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Listen for the Lie

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If you like true crime podcasts and thrillers you will enjoy Listen for The Lie. This story is fast paced. I liked how the podcast was included in the audio and each interview was voiced by a different character so it was easy to follow. Lucy is accused of murdering her best friend but she can’t remember if she did it. Ben is the voice behind a true crime podcast who is trying to solve the murder. When Lucy returns to her hometown is is forced to confront her past and figure out what happened to her best friend.

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INCREDIBLE!!! Thank you NetGalley and Celadon Books for granting me access to this book in exchange for an honest review.

What a riveting and suspenseful mystery thriller that will keep readers engaged to the very end!! The insane tension, dark humor, suspense, fast pacing, drama, short chapters, secrets, podcast interviews, dysfunctional family, biased neighbors and a main character that you cannot help but cheer for is what makes this a phenomenal thriller!! Also, I absolutely loved the ending and found myself shouting YESSSS!!!! Everything you could possibly want in a book and MORE!! This is my first read by Amy Tintera and it will not be my last! I cannot wait to read more of her books! Another thriller to add to my favorites list for 2024!!

Five years ago, Lucy is found wandering the streets with a head wound, covered in dirt and her best friend Savvy's blood and everyone thinks she is a murderer. The problem is she can't remember anything about that night! To make matters worse, her own parents and community think she is lying despite there being no evidence to charge her of murder. But now the phenomenally huge hit true crime podcast "Listen for the Lie," host Ben Owens, has decided to investigate Savvy's murder for the show's second season. Will he be able to uncover the truth? Did Lucy really kill her best friend or is she another victim wrongly accused by everyone? But does the truth really matter? I guess you will have to listen for the lie to find out!!

If you're looking for a gripping suspenseful whodunit thriller that is unputdownable then this is the book for you! I highly recommend and it deserves ALL the stars!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This was definitely a thriller that kept me guessing! Thank you @celadonbooks for my early copy, the audiobook I switched between and my extra copy for a Little Free Library drop today!

If you like thrillers with a podcast theme, quirky twists and 🤨 moments, this will keep you flipping the pages as fast as you can.

Lucy is found wandering the streets with her friends' blood on her clothes, yet she doesn’t remember what happens, and those that should support her don’t. I can’t imagine what this felt like for her!

A popular podcaster comes to town to try and solve Savvy’s murder with Lucy’s help of course, even though most of the town thinks she did it.

Told in a fast paced storyline of mixed media, interviews, stream of consciousness, and plot development, this is a solid thriller in my opinion.

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Thank you to @netgalley and @macmillianaudio for my ALC of this book!

For anyone who listens to true crime podcasts and enjoys audiobooks- this is the book for you!

Lucy goes back to her hometown for her grandmother’s birthday party which sounds like it should be a normal everyday situation. Except that everyone in her hometown thinks Lucy is a murderer. Years ago, Lucy was found covered in her best friend, Savvy’s blood with no recollection of what happened or how Savvy died. Despite never being formally charged with her murder, public opinion was swayed toward Lucy’s involvement in her death. While back home, Lucy finds out that true crime podcaster Ben Owens is also in town investigating the crime and the two of them together might finally be able to solve Savvy’s murder- even if it turns out Lucy is the killer.

The plot sounded like it would be a standard podcaster comes to a small town trying to solve a cold case, but it was so much more! A combination of Amy’s points of view during present day and past chapters at the time of the murder. Dispersed throughout the book are full chapters that are episodes of Ben’s podcast. I loved the character development throughout the story and the way it was written with dark humor- it was right up my alley. Lucy’s interactions and thoughts were so well-written and I felt that as the reader, I got to know her as a person. Her sarcasm and snarkiness was entertaining, especially listening to January narrate in just the perfect tone. And if you’ve listened to the audiobook, I hope you also appreciate “the voice” as much as I did (IYKYK). I thought that the plot was smart, different, and enjoyable. The dialogue throughout flowed well and was realistic. And again, humorous at times which really added to enjoyability of the book. I was surprised by the twist- it was not what I had expected. I’m shocked to find out that this is the author’s first adult novel- bravo!

This has to be my favorite audiobook that I’ve ever listened to and I’m not even exaggerating on this. It was just so much fun to listen to and I honestly enjoyed the entire thing so much. The narration and format really brought this story to life. When I got to the first chapter of the “Listen For The Lie Podcast” and heard the intro music to the podcast, I had to stop what I was doing and look at my phone to make sure that I didn’t accidentally switch to an actual true crime podcast… the production of this audiobook was THAT good. The podcast music intro/outro added to the enjoyability of this book for me by clearly differentiating the beginning and end of each podcast chapter. I’ve never listened to a book narrated by January LaVoy before, but I am now officially a huge fan and will be keeping my eye out for other books narrated by her!

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A super trippy murder mystery in which everyone is convinced that Lucy, and therefore Lucy is too, killed her best friend. The problem? Lucy has know memory of that night, but is it real or is she faking it to get away with murder? The solution? A true crime podcaster picks up the case determined to solve it.

I love murder mysteries and this one is crazy. The web woven in this small Texas town, you know the one where everyone knows everyone and everything about each other, and it is slowly detangled. It’s real good.

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Loved this audiobook. The narrators were fantastic. I loved the podcast parts the most- really kept my interest.

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Listen for the Lie is a very fun read, even though extremely farfetched. Lucy suddenly gets dragged back into the murder of her best friend after having escaped town as a result of having no memory of the events and being the prime suspect. A podcaster has started digging and her grandmother lures her back to town to agree to be interviewed under the guise of celebrating a milestone birthday. Even though many people, including her own parents, are against the investigation because they are worried it will prove she did it; some thing it might exonerate her by digging deeper than their small Texas town police department was able to 5 years ago.
There are numerous very entertaining characters and intersections due to the small town/limited prospects setting -- and many secrets get uncovered and secretive acts get committed.
This is a great mix of humor, twists, and entertaining characters.

