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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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    M. Meixler Arizona 07-13-13
    M. Meixler Arizona 07-13-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Correct pronunciation!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I am shocked that so many words.....saguaro for example, are grossly mispronounced. Shouldn't someone be in charge of making sure that the dialect and correct pronunciation is used when using such regionally specific words?

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    brenda SAINT MARYS, PA, United States 01-14-13
    brenda SAINT MARYS, PA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Simply Awesome!"
    Would you listen to Vanishing Acts again? Why?

    I could listen to this story over and over again. Jodi Picoult kept me very captivated throughout the whole story!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the whole book,


    Any additional comments?

    I have not read a story from Jodi Picoult that I did not like!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jim 09-06-12
    jim 09-06-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "This one did not stretch the boundaries."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I did not like the 3 way relationship. Nice side story with the indian lady. The prison scenes were too many. I do not enjoy reading that.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The Narrator for Deihlia was fair, Eric and Andrew were very good


    Any additional comments?

    As usual, Picoult did her research with the search and rescue dogs etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L'Ara 07-31-12
    L'Ara 07-31-12 Member Since 2010

    Laurie S. Sherman

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    "Does Truth Exist? Is Right Action situational?"

    Exploring an extended family of characters as different as the US can offer, exploring good home, dysfunctional homes with broken parents, prison morals, the effects of alcoholism on the structure of friendship, family and children, and more from the perspective of living a moral life, doing the "right" thing, Jodi Picolt once again looks at current issues in a kaleidoscope of people and situations. Her characters each ask themselves and each other many questions: What is Right? Wrong? Does truth exist or exist within situations?Their interwoven lives and the decisions they make, as well as the ones we must guess at, help us to look within at our own responses, to find our own questions and perhaps even answers.
    The plot presents the Reader with moral dilemmas without answering them, but it does give us clues that push our thinking into unexpected and new directions.
    Following the emotional earthquake that shakes the lives of Delia, Eric, Andrew and other characters, the Reader is asked, as are the characters, to think about how truly different from prisoners, from alcoholics, from anyone ... and the answers don't fit together easily, they are not "black and white."
    Picolt is a master at developing full, believable characters and she does anything but disappoint in this book. Her novel is exceptional, even for this modern master. Three dimensional characters are put into moral dilemmas that are unenviable, but very real. We are shown (and often given just enough information so that we can be left to surmise) the way these people "present themselves" to the outside world and their inner thoughts and self-esteem, weaknesses, the places where they "tore" and either healed or did not in the past, and the places they find that they are weak and strong in their present life. They ask human questions -- what is right? What is right in this situation? What must we do to survive? When and where must we change our moral code to survive and is that OK? What is our bottom line and whom do we trust? Are "broken" people able to mend? Is affection/love more important than ethics or the other way around or must both work, can both work? When are lies acceptable or are they ever "worth it"? If lies eventually cause pain, but in the short run. they protect people we love, then are they bad/wrong or right/good? What is abuse? What constitutes betrayal? What constitutes love? Is it mostly selfish? Where do we cross the line -- betraying our souls for our own survival? Or that of a friend, our child, our mate? What is the bottom line behavior that we cannot accept from our friends, our loved ones, our parents?
    This is a novel that Readers will find themselves thinking about for a long time. This is a book that will affect people's judgements, self-concepts and situational realities. It will help Reader's to ask the hard questions at the most difficult times. That is more than this avid reader can say for many nonfiction books. Picolt once again works with fiction to help us explore our own experiences and intelligences. Engaging the Reader's mind and heart in this way is an accomplishment worth gold, uncommon in any genre.

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    Lisa 06-04-12
    Lisa 06-04-12
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    "I could not stop listening."
    If you could sum up Vanishing Acts in three words, what would they be?

    As usual with Jodi Picoult I loved the story line, the characters and writing.


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    Rebecca Canberra, Australia 05-31-12
    Rebecca Canberra, Australia 05-31-12
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    "it was ok"
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or Full Cast?

    This is one of my least favorite Jodi Picoult novels. It's not bad, I just couldn't quite get into the story and it seemed a little dumb really. I didn't get why her father just didn't go to the police in the first place. Kinda made the rest of the story seem a bit pointless.


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    Sharon PHOENIX, AZ, United States 01-16-12
    Sharon PHOENIX, AZ, United States 01-16-12
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    "Pronunciation"
    What made the experience of listening to Vanishing Acts the most enjoyable?

    I like that there is a different voice per character in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a native Arizonan and a little familiar with the jail system and how we pronounce the some words here. It's really annoying for me to hear Saguaro with a hard

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    Connie Westminster, CO, United States 12-14-11
    Connie Westminster, CO, United States 12-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Another winner for Jodi Picoult!"

    I put this right up there with Jodi's other hits. She pulls you in with her characters and her story line and keeps you engaged until the end. I highly recommend this book if you like this author's style, it won't disappoint you.

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    Merta Abilene, KS, United States 11-07-11
    Merta Abilene, KS, United States 11-07-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting"

    I enjoyed listening to this book although during parts of the book I felt did not add to the story or was unsure what the purpose of it. For example, the discussion on how to make Meth. Overall, good story.

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    Bryan Burra, Australia 10-14-11
    Bryan Burra, Australia 10-14-11 Member Since 2015
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    "A fantastic story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. Ms. Picoult is a master author. I enjoyed the full cast. Highly recommended by me.

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