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"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.
The characters were empty and lacked interest. There does not seem to be plot. Nothing is coming together even after 4 hours of listening. There are no compelling reasons to finish this book.
JP usually writes very good books. I've read many of them, but this one did not come close to meeting my expectations. She could have left out the fluff and fillers in this book. There was way too much unnecessary and pointless information.
The characters were close to impossible to tell apart. It was difficult to identify who was speaking. The voice of Jane and Rebecca were the only two easily identified.
I'm a landscape architect by profession and an avid listener of audio books ! I particularly love the historical based fiction series, like Courteney, McCammon, and Gabaldon,. I listen in the car, while designing in my studio and most evenings.
I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult's books, having read almost all. Her relevant topics, factual based writing and strong characters are what makes her a superior writer. This story however was none of those things. Characters were weak, whiners who slapped their spouse and ran away. The idea of the Dad being a famous Whale scientist is as close to a "relevant" topic as this story gets. Just not believable! Even the performance was dull, boring and whiney.
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.
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