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This book was a wild ride and I was totally here for it! I absolutely did not see that last twist coming! Her husband and parents were total douche-bags and essentially threw her under the bus "for her own good". FUCK THEM! This was my 1st book by Amy Tintera but will def not be my last!

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Huge shoutout to @netgalley for this eARC and ALC

The audio of this book is soooo freaking good. I highly recommend listening to this one! I did the audio at work and ebook at home and it was such a great mix. I loved the mixed media aspect with the podcast. The actual story is so freaking twisty and had me guessing until the end. I usually am not a big fan of the amnesia trope but this was done so well. The FMC, Lucy, is so sarcastic and amazing. Podcast host, Ben, sounds like the perfect man. He loves true crime and sounds hot AF. I could not put this one down and you probably won’t be able to either

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I can't recommend this dark thriller enough! This story involves a five year old murder in which everyone thinks Lucy murdered her best friend, and she can't remember what happened. A true crime podcaster comes to town to find out what really happened. The audiobook is fabulous with short chapters told from Lucy's POV and the podcast. The narrators, January Lavoy and Will Damron do an amazing job. The book was darkly humorous and kept me engaged until the very surprising ending!

Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for the advanced digital copy of the book.

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“Let’s kill” is always in Lucy’s mind. Lucy and Savvy were best friends. One night Savvy is murdered and everybody thinks Lucy did it. Ben Owens host a true crime podcast where he interviews everybody and solves whether or not Lucy actually did kill her best friend.

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This is one I couldn’t put down. Lucy is living a pretty mediocre life in L.A. when a podcaster begins a series reexamining the murder of her best friend. Everyone from Lucy’s hometown is certain she did it. The past and present intersect when Lucy returns home.

I suspected so many people when reading Listen for the Lie and I was still shocked by the ending. Definitely grab this one!

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Listen for the Lie is a twisty thriller full of dark humor and snarky characters. Lucy is a bit of an unreliable character since a head injury left her unclear about the events surrounding the murder of her best friend. This makes Lucy unsure of whether she is the murderer or not. A new podcast delves into the crime, bringing Lucy back to her hometown to discover the answers to what happened that night.
I listened to the audio version of this book, and the narrator did an excellent job. However, the only thing that bothered me was Lucy’s intrusive thoughts in Savvy’s voice. The repetitive “Let’s kill” practically shouted was incredibly unnerving.
Overall, this fantastic story unravels the truth for a satisfying finish.

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Don’t mess with Texas grandmothers! Lucy’s grandmother believes in her innocence when no one else will, even Lucy herself. Eventually, Ben convinces Lucy to work with him to try to find out what happened the night her best friend, Savvy, was killed. Tintera wrote an entertaining story that will keep you guessing as, together with Lucy and Ben, you try to piece together the events of that fateful night.

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I started reading Listen for the Lie as a book and remembered I had it as an audio download thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher.

I highly recommend the audio version to capture the feeling of the podcast episodes interspersed throughout the chapters. The narration changes with the characters and keeps the story alive. This is the first audio I've listed to with multiple narrators and I'm going to look for more, it was really enjoyable.

As a fan of podcasts the audio did an excellent job of capturing what a true crime podcast sounds like.

The story of Listen for the Lie was great also. Lucy's self-deprecating wit and sarcasm provides levity to a story that would have otherwise been a dark thriller. And the chapters being short and separated with podcast interviews keep up a fast pace for the reader.

If you like a mystery with dark humor, quick wit, retelling though the podcast's investigation, and lots of sexy secrets... this is definitely for you! Highly recommend!

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I listened to this via audiobook ARC thanks to NetGalley.

The audio of this was AMAZING. The narrators were great, and the podcast segments were done like an actual podcast show, with sound effects and everything!
The plot was great- a girl returning to her hometown when a podcast picks up the unsolved murder of her best friend- that she is suspected of murdering. As each new character is introduced, you ponder if it was them who committed the murder. And I promise- it is not who you think it is!

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This story kept me engaged and interested the whole way through. I did the audiobook and really enjoyed how they made the podcast sections sound like an actual podcast. So creative! It's a great option if you're looking for an engrossing mystery to unravel, especially if you can do the audiobook.

Overall, it was fun and fresh, and I only really had two small nits to pick. One of them I can't really explain without spoiling the ending, but the best I can do is say that the author often described the inner thoughts of one of the characters in a way that was confusing and even after finishing it I'm not sure why the author did it. Second, I guess the killer the second we met them, and I hate when that happens. But overall, I did enjoy the story and the creativity of the audio form.

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Listen for the Lie
by: Amy Tintera

Thank y0u to NetGalley, Macmillan and Celadon Books for the early listen/read. I was fortunate enough to be approved for both the audio and the ebook. Loved this story and the audio version just made it 110% better! The narrators were amazing (I mean it's January LaVoy can't go wrong with her narrating and Will Damron did an amazing job as well). Loved the character development and the mystery surrounding the MC. Really enjoyed reading the back history. I was hooked and pulled (or is it reeled) in from the first page.
The audiobook was done like a podcast which was amazing! So many amazings.
I highly recommend this book.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan for the advanced audiobook.

I love the audio for this book. Music, pod cast, narrators. It was a great listening experience.

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I really enjoyed this. It is the first I have read from this author. There were many times when the I did not like the main characters but then I was pulling for them. I did not guess the ending and was on my toes the whole time. 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.

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