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Happy publication to Amy Tintera and Listen for the Lie! Thank you to Amy Tintera, Macmillan Audio, and NetGalley ( @netgalley ) for allowing me to read an ALC (Advanced Listener 🎧 Copy).

The narrators🎙️for this audiobook 🎧 are January LaVoy and Will Damron.

📅Listen for the Lie is now available for purchase at your local bookstore or online. The book was published on Tuesday, March 6, 2024.📅

Plain and simple, this book is amazing! I absolutely devoured this book. 100% did not want to stop listening. If my forty two year old self could still pull all-nighters, I would have! Not only was the book well-written, I loved the organizational structure of the chapters. The chapters switched back and forth from character’s perspective to a podcast that was trying to uncover the truth about a death and bring justice to the wrongly accused. A++. Highly recommend! So, what are you doing? Get off the couch, put on your tennis shoes, and go get your copy now!

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What to Expect:
🎙️unhinged narrator
🎙️podcast episodes
🎙️sound effects
🎙️dark humor
🎙️family drama

“The truth doesn’t matter”

🫶🏽What worked for me
I loved this book SO much I immediately re-listened to it on a road trip so my husband could read it and I ordered a physical copy! It was bingeable and all consuming!

Lucy is on a journey to find out if she really did murder her own best friend, as she suffered a traumatic brain injury that same night and has no memory of what happened. Ben is a podcaster for a true crime series, and he’s in town interviewing everyone involved in search of the truth. Lucy and Ben had fantastic banter! The dark humor had me laughing out loud but never got too too dark. The way I GASPED at the family drama! 👀🍿 This is absolutely a top fave book of the year!

🤷🏻‍♀️What didn’t work for me
NOTHING! It was perfection

🎧Audio Review
Though I bought the physical book (mostly as a trophy) Listen to the Lie should absolutely be read via audio! The sound fx for the podcast episodes made it an immersive experience. January LaVoy and Will Damron are top notch! Even the subtle Texas accents a few characters had were done just right.

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I was hooked right from the start! I love mystery’s, podcasts and true crime….so naturally I loved this book! What a crazy ride of who done it?!??! Thank you for the ARC of this book!

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I love true crime, and I love the sub-genre of books about true crime podcasts. Pair that with a really fascinating mystery about who killed Savi (thanks to amnesia, nobody knows—but everyone suspects Lucy), and you have a winning plot.

I really appreciated Ben’s tenacity, and I didn’t mind his blurring the ethics lines of journalism for the sake of furthering the story.

I appreciated that Lucy and her grandma had opposing but amazing personalities together. Grandma and her lifestyle are the epitome of what I hope I’m like at 80. I would have loved to know a little more about the after. And I very much loved the voice in Lucy’s head. It added levity (though maybe not intentionally?) to some very dicey situations.

The narration was excellent and added a lot of dynamic to this book!

Overall, absolutely killer book that I enjoyed very much!

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This book is an unhinged (in the best way) thrill ride as a murder suspect returns to her hometown for her grandma's birthday and gets roped in on a true crime podcast. She has no memory of what happened that night, and it comes back to her in bits and pieces with the help of her murdered best friend's voice constantly in her ear.

I really liked the way this book works as an audiobook. The chapters alternate between the main character's perspective and clips of the podcast that's delving into the unsolved murder. The narrators, especially the female narrator, are outstanding. The grandma, Beverly, needs to adopt me because she is hilarious and lovable.

The only complaint I have is that the ending felt a bit anticlimactic.

Big content warnings to anyone who is triggered by descriptions of domestic and sexual violence.

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An amnesia trope combined with a true-crime podcast, what's not to love? This thriller has it all. An unsolved murder, secrets from the past, small-town gossip, sarcasm, and a true-crime podcast are just a few of the gripping, entertaining elements that make this story so enjoyable. I was immediately drawn to the mystery, while also laughing out loud at the humor sprinkled throughout this compelling whodunnit. The narration added a layer of intrigue, especially with the podcast episodes following each chapter. Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for my audiobook.

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I love a mixed media book, and nothing has me turning on an audiobook faster than when it incorporates a true crime podcast! This has already been a great year for thrillers, and Listen for the Lie is no different. The twists and red herrings kept coming, keeping me completely hooked on this story. I loved how you didn't really know who to trust, including the narrator. It was also weirdly funny, mixing in a lot of dark humor and sarcasm -- imagine if Daria Morgendorffer (throwing back to the golden era of MTV) was accused of murder. That's what Amy Tintera has served up for us here in her first adult novel. I'm looking forward to reading what she brings us next!

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If you loved the Sadie audiobook and all the production of going between a podcast and a mystery, then Listed For The Lie is the natural progression for adults. This book had me guessing who the killer was and what actually happened until almost the end and even when I figured it out, I just enjoyed the ride.

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It is no surprise "Listen for the Lie" is one of the hottest books right now. With a full podcast cast and gripping plot this audiobook is as entertaining as it is enjoyable.

Woven amongst the podcast similarly titled "Listen for the Lie" is a decades old murder of Lucy's best friend Savvy. While never convicted, the whole town is convinced Lucy is her murderer, but Lucy doesn't remember anything. Returning home, reluctantly for her grandmother's birthday, Lucy is sucked back into the drama, stares, and assumptions of the town she left.

In the age of true crime podcasts, "Listen for the Lie" is determined to find the truth behind this cold case.

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4.45/5 stars.
Fast paced, enjoyed the concept and the storyline. Liked the twists and quirkiness of it. Thanks NetGalley for the copy.

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This book is one of THE books of early 2024, and for good reason. Even though some people think the podcast narrative is overdone, I actually really enjoyed it. The production value of this audiobook was EXCELLENT - a full cast narration complete with snippets of the actual podcast? It really felt like listening to the podcast at parts. It's definitely a new favorite audiobook of mine.

