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House Rules Audiobook

House Rules

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Publisher's Summary

They tell me I'm lucky to have a son who's so verbal, who is blisteringly intelligent, who can take apart the broken microwave and have it working again an hour later. They think there is no greater hell than having a son who is locked in his own world, unaware that there's a wider one to explore. But try having a son who is locked in his own world, and still wants to make a connection. A son who tries to be like everyone else, but truly doesn't know how.

Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject -- in his case, forensic analysis. He's always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do...and he's usually right. But then his town is rocked by a terrible murder and, for a change, the police come to Jacob with questions. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger's - not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, flat affect - can look a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel. Suddenly, Jacob and his family, who only want to fit in, feel the spotlight shining directly on them. For his mother, Emma, it's a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it's another indication of why nothing is normal because of Jacob. And over this small family the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?

Emotionally powerful from beginning to end, House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way - and fails those who don't.

©2010 Jodi Picoult (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Nancy Olson Denver, Colorado 12-29-10
    Nancy Olson Denver, Colorado 12-29-10 Member Since 2017
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    "The story took a long time to set up."

    I liked the book, it was an interesting source of information about Asperger's, however, it did repeat itself in explaining the autistic behaviors which did get tiresome. Also, it took so long to set up I kind of lost interest halfway through. Then when we get to the trial it took forever for anything to happen, to get to a clue to what might be happening, again, they lost me. Worth listening to if you are interested in learning about autistic behaviors although keep in mind each child is different. My grandson is autistic and does not engage in many of the behaviors outlined in the book.

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    Pedro Oliveira Jr. Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 12-01-10
    Pedro Oliveira Jr. Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 12-01-10 Member Since 2016

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    "Nice but something is missing"

    The history begins well and slowly looses momentum. The author missed something in the middle of the history

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    BCML rio de janeiro, Brazil 11-25-10
    BCML rio de janeiro, Brazil 11-25-10

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    "Ridiculous plot"

    The autistic boy is accused of a crime and until the end of the book NOBODY asks him what happened...

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    helen ocean view, Australia 11-17-10
    helen ocean view, Australia 11-17-10
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    "loved it"

    I really enjoy Jodie Picoult's books and she doesn't dissappoint with this one. The narration was spot on.

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    Winkie 09-24-10
    Winkie 09-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting look at Aspergers"

    I read this book immediately after reading "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime" by Mark Haddon for our book club. It also centers on a boy with Autism/Aspergers. I enjoyed this book and thought it gave a more interesting look into the mind of someone with Aspergers. The ending however was disappointing and felt unfinished.

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    Siri L Lynn 09-14-10
    Siri L Lynn 09-14-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Enlightening"

    Jodi Picoult addresses current matters in a way that's engaging and enlightening. House Rules has kept me entertained for hours but it has also opened my eyes to what someone else's life might be like. I find myself sitting in the driveway 'cause I don't want the story to stop.

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    Paul Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada 09-11-10
    Paul Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada 09-11-10
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    "Moments of brilliance, but ..."

    I can't really decide whether I like this book for not.
    The good: The author did a very good job of framing the characters... and you can almost get inside the minds of the characters. I especially like the mother when she start to talk about life with her Asperger son. You can just feel the mixture of joy, the frustration and the pressure in her.
    The bad: While I like the characters, they left me with a sense of not being fully developed. It is like getting a glimpse of movie teaser trailers... You see something that you think is interesting; but just as you want more, the trailer is over.
    So in the end, the book have some moments of brilliance. But it can't sustain it. And the ending feels like the author ran out of time (or ink) ... and it left me with a sense of not fully satisfied.

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    CAM 08-28-10
    CAM 08-28-10
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    "So disappointing."

    This was my first Jodi Picoult book, and I think my last. It started off with great potential and I truly enjoyed the characters ( though the depiction of high-functioning autism was dubious, to say the least), but the plot was just so shallow and obvious, I kept waiting for an interesting twist that never came. The ending was abrupt, obvious and unsatisfying - I'm trying to avoid spoilers, but the ending couldn't have been the end of the story for the characters, legally or personally, and it just ticked me off.

    I'd demand those hours of my life back, but I listened while cleaning the garage, so it wasn't a total loss.

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    chelewa 08-27-10
    chelewa 08-27-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Book"

    I am a fan of Picoult this was a good listen learned a lot by listening to this book. Narrated well.

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    michelle cedar creek, TX, United States 08-26-10
    michelle cedar creek, TX, United States 08-26-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Not worth the time."

    I am historically a Picoult fan, but this was not worth the time it took to listen to it. The narrators were fine; the story lacked...something. Wish I had spent my time focusing on The Help, or Secret Life of Bees, or something by Charlain Harris!

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