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Plain Truth Audiobook

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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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 10-06-06
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 10-06-06
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    "Engaging and beautifully written"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Nepean, Ontario, Canada 12-28-10
    Dawn Nepean, Ontario, Canada 12-28-10
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    "not great"

    I have read most of jodi picoult books and usually enjoy them. This book did not challenge me at all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Montclair, NJ, United States 03-11-10
    Denise Montclair, NJ, United States 03-11-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't Bother!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Georganne Glocester, RI, USA 01-09-08
    Georganne Glocester, RI, USA 01-09-08
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    "not the best listen"

    Good story, but I did not enjoy the reader. The only voice that I liked was the voice of Elli...the rest were soo phony.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 09-04-06
    Deborah 09-04-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Plainly enjoyable"

    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.

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    Barbara L. Russell 02-07-16

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    "Terrible narration"

    The story was great. But I could barely make it through because of the narrators - especially the one doing the judge.

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    Patricia 12-22-15
    Patricia 12-22-15
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    "SO Good!"

    Every part of this book was so well done. Even tho it is fairly long, I found myself wishing it would never end.

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    Joanne 10-07-15
    Joanne 10-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Superbly Written"

    Jodi is wonderful story teller. She transforms and bring alive cultures that you know very little of. I enjoyed every moment of this production.

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    Amazon Customer MO 08-26-15
    Amazon Customer MO 08-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The best Yet"

    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.

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    Emily 06-21-15
    Emily 06-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting look into Amish life and values."

    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.

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  • Purpleroxy
    11/6/15
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    "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.

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  • Ms
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    9/27/15
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    "Compulsive reading"

    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.

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  • KT
    8/28/15
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    "Plain Truth"

    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.

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  • Suzanne smith
    8/17/15
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    "Excellent"

    This book was recommended and did not disappoint. A great story with a good twist at the end.

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  • Tessa Darby
    4/28/15
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    "Slow"

    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.

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  • Mrs.G.Parr
    2/4/15
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    "Different"

    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

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  • Amazon Customer
    Brixham, United Kingdom
    10/19/14
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    "So Amish occasionally act like people"
    Would you try another book written by Jodi Picoult or narrated by Christina Moore and Suzanne Toren ?

    I would definitely read more Picoult. I wasn't too keen on the accents ascribed to the Amish.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jodi Picoult? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    Pleasant voices.


    Do you think Plain Truth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I don't think it warrants it. If Katie were not Amish, it would be boring.


    Any additional comments?

    Not Jodi's best, but okay travel reading.

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  • Sarah
    7/4/14
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    "Restored my faith in audio books"
    What did you like most about Plain Truth?

    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.


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

    How it felt so credible and real. The narrator really connected with the characters and gave them a life.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen. Easy to follow most of the time but a really interesting, thought provoking listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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