"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.
This was a thoroughly absorbing book, extremely well read by several voices. I recommend it without reservation.
As always a story about a subject that is often much in people's minds, but from a different aspect. And I never saw that ending coming......
"Captivating from start to finish"
A compelling, realistic and enthralling story covering a controversial subject. You find yourself understanding each characters views and wondering how on earth a 'right ' judgement can be made. The ending will completely surprise you.
Kept me spellbound from start to finish.
"A must read"
This story is compelling, a must read. Don't bother with the film as the story was changed for the big screen. This is one of her better novels and will keep you turning the pages.
"Wonderful Story Superb Narration"
This was a wonderful story, I had heard no reviews on the book, so didn't know what to expect. With different people narrating the different characters in the book, this was more like a radio play than a narrated book, and is certainly the best audio book I have listened to as a result.
The story was heart wrenching and thought provoking, one of those stories where you can see all sides and can't ally yourself completely with any one fully. Kept me intrigued as to how it would all play out right until the end.
A must listen.
"So much better than the film!"
I listened to this a few months before the film came out as did my 13 year old daughter and we both enjoyed it immensely. How disappointing the film was, key points different from the book. Read this - ignore the film, or if you have to then read this first then watch the film.
"Its good but..."
Ok let's get one thing straight, I did enjoy this book, I even shed the tear that Picolut shamelessly wrestles out of the reader. Unfortunately the following had me sighing and eyerolling.
- Why oh why does every new section start off with 'I remember when I walked into a grey gate on a misty morning' or 'the stars are not as bright as Simon Cowell'?
Yadda yadda - I found this so frustrating, as if the parents of a terminally ill child have the time or mental energy to muse on times past, or the universe and relate this to the God awful situation in hand. Listening to this in my car it was so boring for every chapter to begin with a long pre-amble - admitedly some of them work, but some of them don't.
- Why is Brian's voice a growl? As the book continuted his edification irritated me, hero and all round good guy with an imposibly growly voice - something weird going on there. Granted the growly voice is down to whoever directed the audibles production but my it was annoying.
- The author shamelessly mugs you for tears, and they will come - but the ending is a saccharine Hallmark carcaphony the only thing it was lacking was a pan pipe backdrop of The Wind Beneath My Wings.
In saying all of that, it was an enjoyable and thought provoking read - it would have been made better without the emotional manipulation.
"Enjoyable, but with a slightly disappointing end"
I expected this book to make me cry; it didn't but I still enjoyed it. Right up until the very last 15 minutes, when it all gets a little too convenient for my taste.
The readers are all very good, the side stories very interesting and whole thing very informative; I heard a lot of medical lingo I hope never to hear again.
Overall an engaging listen, and one I would recommend but it's not one of my favourites.