©2007 Jodi Picoult; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC
CPA, CFP, and serial audiophile.
I can't really spoil this book for readers of this review because I listened to the bitter end and still don't have a clue.
Like others, this book follows a formula, but I keep reading Ms Picoult's books because I enjoy her writing. Unlike other of her books, this one leaves us hanging. Why did Emily feel so dirty? What was the big secret she couldn't share with Chris? Why was it so bad that she felt like giving up her life? And why did the jury make the decision it did? LOOSE ENDS
Normally I love anything George Guidall narrates but he just did not fit these characters and story. Still a great narrator but the material he had to work with proved to dull for his style.
My main issue is not with the narration but with the ridiculous and foolish characters and plot. It just wasn't a very smart novel. I rolled my eyes quite a bit while listening. This novel wasn't for me. I will continue to seek out Jodi Picoult books because I've read some real gems from her...this one was not one of her best.
When I read the publishers information about this book, I wasn't really intrigued. But it was highly recommended by a friend and had high reviews. I bought it and was hooked immediately! Rich and relatable characters, multiple layers, and fantastic story telling. Well done!
All stories do not have happy endings and this certainly does not. I listened to the end waiting for a silver lining, but true to life and similar circumstances there was no silver lining, no sense to teenage minds that have turned...
I have enjoyed many of Jodi Picoult's works, but this one I found to be really tedious and unimaginative.
Sort-of Spoiler Alert: the girl wanting to kill herself didn't ring true at all. Her motivation remained vague at best and her character development remained sketchy. The teenagers' relationship grew pretty tiresome and their parents' relationships were uninvolving.
I was really put off by the vocal quality of George Guidall, who sounded way too old for any of the characters and was sorely miscast.
I was tempted to stop listening, but once I was halfway through, I decided to continue. A waste of time.
Oh, and to end this review on the one good note: I enjoyed the use of the lawyer and his assistant from some of the other novels. The only two characters I cared about.
Sweet story, interesting concept. Definitely keeps you wondering until the end. Jodi Piccoult seems to be consistently reliable in this way.
I found the story to be really confusing in the beginning and I even started over a few times. I kept mixingup the characters. Once I figured things out though, the story and narration were great. The story was moving to the point of tears and downright painful to listen to at times, but I'm glad I did. I listened to this title over a year ago and still find myself thinking about it from time to time. Very thought-provoking. Also the narrator does a great job, especially with the female voices, which I didn't expect.
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.
Jodi is usually a very good writer however, for some reason this one did not grab my attention.
I tried listening to it several times however, I could not finish it.
I don't think it was the narration as much as the story itself.
I am not even sure I got a reaction out of it.
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.
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