This was my second Audible purchase and I completely loved it. It was so easy to forget that I was listening to a narration. This purchase made my long commute to work tolerable, and even pleasant. I do recall sitting in my office parking lot for 10 extra minutes, just to get to the end of a particularly engrossing chapter. I really recommend this book. It is timely, relevant, and moving.
Ms. Picoult seemed to really capture the essence of being 13. She did an artful job of showing the emotions and family turmoil and situation like this may cause.
I loved the multiple narrators and would like to see this done more often!
I can understand why so many people liked this book. Until I got to the very end of it, I would've rated it much higher. It did hold my interest and I was very curious the whole time about Anna's motivations. However, it was like the author wrote almost the whole book and then decided to end with the most absurd, over-the-top-melodramatic, unrealistic turn of events anyone could dream up. This, in itself, might pique the interest of some readers. Even the subplot had a terrible ending that was so ridiculous. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there in their mid-thirties who are still carrying around baggage from high school relationships. If you are one of those people, then this is the book for you! BTW, that was supposed to be sarcasm... To summarize, I don't feel that I gained anything from reading this book. In fact, I feel like I probably lost a few IQ points.
This was a well thought out story about an ethical and moral dilemma. I liked how the characters each spoke from their own perspectives. The end was surprising, not the one I anticipated, which was good since it kept me interested to the last sentence. I didn't care for the unnecessary references to the gay lifestyle (no reason in the story line - it was contrived.) And the author could do better to avoid harsh language - it didn't improve the product but did make it uncomfortable to listen with my teenage daughter even though the story appealed to both of us, which is rare. Overall it was a story that made me think about it between listening sessions, and made a 15 hour car trip seem much shorter.
My sister, growing up, was always ill. This story reached through and griped me at my very core. The emotional connection to each character was nearly flawless. The social commentary, writing, plot, character development and narration are all beyond words. I disagree with others who were unhappy with the ending... I actually found it unexpected and a jolt. I am now looking into the author's other books. This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to to date. I solidly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a story that really has substance. You won't be able to put it down.
I really enjoyed this listen. I found that as the book went on I enjoyed it more and more. It slowly drew me in. I thought it was very intense because it was a story that could happen in real life, and I don't think there is a right answer to the situation. I don't want to say much more and give it away.
I'm a SAHM with a passion for books. But raising 4 kids leaves me with little time to read. Enter audible and I am a happy camper!
I loved this book. The many narrators really helped the story move along. Each narrator brought his/her character to life. Highly recommend this book.
This was my first book by this author & I loved it. Was quite disappointed with the next two I read by her. Not sure if it was the format or the novelty the first time. I liked the different narrators; thought they each added to the story (each character tells their own version of events) and kept it from being confusing.
What a story! I just finished it, and all I can think is "wow". This is a great "read"! I especially enjoyed having a full cast read the book; it really makes the characters seem more real.
Jodi Picoult's writing is amazing! The story is intense and "real". The variety of narrators as the different characters makes it easy to follow the story and adds to the "reality" of the decisions, ethics, morals, and medicine portrayed by Ms. Picoult.