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Friday, May 2, 2014

Audio Review: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Title: Pretty Little Liars 
Author: Sara Shepard
Series: Pretty Little Liars #1
Narrator: Cassandra Morris
Publisher: Harper Audio
Format: Unabridged Audio
Length:  7 hrs  5 mins
Publication: June 8, 2010
Source: Library
Genre: Young Adult

Gossip thrives amid the Mercedes-Benzes, mega mansions, and perfectly manicured hedges in the exclusive town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania. Behind their big Gucci sunglasses, beneath their perfectly pressed Polos, everyone has something to hide, especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna. Spencer covets her sister's gorgeous new boyfriend. Aria is having an affair with her English teacher. Emily is infatuated with the new girl at school. And Hanna is using some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. Deeper and darker still is a horrible secret the girls have shared since sixth grade—a secret they thought was safe forever.

Then the girls start receiving threatening messages signed by someone named "A." Could "A" be Alison, the ultra-popular girl who disappeared three years earlier? Alison was their best friend. She knew everything about them. But if Alison isn't "A," who is? And how could anyone else know so much about the bad girls they were and the bad girls they've become? Suddenly, their secrets—the big ones, the little ones, even the long-buried ones—no longer seem so secret. Suddenly, nothing is safe in Rosewood.

My Thoughts: I picked up this audio to see what all the hype is about. I haven't watched the TV show and I love a good mystery. A is definitely a mysterious character. A show us when 4 ex friends least expect it and turns their lives upside down. Every suspicion I had as to A's true  identity were quickly dashed. One thing I do know for sure is Ali, Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily undoubtedly hurt A in the past and A is out to make them pay. All they hype is justified and I'm officially hooked I've got a lot of catching up to do be for the release of Toxic (Pretty Little Liars #15).

This is an unabridged single-voiced audio. Cassandra Morris is one of my favorite narrators. She does an excellent job at differentiating each character. She utilizes tone, inflection, and tempo to do this. Each character was brought to life throughout Cassandra's narration. Pace is well maintained during the productions and the plot flows without interruption. The original work lends well to audio format. 

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