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)
As usual, Jodi Picoult's books are always interesting and keep me listening. In fact, I probably would have given it another star or two if it wasn't for the narrators. It was hard to tell between the two but one sounded like a man. The voice of Katy was absolutely ridiculous. She sounded like she was 2, not 18. I'd compare the narration to dragging chalk on a chalkboard. It was really bad!
I live near the Amish in Pennsylvania. I read the positive reviews and was looking forward to a great read. But I was disappointed. It was a predictable plot that just failed to grip me. The background info about the Amish culture proved weak enough to lose my trust. Unlike the author states, the Amish youth do not sometimes stray to buy beer at the local Turkey Hill. They can’t. PA liquor laws prohibit alcohol sales in convenience stores. Six packs are bought in bars. Cases are sold at beer distributors. Someone didn’t do their homework. Oddly enough, the Amish are sometimes seen pulling a buggy up to a beer distributor. Now there’s an ironic picture that the author could have had fun with. The book’s courtroom scenes were probably the most disappointing, filled with unbelievably unprofessional comments from lawyers and judges. The end left me feeling cheated.
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I loved this book! I have not read a good court-room drama since I can’t remember when and this plot sucked me right in!
It was original and thought provoking, perhaps a little cliché at times and I suppose a unsurprising twist at the end, but none of that ruined it – it had me enthralled from start to almost finish.
I bet they make a movie out of this one!
I definitely enjoyed this book but I agree with some of the other comments here about the narrators. Especially the one who had the voice of the judge (kind of like nails scraping a chalkboard!) But besides that, I highly recommend this one!
After reading My Sister's Keeper, I thought I'd try another of Ms. Picoult's novels. I was not disappointed! It has a fantastic plot with a twist you will never see coming. It gives a view into Amish life I never knew. As with the first book I read I could not put it down. Plain Truth is a wonderful book and I would reccommend it to anyone who likes a written version of Law and Order.
Save your time and money on this one. This audio book is 8+ hours long. The story is way toooooooooo long and is very boring. There are no twists or turns, just a long drawn out story, which isn't very interesting past the first chapter. The depiction of Amish life is incorrect and the narrator was as irritating as anyone could possibly be. When doing the voice of the 18 year old young woman, she talked like a little girl of 5 years old with a lisp, and a really bad German accent. No 18 year old young Amish woman would sound like that! It's annoying after one hour, but after 8, it's torture! Additionally, there's not much of a story line and there are things thrown into the book that pay no bearing at all on the story. The worst part is - wait for it - after 8 LONG HOURS of listening and forcing myself to finish listening to the entire thing - there is no ending! It's one of those weird endings that leaves it up to your imagination. Are you kidding me??? After listening to that narrator for 8 hours?? UGH. Spare yourself. Move on to another selection..... unless you feel you need to punish yourself for something.
When I read the other posts here, I have to assume the other reviewers have read a different book.
Characters behave stupidly and without proper motivation. You quickly grow to hate the accused, Katie, whom we presume the author would like us to sympathize with. As Katie is her own most determined enemy, doing everything imaginable to ruin her own case and credibility, that isn't easy. Furthermore, we are supposed to believe her constant, whiney self-justifications and endless prevarications neatly cohabitate with the honest and self-effacing character of the Amish. By the time the book is half done, I was so disgusted with this character (and others), I was actually rooting for the prosecution.
Worse, the author built such a fragile plot that a single question, one any intelligent five year old could have posed at any number of points, would have brought down the whole house of cards. The holes are too many to list, but suffice to say we're asked to believe a hot-shot lawyer couldn't see what is laughably apparent to the reader. We're also asked to believe that this lawyer, who didn't want the case in the first place, would put up with the constant lying and betrayals of her own client, making her equally unlikable as a character.
This book insulted my intelligence in almost every scene. It was not helped by the halting, melodramatic reading that made the characters appear even dumber than they might otherwise. But let's not blame the messenger. This isn't a 'who-dunnit' so much as a 'who cares'. The crime isn't in the book- the crime IS the book.
This is a good book, no doubt about that, however I found the narrators to be a bit disapointing. I wouldn't let this keep you from chosing this book, but if you are someone that relies heavily on the voice you may want to preview the sample. I find the need for two women readers to be unnecessary and sometimes confusing. But overall I would say it was a good book.
WW2 and Holocaust junkie - as well as a big fan of the plain old good story. I love discovering new great books.
Bottom of the list. Story was good - kept me interested during long drives to/from work and while filing or something but the narration wasnt as great as some of the other books I listened to so that put it at the bottom of the list.
There was just enough story line "left out" to keep your interested and wondering what was going to happen next.
