tied-up plot line. Don't bother. It's too bad because I was really looking forward to this one!(EDIT: I definitely enjoyed the start, but the momentum and intrigue plateaued significantly about 30% of the way through)

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  • Anna
  • 14-10-19

Terribly disappointing

I should have go on what other readers have said that it was not worth the read. Story terribly drawn out and not that gripping at all. I will not read any books by this author. Narrator very good hence two stars.

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  • Jo howard
  • 10-06-18

Beautifully written and read

This story kept me locked in from the very start. The narrator did a wonderful job and was very pleasant to listen too. The story of four friends meeting up as adults to face their past was captivating, heart wrenching and bloody funny at times too.

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