We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
House Rules Audiobook

House Rules

Regular Price:$38.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (4630 )
5 star
 (2156)
4 star
 (1601)
3 star
 (660)
2 star
 (135)
1 star
 (78)
Overall
4.3 (2814 )
5 star
 (1422)
4 star
 (886)
3 star
 (369)
2 star
 (85)
1 star
 (52)
Story
4.5 (2799 )
5 star
 (1714)
4 star
 (805)
3 star
 (221)
2 star
 (38)
1 star
 (21)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Megan 10-16-17
    Megan 10-16-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book, kept my interest "

    I thought this book was very well written as all of her books are. I was interested from beginning to end. I loved all the information I learned about each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    LKbytheBay 09-27-17
    LKbytheBay 09-27-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    20
    12
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved this story! "

    Multiple points of view kept me interested in this story about an autistic 18 year old named Jacob who was accused of murder. I wouldn't have thought I'd be interested in a book primarily about Asperger's Syndrome, but hearing Jacob's point of view was quite interesting. Jacob's interactions with family and others led up to many questions of who really killed his tutor, Jess. The novel was longer than most, but it was crucial that all aspects of the protagonist's life be laid out for the listener to examine and understand. The only reason I thought about rating Story 4 stars is because the ending wrapped up too quick with no clear resolution of the final verdict. When additional evidence comes out that affects the outcome of a trial, I am not satisfied that all ends well as they go out the door to drive back to the courthouse in order to relay that evidence. The End. There should be another chapter or two, an epilogue, or a sequel to put finality on what happened afterward. But I didn't rate Story 4 stars, I rated it 5 stars because a good story stays on the reader's mind and leaves you wanting more. Jodi Picoult's novel "House Rules" did that for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tina Louise Sims post texas 09-22-17
    Tina Louise Sims post texas 09-22-17 Member Since 2016
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book! But, need s ending!"

    Need a book two! Give me an ending Don't leave me hanging on this kid!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    LoveLe 09-14-17
    LoveLe 09-14-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Autism mom's will love this I did!!"

    listened to this in two days it was so riveting and spoke right to many of my own frustrations. Great twists and turns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Teri LaFleur 09-13-17 Member Since 2016
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "predictable"

    enjoyable but predictable, I have a student with aspbergers so I found that interesting. well performed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anonymous 09-13-17
    09-13-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "rough ending"

    loved the story but disappointed in the ending. wish they would have told us what happened to theo and Jacob.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anonymous 09-12-17
    09-12-17
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story and very well narrated."

    I'm a big Jodi Picoult fan and love all her books. This is the first one I've ever listened too, in fact it's my first audible book, and I'm hooked!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Thomas L. Evans 08-22-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    126
    41
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "WOW Another Insightful Novel"

    Ms Picoult does it again. Extremely well throughout and written from the perspective of each character. Difficult & painful in parts - so much for me I actually skipped a couple paragraphs. And Again so disheartening to see how Much Judgement there is the World......When will we be Willing And Able to celebrate Eachother for the AMAZING People We Are?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nancy Briant 08-15-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "loved it."

    loved the story & loved the narration. Each character had their own voice. Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    It's Wendy out here Houston, TX 08-04-17
    It's Wendy out here Houston, TX 08-04-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    15
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "So what happened? (Spoiler alert)"

    Good book. Learned a great deal about Asperger syndrome. The author was so detailed and I recognized similar traits in one of my own kids although he's not autistic. Also loved the full cast narration which, surprisingly, was one of the things that I was wary of prior to purchasing this audiobook.

    The only downside is that I would have liked to hear more about what happened to Jacob and Theo. Was Jacob cleared? Did Theo stand trial? Did either brother serve jail time? And what about Henry? Did he eventually return home or did he stay with Emma and the boys? Was he having marital problems which was the true reason for his unexpected visit? Lastly, what about Emma and Oliver? Were they together again, in love? So much I need answers to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Christine
    Bedford, Beds, United Kingdom
    5/8/10
    Overall
    "Another excellent Jodi Picoult!"

    As ever, this Jodi Picoult latest did not disappoint. It's the first time I have had an audio version of one of her novels, and it suited this one perfectly, clearly demonstrating the deadpan, robotic voice of Jacob the son with Asperger's and how his answers to the interrogations could be so misinterpreted. I became truly immersed in the family life and the quandaries and considerations of this complex case, if a little frustrated at the fact that it took a long time for anyone to ask a character, whose condition prevents him from lying, the truth of the matter. For once, I managed to guess the 'twist' at the end long before it came to it, but, having become so involved with the characters, was relieved by the conclusion, if saddened, as always, that such a good read had to come to an end!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • reedandponder
    10/7/10
    Overall
    "Great listen, good insight and gripping story."

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. I trained as a Social Worker and have in the past tried to help young people with Asperger's Syndrome move to live independently and find work and training and I have worked with young people within the criminal justice system. So it was the subject matter that drew me in.

