We Were Liars

  • by E. Lockhart
  • Narrated by Ariadne Meyers
  • 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable." - John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars.
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
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And if anyone asks you how it ends, just lie.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, May 2014 - E. Lockhart has already built a solid career as a young adult author, but I’d argue that this is the one that will really elevate her to a new playing field. I picked up We Were Liars because it was getting rave reviews from the biggies of the genre like John Green and Scott Westerfield, and of course I was sucked in by the promise of a twist ending. Well, I read this thing (in print as the audio wasn't yet completed) in about 5 minutes flat, or that’s how it felt, because it totally chewed me up and spit me out. Sure it’s a little melodramatic (but so are teenagers), and sure there’s a twist ending that you may or may not see coming. There’s also this blue blood fantasy land gone wrong element, which makes it feel salacious and juicy. All of these are fancy-ticklers, but that’s not why I’m recommending this book. It’s the utter heartbreak that unfolds with such sophistication that got me. Families should love each other without condition. Lockhart gives us one that doesn’t, and it’s very hard to watch, but even more impossible to look away. —Emily, Audible Editor

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What the Critics Say

"You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending." (Breia Brissey, Entertainment Weekly)
"Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable." (John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars)
"Surprising, thrilling, and beautifully executed in spare, precise, and lyrical prose, Lockhart spins a tragic family drama, the roots of which go back generations. And the ending? Shhhh. Not telling. (But it’s a doozy)...This is poised to be big." (Booklist, Starred Review)

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I Cannot Tell a Lie...Hated it

We were young, beautiful, and more than affluent. Blonde haired heiress to fortune falls for boy outside her WASP class and summers with Mummy and cousins on private island near Martha's Vineyard. After a traumatic event, Cadence struggles to remember what tragedy had befallen her the summer before last.

Boring is the best word for this. The writing was plain, repetitive, and if I heard one more time how pretty and rich they were, I was going to reach through my iPhone and strangle her myself. Waste of my time. Would have returned it, but purchased on sale.
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- FanB14 "Short, Simple, No Spoilers"

Liar Liar

We Were Liars is about a group of four family friends that call themselves the Liars. They summer with their families every year at an exclusive island off Cape Cod. During the 15th summer everything falls apart, and our unreliable narrator Cadence (Cady) Sinclair Eastman suffers a head injury and selective amnesia. The reader follows a scant trail of breadcrumbs to put it all together, but still, the final act will likely shock you.

It took me some time to warm up to this group of privileged teens. But as the book wore on I got more curious about Cady, her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and her love interest Gat, the outsider, who only see each other in the summer and live separate lives during the school year. Issues of class, race, gender roles, and privilege are on the table among the Liars, and their old-money families are at the mercy of Cady’s grandfather who holds the purse strings.

After the mysterious incident in the 15th summer, Cady returns two years later a different person. She’s dyed her hair black, has memory loss and migraines, and gives away her belongings. And adding to the mystery angle, all the Liars and family members are instructed not to tell Cady what happened two years ago. My mind was going to all kinds of dark places, but I was still way off base.

With the setting and Cady’s foggy headspace there is a dreamy quality to the book that is further enhanced by the dark fairytales that Cady references in the story.

E. Lockhart’s writing is smart and poetic, and the book is cleverly crafted. I did feel detached from the story and the characters at times, but I’m thinking that’s part of the design of the book. Even if you feel a lack of connection to the story at first the mystery has a great payoff in the end that gives you all the feels.

Narrator Ariadne Meyers made Cady’s confused state of mind believable. Her tone of voice is convincing when portraying these blue blood type characters. The pacing was fine and the male and female voices and age ranges were distinct. One reason you might want to go with the print version instead though is to flip back for reference. With a high concept book like this with so many surprises, the audio makes it tricky to go back and re-listen if you need to. However, listening to the story does make it feel more mysterious and chilling and Meyers does a good job selling this story.

Listen to We Were Liars if you like: High concept mystery, literary YA, unreliable narrators, and twisty stories.
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- The Reading Date "I'm an audiobook addict and blog about books at The Reading Date. My favorite genres are YA, New Adult, Fiction & Memoirs."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2014
  • Publisher: Listening Library