a very touching story with a twist in the end. as soon as you think you know what going to happen it chages. woth the down load
WOW! The narration was as good as the story line. This is a 5 star for sure. Over the past three years I've downloaded and listened to 220 books. I think this is my second review. Never have I hung on every word. Never have I thought so much about what I would do. Never have I enjoyed a book as much as this. Well, alright, there were a few better but this one is in my top ten for sure.
As a mother of two daughters and knowing how Jodi's books always strike a deep nerve, I hesitated to buy this audiobook. I knew that it would be hard, in parts, to hear--and it was at times. But it was wonderfully written, taking every character's point of view to such detailed depth. I cried with Anna and for her. The entire storyline was such a gut-wrenching subject that I found myself one the side of Anna, then her sister, then her mom...all had valid reasons for what they did. Contrary to some reviews, I loved the ending. It was one that I did not see coming and I'm usually pretty good at predicting book endings. Without giving it away entirely, I was sad, but somehow, it seemed to go along with Anna's giving nature--simply trying to follow the wishes of her sister.
The parents in the story are perfect foils for one another. The dilemma they face and how they handle it are compelling and sympathetic. The ending could have been over-wrought, but I was impressed with the author's self-restraint.
I enjoyed the narrators as well. They added dimension to the story telling.
My Sister's Keeper is wonderfully well read by as many different voices as those narrating the story. The writing is clever and engaging, with only a few odd (unbelievable) plot twists: would a mom being sued by her daughter really choose to represent herself? What are the odds that the attorney for the plaintiff and her guardian ad leitem would have been first loves for one another in high school and then not seen each other until this case, some 15 years later?
Even so, the story provides for the most part a believable look into the workings of one super-stressed family as they deal with childhood leukemia and the implications of having had a "perfect match" baby in order to save a toddler's life--only to find out that one after another life-saving measure is required of the younger daughter as both girls grow into teenagers. The 13 year-old who sues her parents for "medical emancipation" is a perfect mix of child and adult, naive one moment and wise beyond her years the next. In this way, she's a thoroughly believable 13 year-old.
The ending is less than what we expect after such good storytelling throughout the book. It reads as if the editor were on the phone to the author saying, "We need those last 20 pages." Too many loose ends wiped away by a deus ex machina event.
In spite of this, I'd spend the time listening again, if I had it to do over. My Sister's Keeper is thoughtful social commentary and a good story at the same time.
This is my second book by Picoult and it was excellent. I am glad that I listened to it from audible because the way it was read made it seem very real. Each character in the book's point of view was read by a different reader. I especially like the reader who read "Anna." The book itself was thoughtful and really made me think about what I would decide as the judge in this case. Like "The Pact," this is a heart wrenching story. I highly recommend this.
Jodi Picoult has never disappointed me in the past, so I always look forward to her next book. This one surpassed my expectations. It's been 3 days since I finished it and it's still on my mind. Jodi Picoult remains my favorite author.