©2007 Jodi Picoult; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. In fact, this book secures her position on this list. The Pact is a book that haunts the readers long after he or she puts it down. The characters come alive within the pages. As a mother, I relate to the characters and their situations. As with all of Picoult's books, it keeps the readers wanting more and uneasy while considering what will happen next. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an emotional read. It is not a simple or relaxing story. In contrast, it is thought provoking and, at times, disturbing.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Pact. Jodi Picoult's formulation and style is brilliant. It was the first Jodi Picoult book that I've listened to. However, I did not care for George Guidall's narration. His voice seemed too mature for most of the characters in the novel and his tone of voice sounds as if he should be performing Shakespeare. I would recommend reading this book rather than listening to the audiobook version.
This book kept my attention and never got tedious. I've enjoyed this narrator before on the Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" and was even more pleased with it in this book. Although the conclusion was reached by jumping back and forth between "then" and "now", the reader doesn't know what REALLY happens until the end of the story. I recommend it highly.
This was a great book for Picoult fans. As a mom of teenagers, I was mesmerized and did nearly all my xmas wrappping and decorating effortlessly as I was so engrossed in the book and surprise ending. Loved it!
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