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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
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I didn't think that I would ever finish this audiobook. I liked this story, but it took a long time for me to get into. Initially, I had a hard time keeping the mothers and their children straight. Once I had finally got that straight, the story seemed to move a long a little faster, but not by much. I know a lot of people loved this book, but I guess it just didn't knock my socks off. I had high hopes for this book and feel a little let down. It was good, but not as great as I'd been expecting.

This book tells the story of several mothers whose children attend the same elementary school. When one of the children, Ziggy, is accused of bullying a little girl, a war is waged between the parents, who seemed to be the biggest bullies throughout the book. One of the parents ends up dead and the story is largely told through flashbacks, as the other parents provide their statements.

Mostly, this book made me think of that song, 'Harper Valley PTA'. I couldn't get interested in some of the catty, hypocritical chatter among the moms about one another. As a result, I never felt like I connected with any of the main characters. I think I might have enjoyed this one more if it weren't so long and redundant.

There is some content r/t abuse, which may be a trigger for some people. This story serves as a good reminder that things aren't always as they appear on the outside. The last 25% of the book becomes more interesting and truths are revealed. I was pleasantly surprised by the ending, but wish it would have arrived sooner. All in all, it was okay. It won't be a story I reread, but I've read far worse.
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Reading Progress

August 17, 2014 – Shelved
August 17, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
November 23, 2014 – Started Reading
November 26, 2014 –
40.0% "Kind of difficult to keep all these moms straight, but I think I'm getting there finally"
December 1, 2014 – Shelved as: shocking-twists
December 1, 2014 – Finished Reading
December 19, 2014 – Shelved as: listened-to-audio-version

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✦❋Arianna✦❋ Awesome review, Candace! ;)


Melissa Sorry to hear it didn't "knock your socks off". Hate when that happens to me. Hope your next audio is better.


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Frances Can't read your review Candace - now watching the T.V. series on this one (is quite good so far)!


Candace Melissa wrote: "Sorry to hear it didn't "knock your socks off". Hate when that happens to me. Hope your next audio is better."

Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦ wrote: "Awesome review, Candace! ;)"

Thanks so much, ladies! Can't love them all, I guess. :) xoxo


Candace Frances wrote: "Can't read your review Candace - now watching the T.V. series on this one (is quite good so far)!"

I hope the TV series is good, Frances. I didn't even know that there was one. Enjoy! :) xoxo


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Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic Great honest review, Candace! :)


message 7: by Frances (new)

Frances Candace wrote: "Frances wrote: "Can't read your review Candace - now watching the T.V. series on this one (is quite good so far)!"

I hope the TV series is good, Frances. I didn't even know that there was one. Enj..."


It just started last week Candace on HBO, with Nicole Kidman, and others.


Candace Beatrice wrote: "Great honest review, Candace! :)"

Thanks, Beatrice! :) xoxo


Candace Frances wrote: "Candace wrote: "Frances wrote: "Can't read your review Candace - now watching the T.V. series on this one (is quite good so far)!"

I hope the TV series is good, Frances. I didn't even know that th..."


I hope it is a good one, Frances. I think this is one that would be easier to follow on TV d/t the multiple POVs. It got a little confusing in the audiobook. :) xoxo


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NiCoLeTa E. Lovely review, Candace!!! ;D xx


Olga therebelreader Terrific review, Candace!! x


message 12: by Sophia (new)

Sophia Triad Awesome review Candace :) xx


message 13: by Steffi (new)

Steffi De Ceuster  ♥ Fantastic review, hun! I hate it when it takes a while to get in to it. With me it rarely happens that I can get into it while I'm half in. :) xoox


Candace Sophia wrote: "Awesome review Candace :) xx"

Olga therebelreader wrote: "Terrific review, Candace!! x"

NiCoLeTa E. wrote: "Lovely review, Candace!!! ;D xx"

Thanks so much, ladies! :) xoxo


message 15: by Anushree (new)

Anushree Fab review Candace....Loved it


Candace Steffi wrote: "Fantastic review, hun! I hate it when it takes a while to get in to it. With me it rarely happens that I can get into it while I'm half in. :) xoox"

Thanks, Steffi! It is rare for me too. I think most people would just DNF it and move on. I'm compulsive about finishing every book I start though, so I can't do that. I'd save a lot of time if I did though. :) xoxo


Candace Steffi wrote: "Fantastic review, hun! I hate it when it takes a while to get in to it. With me it rarely happens that I can get into it while I'm half in. :) xoox"

Thanks, Steffi! It is rare for me too. I think most people would just DNF it and move on. I'm compulsive about finishing every book I start though, so I can't do that. I'd save a lot of time if I did though. :) xoxo


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Anushree Will definitely check out


Carlene Inspired Great review. I've had this one on my to-read list for a while.


