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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (569 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Lynch Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781470320461
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Internationally bestselling author and Washington State Book Award winner Jim Lynch’s Truth Like the Sun was named one of Amazon’a Best Books of the Month.

In 1962 Roger Morgan became the golden boy behind the Seattle World’s Fair. Nearly forty years later, he’s a shoo-in for mayor. But when an ambitious journalist begins digging into his past, sordid details about his career come to light.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Enveloping and propulsive…Lynch’s twosome, a 30-ish newspaper reporter and the much older bon vivant who is known unofficially as ‘Mr. Seattle’ are such fine creations that they can’t be reduced thumbnail descriptions…There is much marveling to be done as Truth Like the Sun unfolds.” 

    New York Times

  • “A story of civic pride, political intrigue and journalistic tenacity… Any reader interested in the relationship between any town and its most enthusiastic participants will respond to this engaging story.”  

    Washington Post

  • “A terrific two-track novel that alternates between—and unites—the story of Seattle in 1962, just as the Space Needle is reaching the sky, and the city’s post-dot-com gloom in 2001. The book is beautifully plotted, textured, and paced.” 


  • “A rich and engaging tale, with complex characters and a plot seamlessly interwoven with the history of Seattle [and] also the topics of ambition, corruption, the Cold War, and big-time newspaper journalism on the wane…Anyone interested in the city, political intrigue stories, or just plan good writing should enjoy this book.”  

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • “This serious but charming rather old-fashioned sort of book about complicated folks in the midst of life’s struggles is just big enough to embrace a number of important themes and topics—the making of the fair, the rise and fall of big city journalism, local politics, the details of history—and just small enough to make all of this quite intimate and engaging.” 


  • “Addictive…Told in chapters that alternate between two eras, its prose reflects the two moods:  1962 sparkles like an old-time midway, crammed with celebrity cameos, souvenir Champagne glasses and fast-talking men in hats; 2001 feels reflective and a little world-weary, a city once bitten and now twice shy.”  

    Seattle Times

  • “Propulsive…The poetic intensity of Lynch’s descriptions perfectly balances the restless, relentless pace of a novel that never loosens its grip.” 

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A swirling portrait of a place, like many a Western city, that’s equal parts hucksterism, genuine civilizational hope, profiteering racket and progressive mecca, Truth Like the Sun deserves attention and will reward reflection.” 


  • “A tremendously entertaining yet serious political novel…As with any fine work of art, it’s hard to divine just why this novel works so well. And, as with such art, there’s a lot more going on than appears on the surface. I dislike terms like ‘instant classic’ but this comes awfully close.” 

    Edmonton Journal

  • “This brisk, bustling and good-humored work [is] taut and accomplished…clever and propulsive.” 

    Dallas Morning News

  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012
  • A 2012 Hammett Prize Finalist
  • Selected for the May 2012 Indie Next List
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judi | 2/11/2014

    " Recommended for current & former Seattleites interested in the history of the World Expo, the Seattle Center, and the space needle. A bit uneven otherwise "

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

    " I'd give this book 3.5 stars if that was an option. Lynch is an excellent writer and the parts of the book dealing with reporting and newsroom politics ring true. Unfortunately, the two main characters are not as well developed as one would like, and the book takes a long time to build to a fairly mundane climax. Still, it was an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kit Fox | 1/27/2014

    " A likeable premise ultimately leading to a rather toothless execution. Decent enough denouement, but still more "meh" than not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/10/2014

    " I love it when I can learn history through a great story and this one leaves the reader with a couple of great morals to boot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 1/3/2014

    " This is a good book about the changing nature of politics and newspaper reporting. The story follows Roger Morgan, a fictitious character who is in charge of the Seattle World's Fair in 1962. The narrative jumps back and forth between 1962, when a young Morgan, and a young Seattle, put together a great World's Fair and the present day when an old Morgan comes out of retirement to run for mayor because he does not like what the city has become. Morgan is the main character, beloved in Seattle, and sympathetic to the reader. A decent man who has spent most of his life to help Seattle become a world city. However, as he announces his bid for mayor, a newspaper reporter, who is also a major character, looks into his past and starts to see some shady dealings. The book does a good job of presenting what happened from Morgan's eyes, where he knew he was probably doing some wrong things, but they seem fairly innocent, but how they can get turned into looking pretty bad from the reporter's view. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deborah | 12/31/2013

    " borrring. I don't know how the author, Jim Lynch, managed to make a book about the 1962 world's fair and 2001 seattle so boring, but he certainly did. He did a lot of research, but that does not make an engaging and literate read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/23/2013

    " Compelling read that provided allegory for current-day political life, even here in Australia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peebee | 12/22/2013

    " There were parts I liked: especially the vivid description of Seattle, both past and present, and things I didn't: the predictability of the ending. Overall it was a good book -- not the best I've read all year, but a pretty decent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Mack | 12/14/2013

    " Interesting "gritty" writing style. I found the book a little slow moving at first. Fairly interesting as it went along. Overall well written, characters nicely developed, even though Helen seemed a tad one-dimensional. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Saley | 11/12/2013

    " I probably would've given this a 3.5 but I particularly liked it as we visited the Space Needle on Friday & walked all over Seattle, the subject of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin Grayson | 11/6/2013

    " A little odd. Political thriller, Seattle style so I learned a lot about Seattle which is good, I guess. Why not? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc | 4/21/2013

    " I loved the connection between Seattle then and Seattle now "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camille H | 4/4/2013

    " Recommended for anyone with links to Seattle. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy | 4/2/2013

    " I miss The HIghest Tide! How can you write such a boring book about the Seattle World's Fair! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 1/23/2013

    " Wonderful story, connecting World's Fair Seattle with the dot-com-bust Seattle through the lens of an investigative reporter trying to nail the story of her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hella Comat | 1/19/2013

    " Story that takes place in two time periods - in Seattle in 1962 with the World's Fair going on, and in the present. A promoter from the World's Fair is now in his 80s and running for mayor, and in the true nature of politics, news of unethical behaviour 50 years ago starts to haunt him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 12/23/2012

    " Excellent story of Seattle's past and present. Great NW ties. "

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About the Author
Author Jim Lynch

Jim Lynch has received the H. L. Mencken Award and a Livingston Award for Young Journalists, among other honors. His novel Border Songs won the Washington State Book Award and is being adapted for television.

About the Narrator

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, magazines, and apps, with over 700 million products sold each year. DPW consists of an extensive worldwide books and magazines licensing structure as well as vertically integrated publishing imprints, including Disney-Hyperion and Disney Press in the US and Disney Libri in Italy. DPW’s digital products include bestselling e-book titles and award-winning original apps. Disney English is DPW’s English language learning business, which includes learning centers in China and a worldwide retail-licensing program. Headquartered in Glendale, California, DPW publishes books, magazines, and digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information visit www.disneypublishing.com.