Good story, well researched. I enjoyed the view into Amish life very much. (The ending was predictable from early on, though. That may bother some people, particularly since Picoult is known for her endings.) The narration was excellent: I'll be seeking out more books by this reader.
I fell in love with "Jodi" books after listening to this story. Very heartfelt and Jodi draws a vivid picture of characters. I truly mourned when the book was over.
While the book does delve into the Amish community values and rules, it isn't that good of a book. The plot was very predictable, the main character did a lot of lying and was not that likable -- the court scenes very repetitive and droned on and on about information that we already knew -- the conclusion was no surprise and it wasn't hard to figure out "whodunit." The lawyer was a independent woman who turns into a wimp once she gets back together with her old flame. Drivel. But, it wasn't a total waste of time, because I heard it driving back and forth to work.
This is the first time I have read a book from this author. I was captivated and found this to be a fine book as an introduction. she has done some very good research into the Plain People dynamics.
Live in Sydney, Australia. South African heritage. Love audio books. Constant company on my non-stop business travels.
I'm a fan of Jodi's writing however Plain Truth simply lacks the veracity and solid weight of plausibility reflected in her other books. Whilst providing an interesting insight into the world of the Amish the story itself is too contrived and way too predictable.
So maybe not every reader will be an attorney and a quilter and will cringe at how poorly the author understands the construction and execution of both a criminal defense and a quilt, but any reader can appreciate how badly this novel is written. Her thouroughly unlikable characters are consistent in being completely inconsistent. Why would a seemingly strong, smart and independent woman realize the love of her life is a man who becomes angry with her when she refuses to sleep with him, after he becomes sexually aroused, because she has left him with, and I quote, "blue balls"? This same man tries to order her not to continue with a trial when she doesn't feel well when she is a few weeks pregnant with his child. Just the kind of guy every intelligent and self-reliant woman wants.
It was torture to listen to this all the way to the end, but I was hoping the author would somewhat redeem herself with a suprising yet logical solution to the book's mystery. Sadly, she did not. I have dozens of audiobooks on my hard drive; this is the first one I've permanently deleted.
The Plain Truth is a horrible book. The revelations are so naive that a child could have guessed the answers to the yet-to-be-revealed, though the characters appear clueless. If this author types her manuscripts, her skills would best be utilized as a stenographer rather than as a writer. Listening to this book is made even more unbearable by the narrators, who sound, at best, like B-movie muppets.