I was warned about the religious theme of this book by previous reviewers, but I was curious enough to want to listen anyway. So I'll just say this - to an atheist like myself, this storyline is about as realistic as the Exorcist or Rosemary's Baby or Harry Potter.
If you can put that aside, and treat it as fantasy, then it's a fairly good story. There were times it was so far-fetched that I was tempted to give up, but Picoult strung me along enough that I had to stay with it to the end just to see how she wrapped it up.
I have to give the author credit for her portrayal of an atheist based on the fact that this book was published in 1999 and non-belief was less well-known back then. This book precedes 9/11, Dawkins' The God Delusion, and the rise of the 'nones'. Picoult obviously did her research and gets Ian Fletcher's character pretty much dead-on for most of the book, but unfortunately he 'wimps out' in sappy political correctness at the end.
The narrators were good but I had difficulty distinguishing the two different voices, and not sure why it was necessary to have two narrators anyway.
I really got into this book and couldn't stop listening. So I was very disappointed with how abruptly it ended. It's not that there were really many loose ends. For the most part, the story had concluded and wrapped up the major plot lines. However, I felt that the author kind of copped out in the end. Without spoiling anything, it seems that while the entire plot revolves around whether or not Faith is actually encountering God, the end doesn't satisfactorily answer the question. I realize that it wasn't really the point of the novel, but after hours of build-up, I just didn't feel that there was any kind of message. Still, it was an enjoyable listen and the narrator was great. There were some extraneous lip-smacking and swallowing sounds, but I was able to look past that.
I love to read / listen and I write as well. Hope to have something published some day and see my work here for all to enjoy!
Read others first. This was REALLY hard for me to get "into". I am a huge Picoult fan and I stopped listening halfway through. Generally Jodi's book grab me and I can't stop listening until the book is done. This one doesn't do it for for me...
I didn't finish listening
Yes. This may have been to serious of a book for her voice. She has somewhat of a whimsical tone to her voice. I do enjoy her work though.
I hate to say "No" as all of Jodi Picoult's book have a great message, but this would be at the bottom of my Picoult list.
If you have never read Picoult, read anything else first. Don't let this be your first Picoult book as it might be your last. If this was from another author I might not expect as much and it might be "ok". I will try to listen again in the future to see if I like it better.
I would think twice before before buying another book by this author. The plot was predictable, the dialog repetitious, and the courtroom scenes went on forever,
I will probably pick something light and funny.
One of the narrators had a habit of intaking her breath very noisily. I was tempted to fast forward through her narrations.
It was a long listen for the money.
The reader was pretty much as whiney as the "victim"
An improbable situation, with characters acting in reprehensible ways. Protagonist is quite the victim - but really?? Stigmata? A custody battle. An evangelical atheist turned lover & believer? Oh brother.
I love this author. Her stories are totally different from anyone else's, and are always heart rending as well as loving, funny, and real. I'm always interested I. Whatever this author publishes.
I liked how the Mother and Grandmother believed the child was seeing God and did not try to dissuade her from her experience. She had the faith of a child in that she was not afraid of what she was seeing and did not try to hide the experience or exploit it. It seemed that she was not even aware of her "healing" power until the end. I do think that it brought out the fact that all children react to divorce.
I liked the guardian. She came with an open mind and was not afraid to retract her recommendation when it became apparent that the mother was not harming her child.
I am unsure.
The Faith of a Child
It's hard to tell if the story is a good one or not. The narrator reads so slowwwwwly that it's almost impossible to get any sense of the protagonist. The flat affect doesn't help, either. I realize she's trying to play a part, but it's dull and ineffective. I don't know if I'll be able to finish it......
I found the storyline to be forced or manipulative, like the characters did whatever the writer needed them to do to further the storyline. I didn't think that it was particularly even handed in the question of "to believe or not to believe (in God)." If you are a believer, you might like to have your choice validated, but I didn't find it believable or compelling.