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The Pact | [Jodi Picoult]

The Pact

The Hartes and the Golds have been neighbors for 18 years and are very close. So when Chris and Emily's friendship reaches the next level, nobody is surprised. Then one night, the hospital calls. Seventeen-year-old Emily is dead - shot in the head by a gun Chris took from his father's cabinet. One bullet remains in the chamber, and Chris tells of his suicide pact with Emily. But the police have questions, and soon Chris is on trial for murder.
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Publisher's Summary

The Hartes and the Golds have been neighbors for 18 years and are very close. So when Chris and Emily's friendship reaches the next level, nobody is surprised. Then one night, the hospital calls. Seventeen-year-old Emily is dead - shot in the head by a gun Chris took from his father's cabinet. One bullet remains in the chamber, and Chris tells of his suicide pact with Emily. But the police have questions, and soon Chris is on trial for murder.

©2007 Jodi Picoult; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Luis A. Saenz Texas 03-23-13
    Luis A. Saenz Texas 03-23-13 Member Since 2009

    I am an award winning journalist. I was a television News Reporter and Anchor for ten years. I then decided to go to graduate school and I have been teaching broadcasting and announcing and voice acting for 23 years at a University in Texas. I also host two talk shows for the local NPR station.

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    "Boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Jodi is usually a very good writer however, for some reason this one did not grab my attention.


    What was most disappointing about Jodi Picoult’s story?

    I tried listening to it several times however, I could not finish it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Guidall’s performances?

    I don't think it was the narration as much as the story itself.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I am not even sure I got a reaction out of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue to listen to Jodi however, maybe next time will look at a printed version first and see if it catches my eye.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Mesa, AZ, United States 09-19-12
    Lisa Mesa, AZ, United States 09-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to The Pact again? Why?

    Yes. Great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gets your attention right away. Not any slow parts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to just pick one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The closing argument at the trial.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read several of Jodi Piccoult's books and am a big fan, but I think this book has been the best.

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    Stephanie MAGNA, UT, United States 09-17-12
    Stephanie MAGNA, UT, United States 09-17-12
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    "Read (listen to) this Book!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pact the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was great! The story was interesting and kept my attention the whole time! It was a love story but so much more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a good story. It's definitely worth using a credit for this.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He really made the characters come to life. Great narrator!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Pact and why?

    Each character was memorable in a different way. I loved them all.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was chosen at my bookclub and I'm so happy it was. I really liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle BARGERSVILLE, IN, United States 11-01-11
    Danielle BARGERSVILLE, IN, United States 11-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "It was just "okay""

    I've read quite a few Jodi Picoult books and this one just didn't impress me. It was entertaining at times but I thought a lot of it just dragged on. I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters. Not a horrible book but not great by any means!

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    Amazon Customer Inman, SC, United States 09-22-11
    Amazon Customer Inman, SC, United States 09-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great!"

    The most impressive Jodi book, in my honest opinion. The story is rich in detail, depth, emotion, surprise, and irony. Its a page turner that you can't get enough of, and although the ending is wonderful, you will wish the story wasn't over yet. Highly recommended.

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    jennifer corona, ca, United States 09-16-11
    jennifer corona, ca, United States 09-16-11
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    "whew, what a read"

    An amazing book, so well written, and such an interesting story. Never sure how it would end. Fascinating

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    Gerald R Brown 08-21-11 Member Since 2005
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    Very disappointing with her reputation. Lots of material that wasn't germane to the key part of the story. If you like a soap opera, then this may be the book for you.

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    Leone Okanogan, WA, United States 06-01-11
    Leone Okanogan, WA, United States 06-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable"

    I'm not gonna call this great literature, but I also won't pretend that I didn't listen to this start to finish. I have to give Picoult credit for creating a decent court scene as well. As an attorney, I have a low tolerance for unrealistic court scenes. Don't get me wrong on this, this is not really what trials are like! So much hearsay and speculation! Plus, the witnesses and attorneys are rarely so riveting, but it does at least bear some semblance.

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    Joan CLIVE, IA, United States 05-15-11
    Joan CLIVE, IA, United States 05-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing"

    This was my least favorite Jodi Picoult book. It went on too long and the story was disappointing. I struggled to find any redeeming characters in this book.

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    Jill Franklin, CT, United States 01-23-11
    Jill Franklin, CT, United States 01-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Worth a listen for a Picoult fan!"

    I enjoy Jodi Picoult's writing, and The Pact was another one that held my interest well. The name of the book is very misleading as to what it is about, but that was fine, and it was more interesting how it all evolved than being about some "pact" as we have read about in the news. I also like that she uses Jordan McAfee as the attorney in her books, although I have read books with him not in order. Regardless, I like to see his character come back. The premise of this young couple's relationship over the years is disturbing in a number of ways, but is interesting to ponder how the positives and negatives might happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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