New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult masterfully captures human relationships in her powerful novels.
©2006 Jodi Picoult; (P)2006 Recorded Books
"Picoult gets better and better with each book...this is an entrancing novel. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
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.
I did not feel this was one of Jodi's best books. I am a Christian and really wanted it to be.
I was sadly disappointed and had to struggle to finish it.
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!
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.
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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