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Publisher's Summary

Mariah has just discovered her husband Colin is having his second affair. During the divorce process, their seven-year-old daughter, Faith, meets an imaginary friend who may be God. Amidst much controversy, Colin sues for custody of Faith, compelling Mariah to find her inner strength.

New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult masterfully captures human relationships in her powerful novels.

©2006 Jodi Picoult (P)2006 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Picoult gets better and better with each book...this is an entrancing novel. Highly recommended." ( Library Journal)

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Not my favorite Jodi Picoult book....

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Read others first. This was REALLY hard for me to get "into". I am a huge Picoult fan and I stopped listening halfway through. Generally Jodi's book grab me and I can't stop listening until the book is done. This one doesn't do it for for me...

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I didn't finish listening

Have you listened to any of Julia Gibson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. This may have been to serious of a book for her voice. She has somewhat of a whimsical tone to her voice. I do enjoy her work though.

Was Keeping Faith worth the listening time?

I hate to say "No" as all of Jodi Picoult's book have a great message, but this would be at the bottom of my Picoult list.

Any additional comments?

If you have never read Picoult, read anything else first. Don't let this be your first Picoult book as it might be your last. If this was from another author I might not expect as much and it might be "ok". I will try to listen again in the future to see if I like it better.

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Disappointing

Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or Julia Gibson?

I would think twice before before buying another book by this author. The plot was predictable, the dialog repetitious, and the courtroom scenes went on forever,

What do you think your next listen will be?

I will probably pick something light and funny.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

One of the narrators had a habit of intaking her breath very noisily. I was tempted to fast forward through her narrations.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was a long listen for the money.

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  • Joicey
  • Bahama, NC, United States
  • 03-19-13

Another improbabable situation

How could the performance have been better?

The reader was pretty much as whiney as the "victim"

Any additional comments?

An improbable situation, with characters acting in reprehensible ways. Protagonist is quite the victim - but really?? Stigmata? A custody battle. An evangelical atheist turned lover & believer? Oh brother.

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Unusual Story.

I love this author. Her stories are totally different from anyone else's, and are always heart rending as well as loving, funny, and real. I'm always interested I. Whatever this author publishes.

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An enjoyable, entertaining read

Light reading, but I looked forward to each session with my nano! The ending was surprising and provocative; it left me wondering...

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The faith of a child

What did you love best about Keeping Faith?

I liked how the Mother and Grandmother believed the child was seeing God and did not try to dissuade her from her experience. She had the faith of a child in that she was not afraid of what she was seeing and did not try to hide the experience or exploit it. It seemed that she was not even aware of her "healing" power until the end. I do think that it brought out the fact that all children react to divorce.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the guardian. She came with an open mind and was not afraid to retract her recommendation when it became apparent that the mother was not harming her child.

Have you listened to any of Julia Gibson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I am unsure.

If you could rename Keeping Faith, what would you call it?

The Faith of a Child

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Very disappointing

It's hard to tell if the story is a good one or not. The narrator reads so slowwwwwly that it's almost impossible to get any sense of the protagonist. The flat affect doesn't help, either. I realize she's trying to play a part, but it's dull and ineffective. I don't know if I'll be able to finish it......

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forced and predictable

I found the storyline to be forced or manipulative, like the characters did whatever the writer needed them to do to further the storyline. I didn't think that it was particularly even handed in the question of "to believe or not to believe (in God)." If you are a believer, you might like to have your choice validated, but I didn't find it believable or compelling.

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Not one of her best works

I enjoyed the book at the beginning but found the ending to be a little dull. It's not one of her best works and I have read a number of them.

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  • Cid
  • LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States
  • 06-22-10

Couldn't Get Through It

I really loved My Sisters Keeper, it brought up so many complex issues, and wove together a many layered story. Keeping Faith was surprisingly one dimensional and predictable. I didn't make it to the end of the story.