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.
This one will keep you interested until the end. I just thought the plot moved too quickly to be believable. The music included was a different twist, but the story could survive without the music. I love the ending and that no matter which book you read of Picoult's, it is always a surprise how she end it.
I love all of Jodi Picoult's books and I would give this one 5 stars except that I couldn't stand the music. Granted, I was able to fast forward through the songs but there were so many of them it was a hassle.
If I had known about the music before I bought the audio book, I would have skipped it and purchased a printed book instead.
You MUST listen to this rather than read it....music is FABULOUS and so perfect with the story!! What an amazing book...didn't want it to be over
The story is very well written and fairly shows both sides of the matter. Some people might be offended by the subject matter and if that is you then don't bother with this book. I am both a Christian and a staunch supporter of Gay Rights. That's right... you can be both. It is something I am very passionate about and for that reason I was a little weary of this book. I didn't want to hear a bunch of rhetoric. I wanted a real investigation that fairly represented concerns of both sides of the table. This book very close to achieving that purpose. I will say that the author is somewhat slanted towards the side of the gay couple but that is to be expected...after all...someone who wasn't slanted towards the gay couple wouldn't be writing this book from both points of views. It is a very compelling story just as all of Picoult's novels are and does carry you back and forth between the very different view points. This book makes a good case for humanity. For those who say that it makes all Christians look bad I say that you are very narrow in your idea of a Christian. The focus of this book is one very specific group of Christians...specifically centering on the westboro baptist folks and churches along that same vein that care more about politics than they do about loving like Jesus would have. Again, if that is the kind of Christian you are then you probably won't like this book.
With all of that said, I have one very loud complaint about the book. The music was hideous. The songs were silly and the singer was not the best choice. The music was completely grating. At first I would just quickly fastforward through the music but by the end I found that I was actually cringing at the end of a chapter. I wish audible would offer a version that just read the songs (if that has to be included) instead of trying to make them into music. It would be a perfect score without the music.
This was not my favoirte Jodi Picoult book. It focused too much on religious issues for me. Good ending.