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Nineteen Minutes Audiobook

Nineteen Minutes

Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult, known for tackling today's hot-button issues, delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

Picoult, acclaimed for her penetrating explorations of the gray areas in modern society, asks difficult questions in Nineteen Minutes, which may be her most powerful and important novel yet.

Don't miss more from Jodi Picoult.

©2007 Jodi Picoult; (P)2007 Recorded Books LLC

What the Critics Say

"Brilliantly told....The author's insights into her characters' deep-seated emotions brings this ripped-from-the-headlines read chillingly alive." (Publishers Weekly)
"Every bit as gripping and moving as Picoult's previous novels, Nineteen Minutes will no doubt garner considerable attention for its controversial subject and twist ending." (Booklist)
"Picoult spins fast-paced tales of family dysfunction, betrayal, and redemption....[Her] depiction of these rites of contemporary adolescence is exceptional: unflinching, unjudgmental, utterly chilling." (The Washington Post)

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    Lizabeth Raynaud PISMO BEACH, CA, US 07-02-07
    Lizabeth Raynaud PISMO BEACH, CA, US 07-02-07 Member Since 2008
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    "compelling"

    The concept for this story intrigued me at the same time it repelled me. How could this type of story be anything but depressing. This author does such a amazing job of telling this story from all sides without trying to pull your heart-strings in any direction. The emotions are real & raw & true. I have always been a fan of Ms. Picoult's work, but I didn't truly appreciate her wonderful writing style until listening to this.

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    Angie Houston, TX, USA 07-02-07
    Angie Houston, TX, USA 07-02-07
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    "Wonderful"

    Jodi Picoult has done it again with her new book, nineteen minutes. The story could be based on a true story it is so real. In fact I listened to it a week before the Virginia University School Shootings and the first thing that came to mind was asking whether the killer was bullied or not. It was surreal. The book is extremely long- 21 hours, but well worth it.

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    Laurie 07-02-07
    Laurie 07-02-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved it"

    I loved this book. I would suggest everyone read it as it has a lot to teach us about school shootings, bullying and the teenage psyche. The characters were sympathetic and real. Another of Ms Picoult's hits.

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    Amber Austin, TX, USA 06-28-07
    Amber Austin, TX, USA 06-28-07
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    "Really makes you think..."

    Great book, great narrator... sucks you in and keeps you hooked until all 3 parts are completed. I was sad when it was over... I didn't know what was going to happen until the very end... Highly suggested.

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    Yvonne Vernon, NJ, USA 06-14-07
    Yvonne Vernon, NJ, USA 06-14-07
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    "A unique insight into the mind of a teenager"

    I couldn't stop listening to this book. As the step-mother of teenagers and the mother of an infant, it was an amazing opportunity to try and understand the workings of a teen-aged brain while planning ahead for ways to communicate with my daughter in the years ahead. It certainly gave me plenty to think about.

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    Wendy Boscawen, NH, USA 06-14-07
    Wendy Boscawen, NH, USA 06-14-07
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    "So heart wrenching."

    Very scary, because it is so real.

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    Lee Kingsburg,, CA, United States 06-13-07
    Lee Kingsburg,, CA, United States 06-13-07
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    "WOW AGAIN"

    Tears in my eyes. This is awesome writing. Not since "The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon" has there been a novel so amazingly passionate and powerful. Wow.

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    Richard Ft Myers, FL, United States 06-13-07
    Richard Ft Myers, FL, United States 06-13-07 Member Since 2001
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    "The top of her form"

    I have only recently run into Jodi Picoult but it is a relationship that I see going on for many years. I read 19 Minutes the same week as the massacre in Virginia. There were times when the news stories were saying exactly the same words as were in the "novel". The research and completeness of Jodi's work is incredible. It gave me a completely different perspective on what we need to do to stop this kind of thing from happening.

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    I. Nelson Houston, TX 06-12-07
    I. Nelson Houston, TX 06-12-07 Member Since 2005

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    "Nineteen Minutes"

    This author really knows how to search out the "soul" in the matter she is writing about. I have now listended to two of her books and can say that her material is well written, and her characters well developed. You will find yourself thinking about these books long afer you have finished listening to them. Her books are consistenly excellent and makes you want to listen to the next one.

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    D Hermitage, PA, United States 06-08-07
    D Hermitage, PA, United States 06-08-07 Member Since 2008
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    "Slow"

    I usually like Jodi Picoult's books. But this is the first one I found very difficult to finish. The subject matter itself was tough, but that aside, the pace of the story itself was very slow.

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