As for the story, that was excellent as well - it was filled with dark humor as it follows Lucy, who is suspected of killing her best friend, Savvy. Lucy doesn't do anything to discredit this belief, as she doesn't know if she killed Savvy either. The night of Savvy's murder is a blur. Lucy returns to her hometown after five years, running into a podcaster who is doing a story on Savvy's murder. Together, they try to piece together what happened that night. This book was SO bingeable, and I did not see the ending coming at all - I loved it!!

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Is Lucy Chase a murderer or a victim of small-town suspicion? Five years after her best friend's murder, Lucy remains haunted by unanswered questions. With no memory of that fateful night, she faces relentless doubt and accusations from the community. But as Ben Owens delves into the mystery on his true crime podcast, 'Listen for the Lie,' the truth begins to unravel. Through podcast interviews and revelations, readers are invited to join the investigation and uncover the real culprit. This gripping thriller kept me hooked from start to finish. The inclusion of podcast scripts seamlessly enhances the narrative, making 'Listen for the Lie' a must-read for fans of suspenseful storytelling. In Plumpton, secrets lurk behind every corner, and not everyone is who they appear to be. I really enjoyed this audiobook and the narrator was wonderful!

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Listen for the Lie is the most recent in a string of podcast-based thrillers and the setup is interesting. (It’s also perfect for audiobook listening.)

Lucy was the golden girl of her Texas hometown: pretty, popular, married to handsome entrepreneur Matt. Until the night she was found covered with her best friend’s blood and accused of a murder she can’t remember. Now she lives in L.A., avoiding Texas, her family, and her past at all costs. But podcast host Ben Owens may ruin Lucy’s carefully constructed new life.

As I said, the podcast element is tailor-made for audiobook listening; the narration was extremely good. That was the high point of the book, however. The plot was a big jumble of whatever twists the author could think to throw in whenever she thought to throw them in. She is apparently a ‘pantser’ rather than a meticulous plotter.

The messy plot just did not do it for me. It's not the worst book, it's not the best book, and there are better examples of the true crime podcast trope. I rate it 3 stars.

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Listen for the Lie is mystery/thriller about a woman is who is accused for the murder of her best friend but has no memory of the night. A podcaster takes interest in the case and Lucy is drawn back into her small hometown where lies and deceptions are uncovered. This novel is fast paced that keeps you invested and guessing as you put the clues together with Lucy. Lucy is a character that you emphasize with, she was sarcastic and self-deprecating and dealing with trauma and the crappy people in her life. The podcast chapters added to the depth to the plot and characters. Listen for the Lie is a solid and enjoyable story with a satisfying ending. The narrators bring even more life to the story.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ALC.

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LISTEN FOR THE LIE by takes a v popular trope (true crime podcast) and absolutely kills it (pun intended). It’s fast-paced, absolutely unputdownable, and constantly keeps ya guessing.

Lucy does not remember what happened the night Savvy, her best friend, was murdered five years ago. But the small town in Texas where she’s from is convinced she did it. Without her memory, she can’t even rule it out herself. I know this trope is also pretty common, but Lucy’s sarcastic and witty persona was SO fun and refreshing that it didn’t matter.

The narrative is sprinkled with episode excerpts of the Listen for the Lie Podcast with Ben Owens, which he’s recording in real time as Lucy returns to town. The audiobook is produced in a way where the podcast feels so real! Music intros, full cast — it’s SO great! I definitely recommend that format!

This book FLIES by with short chapters and tons of activity (you’re never bored, promise). Even though there are a lot of characters, I never felt lost or confused.

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LISTEN FOR THE LIE by Amy Tintera totally lived up to the hype for me! I really enjoyed this thriller! I love a good unreliable narrator and this book features a main character with amnesia. She returns to her hometown where she’s suspected of killing her friend and agrees to be interviewed on a true crime podcast about the case. I loved the podcast aspect which is featured in the writing. I listened to the audiobook and the two narrators were perfect for the two POVs. The narrators January LaVoy and Will Damron were excellent. It was so interesting to uncover the past and find out if she did or didn’t do it. This thriller is perfect for fans of None of This Is True by Lisa Jewell and The Night Swim and Dark Corners by Megan Goldin.

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This was a wild ride! I binged this in one day and didn't see the ending coming. The sarcastic main character and the merging timelines set this one up to be compulsive from the get go. Excellent pick for a weekend read or to take to the beach this summer!

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This seemed like the overly hyped book of the year so far, so I went in with higher hopes than I should have.

One disclaimer: for people boasting about this being a podcast centered story, we got maybe 10 whole minutes of the actual podcast in the entire book. I thought it would be longer than that. They were so brief I wondered why it was an element at all.

But anywho. This was definitely a book with a character you loved to hate and hated to love. She was funny and her inner monologue was great.

I want to say so many characters were thrown at you at once that I got a tad confused. The ending was very underwhelming, but I had a great time reading it so I bumped up a star.

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Wow, that was such a "page turner" I'm not sure what the equivalent term is for when you're listening to the audiobook. It's a fast-paced mystery with a podcast element that fits perfectly. I like how the narrators had distinct voices for all the characters especially when there are so many different characters. I couldn't stop listening and finished it the same day. The way we are just pulled into the story of Lucy and her best friend Savvy's death mystery was a perfect choice. We are uncovering the mystery at the same time as everyone else. Once I finished the book I had to return to some parts after I had more context. I'm not a fan of the romance pieces but overall a great read.

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This book was a fun myster read. Short chapters left you wanting more and keep reading. Loved the style and alternating pov. Great fast read. Loved the audio.

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