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The Tenth Circle | [Jodi Picoult]

The Tenth Circle

New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult explores a complex and troubled American family in The Tenth Circle, the tale of a broken-hearted teenage girl and the father who will do anything to protect her. High school freshman Trixie Stone comes home from a party and says the boy she loves, and who recently dumped her, sexually assaulted her. Her father never imagined anything so devastating could happen, and now he's not sure how to help his daughter.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult explores a complex and troubled American family in The Tenth Circle, the tale of a broken-hearted teenage girl and the father who will do anything to protect her.

High school freshman Trixie Stone comes home from a party and says the boy she loves, and who recently dumped her, sexually assaulted her. Her father never imagined anything so devastating could happen, and now he's not sure how to help his daughter.

©2006 Jodi Picoult; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"This story...grips from start to finish." (Publishers Weekly)
"Picoult writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships." (Boston Globe)

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    Linda Athens, TX, USA 03-24-06
    Linda Athens, TX, USA 03-24-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Picoult wrote a disappointing story."

    Picoult's MY SISTER'S KEEPER is one of the best books I've read. Now I compare all of her books against MSK;I always expect the best, but this time I was disappointed. While the story was riveting and the characters compelling, I felt that the resolution was a bit too predictable and with no true ending. The narrator added to the enjoyment of the story, but I can't whole-heartedly recommend THE TENTH CIRCLE.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Washington, PA, USA 08-06-06
    Rachel Washington, PA, USA 08-06-06
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    "Disappointed"

    Definitely not a typical Picoult novel. I found the story far fetched and boring most of the time. Although, there was a couple of times it held my attention, mostly I couldn't wait to be finished with it. Such the case, I will still be awaiting her next book. Hopefully she has taken some time off and can recover her absolute wonderful storytelling abilities.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 06-21-07
    Sandra 06-21-07
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    "Disappointed"

    I was very disappointed with this book. If this was the first Jodi Picoult book I listened to it would have been my last.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara PLACITAS, NM, United States 06-09-06
    Barbara PLACITAS, NM, United States 06-09-06 Member Since 2011
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    "Weak Plot"

    Having read Vanishing Acts and My Sister's Keeper, I expected more from this book. The plot was too weak to keep the reader involved. The motivation for the things that happened was not believable. I stuck with this story hoping it would improve, but the ending was a disappointment too. I would advise readers to skip this Jodi Picoulet novel and hope she does better with the next one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A. Compton 06-19-07
    A. Compton 06-19-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Draaaaggggsss..."

    On and on and on. You have self centered, self absorbed daughter trixie, clueless father daniel, lame mother laura, and a gaggle of high school characters who are stereotyped x10. Not one person seems to say what they mean, react appropriately, or do what is needed. You just can't feel sorry for these people, they make a bad choice and then just keep on making them, seemingly unable to take hold of the situation in any sort of intelligent manner. I'm better than half way through and have found myself twice trying to find a spoiler review online so I can justify giving up the ghost of this relentlessly boring, over dramatized slop.

    I did like sisters keeper, though the end was a cop-out, but I don't think this is one of Picout's better works.

    On the upside, the narrator was spot-on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 05-16-09
    Julie Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 05-16-09
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    "An Amazing Listen"

    Wow! I did not expect this story to be so powerful. I was completely engrossed in this story, some days I didn't even want to get out of the car!

    A fabulous listen, great for everyday commuting, relaxation or to listen while doing housework!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Tyler, TX, United States 07-02-07
    Laurie Tyler, TX, United States 07-02-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Not my favorite Picoult"

    I have read all of her books and this is my least favorite by far. Just didn't tie everything together and was short on character development.
    Not the best of her work

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Clinton, NY, USA 06-24-07
    Amy Clinton, NY, USA 06-24-07
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    "No good"

    Although there is a need to keep listening to this book, I will tell you that it is a great waste of time. Most of her novels have "what the heck" endings but this one was so slow and so disappointing. I just wish I wouldn't have wasted my time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Babette Loveland, CO, United States 11-29-09
    Babette Loveland, CO, United States 11-29-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Okay, I'll be honest. I HATED it!"

    So many people love Jodi Picoult's writing that I decided to give the Jodi Picoult's Collection a listen. Not one of these books will go on my favorite's list. Listening to this book I kept looking for someone to like or root for. I couldn't stand any of the characters (which was, quite frankly, how I felt about My Sister's Keeper, too).

    After listening to hours of plucked from the movie of the week sensationalism, I pulled the plug. I just couldn't stomache it anymore. It felt manipulative, cliche, and predictable. Maybe someday I'll go back and finish it. But I doubt it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Tazewell, VA, United States 04-26-08
    Kathryn Tazewell, VA, United States 04-26-08

    I've been an avid, constant reader since I learned to read at age 5. I ALWAYS have a book going while quilting, cross-stitching, or painting

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    "Not Picoult's Finest, by far"

    I really wanted to like this book, and for the most part I think I did. However, the ending seemed weak, after having invested 13 hours or so into the audio version and nearly 400 pages in the hardback (complete with graphic comics drawn by Trixie's father, supposedly). I guessed the killer far too early, and kept waiting for something to happen - something dramatic -but it never did. I love Picoult's writing. She can turn a phrase like none other and I love her descriptions. However, I think this one fell short of her normally stellar books. I still rated it an 8 out of 10; it is a worthwhile read, even if just to learn more about Alaska. However, it isn't going to be in my top 10 favorite books this year, sadly. Carol Monda is an excellent narrator, by the way!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, United Kingdom
    3/10/07
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    "excellent"

    well written characters - fascinating and thought-provoking plot - brilliant narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. REP
    Midlands, UK.
    12/24/07
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    "Good story."

    I thought the ending was a bit lame though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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