©1992 Jodi Picoult; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"This powerful and affecting novel demonstrates that there are as many truths to a story as there are people to tell it." (Publishers Weekly)
I had been waiting for this to come out on an audio book. I have read/listened to all of Jodi Picoults books. This is her first one. I have to say it isn't her best but for a first it is very good. An interesting portrayal of when you become your mom or dad and you didn't want to. A journey many of us wish we could take and don't.
I'm having a very hard time getting through this performance... not sure I'm going to finish. I'll just read the book instead. I've loved almost all of Jodi Picoult's books, and I think I recognize some of the male narrators from others of Picoult's audiobooks. They are not the problem.
The problem is the voice of Rebecca, who is 15, but the narrator is trying WAY too hard to sound young. She comes across sounding whiny, nasal, and annoying. Her reading of Rebecca's portion of the story is unnaturally slow, and she makes Rebecca sound either much younger than 15, or just stupid. It's painful to listen to. But unfortunately, I think the voice of Jane is who you hear when you try to listen to the sample on Audible.
I will read anything by Jodi Picoult.
I stopped listening after about an hour, because I couldn't stay with the story. Usually I love Picoult, but this book just made me confused and irritated. It isn't unusual for Picoult to use more than one narrator in her stories, often divided into one narrator per chapter. But in Songs of the Humpback Whale the story line is the problem. The narration jumps back and forth in timeline, which would be okay if there were a time reference somewhere.
The disposition as it is now just causes frustration. Too bad, was looking forward to another great Picoult.
This was the worst book I have ever listened to and of course, the worst book I have listened to of Jodi Piccoult. Her facts were all wrong, especially on geography and her story line was completely unrealistic. I can't believe she went on to write other books that are acceptable. I can't stress strongly enough how much I disliked this book.
As a lover of Jodi Piccault's writing and a lover of hump back whales, I expected much more from this novel.I did not expect explicit sex descriptions.The information about humpback whales was incredibly boring for the most part, and The disjointed way the author arrives at her conclusion was schizo affective. Jolie writes long letters about how the heroine should leave Her husband, and then advises her not to leave Him. He gives her a hard time about what she is doing to her daughter after encouraging her to come all the way to Massachusetts to see him. After desperately falling in love with another man and essentially killing her daughter's boyfriend, she abruptly goes back to her husband. Very wierd. Boo, hiss.
That would have been better had I read it from the last chapter to the first chapter! I know it was written so that it was looking backward through a time glass persay but it made it hard to follow, especially with so many characters.
The narrator's in this book were great. The book itself took away from their performance because it was hard to keep up with who was who.
I was disappointed with this book. I have read mostly her newer books and this book did not impress me like her other books.
For Jodi Picoult's first book, this was great. The story was easy to follow but definitely not one of her best.
It seemed like it was the same stories, told over and over by different people. The characters were enjoyable, but I didn't get sucked in like I usually do in her novels.
Overall, worth listening to, but not fantastic.
I agree wholeheartedly with reviewer Michelle about the narration of this book ruining the experience. I am a recent convert to Jodi Picoult's work and have now listened to several of her books on Audible, very much enjoying them. But this one it driving me nuts - in fact, I've paused it to write this review, about one-quarter of the way through.
The story is grabbing me and I'm hoping to learn more about the habits of Humpbacked Whales, as one thing that Jodi Picoult is renowned for is her thorough research of the subject about which she is writing.
However, the narrator for the part of Rebecca is terrible. Rebecca is supposed to be 15 years old - I have a daughter of that age and she does NOT talk like a five-year-old! She is speaking far too slowly, reminiscent of a young child reading aloud in class. I can't stand it!!
I'll persevere with it as far as I can (I usually listen to audiobooks while cooking and working in the kitchen!) but may have to ditch it if Rebecca turns out to have too big a role in this book. I've recently listened to Picoult's 'Change of Heart' and 'House Rules' and they were a great deal better.
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