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)
I am a big Jodi Picoult fan. I start every Picoult book with high expectations. During the first part of this book however, I was scratching my head. It was slow. I was determined to give the book a fair shake. And the slowness eventually gave way to Jodi's engaging writing style. There were three things that I felt weren't quite up to her usual standards: 1. ) the plot/story was a bit unrealistic for me (I am not religious). However, if you can suspend your personal beliefs the story is still well told. 2.) Typically, all of the characters in Jodi's books are very well developed, but I missed the full development and background for characters like the husband. He was pretty flat. And last of all 3.) if you listen to this book on an ipod, you will hear one of the narrators swallow and swish inbetween passages. This was like fingernails on the chalkboard to me, and even with my limited audio editing knowledge I recognized that those were items that could have been edited out of the recording.
However, despite these three things, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it. I was sad when the book ended. And with that, I give the book a solid four stars.
Wonderful story of a woman in a very difficult situation doing the best she can. Very colorful characters, especially the star of a successful anti-religious TV show, who is out to disprove her daughter's visions and gifts. Great narration and great ending. If you listen you'll be engrossed, regardless of your religious beliefs. First and foremost it's a story about a woman trying to keep her daughter. Enjoy!!
Don't read or listen to "Change of Heart" before "Keeping Faith"!!! A few of the characters from "Keeping Faith" come up in the more recent "Change of Heart" and I was disappointed when I realized that I already knew how some of the book would end. Otherwise, it was your typical Jodi Picoult book. I like them all, but the more of them that I read, the more they start to sound the same. I didn't realize that they would ALL (so far) have courtroom drama, medical issues, and an unusual number have involved organ donation. I'll still keep reading them, though.
Mariah could give us all hope that we can be stronger than we think, wiser than might have been expected and more generous than is deserved. As the leading character in Keeping Faith, I found her to be interesting and learning more about her and her daughter Faith kept me listening. Religion has always been a bit of a mystery to me and listening to how miracles might be examined from a number of different perspectives was an interesting thought examination. I enjoyed the book very much and will probably listen to the author again.
Jodi Piccoult is has a formula for her newest books. This is yet another book about a mother traumatized by the possible loss of her child. Long boring uninteresting trial takes up half the audio. I had to fast forward to get through it. I loved her earlier stuff, so I was very disappointed. I personally disliked the narrator who over acted each part. I cannot recommend this book.
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I wasn't sure I was going to like this one because it revolved around religion, however it flowed well. I was concerned it would be too "preachy", but the religious aspect was used as the basis for the mystery. The characters were all were all well developed and interesting.
Although the theme of the book is a bit out there, it had me wondering all along how Picoult was actually going to wrap this story up without it getting to hoaxy. She did a good job.
I did feel a bit duped though. Audible bills Julia Gibson as the narrator, but in fact Julia Gibson only narrates about 20% of the book. The bulk of the narration is done by Eliza Foss. I've never listened to a book narrated by her, but she did a good job. Narrators are important when we are listening to audiobooks, so accuracy on letting us know who the narrator is, is important.
If you can get past the whole religious thing, the book is actually a good mystery novel with enough emotion and suspence.
A good listen.
This book is truly an excellent read. Jodi P has done it again. I was completely captivated with the believeable characters and the narrators did a great job throughout. I cannot wait until her next book!
This one was hard to get into in the beginning...but as always the author grabs your attention and goes...
My favorite is still Salem Falls (Best book!!)
This was a good story though I felt it was too long and drawn out. Finding true love in the middle of everything that was going on was a little far-fetched but didn't detract from the story.
I'm curious about religion, but not religious and found the plot engaging and the religious issues well handled. The story was compelling enough to overcome my dislike of the narration, which was annoyingly over acted at many points.
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