The Lie Tree

  • by Frances Hardinge
  • Narrated by Charlotte Wright
  • 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Listen to this thought-provoking, critically acclaimed novel from Frances Hardinge, winner of the Costa Book of the Year and Costa Children's Book Awards.
Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy - a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men. But inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist mysteries: an unattended envelope, an unlocked door. She knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing. She knows that her family moved to the close-knit island of Vane because her famous scientist father was fleeing a reputation-destroying scandal. And she knows, when her father is discovered dead shortly thereafter, that he was murdered.
In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father's possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, delivers a hidden truth. The tree might hold the key to her father's murder - or it may lure the murderer directly to Faith herself. Frances Hardinge is the author of many acclaimed novels, including Cuckoo Song, which earned five starred reviews.


What the Critics Say

"As narrator, [Charlotte] Wright dazzles with her character portrayals and propels listeners through this gripping story." (AudioFile magazine)


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Customer Reviews

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Clever & Intriguing!

Very creative & original!! The kind of book that gets your imagination flowing. Great read & listening.
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- Beth

A book of truth and determination!

Would you listen to The Lie Tree again? Why?

Yes- thought a bit slow at times, it was a wonderful story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lie Tree?

The amazing growth of the tree with each lie, though no one believed!

What does Charlotte Wright bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Honestly, she was a nice narrator, but nothing that would have changed the experience.

Any additional comments?

Isn't this photo something to gawk at? I totally love it - and it's just one version of this book's cover. The photo belongs to a book called, The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge. I can't get over the sketching; it's mysterious, curious and almost evil, but does it match the actual story..,
(This photos was found via I only added the title.)

The story tells of Faith, the eldest daughter, who discovered her father's work has been scrutinized and found scandalous. He'd been accused of an intellectual fabrication so great, the family fled into the night from Kent, to an island called Vane, But that desperate run served no assistance, because later her father is discovered dead, assumed to have committed the ultimate sin: suidide. Faith refuses to believe so and she set herself on a mission to clear her father's name and uncover a killer.

What I've come to decide is, this book shouldn't have been titled The Lie Tree, but Faith Determined! It was all about how she could put things to right. Dead right! It didn't matter who fell upon her plan either. The Lie Tree allowed her to assumably feed the mysterious three a lie, in order to receive a truth...

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**Book is from my personal library, for an honest review.

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- Alyssa "PH"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-16-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios