Overall the story itself is great and one of the wonderful works by Jodi Picoult. I felt that the narrators were almost too slow in their reading and it made parts drag on.
Yes, it was a good story once you got through the first chapter. I like Jodi Picoult books
I liked the idea of a parent taking their child and starting over with new identities. Lots of potential with the idea. I least liked the lack of development of Bethany. She was boring and trying to pair her with two male friends just never fit right for her.
Developed Bethany as a person, as a child, as a mother. There were so many places where Bethany's reaction was odd, out of place or not thought out.
There were too many long pauses.........from all the narrators. Otherwise good.
no, but I don't see many movies!
A JP book will always be good. Some are really good, some are great. I place this one at good.
Performance was fine but the recording wasn't as good as I've had with other audibles. Longer then usual pauses and some scratchy sounds that made me think my headphones where damaged.
I purchased this book years ago and forgot it was in my library until very recently...i went through a "Jodi Picoult" phase and hadn't listened to her in years, so i figured i'd pick this up and be entertained. What i found out was that I was so disappointed in looking down and hoping the book would be over soon, only to realize i still had another part to go!
It must be bad when you are begging for it to end...
What made this book so horrible, in my view, was how it seemed like each paragraph was written in such a way that it would end in a sentence that was just too polished to be real. Sentences like, "the way you say mommies name is like you are covering it with blankets." Yeah, four year olds say things like that.
There were 100's if not 1,000's of future cliche' sentences in this waste of my time.
The story was also extremely far fetched and annoying. The whole legal part of the book was a joke. The way the judge berated her husband over and over was beyond realistic. I couldn't stand it. But what finally did it for me (and almost made me delete the book without finishing it, something i've only done once in over 300 listens) was this:
(mild spoiler alert)
The protagonist is a search and rescue person. She has a dog that can find anyone at any time. She just gives this dog a scent and it goes off like a shot, etc. So, this lady's daughter is missing when she wakes up. The dog is on the FRONT PORCH, but she spends her time banging on neighbors doors, calling her husband and finally calling the police. It is only after HOURS of this that she finally just takes the dog, scents her kid and finds her after a bit. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU WAIT SO LONG WHEN YOU HAVE A DOG THAT CAN FIND YOUR KID RIGHT AWAY!!!
LAME LAME LAME...
And that was just one part of the whole thing that pissed me off...it is not worth it...
I am shocked that so many words.....saguaro for example, are grossly mispronounced. Shouldn't someone be in charge of making sure that the dialect and correct pronunciation is used when using such regionally specific words?
I could listen to this story over and over again. Jodi Picoult kept me very captivated throughout the whole story!
I loved the whole book,
I have not read a story from Jodi Picoult that I did not like!
I did not like the 3 way relationship. Nice side story with the indian lady. The prison scenes were too many. I do not enjoy reading that.
The Narrator for Deihlia was fair, Eric and Andrew were very good
As usual, Picoult did her research with the search and rescue dogs etc.
Laurie S. Sherman
Exploring an extended family of characters as different as the US can offer, exploring good home, dysfunctional homes with broken parents, prison morals, the effects of alcoholism on the structure of friendship, family and children, and more from the perspective of living a moral life, doing the "right" thing, Jodi Picolt once again looks at current issues in a kaleidoscope of people and situations. Her characters each ask themselves and each other many questions: What is Right? Wrong? Does truth exist or exist within situations?Their interwoven lives and the decisions they make, as well as the ones we must guess at, help us to look within at our own responses, to find our own questions and perhaps even answers.
The plot presents the Reader with moral dilemmas without answering them, but it does give us clues that push our thinking into unexpected and new directions.
Following the emotional earthquake that shakes the lives of Delia, Eric, Andrew and other characters, the Reader is asked, as are the characters, to think about how truly different from prisoners, from alcoholics, from anyone ... and the answers don't fit together easily, they are not "black and white."
Picolt is a master at developing full, believable characters and she does anything but disappoint in this book. Her novel is exceptional, even for this modern master. Three dimensional characters are put into moral dilemmas that are unenviable, but very real. We are shown (and often given just enough information so that we can be left to surmise) the way these people "present themselves" to the outside world and their inner thoughts and self-esteem, weaknesses, the places where they "tore" and either healed or did not in the past, and the places they find that they are weak and strong in their present life. They ask human questions -- what is right? What is right in this situation? What must we do to survive? When and where must we change our moral code to survive and is that OK? What is our bottom line and whom do we trust? Are "broken" people able to mend? Is affection/love more important than ethics or the other way around or must both work, can both work? When are lies acceptable or are they ever "worth it"? If lies eventually cause pain, but in the short run. they protect people we love, then are they bad/wrong or right/good? What is abuse? What constitutes betrayal? What constitutes love? Is it mostly selfish? Where do we cross the line -- betraying our souls for our own survival? Or that of a friend, our child, our mate? What is the bottom line behavior that we cannot accept from our friends, our loved ones, our parents?
This is a novel that Readers will find themselves thinking about for a long time. This is a book that will affect people's judgements, self-concepts and situational realities. It will help Reader's to ask the hard questions at the most difficult times. That is more than this avid reader can say for many nonfiction books. Picolt once again works with fiction to help us explore our own experiences and intelligences. Engaging the Reader's mind and heart in this way is an accomplishment worth gold, uncommon in any genre.