©2001 Jodi Picoult; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"Genuinely suspenseful and at times remarkably original." (Publishers Weekly)
It's an engaging page-turner, occasionally moving. I was bothered by the needless distractions, such as: 1) The trial is, to say the least, implausible on so many levels I don't know where to begin. As a trial lawyer, perhaps I shouldn't read courtroom dramas written by non-lawyers. But I do. It was amazing how many pieces of compelling evidence, littered throughout the book, were ignore, overlooked, or used poorly when the trial came. No explanation. No trial strategy. And the stuff thrown in to make it colorful, like Addie's father bringing biscuits for the jurors and the judge and lawyers, was ludicrous. If the DA was bothered, and he was, why not move for a mistrial? 2) The narrator did the voices of the characters very well, but mispronounced quite a few words. Please, look them up: "Lomotil." Or "Corazón, as examples. 3) The author--or narrator--made a dumb mistake, when a character who is a big Red Sox fan refers to a key play in the 1986 ALCS championship as the 1987 playoffs. NO Red Sox fan ever gets such things wrong. 4) Many of the characters seem to lurch from doing one thing to the next, without much plausible reason for their actions. It seems to have more to do with the author's need for plot development than the characters' inner logic.
Like a few other Audible books I've listened to, the intervals between chapters are sometimes messed up. In some cases, the sequence of sentences is confusing because there's no gap.
But if you don't listen too hard, and don't think about it very much, it's a good page-turner to listen to in the car.
Love Jode's books
Take out the part where her father goes into Jillian room in the night, it implied that there was something going on between father and daughter, therefore the end end was not a shock.
I'm a big fan of Jodi Picoult, and this book was no disappointment. It was interesting from the start. While there were a few areas that were predictable, the ending was a bit of a surprise. I highly recommend.
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Salem Falls was some what predictable - there was a "teenage witch practice" element in this book which was different & interesting but the main character Jack I found to be anything but a hero. Too much of him not standing up for himself. I liked the book and the performance was excellent but I would only give the storyline 3 stars.
I didn't even finish listening to this book. I didn't like the fowl language and the story did not grip me. I had previously read another of the authors books and was looking forward to this one. I'm going to "return it" if Audible will allow me to do so.
BEST BOOK EVER!!
Addie was my favorite because of how pure and strong she was. She had a past and at times it clouded her vision of Jack, but she never fully left his side.
Her voice changes let you know who was speaking and added a little personality to the characters.
No major extreme reaction. I felt angry when I found out that Katherine Marsh really did fake the sexual assault charges.
Great read. Loved the book from beginning to end. Kudos to Ms. Picoult on another great book.
I think it is a good book but unfortunately was rather predictable.
predictable- I am glad that everything worked out but you are frustratedby the dumb predictable things that are done by the main characters.
the main female character was beautiful and innocent.
I really enjoyed listening to Salem Falls it was a story line that just kept your attention!!
Addie - She was just so nice
I think Julia read the book well and she changed her voice for different characters. I do really like reading books myself but it is great to have audiobooks for long car trips
It was too long, but I did want to continue listening to it everytime my jorney ended!!
'Salem Falls' is a predictable tale, though reasonably well told -- perfect for the car and the daily commute because after the first few chapters there are no surprises. That said, it's a pleasant-enough listen, even if it is my least favorite of the Picoult books I've heard.
Am currently listening to something by Elizabeth George, though the title escapes me at the moment.
It was easy to tell characters apart,but I found her delivery annoying. I would have to think twice about selecting another title narrated by her.
No follow-up is needed. I guess I wouldn't mind learning what happened to the young woman (second victim) but life will certainly go on if I don't.
pure chicklit, so if you like this, go for it
actually the narration was good compared to the story
the love scenes
not my kind of thing
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