Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
While I like Jodi Picoult, this story was just okay. As usual, she has a controversial topic to bring forth, mainly GLBT rights. The premise was good, but I can't help but feeling something was missing. As usual, Jodi brings two characters together in quick fashion, mainly Zoey and Vanessa. Zoey desperately wants a baby and wants to use the 3 frozen embryos left at the infertility clinic from her previous heterosexual marriage to Max. Trouble is, Max is "born again" and is suing Zoey for the rights to those "preborn" children. The rest is a fight in court between the Evangelical Christian right, and the GLBT left over what constitutes a family and which "family" should have the right to the frozen "preborn" embryos. The one thing I absolutely could not stand about the audiobook was the CD/music incorporated into the story. It's a good idea, certainly, since Zoey is a Music Therapist, but the lyrics (which Jodi wrote) and the singing were terrible. I had to fast forward thru all 10 songs. Maybe what was in those lyrics was critical to the story, but I just could not listen.
The book is interesting and shows the research that is typical of JP novels but the music is HORRIBLE. Repetitive, distracting, badly sung and a real annoyance when you are trying to navigate back and forth on an ipod. The first time ever, I have wished for the classic ( in the hand ) version of a book. The music completely destroyed this book for me!!
The gay thing didn't kill me but the music throws you, your interested in the story and then this horrible music starts playing, then some issues in the story was way to drawn out!!! my fav from Jodi Picoult is House Rules, now that was a very good book, this one, not so much....
This is a thought-provoking, well-written and well-narrated novel. I've found myself laughing out loud (in places where laughter is appropriate). When one narrator describes a scene previously described by another, the listener gets a true sense of the the narrator's point of view. Picoult addresses issues that are important and I believe she does so fairly. But if I'd read the book, instead of listening to it, I would have had the ability to choose whether to listen to the songs at the beginning of each chapter. Listening to it on my iPhone, I have no choice (other than to take my earphones out and put them back in when I can tell the song is over. When Zoe sings, during the context of narrating the book, I don't mind at all. But the sappy women's-folk music at the beginning of each chapter, that is supposed to express Zoe's thoughts and feelings during this particular moment in her life, are as irritating as commercials through which one cannot fast forward while watching an excellent show.
I'm giving this a one star rating because I got sucked in by it's high rating and was seriously disappointed. Like the annoying music at the beginning of each chapter (a parody of mediocre "wimmins" music), I found the writing bland and annoying, I too stopped about 2/3s into the book. I just couldn't take one more predictable paragraph or cloying song.
I have really enjoyed the Jodi Picoult books in the past. This one had a decent story but the music at the beginning of each section was HORRIBLE. I don't know that I would listen to it again. It was ok, but not great.
At least the folks that buy the book have a choice if they want to listen to the music or not! I find having to fast forward through the singing so annoying that I probably will not listen to the rest of this book. I have been a big fan of Jodi Picoult until now. Sorry I wasted a credit on this one.
As usual, her story is character driven and you feel empathy towards all the characters. In the age of the changing family dynamic--same sex unions, Jody manages to challenge you to think outside the box. As a mom, I was putting myself if Zoe's shoes, but I could also see both sides of the issue--still siding with mom, of course. She always manages to throw us all for a loop towards the ends of her books, and I found myself wondering when it was coming and what was it going to be. She never lets us down. As always, a great read that challenges you and adds food for thought. Loved the story, but could have done without the awful music that accompanied the story. I know it was done for dramatic effect, but I don't think my audio books need a soundtrack to be more listenable. The songs were a terrible impression of 70s folk music--just awful--easy to fast foward through through.
Picoult develops the main characters well and the story is a good one. She does a great job presenting both sides of a very emotional issue.
I suppose someone thought putting the singing in between sections was a good idea. I found it extremely annoying and was so relieved I have a fast forward feature on my Droid x. I don't want to be mean, but the singing was not very good and the songs were long and drawn out and a bit pointless.
I do think the book was worth the credit. I was drawn back to listening to find out what would happen. The ending was a bit predictable, but satisfying. The narrators do a good job. The epilogue was too brief and disappointing. I would have liked more detail in the summation of the book.... just to feel better closure with the story.