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Steffi De Ceuster  ♥ Candace wrote: "Steffi wrote: "Fantastic review, hun! I hate it when it takes a while to get in to it. With me it rarely happens that I can get into it while I'm half in. :) xoox"

Thanks, Steffi! It is rare for m..."


I am the same. I always need to finish I just cant DNF. Even if I hate it I need to finish, unless it's not in pov then I stop on page 1 because I just can't read it. xoox


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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession Great review sweetie :)


Debbie It was nice to read a review from another audio listener. I too had trouble in the beginning keeping the moms, their names, their children and their different character voice straight. Once everyone was introduced I got it straight.


Candace Anushree :) wrote: "Will definitely check out"

I hope you love it, Anushree! :) xoxo


Candace Jessica's wrote: "Great review sweetie :)"

Carlene(Inspired) wrote: "Great review. I've had this one on my to-read list for a while."

Thanks so much, ladies! :) xoxo


Candace Steffi wrote: "Candace wrote: "Steffi wrote: "Fantastic review, hun! I hate it when it takes a while to get in to it. With me it rarely happens that I can get into it while I'm half in. :) xoox"

Thanks, Steffi! ..."


I'm glad I'm not the only one, Steffi! :) xoxo


Candace Debbie wrote: "It was nice to read a review from another audio listener. I too had trouble in the beginning keeping the moms, their names, their children and their different character voice straight. Once everyon..."

Thanks, Debbie! I'm glad it wasn't just me. I try to avoid "complicated" audiobooks because I'm usually doing other things while I listen. If the storyline is too complex, I end up missing important details and spend a lot of time going back to get things straight. :) xoxo


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Alp Great review, hon. xx


message 28: by Coco.V (new)

Coco.V Excellent honest review, Candace! :) xx


Aj the Ravenous Reader Very insightful review, Candace. I used to have a copy of this book but I somehow lost interest and swapped it with something else. :/


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CC Great honest review, Candace! ;D


Candace CC wrote: "Great honest review, Candace! ;D"

Aj the Ravenous Reader wrote: "Very insightful review, Candace. I used to have a copy of this book but I somehow lost interest and swapped it with something else. :/"

Coco.V wrote: "Excellent honest review, Candace! :) xx"

Alp wrote: "Great review, hon. xx"

Ana wrote: "Neat review Candace xoxo"

Thanks so much, ladies! :) xoxo


message 32: by Annie (new)

Annie it's on HBO now and I'm trying to make heads or tails over it...I can see where reading it would be a challenge.. but it's good with strong leading actresses.


~Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$~ Great review, Candace! :)


Candace Ann wrote: "it's on HBO now and I'm trying to make heads or tails over it...I can see where reading it would be a challenge.. but it's good with strong leading actresses."

I can see that it would be easier to follow on TV. It was pretty confusing keeping everyone straight in the audiobook. A visual would have been a big help. I hope it's a good show. Enjoy, Ann! :) xoxo


Candace Anna's Ramblings ☘ ͏͏ wrote: "Great review, Candace! :)"

Thanks, Anna! :) xoxo


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Anushree Candace wrote : "Anushree :) wrote : " Will definitly check out."

I hope you love it,Anushree! :) xoxo"


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Anushree Your welcom Candace


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Anushree My pleasure


Ginger (Sproutygamer) I felt exactly the same way as you did!


Candace Ginger (Sproutygamer) wrote: "I felt exactly the same way as you did!"

Thanks, Ginger! I'm glad I wasn't the only one. :) xoxo


Morgan Did you enjoy the narrator for the audiobook?? I'm a little obsessed with her and thought she did a fantastic job!! (I also had to constantly go over who was married to whom and who their children were. It was a STRUGGLE)


Candace Morgan wrote: "Did you enjoy the narrator for the audiobook?? I'm a little obsessed with her and thought she did a fantastic job!! (I also had to constantly go over who was married to whom and who their children ..."

I did, but I was really confused for most of the book. I think there was too much going on for me to keep straight in an audiobook format. :) xoxo


message 43: by Anna (new) - rated it 4 stars

Anna Candace, I liked your review very much and found the story tiresome. I listened to the audiobook and thought that the narrator, Cathleen Lee's Aussie accent and delivery helped the story advance.


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