The Lie

  • by Helen Dunmore
  • Narrated by Darren Benedict
  • 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set during and just after the First World War, The Lie is an enthralling, heart-wrenching novel of love, memory and devastating loss.
Cornwall, 1920: A young man stands on a headland, looking out to sea. He is back from the war, homeless and without family. Behind him lies the terror of the trenches. Behind him is also the most intense relationship of his life. Daniel has survived, but will he ever be able to escape the terrible, unforeseen consequences of a lie?

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What the Critics Say

"Never striking a false note, The Lie is one of those rare and arresting novels that make you think and feel with greater lucidity." (Daily Telegraph)
"An electrifying and original talent" (Guardian)

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Customer Reviews

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Wonderful novel ruined by poor narration

I'm a great fan of Helen Dunmore, and was looking forward to listening to 'The Lie'. The story itself is gripping and show's Dunmore's usual great skill. However, Darren Benedict's narration was clumsy in the extreme, grating and, for me, ruined the novel. (Northern instead of West Country accent; poor inflection and inability to pronounce 'nasturtium' properly - just for a start!). I'd recommend reading the book instead of downloading the audiobook.
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- Margery Diamand

Great book, terrible reader

What a shame this book was ruined by the narrator. Not only did he mispronounce many common words - "barrage" and "hearth" being just two examples of dozens - he also read sentences with completely wrong emphasis, indicating that he had no idea what the sentence was about. I stuck it out only because of the marvellous Dunmore writing.
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- Ann

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2014
  • Publisher: Lamplight Audio