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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 2014
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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 2010

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    "Not her best"

    Very slow story, not one of her better books.

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    Rebekah Ann Lewis Stone Mountain, GA, US 05-17-15
    Rebekah Ann Lewis Stone Mountain, GA, US 05-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A test of your Faith"

    I thought in the beginning it might be a little slow, but it soon started to grab my attention. I loved the girl, Faith, and especially Eon Fletcher. I didn't want the book to end. I loved the voices. I was amazed how well they did. Good job, Jodi!

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    decraziness 04-13-15
    decraziness 04-13-15
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    "loved it"

    I loved the narration. Great job. I've read this book once before and listening to it makes it better.

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    Katie 03-19-15
    Katie 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    This book was extremely inspiring. I didn't want it to end. I loved the quirkiness of Tamara and the innocence of Faith. Their differences and struggle made the entire story relatable.

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    Seahaiku Prattville AL USA 02-10-15
    Seahaiku Prattville AL USA 02-10-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book"

    Really enjoyed this story.
    It is hard to choose between the audio & the written word. So far I have enjoyed all her books through audio

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    Cel 02-07-15
    Cel 02-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nice read"

    It's a little long but kept my interest all the same
    The extra time allowed me to get to know characters

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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 2015
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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