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Sing You Home | [Jodi Picoult]

Sing You Home

Zoe Baxter has spent 10 years trying to get pregnant, and just when she's about to get her heart's desire, tragedy destroys her world. In the aftermath of loss, she throws herself into her career. Working with Vanessa, she finds their relationship moving from business, to friendship, and then - to Zoe's surprise - blossoming into love. Will happiness give Zoe one final chance to have a child?
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Zoe Baxter has spent 10 years trying to get pregnant, and just when she's about to get her heart's desire, tragedy destroys her world. In the aftermath of loss, she throws herself into her career. Working with Vanessa, she finds their relationship moving from business, to friendship, and then - to Zoe's surprise - blossoming into love. Will happiness give Zoe one final chance to have a child?

©2011 Jodi Picoult (P)2011 Recorded Books LLC

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    Denise Litchfield Stanmore, Australia 10-20-11
    Denise Litchfield Stanmore, Australia 10-20-11

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    "What world does she live in??"


    I saw this book on the shelf of a frened who reads voraciously and picked it up. The story seems to be set in current times, dealing with coming out as homosexual later in life, and then the quest for a same sex couple to have a baby.

    Where did the author get her research? From a cereal packet? The problems the couple face have zero depth and predictable as to be unbelieveable in today's world. My partner was treated to several loud exclamations during the book as in," Oh you have to be kidding," even guessing the next plot line before it happens.

    Makes every lesbian I know cringe.

    The song sung at the beginning of each chapter in a whiny minor key had me clawing the walls to get out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Mosman, Australia 09-29-11
    Alex Mosman, Australia 09-29-11
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    "Novelty over substance"

    I have a little bit of a problem with "and suddenly I was a lesbian/addict/bad person/out of love" type leaps within a story and this one has them all. I felt a little like Jodi Picoult plotted out key ( controversial ) issues she wants to mention, then joins the dots to make a story of XXX pages. This book is fine for travelling. Bits are very good, other parts are cliched - despite her attempts to address topical issues. Compared to some of her other books ( like My Sisters Keeper) it felt a bit literary-lazy. The novelty of including songs is very risky if you mis-judge your listeners tastes. The folksy, saccharine songs annoyed me - I fast forwarded through them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    thread2014 05-09-11
    thread2014 05-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice but not moving my world"

    What I love about her books is that at the end, I usually still do not know what I would have done in the situation described. She so often makes me question my own believes and convictions. Sadly this was not the case with this book. It was well read and well writen but did not touch me like others did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dian ormeau, Australia 07-16-14
    Dian ormeau, Australia 07-16-14 Listener Since 2008
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    "Fabulous Read."

    I usually read Jodi Picoult in hard copy books, but thoroughly enjoyed having this one read to me. Jodi has a fabulous writing style. I highly recommend all her books.

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  • Jane
    Crieff, Perthshire, United Kingdom
    4/21/11
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    "Thought provoking and beautiful music too."

    This book raises contentious issues whichever side of the so called 'divide' you are on whilst exposing much of the hypocrisy from the religious right who try and claim that every word in the bible is the word of god yet pick and choose when it suits them. Jodi Picoult has a knack for tackling difficult issues whilst showing, at the end of the day, love and mutual respect are all that matters even if there a still sections of the community who have to pay a very heavy price for that love.

    The narration is shared between three characters and is unusual in having a musical element too, which I have to say works very well with this book. It is a great book and well narrated and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
    Kings Lynn, United Kingdom
    5/24/12
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    "Don't be put off by the music!"

    I loved this book. The love story at it's heart was subtle, convincing & well drawn and I found the central characters resonated with me. As you expect with this author, the moral maze is thought provoking and not as clear cut as you might think. The main reason I have been provoked into writing a review is the overwhelming number of negative reviews about the music scattered throughout the book. These reviews put me off for some time before I finally purchased it. Personally, I enjoyed most of the musical interludes but I think it is important to point out that they are few and far between and easily skipped if they are not your bag. In short, if the only thing putting you off is the music then get over it and give it a shot!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay
    St Sampsons, United Kingdom
    8/8/11
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    "Should have been warned by the tiltle!"

