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Leaving Time | [Jodi Picoult]

Leaving Time

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.
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Publisher's Summary

Throughout her blockbuster career, number-one New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that "not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us" (The Boston Globe). Now, in her highly anticipated new book, she has delivered her most affecting novel yet - and one unlike anything she's written before.

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest. The first is Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons - only to later doubt her gifts. The second is Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they'll have to face even harder answers.

As Jenna's memories dovetail with the events in her mother's journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent pause-resister, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

©2014 Jodi Picoult (P)2014 Random House Audio

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    Jan Arkansas 10-18-14
    Jan Arkansas 10-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"

    Ms. Picoult has always been an average author for me. One that took advantage of current moral issues in society and exacerbated them into novels. This novel is so strong, so raw, and so captivating.. it is almost literature. I have never experienced an author that went from sophomoric to exceptional in one novel. The metaphoric parallels between humans and elephants are mesmerizing...but the book is not about elephants. The parallel between life and death allows us to suspend reality easily and without thinking,.. but the book really isn't about life and death. No matter what your reading preferences are...love story, mystery, suspense, or nature.. you are going to be glad you opened up this book and listened. Narration is stellar. I have nothing negative to say about this novel. Picoult has arrived.

    45 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    dianne Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-23-14
    dianne Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-23-14 Member Since 2009

    Screenwriter, director, parent, wife, AVID reader, and Audible addict.

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    "A breakthrough. Surprising, moving, and amazing."

    I have read many of Jodi Picoult's novels, and until Leaving Time, my hands down favorite had been The Storyteller. I came to Picoult backward- starting with The Story Teller, and then moving back in time to her previous works. It wasn't hard to see her formula, her pattern, and actually, her evolution as a writer. It was clear to see that with The Storyteller, Picoult had taken huge leaps, taken big chances. With Leaving Time, Picoult has taken even bigger leaps, and done them with grace and care. Leaving Time is an amazing, and deep hearted book. The fact that I wept means more to me than it will to anyone else, but they were not tears of sadness. Sometimes when the heart breaks, there are only tears of love.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sondra S. Mangan Tacoma, WA USA 10-20-14
    Sondra S. Mangan Tacoma, WA USA 10-20-14 Member Since 2002

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    "Very powerful--definitely will be listening again!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Leaving Time?

    Incredible research into elephant culture was amazing to hear.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Multiple narrator's enhanced the performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and now I want to start over and listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book NOW!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Veronika winnipeg, MB, Canada 10-21-14
    Veronika winnipeg, MB, Canada 10-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "The Book that touches your Soul!"
    Where does Leaving Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Within the top 3, and I have read over 5000 books thus far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Leaving Time?

    When Morgana throws the stick that says Sweetie on it to Jena.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Serinity.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cry, but mostly stop and take notice.


    Any additional comments?

    She is one of my favorit authors, she writes fiction and at the same time she teaches you about incredible issues in the world, learn and enjoy a great book at the same time. Can't go wrong.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ss200 10-18-14
    ss200 10-18-14
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    "enjoyable novel - thoughtful and wonderful facts"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    QUESTION: "What did you like about this audiobook?"
    ANSWER: I liked the format (each character telling their story). Without giving away the story -if you've read other Jodi Picoult novels you will enjoy this (you will enjoy this if you like Barbara Kingsolver's "Flight Behavior" and JoJo Moyes books too)


    What did you like best about this story?

    QUESTION: How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?
    ANSWER: The research that went into the novel was evident - The facts about elephants were nicely woven into the novel and were backed up with research. I went on to look up more information about elephants, grieving and mother and child relationships


    Any additional comments?

    When I previewed my review the questions weren't the same as the one's that I answered (that's why I included the question in the answer section)

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Goldstone Atlanta, GA 10-28-14
    Amy Goldstone Atlanta, GA 10-28-14 Member Since 2013

    A busy commuter who just discovered audio books! Makes my 1 1/2 hour car ride actually enjoyable.

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    "Moving Story"
    Where does Leaving Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the very top


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Serenity Jones


    Any additional comments?

    Its not often that something unexpected happens in a book and I don't have some hint of it very early on. This book caught me completely off guard and I loved it. Such a moving wonderful story. This is the first I have read of this author and will be using my next credit on one of her other books for sure.

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    Marsha Suter sacramento, ca 10-25-14
    Marsha Suter sacramento, ca 10-25-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Really really good"
    What did you love best about Leaving Time?

    Story was very original and captivating


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the story about elephants


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very dramatic


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cry at the end


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amber 10-25-14
    Amber 10-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "First time Jodi reader--this book was excellent"
    Where does Leaving Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I have heard on Audible. The narrators were excellent, the story line was tight even though it bounced around in terms of the point of view. Really happy I went out on a limb and ordered it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Leaving Time?

    The most memorable moment is the plot twist. Didn't see it coming, but when it happened, Jodi Picoult had left little clues that all wrapped up perfectly. Won't give it away here tho...don't want to ruin it for everyone.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The distinctive voices, and the great emotion in the performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an extreme reaction...just really surprised and happy with the book itself. I love that Jodi wove her passion to help and protect elephants into the book, and while the story doesn't go too far into detail about elephants, you do pick up a lot of facts about these wonderful animals.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved that this was like a thriller/romance/fantasy/sci-fi/planet animal channel all mixed into one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Norah Portsmouth, NH, United States 10-23-14
    Norah Portsmouth, NH, United States 10-23-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Jodi Picoult's latest book is a page turner"

    I could not stop listening to "Leaving Time" . Jodi Picoult's is amazing story teller. I always learn something from her books. What a great story..thank you Jodi Picoult's.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen Killen, AL, United States 10-22-14
    Gwen Killen, AL, United States 10-22-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Her Best Yet--and that is really saying something!"
    Would you listen to Leaving Time again? Why?

    Absolutely! I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult books, but this one is by far the best!!!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! They always do! Since I read lots of her books, I expect the unexpected, but I never figure them out!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Alice!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hold on---it's quite a ride--an elephant ride!


    Any additional comments?

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! This is my new favorite JP book and it's very high on my list of greatest books of all time!!! I couldn't put it down! Any JP reader knows to expect three things of her books:

    1. Her meticulous research equals a book that entertains and educates the reader in that sneaky way that leaves the reader more knowledgeable from the sheer joy of partaking in the story!

    2. Twists, turns, and more twists! The reader is never going where he or she thinks they are!

    3. Even if you are expecting the unexpected, you will still never know what is coming at the end!

    Mrs. Jodi Picoult has a talent for transforming simple words on paper and turning them into absolutely beautiful ART!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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