"A serious topic undermined by the writing"
I've enjoyed a couple of Jodi Picoult's other books and find it hard to believe that the author of excellent 'House Rules' wrote 'My Sister's Keeper'. The latter like the former involves a serious subject, in this case, the creation of an embryo that will become a child who can provide donations of cells and more, to help keep a sibling alive. The story and the effects on the family that surrounds these two sisters is engrossing, but the narrative is over-burdened with florid writing. Nothing is left to the reader's imagination: similes clog the mind. The book could have been half the length. I could also have done without the side-show of Mills & Boon-type writing about a romance between two of the characters.
I was disappointed by the book. A saving grace of this audio version is that it is semi-dramatized by using different voices for the different characters, which carried the narrative along better than if one voice had to plough through all the superfluous verbiage.
Performances were excellent. Story simple but effective. Enjoyed listening to it - my second by this author.
"My Sisters Keeper great story"
My Sisters Keeper great story it sad, warm & funny, kept a really good pace
Narration was brilliant
Couldn't t put it down till finished. Ending such a surprise, made me cry 😂
Cried buckets at the end!
Having seen the film previously, I only read the book because I was told there was a different ending, but even then it was not what i expected and hit me like a ton of bricks!
"Fantastic from start to finish"
very different from film but I love that. this story has kept me gripped and made me ask questions of myself and of the society we are a part of. The narrators were very good and I got lost in their world's and engrossed in their characters.
"Ruined by its ending"
A compelling, well-told story with believable, interesting characters. At the heart of the novel is a moral quandary which touches you emotionally and makes you question your own beliefs and emotional strength. Very well narrated. Having said that, it is almost completely ruined by the most contrived and unrealistic ending I've ever been disappointed by. Picoult's desire to be clever and bitterly ironic serves only to erode the seriousness of the subject and the authenticity of the story and its characters. Farcical. The first of her books I have read and, because of the ending, it will be the last.
"Couldn't stop listening!"
enthralling, emotive, heartbreaking
I liked the lawer's dog judge because he was written so well and had his own little mystery running throughout
Great to have separate voices and like friends recounting a story
It made me cry at the end, not many books actually capture me like that!
Covers some very strong, emotive subjects which were handled incredibly well. You also didn't root for any one particular character they were all good and flawed in other ways.
"A Gripping Listen"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It pulled me in every direction imaginable as I tried to resolve the unresolvable.
Brilliantly written and narrated.
I will be listening to more by Jodi Picoult.
"Makes you think"
First book by this author. The story is thought provoking and well read. One of the good things about audio books is you can't read the last page so the end wasn't what I was expecting. Will listen to another by this author.