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.
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"Absorbing and affecting." (Entertainment Weekly)
"The story's quietude is appropriate, given its magnificently painted backdrop and distinctive characters." (Publishers Weekly)
I hated for this story to end even if I did have a good idea how it would resolve. The descriptions of the homes and life of the AMish people helped bring them to life and served to educate me about how they think which is so very different from the rest of non Amish people in our country. If the Katie character seemed whiney and uncooperative with attempts to help her legal case, it was because WE non Amish find it nearly impossible to believe that anyone could be so selfless. I don't know if this is truly the way the Amish live and think, but for this particular story, it is and her behavior is consistent with the author's intent.
Sorry to say, this one is pretty bad! I have enjoyed many of her more recent books, but this work has many shortcomings. The plot is full of holes and defies logic at times, and the narrator is not good.
Plain Truth is a lush, enjoyable book to listen to. I felt as if I truly were in Amish farm country the whole time. The characters are fully and believably drawn and the narrarators bring them to life in a vivid and interesting manor.
I found only two negative points--and I wouldn't want anyone to not choose this book because of them. Still, the trial scenes were often repetitive, providing information we already knew, and the "stunning conclusion" seemed fairly obvious to me from mid-book on. Neither of these points were distracting enough to make me regret the selection, however.
It was a good, long listen. Plain yet lush. I feel as if I've spent the week on an Amish farm visiting new people who have become good friends, and have had a wonderful time learning new customs and mulling over a laundry basket of fresh ideas.
I love Jodi Picoult and of all her books this is my favorite one yet!! The love story, the suspense, a Mother's love, the culture and Soo much more!! Didn't want to put it down.
Interesting look into Amish life. The story drug out a bit. I would have enjoyed more storyline into the Amish rather than the sideline story between the attorney and psychiatrist.
"Always a twist"
Love Jodi Picoults stories they keep your attention right to the end and seems to always be a twist to the tale.
The narrators voice did grind on me a bit when doing some of the characters but overall a good listen.
Another page turner from Jodie picoult. I became engrossed in this audible with 10 mins & I finished it faster than any other audible I've had. Brilliant story.
I really liked this book, good story. However it was very slow. By the 10 chapter I was pretty sure I would have given up, keep listening though because it's very good. However it is very very slow and repetitive.
This book was recommended and did not disappoint. A great story with a good twist at the end.
A bit slow may have given up quarter way through if reading.
Quite a few holes in the story, so felt a bit flat. It could have been half as long.
An excellent book. Different and well worth listening to. It enables the listener to have a clearer understanding of Amish people and their way of life. The narration was brilliant
"So Amish occasionally act like people"
I would definitely read more Picoult. I wasn't too keen on the accents ascribed to the Amish.
Jodi tackles life problems: I really enjoyed The Storyteller. In this book, I think she relied too much on the idiosyncratic Amish community as a focus and left the plot rather weak and predictable.
No. I don't think it warrants it. If Katie were not Amish, it would be boring.
Not Jodi's best, but okay travel reading.
"Restored my faith in audio books"
The story was great and very intriguing. If you like Jodie Picolt then you won't be disappointed. The depth of her understanding about the characters way of life as Amish was extremely detailed. It was done with thought and a real insight.
How it felt so credible and real. The narrator really connected with the characters and gave them a life.
Well worth a listen. Easy to follow most of the time but a really interesting, thought provoking listen.
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