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Songs of the Humpback Whale Audiobook

Songs of the Humpback Whale

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Publisher's Summary

The powerful debut novel from New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult, Songs of the Humpback Whale is a moving story of love and family told through the eyes of five people: Jane Jones, her daughter Rebecca, and three very different men in their lives. After a watershed moment in their marriage, Jane leaves Oliver, her renowned marine biologist husband, and begins a journey across the country with Rebecca in search of understanding about her troubled past.

©1992 Jodi Picoult; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"This powerful and affecting novel demonstrates that there are as many truths to a story as there are people to tell it." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Cindy Waterport, NY, USA 05-24-09
    Cindy Waterport, NY, USA 05-24-09
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    "So Glad This is now Available on audio"

    I had been waiting for this to come out on an audio book. I have read/listened to all of Jodi Picoults books. This is her first one. I have to say it isn't her best but for a first it is very good. An interesting portrayal of when you become your mom or dad and you didn't want to. A journey many of us wish we could take and don't.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle York, PA, United States 07-31-12
    Michelle York, PA, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Narration is ruining it for me"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm having a very hard time getting through this performance... not sure I'm going to finish. I'll just read the book instead. I've loved almost all of Jodi Picoult's books, and I think I recognize some of the male narrators from others of Picoult's audiobooks. They are not the problem. <br/><br/>The problem is the voice of Rebecca, who is 15, but the narrator is trying WAY too hard to sound young. She comes across sounding whiny, nasal, and annoying. Her reading of Rebecca's portion of the story is unnaturally slow, and she makes Rebecca sound either much younger than 15, or just stupid. It's painful to listen to. But unfortunately, I think the voice of Jane is who you hear when you try to listen to the sample on Audible.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jodi Picoult? Why or why not?

    I will read anything by Jodi Picoult.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Ann Turner 08-19-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Disappointed"

    I've liked her books before this one. I've stopped listening about half way through the first half. Maybe I can get back to it but not sure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sofia 10-16-12
    Sofia 10-16-12
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    "Confusing and choppy storyline"

    I stopped listening after about an hour, because I couldn't stay with the story. Usually I love Picoult, but this book just made me confused and irritated. It isn't unusual for Picoult to use more than one narrator in her stories, often divided into one narrator per chapter. But in Songs of the Humpback Whale the story line is the problem. The narration jumps back and forth in timeline, which would be okay if there were a time reference somewhere.

    The disposition as it is now just causes frustration. Too bad, was looking forward to another great Picoult.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Scottsdale, AZ, United States 03-17-10
    Pam Scottsdale, AZ, United States 03-17-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Horrible"

    This was the worst book I have ever listened to and of course, the worst book I have listened to of Jodi Piccoult. Her facts were all wrong, especially on geography and her story line was completely unrealistic. I can't believe she went on to write other books that are acceptable. I can't stress strongly enough how much I disliked this book.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea C. Swain morristown, tn 01-25-17
    Andrea C. Swain morristown, tn 01-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "horRIFICALLY dreadful narration of Rebecca."

    the narration for Rebecca, Elizabeth Morton I think? is the single most horrifically, surprisingly cringe inducing, heartbreakingly god awful piece of narration I have ever heard in my life.
    if this we're the first audio book experience I had had, I would never, ever, EVER buy another one again.
    I've never been moved or inspired enough to write more than a headline review in my over 200 audible purchases (and I've listened to some brilliant as well as not so brilliant stories) until 20 minutes ago.
    I have tried so hard, so unbelievably hard, to persevere and finish this, most likely, very enjoyable book. alas, it was simply not to be. the narration has actually left me no choice but to return this credit and BUY THE BOOK! after dousing my ear holes with accelerant and setting them ablaze, of course.
    she sounds as if her parents knocked her out with benadryl the night before her god AWFUL performance (probably a nightly routine starting the moment she steps off of her school bus to allow them to remove the vodka soaked cotton balls out of their ears for a few hours each evening) then woke her back up after only a few hours and threw her straight into the recording studio.
    she sounds sleepy, slightly drunk, and infuriatingly monotone. I have no earthly idea how this project came to pass.
    I should sue "Rebecca".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie 05-03-16
    Natalie 05-03-16
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    "Not the Right Narrators"

    I love JP, and I've read (or listened to) most of her books and love them. I can't finish listening to this one because the narration is hard to listen to, specifically the character Rebecca. I think that I will try read the book instead b

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chris VILLA PARK, IL, United States 01-07-16
    chris VILLA PARK, IL, United States 01-07-16 Listener Since 2008
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    "phenomenal!"

    every book I listen to from this author is better each time. there is no favorite...she has a great soul!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kathryn 10-11-15
    kathryn 10-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Difficult to follow storyline"

    I have listened to several of her books and this is the only one that i have found difficult to really understand to meaning behind the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Lancaster 09-22-15
    Cynthia Lancaster 09-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "NO PLOT!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I hate the book I'm reading. I usually like JP? WTH??? There are several issues she is talking about. It's all over the place. Many different characters talking in their own voice. It jumps back and forth in time. I have no idea what is happening! I'm sending it back. And the Rebecca voice is so annoying! It's like nails on chalkboard. Makes me cringe. I'm sorry I am not usually so critical like this. I am just really disappointed.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Picoult again?

    Of course.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Not if she talks like a young girl.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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