Ms. Picoult is a talented writer, and I "read" most everything she writes, but typically I find her books a bit formulaic, but well written nonetheless.
This book is not in the least "formulaic!" It is a story told with so many layers, and each one is as captivating as the next. It's not difficult to follow, and if it seems to be implied here, I don't mean it to be. It's absolutely fascinating. Each layer is beautiful and compelling.
Bravo, Ms. Picoult!
Worth every bit of your time and money! The story, the story within the story and history of the characters will keep you captivated. The cast of performers were excellent.
I'll break with tradition and start with a review of the narration. In short, it was excellent, with each reader performing exceptionally well. I've listened to many books with multiple narrators where one or more of the actors didn't perform as well as the others. In those cases, having a comparative co-narrator made their inadequacies more glaring.
As for the story, it was bit different from what I expected. The main character living in the presentwas a bit too whiny for my tastes, but it turns out she was actually not in over half of the story. The middle part of the book deals with the story of her Grandmother during the war, which is a good thing, as that part of the story was very good.
There were parts of the book that could have been edited out. The affair the main character had was not necessary to the story at all, and I felt it detracted from the overall plot. As for the "story" her Grandmother authored during her youth and through her internment, I found it distracting at first, but it did eventually form a central point for the entire novel.
The ending and the coincidences manufactured for the story were a bit too obvious, but hey, it's fiction, and although it made the ending a bit predictable, it didn't harm the story all that much.
So, in summary, it is worth the credit and the time to check out. The narration definitely enhances the story, so the audible format may be the best option.
Loved the narration, and the story was amazing.
Held my attention and made me look for reasons to walk or drive, which is when I listen to books. This author is great and rarely disappoints!
The story was always flowing and developing and I found it hard to turn it off.
Great book but no one can accuse this book of lifting your spirits. Lots of great truths in this book. Makes you think.
Avid reader and hard-core dreamer!
I enjoyed listening to Minka's life story the most. She was easy to love.
Current and historical characters who grab you from the first chapter. Picoult is a master storyteller.
Riveting! This book was absolutely spellbinding from beginning to end. The intricacies of each person's story, woven perfectly together, was like sitting down to a sumptuous 5-course meal. I highly recommend this novel. Wow!
Needs lots of editing. Can not recommend it at all. Like a really long drawn out telly movie with unbelievable characters and lots of cringe factor. An endurance test for me. And I know that it got such rave reviews from other audible listeners!!!!! ??????