    I am a huge Jodi Picoult fan, and this book was her usual excellent standard. However I hated the songs! really spoilt this book for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Louise
    Thatcham, United Kingdom
    7/12/11
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    "Excellent story, pity about the songs"

    This is one of Jodi Picoult's better books and I really found myself caring for the characters and wanting to pick up my ipod to listen to more. Unfortunatly there are songs inbetween many of the chapters which were really not to my taste and actually quite grating. I found myself skipping through these parts to get back to the book. Songs aside though, the narrators were very good and the story line was unusual and compelling.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    9/13/11
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    "Thought-provoking story marred by the songs"

    As always, Jodi Picoult creates a scenario that sucks you in wanting to know what happens to the characters while at the same time makes you think about moral issues. In this case whether Zoe Baxter or her ex-husband, Max, have the right to embryos that were created by in-vitro fertilization when they were married. The author adds to the moral complexity by having Zoe fall in love and marry another woman and Max to become a born-again, fundamentalist Christian supported in his quest by the big guns of the anti-gay clergy and lawyers. I found the to and fro of the arguments in the ensuing court case fascinating. I've only down-graded my rating to 4 because I really disliked the songs that broke up the flow of the story: I fast-forwarded over them.
    The three narrators were excellent and brought the characters to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    5/16/11
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    "Brilliant , a must read / listen"

    Great story, really easy to listen to, songs at the beginning of the chapters were rubbish though

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • N. Mckay
    England
    4/14/14
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    "Brilliant story, worth a listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Sing You Home the most enjoyable?

    I am a big Jodi Picoult fan having discovered her here on Audible. Another reviewer said not to be put off by the musical interludes in this recording so I downloaded it and I wasn't disappointed! I will say that I really didn't like the music - 5 minutes long in many cases and they really weren't my style. However, I simply skipped the songs and enjoyed the story.

    A typical Picoult novel, lots of moral, legal and ethical issues wrapped up in an interesting story which focuses on family relationships. Another great listen!


    What other book might you compare Sing You Home to, and why?

    Any other novel by the same author


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Singing and voices!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I certainly went along the emotional rollercoaster with laughs, happiness, great sadness, frustration and anger!


    Any additional comments?

    A typical Picoult novel, lots of moral, legal and ethical issues wrapped up in an interesting story which focuses on family relationships. Another great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greet
    UK
    11/13/13
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    "Absolutely fabulous but DO leave the songs out!"

    This was certainly Jodi Picoult's best book I have read so far! Not just because I myself have experienced many of the situations that the main character Zoe finds herself in, but as I am so familiar with the issues and battles between (evangelical) church and sexual orientation, I am amazed at the depth of Jodi's research. This made the book quite personal to me, but for anyone not in my situation it is still a very compelling story! I did NOT, like one reviewer, find the end confusing at all, but was actually expecting it to end like it did. The last chapter could have been left off, but it did not harm the story as such, whereas the songs between the chapters drove me to distraction. It was purely because of my enjoyment of the book that I was able to plough through the songs. I meant to buy a book, not an album! Please take the songs out!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    Syresham, United Kingdom
    9/3/13
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    "Gripping and thought-provoking"

    This is an intense story with many facets written in Jodi Picoult's elegant and eloquent style. In reading the other reviews, I do tend to agree that the singing tracks can be a little bit distracting, although they do fit in with the main character's work and I felt they were sung well.

    I have to admit that the very last chapter left me a little confused - I did listen to it 3 times and was still not sure about the characters in the final outcome, which was a bit of a disappointing end to such a clear story. Perhaps that was me.......

    Worth a listen though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • shirlana
    london, United Kingdom
    7/2/13
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    "Good"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would get rid the songs that are played throughout the book.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    i dont think i would rush to the cinema to see this in movie form but i enjoyed the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself forwarding through the songs as they begun to bug me. but the story is great otherwise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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