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Change of Heart | [Jodi Picoult]

Change of Heart

Known for tackling hot-button issues in her timely fiction, Jodi Picoult has sold millions of books. Change of Heart explores capital punishment and organized religion through the tale of death row inmate Shay Bourne. Bourne's last request is to donate his heart to his victim's ailing sister. The situation gets more complicated when Bourne begins performing miracles in full view of witnesses - including his Catholic spiritual advisor.
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Publisher's Summary

Known for tackling hot-button issues in her timely fiction, Jodi Picoult has sold millions of books. Change of Heart explores capital punishment and organized religion through the tale of death row inmate Shay Bourne. Bourne's last request is to donate his heart to his victim's ailing sister. The situation gets more complicated when Bourne begins performing miracles in full view of witnesses - including his Catholic spiritual advisor.

©2008 Jodi Picoult; (P)2008 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Another ripped-from-the-zeitgeist winner." (Publishers Weekly)
"Picoult is a rare writer who delivers book after book, a winning combination of the literary and the commercial." (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Kitti with an "i" 07-31-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Intriguing twists and turns"

    I found this book to be enlightening. At first I thought it would bog down with all the religion, but I actually found it fascinating. The characters were solid - a Priest questioning his beliefs, an adorable and insecure Attorney who made me laugh out loud, a stoic Mother Bear etc etc. The voices were a perfect fit. It really left me wondering what I believe in. Can't say that about a lot of books!

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    Amy Chester, VA, USA 07-12-10
    Amy Chester, VA, USA 07-12-10
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    "Very believable and heart felt"

    I had read "My Sisters Keeper" last year and was glad I looked up the author for one of my first audible selections. The story line is not far fetched, rather VERY believable which is almost haunting yet heart felt.

    I found myself asking questions of myself and my family. What if I was faced with the same situations? It also made me want to further research some of the items that were actually presented.

    Very good, easy listen selection. However, at times I wanted to keep riding in the car so I could find out what happened next.

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    Averil Palm Springs, CA, USA 05-13-10
    Averil Palm Springs, CA, USA 05-13-10
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    "Great listen!"

    I read this book on the advice of a student. It was thought provoking and touching. I loved the characters and the narrators made the story vivid. I've been listening to Audible for years and this was one of my top five.I particularly recommend it for those who like controversial issues.

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    Sheila Scanlon Sewickley PA 03-04-10
    Sheila Scanlon Sewickley PA 03-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "What's not to like?"

    I find it very easy to get caught up in this author's stories and this book was no exception. If you like Picoult, you should enjoy this story.

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    Reagan Bethalto, IL, USA 09-22-09
    Reagan Bethalto, IL, USA 09-22-09
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    "Amazing!"

    Awesome book!!! My second Jodi Picoult book and they just keep getting better! There is a lot of religion talk in this and sometimes hard to follow -- needless to say, I learned a lot!!! :) Phenominal read/listen!

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    Linda Harrisburg, PA, United States 06-16-09
    Linda Harrisburg, PA, United States 06-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "great read"

    I'm amazed at how many tough issues Picoult can pack into a book. The advertised premise for this book almost stopped me from buying it. I am so glad it did not. Religion is one of the primary foci and the author does a great job of introducing material such as the Gnostic gospels and their history. And then there is the death penalty and organ donation. Good stuff all!

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    Kathryn Ashburnham, MA, USA 05-29-09
    Kathryn Ashburnham, MA, USA 05-29-09
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    "Can't go wrong with Jodi Picoult"

    Capital punishment and Gnosticism are compelling themes, especially with Picoult's strong research and intelligent story-telling. A great presentation by the cast of readers too. I highly recommend.

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    L. Neumar LI, NY 04-15-09
    L. Neumar LI, NY 04-15-09 Member Since 2009

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    "Made Me Smile"

    Loved the ending... made the story ultimately more worthwhile. A little long in some places, but enjoyed the "mystery" of it - left to one's own imagination.

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    Marilyn Boca Raton, FL, USA 01-13-09
    Marilyn Boca Raton, FL, USA 01-13-09
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    "Change of Heart"

    A very interesting and unusual story

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    Amy Augustine 01-08-09
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    "Change of Heart"

    This book received some negative reviews, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it to Jodi Picoult fans.

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