• The Liar's Club

  • By: Mary Karr
  • Narrated by: Mary Karr
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 16-12-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (7 ratings)

Summary

A powerfully funny, razor's-edge tale of a fractured childhood, Mary Karr's biography looks back through a child's eyes to sort through dark household secrets. She witnesses an inheritance squandered, endless bottles emptied, and guns leveled at both the deserving and the undeserving. In a voice stripped of self-pity and charged with brilliant energy, she introduces us to a family ravaged by lies and alcoholism, yet redeemed by the revelation of truth. Karr, a prize-winning poet, uses her linguistic skills and sharp personal insights to make The Liar's Club an utterly mesmerizing memoir.
©1995 Viking/Penguin; 1965, 1994 John Dixon (P)16 9; 1995 Penguin Books Ltd
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"To have a poet's precision of language and a poet's insight into people applied to one of the roughest, toughest, ugliest places in America is an astonishing event." (Molly Ivins, The Nation)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 16-03-18

Outstanding in every way

Read this. Be drawn into this world, this story. Told without bitterness or rage. Told with surprising tenderness and clarity. A haunting and settling book. I have been gifted its words.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Donna McVey on 20-06-17

Master class in Memoir

This is a master class in the art of writing.
For me, it was the logical choice after listening to the author's book on how to write a memoir. It is filled with vivid descriptions of the places and people in her life. Mary Karr delivers each character with flowing detail , from appearance to demeanour to the detail of their gait. They walk right off the page and stand beside you.

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2 out of 5 stars
By FanB14 on 06-07-12

Love Karr, This Book OK

Mary Karr is the type of writer I love; snarky, self-depricating, honest, raw, emotive, simplistic and many more adjectives I won't bore you with. This book is good and worth a listen, but can't compare to "Lit". She definitely improves book by book. Love her work.

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18 of 18 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By A. Potter on 05-02-16

Please Remake this Unabridged!

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It kills me that Audible does not have an unabridged version of this book. The cuts are rough, disrupting the storyline, and the sound quality is poor (including some "air" or room static sound). What kills me is that these flaws disrupt Mary Karr's immensely satisfying narration of her absolutely phenomenal and most cherished memoir. I beg Mary Karr to read this entire book again, and Audible for producing/distributing, for listeners today and in decades to come.

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