I've become an avid "reader" since I discovered audiobooks a few years ago. Also a cat lover - at left is Prince Harold
I read my first Jodi Piccoult book, Change of Heart, earlier this year and liked it so much that I was anxious to read (hear) more. This one, not so much. I'm quitting after giving it a fair try. I've listened to about 1/3 of it and just don't care about the characters or the story line. The inclusion of witchcraft in the book seems like a trendy contrivance. The story line reminds me very much of another book, The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn by Janis Hallowell. They both have a quirky cast of characters including the earthy owner of a diner where the characters congregate and the questionable stranger with whom she becomes involved. Though I wouldn't call it great literature, I found Hallowell's book compelling - couldn't stop listening.
This audible book was an interesting notion and I always appreciate Jodi Picoult's ability to research a topic and delve into the subject matter. This however was a bit predictable and very unrealistic. The reading was basically well done but the reader could have captured distinct flavor in the voices - they were a bit generic. But all in all it was engaging.
What can I say? I loved this book. I loved the excellent writing and how beautifully the flashbacks were used.
I loved the quirky and unusual characters---especially the horrible, twisted teens. I loved Jack---what a cool guy (the technical term!)
I loved the narrator, Julia Gibson. I thought she did a wonderful job of bringing all the characters to life, especially the aforemention horrible, twisted teens.
I loved the ending! No spoiler alert necessary---I won't say.
I will definitely get others books by Jodi Picoult and those read by Ms. Gibson.
I almost gave up on it because I thought the story itself was over the top. Add to that, the jumping back and forth in time and I found it wasn't a book I looked forward to get back to as much as some of Jodi's other novels. That being said, if you are a big fan, listen to it. If not, it is just so so.
Kept my interest, I looked forward to listening to find out what was going to unravel next.
I am relatively new to audio books, generally prefering to read as opposed to listen. I was so disappointed with the rendition of this book as the female narrator insisted on trying to give each character a different voice complete with sighs and various other inflections! As a result the main character of the book sounded as if he had a sinus infection, the teen boy and the old man started to sound exactly the same and many of the other characters sounded odd!
I have given up trying to listen to this book as I found the silly voices too distracting.When I read I don't give the characters different voices in my head so why on earth did this narrator? I have no problem with previous books where they have had a man read the mens voices and a woman read the womans and maybe with an Irish accent if an Irish book.But these silly voices, I thought this ended when I was four!........
Please, please just read the book in future. I feel I wasted my money.