I didn't expect to enjoy this - but I loved it. I liked the characters, flaws, strengths and quirks worked well to create an engaging ensemble. I had all sorts of ah-ha moments and more than one moment when I wanted a character to ask one more question or listen just a little harder - but then some other aspect of this story could not unfold. Worthwhile read and I'm going to sample another Picoult book.
A Must Read
I believe the ending was my favorite when everybody finally got on the same page.
No I don't like listening to a book in one sitting I like to enjoy it spread out over time. When I listen to a book that is this good I don't really want it to end.
This book was one of the best books I have listened to in a long time. It has great depth on many levels yet keeps you wanting more. It shows you there are many sides to a story. Jodi Picoult really puts you in the mind of each character in such a way that you feel all the emotions that rip through this book.
I now have a better understanding of what a friend and her son (who has Aspergers) goes through.
Say something about yourself!
I liked that it was read by multiple people. It helped me get into the story more, like a performance.
There were moments in this book where I laughed out loud, smiled and sat perplexed. I really enjoyed it. I am a teacher who works with students with autism and I found the main character in this book to be highly interesting. Jodi Picoult did her homework on Aspergers.
This was my first Jodi Picoult book and I will be listening to more!
I loved that just when you thought you had everything figured out, there was a little surprise at the end.
Jacob.......listen to the book and you will quickly learn why
The very end. I don't want to go into detail for those that haven't had the pleasure of reading or listening to this book yet.
Jodi Picoult does it again. This was a great story, about the commitment "family" must have when a child is at stake. "House Rules" did not fail to deliver a great touching story.
I enjoyed listening to this book, and felt the narrators did a good job. The story had so much promise, and while at times it did a great job of explaining Aspergers, often it failed at that very same thing. As a mother of a child with Aspergers some of Picoult's descriptions hit home so hard I found myself crying - other times she was so off or even contradictory of herself that I found myself angry at the misconceptions being put out there.
The end ... that was the biggest disappointment. You go through this maddening story where you just want to beg them to simply ask Jacob what happened and its like she got bored of writing and just dumped out the end and quit writing. I felt cheated! Even if some of her descriptions of Asperger's were off... even if she has issues contradicting herself... it was still a good story and the end did no justice to any of the rest of it.
I do enjoy the different voices and rhythms brought to the story. Mostly though, I just love listening to the audio books while I drive otherwise I would likely have no time for recreational reading.
No, Picoult pretty much ruined the end and any chance for any desire for a follow-up.
The strength of the characters.
When Jacob's mother realized his quilt was gone and that it was found at the
Helps to visualize the story.
I didn't laugh or cry but I had quite a few
I think I will be listening to more Jodi Picoult books. I had this on my wish list for a couple of years before I purchased it. Several people in my book club said it was one of their favorites.
Texas Realtor. Avid sports fan and Audible listener!
Wow! When you know nothing about a subject such as Asbergers, this is a wonderful introduction to the syndrome. Jodi Picoult knows how to write in such detail to make this an interesting listen. Thanks, Jodi, for an eye-opening journey through Asbergers! Marilyn Lee
I am not a huge reader... or listener... but the ending of the book is so lame after all the character building and time for the plot. The author gives lots of great information that is valuable about the asberg son, I am glad that was part of the book... it does not excuse the ending just slapped on to give it an ending.
I listened to the ending 3 times...trying to find what I had missed. It just wasn't there. The story just stops...no ending. I normally love Jodi Picolt novels, but I am so disappointed in this one. I don't appreciate reading or listening to a story that isn't complete. Sorry, Jodi, but I feel like I got cheated on this book.