    I had never read/listened to a Jodi Picoult novel before and I am still not sure of her genre or who her readership really is but standing alone, this book was a gripping listen. It is told with great insight and from the different character's opinions, so you get to know each character very well. It highlights the way that the legal system can be unfair with young people with disabilities, in this case with Aspergers and lightly raises the question of disability being due to society's intolerance rather than a person's lack of ability. The book is great at bringing out emotion and intersperses humour to balance the trials of life.

    There is one overall flaw with the story which is why nobody has the ability to ask the main character the truth when Asperger's doesn't permit him to lie. You find yourself wanting to scream 'just ask him' as you listen, which I think concurs with another review on this site. I also found the ending a little sudden without much conclusion, but without enough open ended questions to lead into a need for discussion with other readers, so somewhat frustrating. But don't let that put you off listening to it. In summary, it is well read whodunnit with an insightful twist and well worth the listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Pershore, WORCS, United Kingdom
    6/19/10
    Overall
    "Great Audiobook"

    Wow. This is one of the best books I've listened to. The narrators are fantastic and I have to really praise the way they expressed the characters Autism through their voices. The story is very good and leads you to care about all the characters. Even though the crime was easy to work out you will find yourself pleading for the truth to come out. I recommend this for people who like forensics, trial stories and also psychological stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Des
    10/6/10
    Overall
    "gripping drama - great education"

    Among many other things I am a trainer within the healthcare industry. While my interests are quite diverse I am always interested in ways the normal world can better understand those 'other' conditions that pepper our society and are generally little understood.

    House Rules is a book that does just that. You remember the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime, well house rules extends that idea of the rest of us learning about conditions through dramatic stories.

    In this storey the realities of Aspergers Syndrome are narated form several different perspectives. From outsiders with no understanding of the character, Jacob, to the family members mother, father, sibling. As I listened to the audio version of this from audible.co.uk I gained a real advantage as the different characters were read by different narrators. This was not a dramatisation - the book was narrated but as large sections are read by the person whose perspective we are seeing this meant that I fully believe an audio version is the best way to go.

    No picking up the book and not remembering who was this perspective from. As all characters may say 'Jacob said' it would be important to the story to know who is relating that, something I could not have guaranteed for me if I was reading it.

    While I have a reasonable understanding of Aspergers Syndrome both professionally and personally it was superb, for example, to hear Jacob's brother describe their life pressures from the first person.

    It all works around Jacob being charged with murder giving the book a real grounding in a gripping story that holds you to the end even though it follows in a predictable direction. Damn good listen.

    rest at http://dc13.com/ramblings/book-review-house-rules-by-judi-picoult.html

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pamela
    NEWTOWNARDS, United Kingdom
    10/2/10
    Overall
    "REALLY GOOD"

    I have never listened to Jodi Picoult before but her book transforms into and audiobook beautifully. The characters have depth and from the outset you are actively involved in their lives and problems. Well narrated and written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Denise
    Stanton Harcourt, United Kingdom
    10/2/12
    Overall
    "Tedious with predictable ending"

    I had heard such good reviews of Jodi Picoult's books and this subject matter interested me so I was very disappointed not to enjoy this book more. Whilst her description of the traits of an autistic child were informative, the continuous repetition of these made for tedious listening. The storyline was good, but far too drawn out and the ending entirely predictable. I won't be buying any more Jodi Picoult books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KAREN
    9/10/11
    Overall
    "An insight into a literal mindset"

    This was my first Jodi Picoult and I chose it because of the subject matter. I was especially interested in this after I saw the author interviewed about the book, she detailed the extensive research she did before attempting to create the main character. She captures the realities of motherhood and the character of teenage boys incredibly well. The plot was good but not entirely unpredictable. However, I don't think this was intended to be all about plot, any reader who doesn't know much about autism would enrich their understanding of the diversity of people by hearing/reading this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Wigton, United Kingdom
    8/19/11
    Overall
    "Pleasantly surprised!"

    You know sometimes that you never pick up a book by a particular author because you just instinctively think you wont like their work? Well, I have felt that about Jodi Picoult. I only took interest in House Rules because I work with autistic people. I decided to listen to House Rules and really enjoyed it. Maybe I guessed fairly early on where it was leading but the journey was still very satisfying! Will definately keep more of an open mind infuture!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Isle of Man, United Kingdom
    6/24/11
    Overall
    "Fascinating and sad insight"

    Amazing, empathetic story of autistic percpetions and expectation. Enjoyed this as a story, but also as an education into another aspect of modern life. Recommended as a good story, but with hints of real life experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Penny
    Compton Martin, United Kingdom
    6/17/11
    Overall
    "The world seen from an Asperger's syndrome boy's"

    point of view is really credibly depicted. The story is also told from the point of view of his mother, brother and some others and its success relies on this contrasting of viewpoints as well as suspense, as we don't know until the end what really happened. There is a little too much lecturing on Asperger's, some of which is repetitive, but don't let this comment put you off. It's still a great read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.