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
"Ms. Picoult is a solid, lively storyteller." (The New York Times)
What problems these characters have! Her boyfriend is an alcoholic; his parents were alcoholics; her mother is an alcoholic...come on now, do I need this? Everyone is so dysfunctional that the story is lost in problems, deception and depression. Not a pleasant experience.
The narration and the story combined provide one of the most enjoyable listening experiences ever. A must hear.
Another EXCELLENT Cast and book! I truly loved this book and the cast! This is my second audio book by Jodi Picoult and I already have her 3rd book waiting for my next listening selection! The characters are strong, but they also show their weaker side when each characters talks... (Hope I am making sense! LOL) I never want to give the story away, so I will say... it kept me listening and very interested in what the outcome would be.... Excellent!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
I didn't hate this book but I didn't love it either. I found the narrating voices rather annoying, not sure why. Somethings just rub you the wrong way. It took me a very long time to get thru it but I did because I wanted to know if my instinct about the ending was right. It was. The prison details were a little much. Might have been better to read in an actual book.
I think Erik's voice was the only one that didn't drive me crazy.
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