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Vanishing Acts Audiobook

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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    Sandra 07-01-15
    Sandra 07-01-15 Member Since 2014

    A photo one day soon. But thank you everyone at audible, you make my days and I have so much work to catch up on.Regards S.

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    "Interesting characters flawed and all."
    What did you love best about Vanishing Acts?

    The readers of the book were very good and the story was very interesting. Love having many different and interesting characters and then some very flawed characters. Sometimes one does get a little irritated when the predictable happens but the end of the trial was great and definitely not what I expected. Sandra Walker.


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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 05-27-09
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 05-27-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Contrived"

    I love Picoult but, this is not among her best.

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    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 06-07-07
    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 06-07-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Too much therapy needed!"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    D. Towle Loudon, NH USA 11-17-05
    D. Towle Loudon, NH USA 11-17-05 Member Since 2012

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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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    D. Arena USA 10-09-05
    D. Arena USA 10-09-05 Member Since 2009

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    "EXCELLENT - BRAVO TO JODI PICOULT!"

    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!

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    Jeanne 08-17-05
    Jeanne 08-17-05
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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 2008

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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.

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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.

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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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