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Friday, December 15, 2017

#Audiobook #Review: 2 out of 5 stars for Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty @PRHAudio

AUTHOR: Liane Moriarty
NARRATOR: Caroline Lee
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 15 hrs and 56 mins
GENRE: Mystery, Contemporary Fiction
Coming July 29, 2014, the new novel from Liane Moriarty, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Husband's Secret.

"What a wonderful writer - smart, wise, funny." (Anne Lamott)

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder.

In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families. And in her pitch-perfect way, she shows us the truth about what really goes on behind closed suburban doors.


I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook for voluntary review consideration.

This story starts off with a tragic death at a children’s school that occurs during a parents’ fundraising event. Then the storyline moves back six months and is told through multiple perspectives until the unfortunate night in question until all is finally revealed.

I did so want to like this book. I love murder mysteries, and I also enjoy when stories are told in this manner. However, this just wasn’t my cup of tea. I found the characters to be too whiny and self-absorbed, and how the parents behaved towards each other was reminiscent of high school cliquish behavior. When the timeline finally came back to the evening of the murder, I actually enjoyed finding out how everything transpired but it wasn’t enough for me to bump it up to another star. I wish the entire book was as good as the ending, but it just wasn’t for me. It was too light on the actual mystery part and had too much gossip and drama for my liking.

Caroline Lee is a new-to-me narrator, and I think she portrayed the characters well because most of them were whiney and grating which is true to how their personalities were described! I will assume that this was the narrator’s intent. Unfortunately, for me, it made it tough to listen to. Here is a sample of the narration:


2 stars!! Meh, it was just "okay." Thanks to Penguin Random House Audio for the opportunity to review this audiobook!

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