I liked the main characters very much. They were weel developed. The 'good guys' weren't perfect so it was believable. The 'bad guys' were despicable. It was easy to see how someone needing strong guidance would be taken in by them. Good triumphed in the end but it wasn't an overly sweet ending. It's a feel good book in the end. There are parts talking about the loss of a child that are heartwrenching. If you've suffered a recent loss yourself, as I have, it was difficult but worth it. Very real. I identified with Zoe a lot!
As usual, Jodi Picoult captures her readers right from the first page with characters that seem to jump off the page and sit beside you. This is an interesting listen as Jodi incorporates musical interludes to bring her musician main character to life. I always find Jodi's representation of both sides of a moral dilemma intriuging. This one was no different. It's not my fav jp novel, but I couldn't stop the audiobook!
JP did not disappoint with her newest book- it was as well-researched and thought-provoking as the majority of her other books. The homosexual element was presented realistically and as unbiased as anyone possibly could, I think. Picoult presents Zoe as a woman who desperately wants children and cannot carry them to term; when her husband of nine years divorces her, she finds solace in a woman who becomes her best friend. As the friendship grows, Zoe realizes that she is happier with her friend than she has ever been, and the homosexual element begins to come to light. Picoult delves with the material in a realistic and sensitive manner, and the story she weaves presents a number of issues. Because Zoe is a music therapist, Picoult has co-written songs to go with the different chapters of the book, and they are sung at the beginning of the book and each chapter. We are reading this for our book club, and one of my friends told me that she enjoyed the songs. I personally felt that, for me, they were distracting, and after several chapters, began fast-forwarding to the reading. The singer sounds a bit like Carly Simon, and although I like Carly Simon "ok", I felt the voice grated on me after awhile. If you find you do not like the songs, don't let them deter you from the book, just skip over them- the book is definitely worth the read.
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.