The Magician's Lie

  • by Greer Macallister
  • Narrated by Julia Whelan, Nick Podehl
  • 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician's Lie, a debut novel in which the country's most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband's murder - and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.
The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden's husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear.
But when Virgil happens upon the fleeing magician and takes her into custody, she has a very different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless - and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding. Over the course of one eerie night, Virgil must decide whether to turn Arden in or set her free...and it will take all he has to see through the smoke and mirrors.


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Customer Reviews

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Too Fantastic

What disappointed you about The Magician's Lie?

The author tries too many sleights of hand to completely fool the reader.

What was most disappointing about Greer Macallister’s story?

I wanted to enjoy the book but finally had to skip chapters because it was so much of the same. When Arden is telling her life's story, nothing moved, plot wise. It was just an incredibly long narrative. Well written, but it just didn't move things along.

What does Julia Whelan and Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Both are excellent narrators - actually I selected this book because I had heard another one narrated by Nick Podehl.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment: I wasted my time listening.

Any additional comments?

If the book was described differently, perhaps listeners wouldn't be disappointed. After the initial action, the rest of the story went nowhere fast.

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- Ms. Lucy "I rarely give myself the time required to sit down and do nothing else except read a book. Thank goodness for Audible!!"


I expected to enjoy this story, but it fell flat. None of the charm or atmosphere of "Water for Elephants", although the melieu is similar. The biggest problem for me was the unlikability of all the key players. There is also an abusive relationship that was hard to handle. The ending was a letdown, too. I wouldn't recommend this one.
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- Ruth Bain "RueRue"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-13-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio