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House Rules Audiobook

House Rules

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They tell me I'm lucky to have a son who's so verbal, who is blisteringly intelligent, who can take apart the broken microwave and have it working again an hour later. They think there is no greater hell than having a son who is locked in his own world, unaware that there's a wider one to explore. But try having a son who is locked in his own world, and still wants to make a connection. A son who tries to be like everyone else, but truly doesn't know how.

Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject -- in his case, forensic analysis. He's always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do...and he's usually right. But then his town is rocked by a terrible murder and, for a change, the police come to Jacob with questions. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger's - not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, flat affect - can look a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel. Suddenly, Jacob and his family, who only want to fit in, feel the spotlight shining directly on them. For his mother, Emma, it's a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it's another indication of why nothing is normal because of Jacob. And over this small family the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?

Emotionally powerful from beginning to end, House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way - and fails those who don't.

©2010 Jodi Picoult (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Solitude1984 Canada 07-13-10
    Solitude1984 Canada 07-13-10 Member Since 2016

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    "Sadly, not great"

    After reading 'My Sister's Keeper' I was hooked on Jodi's books and have read most of them at this point. Unfortunately it became quite obvious that she was using the same "formula" for many of her books. They were often predictable and became rather boring.

    After reading "Handle With Care" (which I absolutely LOVED), I hoped that she would start writing books that were less predictable. Sadly, she went back to her "formula" in 'House Rules'. Firstly, the crime was no mystery. I knew from the moment it occurred what had happened. The fact that no one allowed Jacob to explain what really happened frustrated me to no end ... it just seemed to drag on and on and on. Then there was the usual love story ... booooorrrrring.

    I was also disappointed with how Jacob was portrayed. I know someone with Aspergers, and although I know that people with the disorder experience different symptoms, Jacob just didn't seem ... real. Sure, it's a fictional portrayal of a person with Autism, but perhaps Jodi should have met a couple of "Aspies" before writing about one.

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    Joan 07-11-10
    Joan 07-11-10
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    "Interesting and thought provoking"

    Aspergers's you say? Hmm, assuming the book has some accurate medical basis to describing this affliction, it was quite interesting. Not only that, but I loved the writer's style. Found her writing style witty and loved listening to her . As well I found the story took a few twists and turns. Liked it very much.

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    cindy Gypsum, CO, United States 07-11-10
    cindy Gypsum, CO, United States 07-11-10
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    "Not her best book"

    This book seemed more about living with autism then about the characters. Maybe I've read too many of her books, but this one seemed formulaic and predictable. However the education in Autism made it well worth the listen.

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    Sharyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 07-07-10
    Sharyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 07-07-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved this book!!!"

    Being the Mom of a young son on the autism spectrum I found I couldn't put this book down. I loved that the story is told from many perspectives and it really made me think from everyone's point of view.
    The story was very interesting and even though it was a longer than usual listen for me - it went by quickly. My only wish was that the story continued for a bit more - but I guess wanting more is a good thing......

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    Heidy 06-18-10
    Heidy 06-18-10 Listener Since 2008
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    "She just gets better and better"

    If you love other Jodi Picoult books this one will not let you down. It is great to get some insight in to this family's life makes you a little bit more thoughtful of others in the same situation.

    the story is moves at a good pace and keeps you on your toes thinking about what has happended and how it will all end.

    You will not be disappointed with this purchase.

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    MaDonna Victoria, TX, United States 06-18-10
    MaDonna Victoria, TX, United States 06-18-10
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    "ontheroadagain"

    First half of book was slow, thought I wasnt going to like it....then I couldnt put the book down...the writer made me frustrated that it took so long for the main character to communicate ...guess thats what the whole book is about...the ability to communicate! Well written, would have liked a more detailed ending tho...

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    06-17-10
    06-17-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Slow"

    This was a book I'd have preferred in an abridged version. It was interesting, but too long. Actually, in order to finish it, I put my iPod on "fast" for narration speed.

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    Sheila Hirschfield 06-02-10 Member Since 2016
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    "House Rules"

    I liked this book because Jodi Picoult didn't use it as a forum to judge mothers. She does this in many of her books. I liked the fact that the reader was able to see life in the point of view of the boy with Asbergers, his mom, brother, father, friends and acquaintances. I guessed the end quit easily, however, I was happy with in anyway. This book is a page turner.

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    Kate Mindoro, WI, USA 06-01-10
    Kate Mindoro, WI, USA 06-01-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Wanted NEW Picoult"

    As a huge Jodi Picoult fan and special education teacher, I was very excited to listen to this book by one of my favorite authors and about a subject I have experience with. However, I was a little disturbed by Picoult's portrayal of Asperger's, although I could tell that she was trying extremely hard to be sensitive. Also, the sibling issues were so similar to Handle with Care that I couldn't shake the likenesses. I was a bit disappointed and hope that Picoult's next book is a bit fresher.

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    Danzer Indianapolis 05-31-10
    Danzer Indianapolis 05-31-10 Member Since 2001

    Danz

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    "Too much like another Picoult ending"

    I don't want to spoil this, but I was really disappointed when the problem was solved very much like in an earlier book of hers-- just as frustrating for what it said about family. Very unsatisfying, and it requires everyone to behave rather stupidly, like no one ever asking what someone else means.

    But great emotion, as always with Picoult. The middle kind of dragged, but there were many really affecting moments. She does cops very well, I've noticed that before.
    Great narrators too!

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