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Keeping Faith | [Jodi Picoult]

Keeping Faith

Mariah has just discovered her husband Colin is having his second affair. During the divorce process, their seven-year-old daughter, Faith, meets an imaginary friend who may be God. Amidst much controversy, Colin sues for custody of Faith, compelling Mariah to find her inner strength.
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Publisher's Summary

Mariah has just discovered her husband Colin is having his second affair. During the divorce process, their seven-year-old daughter, Faith, meets an imaginary friend who may be God. Amidst much controversy, Colin sues for custody of Faith, compelling Mariah to find her inner strength.

New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult masterfully captures human relationships in her powerful novels.

©2006 Jodi Picoult; (P)2006 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Picoult gets better and better with each book...this is an entrancing novel. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

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    Jana Richmond, CA, United States 06-18-08
    Jana Richmond, CA, United States 06-18-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Ridiculous plot but still a fun read"

    Picoult is such a good storyteller and her format of psychological/sociological study plus legal/courtroom drama is something I always enjoy. But this one was more formulaic than most, and the ending didn't make sense and one must totally suspend belief to even get through the story. Ridiculous fluff but still fun listening.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    T Lynn South Florida 02-11-08
    T Lynn South Florida 02-11-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Not her best"

    Very slow story, not one of her better books.

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    Dorothy 06-27-14
    Dorothy 06-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Hocus-pocus"

    I was warned about the religious theme of this book by previous reviewers, but I was curious enough to want to listen anyway. So I'll just say this - to an atheist like myself, this storyline is about as realistic as the Exorcist or Rosemary's Baby or Harry Potter.
    If you can put that aside, and treat it as fantasy, then it's a fairly good story. There were times it was so far-fetched that I was tempted to give up, but Picoult strung me along enough that I had to stay with it to the end just to see how she wrapped it up.
    I have to give the author credit for her portrayal of an atheist based on the fact that this book was published in 1999 and non-belief was less well-known back then. This book precedes 9/11, Dawkins' The God Delusion, and the rise of the 'nones'. Picoult obviously did her research and gets Ian Fletcher's character pretty much dead-on for most of the book, but unfortunately he 'wimps out' in sappy political correctness at the end.
    The narrators were good but I had difficulty distinguishing the two different voices, and not sure why it was necessary to have two narrators anyway.

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    Jessica 05-10-13
    Jessica 05-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing Ending"

    I really got into this book and couldn't stop listening. So I was very disappointed with how abruptly it ended. It's not that there were really many loose ends. For the most part, the story had concluded and wrapped up the major plot lines. However, I felt that the author kind of copped out in the end. Without spoiling anything, it seems that while the entire plot revolves around whether or not Faith is actually encountering God, the end doesn't satisfactorily answer the question. I realize that it wasn't really the point of the novel, but after hours of build-up, I just didn't feel that there was any kind of message. Still, it was an enjoyable listen and the narrator was great. There were some extraneous lip-smacking and swallowing sounds, but I was able to look past that.

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    Theresa 04-04-13
    Theresa 04-04-13

    I love to read / listen and I write as well. Hope to have something published some day and see my work here for all to enjoy!

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    "Not my favorite Jodi Picoult book...."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Read others first. This was REALLY hard for me to get "into". I am a huge Picoult fan and I stopped listening halfway through. Generally Jodi's book grab me and I can't stop listening until the book is done. This one doesn't do it for for me...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't finish listening


    Have you listened to any of Julia Gibson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. This may have been to serious of a book for her voice. She has somewhat of a whimsical tone to her voice. I do enjoy her work though.


    Was Keeping Faith worth the listening time?

    I hate to say "No" as all of Jodi Picoult's book have a great message, but this would be at the bottom of my Picoult list.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have never read Picoult, read anything else first. Don't let this be your first Picoult book as it might be your last. If this was from another author I might not expect as much and it might be "ok". I will try to listen again in the future to see if I like it better.

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    Elaine 03-23-13
    Elaine 03-23-13
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or Julia Gibson?

    I would think twice before before buying another book by this author. The plot was predictable, the dialog repetitious, and the courtroom scenes went on forever,


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will probably pick something light and funny.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    One of the narrators had a habit of intaking her breath very noisily. I was tempted to fast forward through her narrations.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a long listen for the money.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joicey Bahama, NC, United States 03-19-13
    Joicey Bahama, NC, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another improbabable situation"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader was pretty much as whiney as the "victim"


    Any additional comments?

    An improbable situation, with characters acting in reprehensible ways. Protagonist is quite the victim - but really?? Stigmata? A custody battle. An evangelical atheist turned lover & believer? Oh brother.

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    Josie Cochrane Port Saint Lucie, FL 02-26-13
    Josie Cochrane Port Saint Lucie, FL 02-26-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Unusual Story."

    I love this author. Her stories are totally different from anyone else's, and are always heart rending as well as loving, funny, and real. I'm always interested I. Whatever this author publishes.

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    Nonnie 10-29-12
    Nonnie 10-29-12
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    "An enjoyable, entertaining read"

    Light reading, but I looked forward to each session with my nano! The ending was surprising and provocative; it left me wondering...

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    Juliann United States 09-01-12
    Juliann United States 09-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The faith of a child"
    What did you love best about Keeping Faith?

    I liked how the Mother and Grandmother believed the child was seeing God and did not try to dissuade her from her experience. She had the faith of a child in that she was not afraid of what she was seeing and did not try to hide the experience or exploit it. It seemed that she was not even aware of her "healing" power until the end. I do think that it brought out the fact that all children react to divorce.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the guardian. She came with an open mind and was not afraid to retract her recommendation when it became apparent that the mother was not harming her child.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Gibson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am unsure.


    If you could rename Keeping Faith, what would you call it?

    The Faith of a Child


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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