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House Rules Audiobook

House Rules

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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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    Jerry Calabasas, CA, United States 08-10-10
    Jerry Calabasas, CA, United States 08-10-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Please! Excellent reviews, not even close."

    I found the first few hours of this book very interesting, but it got bogged down very fast. The author is constantly re-telling the story through various characters, by the fourth time you have heard the same plot points you to want to throw something at the car radio.

    I did like the use of multiple narrators, it was the only thing that made listening to this book bearable. The biggest problem is the author clearly does not understand the concept of a story arc, instead it's a flat line from beginning to end. Please do not waste twenty hours listening to this dribble and don't even get me started on the ending.

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    Gayle Wayne 08-08-10
    Gayle Wayne 08-08-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Fascinating insight into Autism"

    If insight into autism is not a pageturner for you, skip this book. As a primer for understanding Asperger;s Syndrome, this is good read. As a mystery it is seriously flawed. The omission of certain facts so essential for a fair trial and for overall believability is so glaring that it disturbed the flow of the book for me. The identity of the culprit, the mode of death, and other pieces of the final resolution of the story are serious holes in the tale. THe readers do a wonderful job - they are really good -- but the characters are rather overdrawn - particularly the mother. Some subplots have no purpose. Why does Henry show up two thirds of the way through? He serves no purpose. It is a long book that could have been a better story if told in fewer than 12 hours - not the 18 it took to the unsatisfying ending.

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    Monique waikanae, New Zealand 08-05-10
    Monique waikanae, New Zealand 08-05-10
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    "The dumbing down of the world according to Jodi"

    My first Jodi Picoult book and never another. I have no idea why this is a best seller. I needed to leave my brain behind to stay at the slow and unintelligent pace of this book. No challenge, obvious plot, badly written. Why do we applaud the lowest denominator in popular culture? I think this book, and all it inaccuracies, was written for people who had just learnt to read. Give us some more credit for the size of our brains Ms Piccoult. No wonder Ms Piccoult is the only author in the history of Hollywood where people say the movie was better than the book. It wouldn't be hard to achieve.

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    Sylvia 08-04-10
    Sylvia 08-04-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Totally worth the credits!!!"

    I LOVED this book!!! I would sit in my car and listen just to get to the next part. I can't wait to recommend to my book club, I know they will enjoy and learn as much as I did! Don't hesitate, buy it!!!!

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    Lorraine hoban Rockhampton, QLD 08-03-10
    Lorraine hoban Rockhampton, QLD 08-03-10
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    I must admit I was a little off put by the way the author used continuos numerical point form. But I also have to admit that I am totally in love with Jacob and his honesty, humour and innocence. Nice book

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    Marque Portland, OR, United States 07-31-10
    Marque Portland, OR, United States 07-31-10
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    "Every mother knows you need "House Rules"...."

    I had never read this authors work before, and throughly enjoyed listening to this book! The story line starts out slowly but as you progress it picks up and by the third section you won't want to shut the speakers down! The story is well thought out,carefully put together, and very well read. The author has researched the condition ( Aspbergers[?] syndrome) and presented the symptoms correctly. The ending is quite up beat and surprising. It will keep your interest and give you a little better understanding of this far too prevalent problem. It is a serious story with a bit of humor and romance thrown in for good measure. It is a story everyone can enjoy!

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    Sk 07-17-10
    Sk 07-17-10
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    A MUST read !!! ...could not stop listening to this book!!!......very captivating !! ....also insightful into the mind and actions of someone with Asperger's.....Great for LOOOONG road trips.

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    Solitude1984 Canada 07-13-10
    Solitude1984 Canada 07-13-10 Member Since 2016

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    "Sadly, not great"

    After reading 'My Sister's Keeper' I was hooked on Jodi's books and have read most of them at this point. Unfortunately it became quite obvious that she was using the same "formula" for many of her books. They were often predictable and became rather boring.

    After reading "Handle With Care" (which I absolutely LOVED), I hoped that she would start writing books that were less predictable. Sadly, she went back to her "formula" in 'House Rules'. Firstly, the crime was no mystery. I knew from the moment it occurred what had happened. The fact that no one allowed Jacob to explain what really happened frustrated me to no end ... it just seemed to drag on and on and on. Then there was the usual love story ... booooorrrrring.

    I was also disappointed with how Jacob was portrayed. I know someone with Aspergers, and although I know that people with the disorder experience different symptoms, Jacob just didn't seem ... real. Sure, it's a fictional portrayal of a person with Autism, but perhaps Jodi should have met a couple of "Aspies" before writing about one.

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    Joan 07-11-10
    Joan 07-11-10

    I'm not a prolific reader but I do love audiobooks, as I can do something else while listening. I really love them as "bedtime stories"!

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    "Interesting and thought provoking"

    Aspergers's you say? Hmm, assuming the book has some accurate medical basis to describing this affliction, it was quite interesting. Not only that, but I loved the writer's style. Found her writing style witty and loved listening to her . As well I found the story took a few twists and turns. Liked it very much.

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    cindy Gypsum, CO, United States 07-11-10
    cindy Gypsum, CO, United States 07-11-10
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    "Not her best book"

    This book seemed more about living with autism then about the characters. Maybe I've read too many of her books, but this one seemed formulaic and predictable. However the education in Autism made it well worth the listen.

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