Narration was good except for the Amish voices. I think the narrators were trying to convey a language barrier type situation/2nd language thing but it was irritating.
This was one of the best books I've listened to (or read) in some time. I was hooked from the first chapter! The characters were so real that as I drove I could see the story unfurl in my mind like a great movie. The narrators managed to read the book without inserting themselves into it, which is sometimes problematical for me. I highly recommend it and I'll be listening to more Jodi Picoult.
"Plain truth - I was hooked from the start."
This was my first Jodi Picoult book so a novice apart from seeing my sister's keeper film.
I was hooked right from the start with this story which I found the narrators brought to life brilliantly and helped me get totally absorbed.
I'm fairly new to audio books which I can't see past now but I have to play samples as some narrators do put me off
The Amish storyline was very insightful and intriguing and although I'd seen a very interesting documentary on TV recently about Amish teens our lack of familiarity to the culture in the UK isn't an obstacle to understanding and affinity.
Saying that -I could've had 'a word' with Katy's dad at times but that was his 'culture'(and a wee bit of stubborn men being a pain in the backside! ha ha)
Ellie was a great character and I loved the progression of the Katy - Ellie relationship.
I was slightly apprehensive about what the end would bring after some reviews were disappointed but I had inkling throughout and was satisfied with the end.
I'm excited reading other reviews from JP fans that this isn't her best book and as I thought it was brilliant I can't wait to listen to more!
I highly recommend this audio book and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I'm a novice reviewer but would urge everyone to do it - Thanks to previous reviewers as they do help me in making title decisions.
Thanks for audio books also they are amazing - I love books but as a working mum with very little time for reading, audio books have been a god send and I can listen to them doing the chores, walking the dog, in the car and have even tuned in in tesco!!
I get so much more out of listening to a book than I have reading them over the years!
"Picoult doing what she does best!"
This was my 6th in a stream of Picoult books; having become thoroughly hooked on her form and style. Although she does follow very similar structures in her writing, the subject matter is always something so clever, well researched and fresh that I feel that, not only do I enjoy the book, but feel enlightened afterwards. Though this is not my favourite of her works, I recommend it highly. The lead characters are utterly engaging, and I felt that sense of loss when finishing the story, which is telling of an author's job well done.
"Amish Mish Mash"
Not a bad story, but trading on the general public's view of a community which is traditionally peace-loving and isolationist. Hard for an English person to empathise with as there is no equivalent in the UK. Nevertheless, a gripping story to begin with, but too long overall and with an end that spoiled the whole thing for me.
"A great read"
I couldn't stop listening.
The look into the Amish world was fascinating and the main characters really came alive.
The readers were also excellent.
Over the past few months I have learnt to love Jodi Picoult's books, but this one is something very special. I greatly admire the research that she obviously puts in to her books - each one some different from the last - but everything about this one is just lovely, from the story, to the characters, to the sense of place, to the understanding of a very different feeling of religion and faith - to the expert narration. This is definitely a book I will come back to, with delight!
"Just Plain Beautiful"
This was a gripping story, beautifully written and excellently narrated.
It was clear and flowed perfectly from one chapter to the next. The characters were distinct and always instantly recognisable. Jodi Picoult's lovely story-telling took me along with her and I could see the people and places so clearly in my mind - if it had been a paper book I would call it a real page-turner.
Instead, as an audio book it has kept me sane whilst packing up prior to our house move, for which I am eternally grateful!
The ending was unexpected, but left me with a sigh on my breath. Just lovely.
"I loved this book!"
Learing about the Amish ways of life I found endearing and interesting, as so the story with its take on the Law making it such a good read.
Loved this story. I'm a big fan of Jodi Picoult, although if you listen a lot they do get kind of predicable. This story was fascinating, it made me think of normal everyday things in a different way like the Amish. Excellently told and I didn't want it to end. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
"Courtroom drama meets chicklit"
There are two parts to this book. The main theme being the death of a baby and the ensuing consequences within an Armish community. This is a well crafted crime/courtroom drama with good character constructions that also offered an interesting insight into the world of the Armish. Had it stopped there, then it would have been a well deserved 4 star listen for me. Unfortunately there was a secondary tale of romance, real chicklit stuff. I have nothing again romance within , or a the main theme of,literature but I found this so clichéd and predictable as to produce groans of frustration. sure that some will enjoy this but it's not for me and ruined the flow and marred the otherwise strong character constructions.
"Gentle story which hooks you in from the start"
Not all of my friends but I can think of a couple who might enjoy it.It is easy listening and doesn't require much thought.
Any other JP book.
Anyone who could do the voice of a judge without making her sound like a manic kindergarten teacher! This spoiled the edge of your seat courtroom scenes.
Baby its cold outside!
I wouldn't listen to it again.
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