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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (579 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Paulsen Narrator: Joshua Swanson Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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Kevin has a big talent. Some might call it compulsive lying. He calls it common sense.

Kev doesn't mean to cause trouble by lying all the time; he's just trying to make everything easier for everyone (and himself). And, of course, a few harmless, um, falsehoods are crucial to his plan to convince Tina that he's the perfect boyfriend for her. In Gary Paulsen's irresistible and chaotic comedy, Kevin's lies spiral out of control until he's faced with the need to do the unthinkable: tell the truth.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/9/2014

    " Humorous story about a 14 year old that lies to get what he wants...of course, he's interested in a girl! He does learn a valuable lesson when things go terribly wrong. This 128 page easy read is perfect for a reluctant reader. Easy enough for elementary school however contains more mature subject matter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/7/2014

    " Enjoyed it. More of a middle school book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 2/7/2014

    " I enjoyed this quick story about a boy who lies all the time and has convinced himself that everyone does it and it is harmless. Of course he discovers later in the story that his lies have consequences and he has to face the music. I thought Paulsen handled the subject with great flair, keeping Kevin as the same kid throughout, before and after he learned his lesson. He still was a jokester and took a lighthearted approach to things, but he stopped taking the easy way out and lying and manipulating people for personal gain. It was also nice hearing from the author at the beginning of the book and finding out how much fun he had writing the character and how Kevin pretty much wrote himself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/6/2014

    " A short book about a teenager who decides that lying is the best way to make everyone happy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mrs. Tongate | 1/22/2014

    " Funny, short audio for middle school boys. Kevin decides lying is much easier, quicker, and keeps folks happier. Through all his lying, Kevin learns the hard way, that lying does get you in trouble. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 1/4/2014

    " A quick read. "Liar, Liar" has been written for the same audience as "The amazing Life of birds: the twenty-day puberty journal of Duane Homer Leech". You can't possibly compare the two, though. "...birds" was a stroke of Paulsen genius, fresh, funny, and true-to-life. It was a hard act to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 1/2/2014

    " Pretty fun. Main character is a 7th grade boy with some peculiar character traits. Stephen liked this much more than me; I couldn't quite get into reading a story about a guy trying to impress a girl to my 2nd grader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laela | 12/31/2013

    " Funny with a message that lying is bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacey | 12/23/2013

    " A fun, quick lesson about lying! Kevin is an accomplished liar, but I found myself hoping for the best for him. A good ending with an important lesson learned! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Holliman | 12/11/2013

    " Good book for 10 and 11 year old boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/31/2013

    " Honesty--Kevin considers himself the best liar ever. And after all, his lies make everyone happier. He just tells them what they want to hear. Until one week when he goes a little overboard with a scheme. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jones | 6/28/2013

    " I'm a big Gary Paulsen fan, but I didn't love this book. There wasn't a lot of depth to the main character, a 14 year old boy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 4/10/2013

    " I picked this up for my son to read, but he didn't seem interested so I read it. Pretty good story. Good moral, though I would be pretty upset if my kids went through all of what the main character does just to learn that "honesty really is the best policy." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 katsok | 3/12/2013

    " Paulsen amazes me on a regular basis. There were several times through this story that I could picture my students, especially the boys, laughing out loud. (There were times I did as well) Can't wait to book talk this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 8/3/2012

    " liked it more than I thought as not a huge paulsen.fan.. still don't think his characters act like kids. aside from one oblique reference to a male anatomy movement, pretty clean for middle school and lawn boy short, with a pretty good message. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 7/19/2012

    " kind of trite "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xsmartin | 5/3/2012

    " Truely funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boyd Dart | 4/1/2012

    " Really enjoy Paulsen's work. There is always a sense of reality to all of his characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bekah | 12/2/2011

    " A fun quick read that makes you think. Also some good insight on the kid's perspective of divorce. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nitza Campos | 11/12/2011

    " I'd really like to give this 3.5 stars. I have to admit that I wasn't too fond of this book when I first started reading it. About 3/4 of the way through, I started to really like it. It's not a book I would recommend to students in elementary school. Recommend for grades 7-9. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/2/2011

    " Very funny. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 5/7/2011

    " This got a great review in the Post Kid's section but I thought it was just ho-hum. Older elementary boys might enjoy the humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/6/2011

    " I'm calling this 3.5 stars. Really good for 6th and 7th grade guys, but the book LOOKS like a "J" book, so they will probably never pick it up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 5/6/2011

    " Enjoyable... but not quite up there with a lot of his others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 4/27/2011

    " Good book for 10 and 11 year old boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laela | 4/16/2011

    " Funny with a message that lying is bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/16/2011

    " Honesty--Kevin considers himself the best liar ever. And after all, his lies make everyone happier. He just tells them what they want to hear. Until one week when he goes a little overboard with a scheme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 4/7/2011

    " Funny and short - like really short. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 4/7/2011

    " I read this book about a month ago and the only thing I can remember is that Kevin lied a lot and ended up getting caught. Nothing memorable about this one. Not Paulsen's best. "

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About the Author
Author Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor Books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the ALA for his lifetime achievement in young adult literature. He divides his time between his home in Alaska, his ranch in New Mexico, and his sailboat on the Pacific Ocean

About the Narrator

Joshua Swanson is an actor and voice-over talent. He’s worked in major motion pictures and television and as a voice talent has worked in all facets of the business. An award-winning audiobook narrator with over sixty titles to his name, Swanson has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards.