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Nineteen Minutes | [Jodi Picoult]

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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    Kristin M Taber 11-25-08 Member Since 2007
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    "19 minutes"

    Very detailed story, lots moving parts, but once you get through the first hours, introduction of all the characters, you will not put it down.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha hamilton, new jersey, United States 12-29-12
    Samantha hamilton, new jersey, United States 12-29-12
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    "Amazing, insightful, exceeded expectations"
    What made the experience of listening to Nineteen Minutes the most enjoyable?

    The way it was written. I love Jodi Picoult; all of her characters seem so alive. The narrator was great for this too.


    Which character – as performed by Carol Monda – was your favorite?

    Josie. She sounded exactly as I thought Josie would.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part about Peter being pantsed.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jolanda Denver, CO, United States 01-26-12
    Jolanda Denver, CO, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Lame ending and story too long"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It had some great parts. It drags a bit in parts. The end is rather lame. Great narrator


    What does Carol Monda bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Makes the book come alive


    Did Nineteen Minutes inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Love to have recommended it, but the end really was not very good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    brooke OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States 09-21-11
    brooke OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States 09-21-11
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    "Great book, poor narration."
    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story and heart wrenching details into the lives and victimization of the social lifestyle of bullies and the bullied of a suburban high school.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was dull and toneless. All characters sounded the same and voice variations were off base from what the listener would feel like the voices should sound like,


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Dallas, TX, United States 02-23-11
    Dianne Dallas, TX, United States 02-23-11 Member Since 2009

    dianne

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    "Should get the Abridged version!"

    How many hours do you need to listen to the boy in this book get tortured at school? I really am not even sure that I can finish this book. I'm 6 hours into it and after listening to 6 hours of a kid get tormented at school, I think I've got the point!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katybyrdh Roswell 05-26-10
    Katybyrdh Roswell 05-26-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Pick another Picoult"

    This has been my least favorite of Picoult's books....it dragged and was so repetitive. She has her twist, as always, but I only finished it because it was on book tape.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Silver Spring, MD, USA 12-22-07
    Brenda Silver Spring, MD, USA 12-22-07
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    "The Consequences of Bullying"

    Nineteen minutes was an exceptionally well told story of the anguish experienced by one young man for 11 years of public school and the 19 minutes it took for him to "payback" the perpetrators of the bullying that made his life hell.

    As the mother of a son who was somewhat of a social outcast (due to OCD) throughout high school, I felt an emotional involvement with the characters. However, in the past 15 years since my son's own agonizing experience, I am upset at the failure of the school authorities to effectively end the bullying of vulnerable students. It would seem that nothing has been learned from the investigations into the school massacres of the last decade.

    Teaching and embracing diversity in most educational environments has yet to become either policy or practice. Perhaps when "brains" and "techies" are appreciated as much as school jocks there may be less chance of students developing PTSD from bullying, such as the main character of this book developed.

    Jodi Picout certainly helps demistify the unfortunate suffering that goes on behind the backs of adults (parents and teachers) for so many students.

    What an engrossing story and great read.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Buzzards Bay, MA, United States 03-22-07
    Barbara Buzzards Bay, MA, United States 03-22-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Nineteen Minutes"

    Piccoult does it again with a great plot, character development and overall readability. I enjoyed the book from start to finish.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    laurie eller the South 07-29-09
    laurie eller the South 07-29-09 Member Since 2007

    i live in the kentucky bluegrass and enjoy coffee in the morning while listening to a great book.

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    "Not enjoyable."

    This book was completely unenjoyable. Aside from the fact that it's another one of Jodi's sad from the beginning to the end, type of book, this one was far-fetched and the ending isn't wrapped up well. I wish I had never read it at all.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 10-20-07
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 10-20-07
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    "disappointing"

    This is my first Jodi Picault, and I'm frankly disappointed. She uses a shopworn plot that is totally predictable, a conceit of going forward and backward in time that doesn't really do anything for the story itself, the book is twice as long as it should be, and I think that a lot of the dialogue is rather trite.

    Sorry, Picault-lovers.........I'll take PD James or Anne Perry anyday over this author.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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