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Plain Truth | [Jodi Picoult]

Plain Truth

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.
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Publisher's Summary

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide, and, for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live "plain", Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within, to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past reenters her life.

Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a fascinating portrait of Amish life and a moving exploration of the bonds of love, friendship, and the heart's most complex choices.

Don't miss more from Jodi Picoult.

©2000 Jodi Picoult; (P)2006 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Absorbing and affecting." (Entertainment Weekly)
"The story's quietude is appropriate, given its magnificently painted backdrop and distinctive characters." (Publishers Weekly)

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    AmyX 09-10-06
    AmyX 09-10-06 Member Since 2005
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    "A great listen!"

    I very much enjoyed this book - especially learning about the Amish community. I missed the characters when it was over. My only complaint is its predictability. The ending became quite obvious about half way through. But that would not stop me from listening again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joey Rae 09-05-06
    Joey Rae 09-05-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Book!"

    Another great book from Jodi Picoult. I was especially pleased to learn about the Amish religion and traditions which made the book even more interesting to listen to. I put 2+2 together and figured out the end about 2/3rd's of the way through. The narration was so-so....would have been a better listen had they used a man for the male voices. I still recommend this book....you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Ft Collins, CO, USA 08-23-06
    Beverly Ft Collins, CO, USA 08-23-06
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    "Plain Truth"

    This has been the best book I have had in aa very long long time. I like mistery, trials, medical and have enjoyed understanding the Amish ways. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Calumet City, IL, USA 10-06-07
    Michael Calumet City, IL, USA 10-06-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Agnes of God"

    This story reminds me of the movie Agnes of God.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Barraba, Australia 05-26-13
    Kathy Barraba, Australia 05-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable audio book"
    If you could sum up Plain Truth in three words, what would they be?

    intricate, interesting, involving


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complexity of the characters


    What about Christina Moore and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

    Most of the characters were well done.


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

    I looked forward to going to bed early to listen to the evolving story. I also enjoyed taking my time to think about each of the characters, and how their lives and attitudes changed during the story.


    Any additional comments?

    A couple of the male voices sounded a little off key, but how many octaves can a person have!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    deana Melbourne, fl, United States 02-19-13
    deana Melbourne, fl, United States 02-19-13 Listener Since 2002
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    "Great read"
    If you could sum up Plain Truth in three words, what would they be?

    Great story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Realistic and multiple facets


    Have you listened to any of Christina Moore and Suzanne Toren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I like her books and the narrators always seem to get the rhythm correctly

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Allison BALTIMORE, MD, United States 02-02-13
    Allison BALTIMORE, MD, United States 02-02-13
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    "I could see myself in both women"
    What made the experience of listening to Plain Truth the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed hearing both women coming at it from different places.


    What other book might you compare Plain Truth to and why?

    Widow for a year, it reminds me somewhat of friends who are exact opposites


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christina Moore and Suzanne Toren ’s performances?

    They weren't my favorite readers.


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

    Yes, I stayed up late listening.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Co Wexford, Ireland 12-03-12
    Anne Co Wexford, Ireland 12-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I could not put this down - I listened everywhere!"
    Where does Plain Truth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks pretty high in my listening experiences. I guessed 'who done it' but it didnt ruin the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Plain Truth?

    The development of the relationship between the client and lawlor, tables turned at one point - 'who's helping who' I found myself asking.


    What does Christina Moore and Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They brought it to life.


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

    I was just glued to it all the way through. Great insite to the culture.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming Jodi

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Franklin, CT, United States 01-02-11
    Jill Franklin, CT, United States 01-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Slow start, but enjoyable"

    I started this book a few times and then left it after not getting into it. I got back to it finally, and I have to admit it was very engaging once I bought into the premise. I admit that I am a big fan of Jodi Picoult's audiobooks. I have not yet seen any of the movies of her stories, but am considering getting the Lifetime movies of Plain Truth, The Pact and The 10th Circle, all available on iTunes for a bundled price. I am sure they will not be as good as the books, but worth checking out.

    I would recommend Plain Truth if you enjoy this genre of books. Picoult consistently writes in a way that keeps me interested in her characters and guessing (often correctly) about the plot twist she generally adds to the ending.

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    Donna A Massachusetts 03-11-09
    Donna A Massachusetts 03-11-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Loved It"

    Jodi Picoult has to be one of my most favorite authors and this book was no disappointment for me. I so enjoyed learning about some of the Amish religion and traditions and about 1/2 way through the recording I kind of figured out who "dunnit"; only to be thrown off during the trial. Unlike others I really enjoy both readers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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