©2001 Jodi Picoult; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"Genuinely suspenseful and at times remarkably original." (Publishers Weekly)
I enjoyed the story, as I have most of the author's other writings. My only regret is that she chooses to use frequent cursing in her writing. This deters me from enjoying the story as much as I normally would. (and in this case the language was just uncalled for.) Narrator was terrific.
I got into this book slowly but the more I listened the more intrigued I became. Towards the end I could hardly put it down. I took the dog for an hour walk this afternoon in freezing weather just to get to the ending, and when i got home i had 15 minutes left so I picked up my knitting to hear the last bit.
The reason i just HAD to hear the very end was that there was one piece of forensic evidence presented at the trial that was never explained, and with the verdict delivered and 5 minutes left on the recording I was still thinking 'what the heck?'. Then at the very very end it all made sense...... and totally creeped me out. I'll be having nightmares about it tonight. Enjoy!
The reader was great but the editing wasn't. Some of the scene changes in the story took place with not even a second between them, which made it confusing for a few seconds to realize that I was now listening to a different speaker in a new situation.
A fellow listener inclined to share my opinion on these productions. Maybe even inspire someone toward a powerful, or educational audiobook!
I don't normally listen to or read fiction, but when I do I either get lucky picking the books, or just don't realize how entertaining it can actually be. This was fantastic! I enjoyed the characters, the discriptiveness of her sentencing, and the drama. Oh and the taboo also added to the appeal...whooa!
The narrator was the best. She had different voicing for different characters, and seemed to express the intonations assocciated with the emotions being expressed in each of the quotes. I often wonder if the readers read each paragraph before recording to master the emotions, or just get lucky with a once through reading prior to recording. Either way this woman did a phenomenal job in my oppinion(if this comes off niave it is only because I don't have a large collection of fiction in my bag).
I have to give this 2 thumbs up, and guess that all will be quite satisfied with this purchace, or at least not feel cheated with the expenditure of a credit. Enjoy all!
This novel was fine, but it definitely was disappointing compared to the many other Picoult novels I have read.
There were just parts of it that were unbelievable. Lots of the court scenes and what was admissable (such as his record) didn't hold true.
Great story, but slow start. (more than 3 words, i know).
Probably Jack's attorney - I liked his honesty and how he came through in the end even with self doubt.
When Jack was found innocent!
Addy - she would have a lot of stories to elaborate on being so heavy in living in the past.
I really was bored with the witch craft at the beginning, and was worried there would be a lot of supernatural in the book. In the end, the premise had little to do with anything supernatural - just that the girls were concealing the fact that they were into Wicca.
If I follow you, it's because I've glanced through your reviews and more than likely found books I've agreed with you on and also found at least one book that the majority loved, and you and I were less than thrilled with. I know I should follow you then for that next read that I will enjoy.
I have to say that I had enjoyed Jodi Picoult's Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes. I did not care at all for Second Glance, not crazy about Mercy, either. I really enjoyed Salem Falls, kept me listening all weekend.
Or am I just getting tired of Jodi Picoult? The story here is engaging enough. Jodi's storytelling is good, and her characters believable, but her writing is the weakness. In every book I've bought, Jodi has sections where she lets herself get carried away with purple prose. She fails to halter her maudlin tendencies, and the result is a feeling of "embarrassment" for the reader, as he feels he is listening to a line or a paragraph that might have been penned by a child in an 8th grade composition class. Still, if you have not listened to a Picoult book, this is worth your time.
Disjointed story that seems to find as many ways possible (including flashbacks!)to discuss the abuse of minors. The narration is irksome at best, offensive at worst: the two African American characters are both voiced as sassy southerners although the novel is set in the northeast; all teenage girls sound as if they are mentally challenged. Don't waste your time or money on this one.
The book is really great. All characters are great. Some make you mad, some make you cheer. It's cool. It starts off in an interesting way and has unexpected twists that capture your attention. I hated to leave my vehicle listening to this.
I usually enjoy Jodi's books but this book was very disappointing and boring. I felt this book was a waste of listening time. Perhaps the author is cranking out too many books.
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