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Salem Falls | [Jodi Picoult]

Salem Falls

Jack St. Bride was a popular teacher and soccer coach at a girls' prep school when he was falsely accused of statutory rape. Released after eight months behind bars, he arrives in Salem Falls hoping to start fresh. He lands a job washing dishes at the local diner and even falls in love with the owner, Addie. But then a spoiled local girl accuses Jack of assault, forcing his past into the open and turning the town against him.
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Publisher's Summary

Jack St. Bride was a popular teacher and soccer coach at a girls' prep school when he was falsely accused of statutory rape. Released after eight months behind bars, he arrives in Salem Falls hoping to start fresh. He lands a job washing dishes at the local diner and even falls in love with the owner, Addie. But then a spoiled local girl accuses Jack of assault, forcing his past into the open and turning the town against him.

©2001 Jodi Picoult; (P)2007 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Genuinely suspenseful and at times remarkably original." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Carolyn Lake Worth, FL, USA 09-23-07
    Carolyn Lake Worth, FL, USA 09-23-07
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    "Not My Favorite Picoult"

    While I was listening to this book, I really enjoyed it. Looking at it critically for a review, I will say while enjoyable, it is not my favorite Picoult book. There's no doubt that Picoult is talented and has a wonderful writing style. However, I found some points of the plot unbelivable, and other parts too similar to previous novels. To me, this story seemed like it followed too much of the "formua" that was created in her other successful books, and it made this book less original for me.

    If you are a first-time Picoult listener, read "My Sister's Keeper" or "Nineteen Minutes." My Sister's Keeper, as an audiobook, is sheer brilliance.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 08-29-07
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 08-29-07 Member Since 2005

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "Great Ride!"

    I have read many of Picoult's books, I enjoyed Salem Falls as much as My Sister's Keeper and Plain Truth. It had just enough of everything in it. Family drama, courtroom drama, teenage drama, relationship drama. All the ingredients of a winner.

    The only criticism I have is it was predictable, right down to the last line in the story. I still loved the journey it took me on. Picoult is really good at character building. Although I found some of the characters weak, I felt a connectionl.

    Julia Gibson gives her usual stellar performance. You can actually hear the attitude in her inflection when she reads the part of Jilly the brat that accuses Jack St. Bride of sexual assault. She never over acts. The story follows the path of a really good "made for TV movie"

    Salem Falls was a satisfying listen. I'm sorry it's over. High recommended.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Whitney Shepherd S CA 04-09-08
    Whitney Shepherd S CA 04-09-08 Member Since 2008

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    "The book is great the recording is bad"

    This book is supposed to be so good, I cannot get past the breathing, swallowing and voice clearing the reader is doing. Wasn't there a mute button. All the other Jodi Picoult books I have listened to have been great. This one is hurting to try to get past the bad recording.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 10-26-09
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 10-26-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Another Story"

    Jodi Picoult is good but she does get boring after awhile. This story is long. It seems the love interest of the main character goes to extremes: she loves him, she doubts him, she loves him, she needs to check his story out, and over and over again. In the meantime, he never says "Boo!" to stick up for himself.

    The group of young girl possible victims are a bunch of spoiled brats. No one ever says "Boo!" to them to acknowledge their bad behaviors.

    The ending is almost predictable. But then, since Picoult's book have begun to follow a pattern, what is a surprise about that?

    If you haven't read much by her, then this will be enjoyable. But if you have, save your credit. I wish I hadn't bought so many by her.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 09-07-08
    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 09-07-08
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    "Excellent"

    I love Jodi Picoult and she doesn't disappoint in this story. A great read with lots of moral dilemma. Great narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Adkins 12-28-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent book!"

    Set as a modern day “Crucible” this book delivers on so many counts. It has high drama, love, a thrilling court trial and many twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed it and believed the characters and the story. The high school Wiccan girls stir up trouble in this isolated N.H. town as a way to get attention. No one character is painted in black and white but rather in every color of the rainbow. The narrator was excellent. Definitely buy this book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 05-01-08
    Sandra 05-01-08
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    "Disappointed"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Scott 03-23-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Don't Miss This Book"

    I have listened to several of Jodi Picoult's books, and this didn't disappoint me, it's one of the best. I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Busconi VT, USA 10-08-08
    J. Busconi VT, USA 10-08-08 Member Since 2007

    Amazon fan

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    "AMAZING"

    Great story, wonderful characters, terrific author. Very sound and insteresting story-another best seller!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    April Delta, British Columbia, Canada 08-28-08
    April Delta, British Columbia, Canada 08-28-08 Member Since 2006
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    "A Little disappointing."

    I have enjoyed other Jodi Picoult books, but unfortunately, I had this ending figured out pretty quickly. Not quite as good as some of her newer work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Kirstine
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    "Starts slowly and then takes off"

    At first nothing much happens as we're introduced to the many characters who will feature in the story. There are a lot of characters to keep track of but gradually the protagonists become clear in this story of a struggle for truth. The central character is Jack St Bride who arrives as a mysterious stranger in Salem Falls and gets work as a dish-washer in Addie's diner. Both Jack and Addie have had tragedies in their lives. We learn that Jack was a school-teacher who has been in prison for the last 8 months on a charge of having had sexual relations with an under-age pupil. He claims he is innocent but agreed to a plea-bargain to get a reduced sentence.
    The title 'Salem Falls' is a clue to the main theme of book: the witch-hunts of the late 17th century in Sale, resonate through the story as Jack is hounded by the local populace once they discover his past. He gets accused of rape and the narrative takes off as he is brought to court and the author keeps the listener on tenter-hooks until the very end as evidence for and against his guilt is excitingly presented. I couldn't stop listening it was so touch and go.
    The reader is very good and she helps one to keep track of the many different characters by changing her voice and accent. The author has a very colourful descriptive style with loads of similes.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • jennycola
    Middlesex UK
    2/18/14
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    "One of her best stories"
    What did you like most about Salem Falls?

    The end, because it had me shouting "I knew it!"


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Salem Falls?

    If I tell you it might spoil the story :p


    What about Julia Gibson’s performance did you like?

    Actually, she had me confused a few times when she didn't pause long enough before starting the next paragraph.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I listened to each parts all at once, three 6 hours sittings


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is one of the best books, its most definitely one of my favourite Jodi Picoult books so far. You want to believe he's innocent but if you've read/heard any of her other books in the past you will know that there are always unexpected twists and this one is no different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Rayleigh Essex, United Kingdom
    6/16/13
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    "A wondeful moving interesting book"

    I listened to this book on my two weeks holiday and it lasted on and off until my day of return. It is one of the best books I have ever read and I did not want it too end. The narrators were perfect and fitted the characters perfectly. The story line was moving and very interesting especially the legal side of things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. REP
    Midlands, UK.
    7/29/12
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    "A compulsive listen."

    One of those that you don't want to stop listening to - and I didn't guess the twist at the end.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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