nineteen minutes use to be my favorite but this book was awesome. I loved every character every minute, the tension, all of it.
I enjoyed every bit of this book. The author not only doesn't shy away from controversy, but handles it with both humor and humanism. The characters all have depth and realistic "issues". The story is deeply touching and grabbed me by the heart strings. As another reviewer has pointed out, the music is a bit lame (good lyrics, but very amateurish rendition), but I was able to put my power of imagination into play and ride over that. The story itself is solid, timely and brought all the critical issues to the table without belittling the very real and timely debate on the rights of same sex couples. Beautiful story, compassionately told!
I was pleasantly surprised to listen to such a good, timely book by Picoult. It reminds me of her early books. Really good and right on target with today's social issues.
I love Jodi Picoult's work. She never baulks at tackling the difficult conundrums in our society. This book sure plunged me into an ethic about single sex parents versus non- biological parents. It was so interesting.
The overall message was an important one and much appreciated by this listener.
I also bought the book to read it...and I preferred that version. I found the audible version protracted, the music distracting and I think the readers chosen were not the best. I am certain I would have preferred one great reader like Barbara Caruso for the whole book. Still it was an important book and it should stay on the best sellar lists for a long time.
This was a wonderful book. Picoult had good insight on all of the issues such as same-sex marriage & alcoholism. I listened in my car. Sometimes I didn't want to get to my destination becuase I was so engrossed in the story.
The ONLY reason I gave it 4 stars in stead of 5 was because of the cheesy music. It was just terrible! At the beginning of the book there is a statement about "enjoying" the music. There was nothing enjoyable about it. I had to fast forward through the songs so that I wouldn't want to throw my iPod. Buy the book...Skip the songs.
that everyone needs to read, regardless of sexual orientation. well written and a great story about the "traditional family"...
I so enjoyed this book. I loved how complex the characters were and the music was such an added delight. I laughed and I cried! Great book!!!
A must read for everyone. I have read many reviews of how Jodi is one sided and portrays religion as the main problem behind this prejudice. It is. Most religions are anyway. The one portrayed in this book is very real and this is how they really feel and behave. It is awful how narrow minded people can be. It is a fact, not overdone by Jodi. This is a very realistic love and the book was beautifully written.