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Vanishing Acts | [Jodi Picoult]

Vanishing Acts

Jodi Picoult, the New York Times best-selling author of Second Glance and My Sister's Keeper, is a master at crafting powerful stories that are filled with suspense. In Vanishing Acts this acclaimed author delivers the gripping tale of a woman caught between her forgotten past and her uncertain future.
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Publisher's Summary

Jodi Picoult, the New York Times best-selling author of Second Glance and My Sister's Keeper, is a master at crafting powerful stories that are filled with suspense. In Vanishing Acts this acclaimed author delivers the gripping tale of a woman caught between her forgotten past and her uncertain future.

Life could hardly be better for Delia Hopkins. She has a daughter and a handsome fiancé, and with her search-and-rescue bloodhound, she helps find missing persons. But as she plans for her wedding, she is haunted by inexplicable flashbacks to a devastating time she cannot recall. Suddenly, Delia must confront devastating truths that could destroy her and everything she loves.

With its powerful examination of both love and memory, Vanishing Acts will grab you from the opening words and refuse to let go.

©2005 Jodi Picoult; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Ms. Picoult is a solid, lively storyteller." (The New York Times)

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    D. Towle Loudon, NH USA 11-17-05
    D. Towle Loudon, NH USA 11-17-05 Member Since 2002

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    "One of the best books I have ever heard"

    The narration and the story combined provide one of the most enjoyable listening experiences ever. A must hear.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suze Jackson, NJ, United States 09-15-05
    Suze Jackson, NJ, United States 09-15-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Very Engaging"

    This is a LONG book, but the character development is really wonderful, somthing you don't often get in other novels.
    The story wasn't as "suspenseful" as I anticipated but it didn't matter...I was enthralled with the entire story and the depth of the characters. This author has a brilliant command of language and is very descriptive. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style and her story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne Southampton, NJ, USA 08-17-05
    Jeanne Southampton, NJ, USA 08-17-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Very disappointing"

    Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors and I couldn't wait to listen to this book. Boy was I disappointed! The plot was built around an interesting premise (a father who kidnapped his own daughter twenty-eight years earlier) but the characters were unbelieveable and unlikeable. I really didn't care what happened to them. In the other books (My Sister's Keeper, Second Glance, Plain Truth) all of the characters were so realistic and likeable that I followed each twist of the plot anxiously. In this book, I really didn't care what happened to anyone.
    By the way, many reviewers liked the cast of narrators in Vanishing Acts. I found them too slow and sappy. I much prefered the single narrator in Second Glance who developed each character with a professional, distict voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra L. Personette SF Bay Area 06-22-05
    Sandra L. Personette SF Bay Area 06-22-05 Member Since 2001

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    "Very Enjoyable!"

    I liked this book well enough to select "My Sister's Keeper" as my next book. I liked the different voices portraying the characters, and the story kept my interest. It was a bit long, and I thought the sections about the American Indian heritage was not relevant to the story, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. I'll certainly look for other books by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Waukee, IA, USA 04-18-05
    Leslie Waukee, IA, USA 04-18-05
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    "Well worth a listen!"

    I throughly enjoyed this book. I liked how the story is told from several characters' point of view - this is very well identified as well. I was a little disapointed in the ending, but not enough to give less than 4 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Kremmling, CO, USA 06-15-05
    Jane Kremmling, CO, USA 06-15-05
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    "Disappointing"

    An unusual situation, the arrest of a parent-kidnapper after the child-victim is already an adult, promised a tense and thought-provoking plot. Add to that the interesting element of the search-and-rescue dog trained by the main character, and I thought I was in for a gripping read. Wrong!
    I found the characters, with the slight exception of the father, whiny, self-absorbed babies...constantly analyzing the current state of their feelings and anguishing over how hard a hand life has dealt them. Delia/Beth whines on and on about how everyone has lied to her, and then blithely hops in the sack with her sad-sap lover-from-afar, even though she is engaged to be married to someone else. I guess she needed cheering up: her fiance had fallen off the wagon under the incredible stress of defending his future father-in-law from the kidnapping charges. Guess he needed cheering up too.
    At times the author seems to make a lot of effort to be extra-poetic, generating similies that were quite a reach. And please, whether it was the fault of the author or of the reader, learn the difference between an adjective and an adverb. Learn the difference between LIE and LAY. I thought authors had editors who did things like that for them.
    There were a few thought-provoking moments built around the moral issues of breaking or following laws. But characters with a little more gumption and a little less snivel would have enhanced the story. Maybe we should have heard more from the dog!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Baltimore, MD, USA 04-26-05
    Phyllis Baltimore, MD, USA 04-26-05
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    "Great book!"

    What a terrific book. The author roped me in during the first few paragraphs, and kept my attention during the entire story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Spring Hill, FL, USA 04-14-05
    Stacey Spring Hill, FL, USA 04-14-05
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    "Great Listen"

    This was a wonderful book to listen to. Being read by multiple people really helps you stay with the book and you really feel you get to know the characters more. Great story and kept me listening from beginning to end!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 07-09-14
    Donna 07-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Hard to get into at first!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was a good story once you got through the first chapter. I like Jodi Picoult books


    Which character – as performed by Full Cast – was your favorite?

    Eric


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Misti Waubay, SD, United States 03-27-14
    Misti Waubay, SD, United States 03-27-14
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    "Not her best book"
    What did you like best about Vanishing Acts? What did you like least?

    I liked the idea of a parent taking their child and starting over with new identities. Lots of potential with the idea. I least liked the lack of development of Bethany. She was boring and trying to pair her with two male friends just never fit right for her.


    What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Developed Bethany as a person, as a child, as a mother. There were so many places where Bethany's reaction was odd, out of place or not thought out.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    There were too many long pauses.........from all the narrators. Otherwise good.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no, but I don't see many movies!


    Any additional comments?

    A JP book will always be good. Some are really good, some are great. I place this one at good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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