- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 16 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: July 29, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K8G4A9S
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Big Little Lies Audiobook – Unabridged
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WARNING: if you're watching the series and don't want the end spoilered, don't buy the book. The series has followed along pretty faithfully so far, with one or two smallish changes (the theater production isn't an issue in the book, for example).
Big Little Lies is beautifully written, with a rising air of tension throughout the book as we get closer and closer to the murder foreshadowed from the beginning. I won't spoil who the victim is for you, but suffice it to say I was a little surprised. I'd already figured out who the real perpetrator of the playground bullying probably was - it's always nice when you guess SOMETHING right - but there were definitely a few shocks in the last quarter of the book that I didn't see coming. It's an excellent book and well worth reading.
That said, if you haven't watched the HBO series, get on that right away. It's incredible; Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are compelling as a pair of 'yummy mummies' who on the surface appear to have the perfect life, but beneath the surface things are far from the polished facade they portray. Alexander Skarsgard steals every scene he appears in as the poised, rich, handsome husband with violent tendencies behind closed doors.
Big Little Lies is a compelling story on the screen or on the page. HIGHLY recommended.
BIG LITTLE LIES is a fantastic mystery, which is slowly unwoven thread by thread. Every once in a while, the author gave a big yank on the plot line or a character's development ... one time I almost tripped on the treadmill and another time I sat up in bed - - - both times with a dropped jaw and a "What the heck?" mentality.
Moriarty got me.
She surprised me more than once both with the plot and with the characters. And I love that in a book.
The story is based in Australia, and I found that interesting. Since I live in the U.S., most of the books I read are written by U.S. authors and set somewhere in the U.S. ... so this was a great cultural change for me as well as an adventure in reading.
The book is primarily about three moms ... with very different lives ... who become friends because their children are going to school together. On page 122 it reads, "It had never crossed her mind that sending your child to school would be like going back to school yourself."
But it is so much more than that.
The reader is told at the very beginning that someone has died, but the reader doesn't know who died or who killed that person. Therein lies the primary mystery; however, as layers and layers are revealed, the story is so much more complex than just a murder. The story is told from different perspectives, and it's such a great study of our current society and the way we interact with each other.
Are the photos we post on Facebook an accurate representation of our lives? What messages are we trying to send each other? And likewise, when judging others, do we immediately jump to a critical conclusion? Or do we try to give each other the benefit of the doubt and realize we are all doing the best we can to lead happy and healthy lives?
"She felt like a caricature to Madeline. It was impossible to imagine her doing anything normal. Was she ever grumpy? Did she ever yell? Fall about laughing? Eat too much?" (page 305)
"It's because we live in a beauty-obsessed society where the most important thing a woman can do is make herself attractive to men." (page 196)
If you are in a book club - choose this book! If you are not in a book club - choose this book, and then feel free to message me with your opinion about it! :)
There is domestic violence in this book. I think there was one sex scene (as a flashback). There was minor usage of the F word.
I highly recommend this book to everyone. The writing was excellent. The plotting was fantastic. And the character development was wonderful.