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Handle with Care Audiobook

Handle with Care

From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.
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Publisher's Summary

Things break all the time....

Day breaks, waves break, voices break. Promises break. Hearts break.

Every expectant parent will tell you that they don't want a perfect baby, just a healthy one. Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe would have asked for a healthy baby, too, if they'd been given the choice. Instead, their lives are made up of sleepless nights, mounting bills, the pitying stares of "luckier" parents, and maybe worst of all, the what-ifs. What if their child had been born healthy? But it's all worth it because Willow is, well, funny as it seems, perfect. She's smart as a whip, on her way to being as pretty as her mother, kind, brave, and for a five-year-old an unexpectedly deep source of wisdom. Willow is Willow, in sickness and in health.

Everything changes, though, after a series of events forces Charlotte and her husband to confront the most serious what-ifs of all. What if Charlotte should have known earlier of Willow's illness? What if things could have been different? What if their beloved Willow had never been born? To do Willow justice, Charlotte must ask herself these questions and one more. What constitutes a valuable life?

Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, Handle with Care brings us into the heart of a family bound by an incredible burden, a desperate will to keep their ties from breaking, and, ultimately, a powerful capacity for love. Written with the grace and wisdom she's become famous for, beloved number-one New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult offers us an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it.

©2009 Jodi Picoult; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Donna 04-07-09
    Donna 04-07-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyed it"

    This was the first Jodi Picoult book I had listened to. It was recommended to me and I didn't read the reviews first. I really enjoyed it. I will be listening to more of her books. I thought the actors did a good job with narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy Lakeville, IN, USA 03-31-09
    Stacy Lakeville, IN, USA 03-31-09
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    "Held my interest!!"

    I found this book entertaining. Despite all of the negative reviews, I enjoyed listening to Hnad With Care. I am truly a Jodi Picoult fan. I have read/listened to most of her books and have not found one I couldn't listen to the whole way through. Give this one a try.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Teri Houston, TX, USA 03-31-09
    Teri Houston, TX, USA 03-31-09
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    "Another Great Picoult Book!"

    The characters are great and the actors/readers are particularly good. There is a very loud, annoying static noise at the end of each chapter/section for all three of the book downloads. Might be a glitch in the new enhanced format option that audible now offers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Chicago, IL, United States 02-09-10
    Cheryl Chicago, IL, United States 02-09-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting - loved it!"

    Excellent character development, plot, conflicts, and outcomes!

    This is my first Picoult book and I loved it. Found it extremely interesting. It asks allot ot questions, challenges your morality, sense of right/wrong, and you get to feel and hear each of her character's point of view. I was disappointed with the ending, but I understand why this ended in this manner. Through this entire book, the characters ended up coming back to their humanity. For one of the main characters, she wasn't able to recover - but healed in a different direction. I will definitely pick a few more of her books! This one was a great read.

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    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 03-19-09
    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 03-19-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Not This Time"

    I did learn something and for that I'm grateful - BUT I just really didn't care for this JP book. There was too much of it that just didn't work for me - and yes, the ending was almost ridiculous. I'm not at all sure what she was trying to get across.... but it left me with a very bad feeling for this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lakewood, CO, US 05-24-16
    Amazon Customer Lakewood, CO, US 05-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Least favorite of Picoult's books"

    The author is known for tackling difficult human experiences. I've always enjoyed and learned from her impeccable research. However this story about a baby born with a fragile bone condition was not terribly appealing from the start. I did finish the book, but won't go back to another of her books for a while. The inclusion of recipes (the main character had been a chef) felt gimmicky and was just annoying. The surprise ending was also somewhat exasperating.

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    Lily St. Augustine, FL, USA 05-12-16
    Lily St. Augustine, FL, USA 05-12-16
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    "Why did I buy another Jodi Picoult book?"
    What disappointed you about Handle with Care?

    As usual, this book was so full of implausible nonsense it made me ANGRY!

    It starts with the family going to Disneyworld. The six year old daughter, who suffered from a genetic disorder called Osteogenesis imperfecta, "brittle bone disease", fell and broke both legs. At the hospital, they arrested the parents for child abuse and put them in jail, and placed the older daughter in foster care.

    Really? They couldn't find anyone in the hospital who'd heard of a disease that occurs in 1 out of 20,000 live births? Rare, but still... They couldn't reach one of the child's doctors to confirm it? They didn't think it likely a child who was half the size of a typical six year old and had suffered dozens of fractures already might have an actual medical condition? Please!

    This book, like every other I've read by this author, was rife with such ludicrous nonsense. The end was laughable. All in all an insult to my intelligence.


    What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A little research, a little more thought about plausibility.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book because it was cheap and 18 hours long. I learned my lesson, finally: no more Jodi Picoult!

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    Alexandria 05-09-16
    Alexandria 05-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good story"

    Loved this book. I love all her books. Though there was a lot to learn from this book!

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    kathleen 04-04-16
    kathleen 04-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A look into the everyday life of the rare situatio"

    Wonderful, learning experience, characters in intertwined crisis, funny. As always, important. Will miss word "snarky".

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    Deborah Buskirk Neptune NJ 02-20-16
    Deborah Buskirk Neptune NJ 02-20-16 Member Since 2001

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    "No correct answer"

    A child born with severe disabilities...if known prior to birth, should she have been born? A look into the viewpoint from not just the parents, but doctors, siblings, friends, the public & the child herself. Not a happy book and the ending doesn't answer the question...but how can it be answered? Thought provoking, heartbreaking as well as heartwarming.

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