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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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    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.

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    09-04-06
    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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    NTC 04-01-15
    NTC 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a disappointment at all!"

    Very good story, plot, and small little twist at the end.
    I love Jodi Picoult. I haven't read a book I didn't like of hers yet

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    Amazon Customer Chicago IL 02-19-15
    Amazon Customer Chicago IL 02-19-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Predictable"

    Seemed void of the usual twists and turns one expects to ride out in Jodi's stories.

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    Archer 01-26-15
    Archer 01-26-15
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    "Legal justice is not always the same for everyone"
    If you could sum up Plain Truth in three words, what would they be?

    I would not sum it up in 3 words. Complicated characters in an usual situation. I felt deeply for them all.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the judge's ruling. She made a real effort to be fair.

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    Susan Edmond, OK, United States 10-23-14
    Susan Edmond, OK, United States 10-23-14 Member Since 2008
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    "More predictable than most Picoult titles"

    I've read over half of Ms. Picoult's novels. This one had few surprises. Some characters were likable; others beyond the reach of reader affection. Neither a waste of a credit nor a favorite. You decide!

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    Daniela Uberaba, Brazil 08-13-14
    Daniela Uberaba, Brazil 08-13-14 Member Since 2011

    Professor at Federal University of Uberlândia (Brazil). I love romances and thrillers. Feel free to send me e-books suggestions!

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    "As always, excelent book"

    Before purchasing this book, I was afraid that I wouldn’t like because some negative customers’ reviews. I highly recommend this book, it pulled me in from the very beginning. I loved all the characters involved and felt every emotion of the book. I would definitely recommend this book to others; it's worth the purchase or use of a credit.

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    anil k joshi 07-27-14
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    "Griping page turner performance!"
    Would you listen to Plain Truth again? Why?

    Yes, have already listened to parts a number of times and enjoyed it immensely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Enjoyed the detailed descriptions, twists and turns of the plot, though a bit repetitive.


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

    Both Suzanne & Christina's performance is superb. They brought a very interesting story alive!


    If you could take any character from Plain Truth out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Eli of course! She is so determined, focused and competent but at the same time in some ways, as or perhaps even more fragile than Katie.


    Any additional comments?

    Go ahead, try it out, you won't be disappointed.

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    Nadene 07-22-14
    Nadene 07-22-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A FAVORITE BOOK!"
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    I am surprised about some of the low reviews. I read this many years ago, recommended it to my book club and it flew amongst its members. We LOVED it! Listening was even better. As usually Picoult does an excellent job of exploring a subject from many angles. I felt this was a more enjoyable read that some of her other heart-renching explorations.

    Both narrators were good, but I didn't see a reason for 2 narrators. It didn't seem necessary or bring anything special to the book. Katie's voice was high pitched and innocent. Appropriate I felt.

    I highly recommend this book!

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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.

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