• The Lie Tree

  • Costa Book of the Year 2015
  • By: Frances Hardinge
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 03-10-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
  • 3.8 (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015
The Lie Tree is a wonderfully evocative and atmospheric story by Frances Hardinge, award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly by Night.
Faith's father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. The tree grows healthy and bears fruit only if you whisper a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, will deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered.
The girl realizes that she is good at lying and that the tree might hold the key to her father's murder, so she begins to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community. But as her tales spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter....
©2016 Frances Hardinge (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio
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By KGA Bright on 06-08-16

Loved this, good long story and intriguing!

Great from start to finish - compelling opening, substantial middle and satisfying conclusion. Did not enjoy the wise man voice, totally unnecessary to do an impersonation like that. Loved the story. Really enjoyed the level of detail.

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By Kaggy on 05-04-16

It grows next to the Tedium Bush…

You know that feeling you get when you click on a link on the internet and then you get the dreaded circle of death going interminably round and round and round …… Well this is the feeling I got when listening to this story. I had a strong sense that there was a good idea amongst all the ponderous detail but getting to it felt like trying to pluck a prawn from a lobster shell. Faith is a young repressed Victorian woman investigating the death of her secretive clergyman/naturalist father. Was it murder or was it suicide? To be honest I didn’t really care. He was such a monumentally horrible man, that if I were Faith I would find it hard to wipe the grin off my face after hearing of his demise.

For the most part Emilia Fox read this ludicrous tale with reasonable enthusiasm, but why on earth did she give little Howard such a horrible ickle cutesy wootsy voice? My teeth still hurt thinking about it and I will fastidiously avoid books containing children in the immediate future.

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By Robyn on 05-05-16

Different but enjoyable

It had to happen - I am now taking recommendations from my 10 years old! She's also an avid Brandon Sanderson fan, so I trusted her and took a punt and downloaded the Lie Tree.

Not what I was expecting, but comfortably enjoyable. Although somewhat predictable, and it did take a while to get going, it's well written, and an unusual story in many respects. The storyline I found most enjoyable was not the Lie Tree plot, rather it was the references to women, and how they weren't really seen / visible in learned society back then. Naturally our heroine doesn't behave as she's expected to, and that's what makes her likable.

It has some dark moments, (but apparently not as dark as some of Frances Hardinge's other works - according to my daughter), but there's also a good moral victory in the end.

It made a change to my usual fare, so glad I listened to it.

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By ester on 06-09-16

Absolutely a good book. Will listen again.

Where does The Lie Tree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best

Who was your favorite character and why?

Faith off course.Smart little girl

Have you listened to any of Emilia Fox’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I will

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

At the end. When Faith realize (and accept) that her mother wasn't so bad after all. She just a reasonable slithering snake that tries her best protecting, providing and surviving amid the situation

Any additional comments?

The character of Agatha Lambert is a bit contradicting. She is scientist that believes in ghost - so she needs to shriek when she saw a photos that been modified by Paul? But nevermind that is not by anything lesser the greatness of this book.

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By Patricia on 05-02-16

Good story once you understood the plot

interesting plot about a tree that makes you dream and how people influence each other through trees for knowledge

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