Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age 13, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate, a life and a role that she has never challenged, until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister, and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.
My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? Once again, in My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity.
©2004 Jodi Picoult; (P)2004 Recorded Books
"Picoult ably explores a complex subject with bravado and clarity, and comes up with a heart-wrenching, unexpected plot twist at the book's conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)
"A complex, gripping story....A beautiful, heartbreaking, controversial, and honest book. (Booklist)
This will always be one of my favorite books. Loved the different readers for each character, which really connects you emotionally with each of them. I couldn't stop listening to it. The ending was so unexpected - it is a book you have to discuss when you have finished. Make sure you listen to this one!
I can't even begin to describe how this audiobook will grab you right from the start. This is a definite MUST READ (listen in this case!) and if you are contemplating purchasing this book, stop contemplating and just get it.
One aspect of this audiobook that I truly thought was a great was having a different narrator for each character's chapter. I never knew I could change my opinion on the character and their situation so many times in one single book.
The surprise ending will just shock you and I in all seriousness recommend making sure you are alone and at home when listening to the final hour of this book. I made the mistake of finishing this book while grocery shopping and I literally stood in the canned food aisle staring at the cans with tears streaming down my face when all I wanted to do was just go to my car and cry.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and as my title to this review said, be prepared to want to drop everything to listen to this book as much as you possibly can!
This story adds a new twist to the forever debate on medical involvement with embryos. Although I felt the story was dragging at times, the ending made the whole book worth it.
A remarkable story of how each person in a family can be affected by a single decision. Jodi Picoult captures your attention from beginning to end. Narration done by several readers makes you feel like you are listening to each individual personally.
This book will illicit many emotions from the listener. In any given chapter you will agree, disagree, like and dislike the main characters. It is an emotional roller coaster ride and you won't want to stop listening. In the end you will have a full understanding of the meaning of Love. This will always be one of my favorite books.....Jodi Picoult is a remakable author and the narration was superb.
I loved the characters, the events, and the possiblities. The book was 'medical' without being heavy. I always miss Jodi's characters when her stories end. I am on "The Tenth Child."
I am a busy executive who has a passion for reading, mostly novels. This passion was passed down to me (and my brother) by my father who was never without a book in his hand. I regularly have two or three books going at the same time..always have audible books in my ear during long car rides in Los Angeles.
This is the first book by Picoult that I have read. It was recommended to me by a friend at my office. I was a little hesitant about the subject matter but Picoult handled it in such an insightful and warm manner that I was hooked in the first chapter. This is one of the best books I've read in a very long time. Now, I plan to read everything else she has written.
If you are considering reading this book then you have probably already heard how wonderful it is. It is a perfectly written book. And the audible version in captivating.
A long-time fan of this author, I had high expectations going into the book. I was not at all disappointed. Jodi has a knack of creating real characters that we can all identify with and care about, and the audio production device of using different speakers for the characters really added to the enjoyment.
I teared up on a few occasions, and the ending is hard to take. Be sure to have Kleenex on hand and use caution if you are driving and listening to the last chapter!
I loved this audio book, and particularly enjoyed the multi-voiced performances that brought each character perfectly to life. An engaging story that gently nudges the reader to feel each character's pain and love, and to consider the moral, ethical & social issues that tear into this family.
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