I hated for this story to end even if I did have a good idea how it would resolve. The descriptions of the homes and life of the AMish people helped bring them to life and served to educate me about how they think which is so very different from the rest of non Amish people in our country. If the Katie character seemed whiney and uncooperative with attempts to help her legal case, it was because WE non Amish find it nearly impossible to believe that anyone could be so selfless. I don't know if this is truly the way the Amish live and think, but for this particular story, it is and her behavior is consistent with the author's intent.
Plain Truth is a lush, enjoyable book to listen to. I felt as if I truly were in Amish farm country the whole time. The characters are fully and believably drawn and the narrarators bring them to life in a vivid and interesting manor.
I found only two negative points--and I wouldn't want anyone to not choose this book because of them. Still, the trial scenes were often repetitive, providing information we already knew, and the "stunning conclusion" seemed fairly obvious to me from mid-book on. Neither of these points were distracting enough to make me regret the selection, however.
It was a good, long listen. Plain yet lush. I feel as if I've spent the week on an Amish farm visiting new people who have become good friends, and have had a wonderful time learning new customs and mulling over a laundry basket of fresh ideas.
I enjoyed this book. It gave me insight into their religious and moral lifestyle.
As always, there is a big surprise at the end that I never saw coming.
Couldn't put this book down. As always this book makes you think how you would behave in a situation like this.
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
The story line was unique, and it drew you in from the first chapter. All of the characters felt real to me, and I could feel their pain, sorrow and fear.
This isn't a die hard thriller, but a carefully directed who dune it mystery. The focus was on one character as the murderer. You never did believe she could have dune it, but there was always the one chance she could have.
Both Katie Fisher and Ellie Hathaway were performed well and I enjoyed both narrators equally.
Plain Truth is an excellent title and I couldn't think of one better. This story was about just that Plain Truth.
The whole story
I love amish stories but I like how in depth the author goes
cry, it was so sad, and I love the twist!
I found the voice irritating.
Not as good as others.
The story was not convincing. The characters were not reflecting the Amish.
While the premise of the story was good, none of the characters were likeable to me ( Ellie was rude, Katie was a liar).The narration did not help this story. The reader's tone always seemed to come across as confrontational or as a know- it-all. On top of it all the outcome was obvious before I was half way thru the book. The story just went on and on and on and on...... I kept thinking just get to the point.
Over all I didn't care for Picoult's writing style. Way too many words and similes that added nothing to the story. It was almost like she's trying to let me know how deep and smart she is.
Could not wait for this book to end....This was my first/last Jodi Picoult audio/read.
Best: Amish life. Least: Narration
Hard to pinpoint because bad narration made it hard to focus on the story.
Not trying to add so much drama. The girl was not the idiot the narrator made her seem. The love scenes seemed more like slapstick.
Not listen to anymore of this narrator.
I'm sorry to be so blunt, but this is the "plain truth"!
I read many of this author's books and love all of them. This one is typical, except way more frustrating than her other books when it comes to addressing the issue. I cannot believe the attorney doesn't slap the defendant at many times... But maybe that's what the author was hoping for. Either way, the reader is great, the story is informative, but very frustrating and drawn out to listen to. I actually stopped this half way thru to only come back later. So maybe it does say something for this novel. I've been hooked on this author's books, cause I've been a huge fan for years, this one just didn't keep me as gripes as the last. Good book, just frustrating and a little slow. But props to the reader, I think she did as best she could considering. Still a huge fan of the author though!!!
Didn't like how slow the characters evolved and how complacent everyone was with characters who should've been put more in their place. It's like no one was knocking any sense into anybody.