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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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    Genevieve Vernal , UT, USA 10-04-06
    Genevieve Vernal , UT, USA 10-04-06 Member Since 2010
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    "Engaging"

    Great book, I couldn't stop listening to this book. The ending was a surprise. Well written, I hope to listen to the rest of this author's books.

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    Jeanne Olympia, WA, USA 10-02-06
    Jeanne Olympia, WA, USA 10-02-06 Member Since 2011
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    "Booklady"

    Ugh! The predictable plot I can live with, but the narration was dreadful. The Amish characters were stilted and the "Englishers" sounded like they came from a bad gangster movie. It does pay to preview the narration - I would not have bought this audiobook if I had heard it beforehand.

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    Lori Anchorage, AK, United States 09-20-06
    Lori Anchorage, AK, United States 09-20-06 Member Since 2007
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    "Wow!"

    I truly enjoyed this book, the characters were superb, the story line was arresting. I have 10 minutes to the end and do not even want to hear it because I will hate to have this book end. Bravo.

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    YaYaNaNa Lexington SC 09-19-06
    YaYaNaNa Lexington SC 09-19-06
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    "Not so Good"

    First the voices. With the exception of the Amish characters, who all sound stilted and puppet-like, the characters all sound smarmy, condescending, angry or disgusted. It was hard to listen to. Second the lawyer. If I ever go on trial for murder, I sure hope I have a lawyer who does far more investigation earlier in the course of her preparation and less quilting. It's a book. I want to see how it turns out, but I am disappointed with the selection.

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    Amazon Customer 09-15-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Plain plain"

    The narrators are awful, the end is predictable from the very beginning. The author clearly doesn’t like lawyers because all of them are plain stupid in this novel.

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    AmyX 09-10-06
    AmyX 09-10-06 Member Since 2015
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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!

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    Joey Rae 09-05-06
    Joey Rae 09-05-06 Member Since 2014
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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.

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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.

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    Michael Calumet City, IL, USA 10-06-07
    Michael Calumet City, IL, USA 10-06-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Agnes of God"

    This story reminds me of the movie Agnes of God.

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    Kathy 05-26-13
    Kathy 05-26-13
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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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