Never read a book yet by Picoult that I didn't enjoy. The first few chapters are devoted to introducing characters. But once you get a few chapters in the suspense is great. As usual for Picoult it is full of twist and turns up until the last page. You won't go wrong with this one if you like mystery, and court room drama.
This author was recommended to me and I did enjoy Nineteen Minutes, however the foul language in this book was a real turn off. The multiple times our Lord's name was taking in vain turned me off to future books by this author. Really...is this type of language needed for the story line? I don't think so.
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.