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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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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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    shirley K. Bigham 12-30-09 Member Since 2007
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    "starts out very interesting"

    but the futher I got in the story the worse the whole book story became, and the ending was just a big let down. For a family to go through such terrible difficulties and then the breakup of lives and families and then the ending was such a let down. I felt like I traveled uphill for a long time and then when I got to the top of the hill there was really no rest, no landing. I would not recommend this to anyone with a disabled child, and you must have a medical background to understand most of what was being said.

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    Barbara Hamburg, PA, USA 12-11-09
    Barbara Hamburg, PA, USA 12-11-09
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    "Too Long"

    Jodi Picoult always writes an excellent book and this one was good. But it went on for too long and at times the characters were too whiny. Not as good as some of her other novels

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    Lana zayed - 6th octoberEgypt 10-30-09
    Lana zayed - 6th octoberEgypt 10-30-09
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    "what an amazing book"

    Jodi has the power to move your feelings from hating the mother to understanding why. the wau she draws the character is amazing. when you read it you can not stop

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    "Handle with Care"

    A most touching story and well written. Good book.

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    Rochelle Mattoon, IL, United States 08-14-09
    Rochelle Mattoon, IL, United States 08-14-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Makes you think!"

    This author follows a formula of allowing the reader to see an issue from many sides, many points of view. As a biology teacher I like this because it gives my students perspective on how reproductive technologies add a whole new and heart wrentching dimension to being a parent. Much like "My sisters Keeper" in this respect.

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    Suze Weinberg Jackson, NJ 08-11-09
    Suze Weinberg Jackson, NJ 08-11-09 Member Since 2012

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    "So engaging"

    It doesn't matter to me that many of Jodi's books follow a 'style' of writing. She is a marvelous writer. Her stories are so engaging and this one is no exception. Perhaps a bit too long if anything, but read so beautifully you absolutely feel like you know these people first hand.

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    Elaine Orlando, FL, USA 07-26-09
    Elaine Orlando, FL, USA 07-26-09
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    "Jodi Picoult does it again!"

    Jodi Picoult is a masterful storyteller and Handle With Care is yet another fabulous example of her talents. A great listen that'll keep the reader engaged and captivated! Wow!

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    S Smith Daphne, AL United States 07-25-09
    S Smith Daphne, AL United States 07-25-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Not her best, but still worth a listen..."

    Although I didn't like this book as well as some of the other Jodi Picoult's I've listened to, in all fairness I expect a lot from this author. You really can't go wrong by choosing a book by Picoult. Even her "average" books are very good.

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    Linda Gilbert, AZ, USA 06-25-09
    Linda Gilbert, AZ, USA 06-25-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Love this author"

    this is just one more great book!

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    Audrey Marlton, NJ, USA 06-09-09
    Audrey Marlton, NJ, USA 06-09-09
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    "Listen with care, or wait until next year's book"

    I am a Picoult fan. My last review was title, "Picoult Perfection" for her "Change of Heart". This one is disappointing.

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