When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide, and, for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live "plain", Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within, to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past reenters her life.
Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a fascinating portrait of Amish life and a moving exploration of the bonds of love, friendship, and the heart's most complex choices.
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"Absorbing and affecting." (Entertainment Weekly)
"The story's quietude is appropriate, given its magnificently painted backdrop and distinctive characters." (Publishers Weekly)
As usual, Jodi Picoult's books are always interesting and keep me listening. In fact, I probably would have given it another star or two if it wasn't for the narrators. It was hard to tell between the two but one sounded like a man. The voice of Katy was absolutely ridiculous. She sounded like she was 2, not 18. I'd compare the narration to dragging chalk on a chalkboard. It was really bad!
Sorry to say, this one is pretty bad! I have enjoyed many of her more recent books, but this work has many shortcomings. The plot is full of holes and defies logic at times, and the narrator is not good.
After reading My Sister's Keeper, I thought I'd try another of Ms. Picoult's novels. I was not disappointed! It has a fantastic plot with a twist you will never see coming. It gives a view into Amish life I never knew. As with the first book I read I could not put it down. Plain Truth is a wonderful book and I would reccommend it to anyone who likes a written version of Law and Order.
I definitely enjoyed this book but I agree with some of the other comments here about the narrators. Especially the one who had the voice of the judge (kind of like nails scraping a chalkboard!) But besides that, I highly recommend this one!
When I read the other posts here, I have to assume the other reviewers have read a different book.
Characters behave stupidly and without proper motivation. You quickly grow to hate the accused, Katie, whom we presume the author would like us to sympathize with. As Katie is her own most determined enemy, doing everything imaginable to ruin her own case and credibility, that isn't easy. Furthermore, we are supposed to believe her constant, whiney self-justifications and endless prevarications neatly cohabitate with the honest and self-effacing character of the Amish. By the time the book is half done, I was so disgusted with this character (and others), I was actually rooting for the prosecution.
Worse, the author built such a fragile plot that a single question, one any intelligent five year old could have posed at any number of points, would have brought down the whole house of cards. The holes are too many to list, but suffice to say we're asked to believe a hot-shot lawyer couldn't see what is laughably apparent to the reader. We're also asked to believe that this lawyer, who didn't want the case in the first place, would put up with the constant lying and betrayals of her own client, making her equally unlikable as a character.
This book insulted my intelligence in almost every scene. It was not helped by the halting, melodramatic reading that made the characters appear even dumber than they might otherwise. But let's not blame the messenger. This isn't a 'who-dunnit' so much as a 'who cares'. The crime isn't in the book- the crime IS the book.
This is a good book, no doubt about that, however I found the narrators to be a bit disapointing. I wouldn't let this keep you from chosing this book, but if you are someone that relies heavily on the voice you may want to preview the sample. I find the need for two women readers to be unnecessary and sometimes confusing. But overall I would say it was a good book.
Plain Truth is a lush, enjoyable book to listen to. I felt as if I truly were in Amish farm country the whole time. The characters are fully and believably drawn and the narrarators bring them to life in a vivid and interesting manor.
I found only two negative points--and I wouldn't want anyone to not choose this book because of them. Still, the trial scenes were often repetitive, providing information we already knew, and the "stunning conclusion" seemed fairly obvious to me from mid-book on. Neither of these points were distracting enough to make me regret the selection, however.
It was a good, long listen. Plain yet lush. I feel as if I've spent the week on an Amish farm visiting new people who have become good friends, and have had a wonderful time learning new customs and mulling over a laundry basket of fresh ideas.
I read many of this author's books and love all of them. This one is typical, except way more frustrating than her other books when it comes to addressing the issue. I cannot believe the attorney doesn't slap the defendant at many times... But maybe that's what the author was hoping for. Either way, the reader is great, the story is informative, but very frustrating and drawn out to listen to. I actually stopped this half way thru to only come back later. So maybe it does say something for this novel. I've been hooked on this author's books, cause I've been a huge fan for years, this one just didn't keep me as gripes as the last. Good book, just frustrating and a little slow. But props to the reader, I think she did as best she could considering. Still a huge fan of the author though!!!
Didn't like how slow the characters evolved and how complacent everyone was with characters who should've been put more in their place. It's like no one was knocking any sense into anybody.
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