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Vanishing Acts Audiobook

Vanishing Acts

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Publisher's Summary

Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father, Andrew, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiancé, and her own search-and-rescue bloodhound, which she uses to find missing persons. But as Delia plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can't recall. And then a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret that changes the world as she knows it.

What happens when you learn you are not who you thought you were? When the people you've loved and trusted suddenly change before your eyes? When getting your deepest wish means giving up what you've always taken for granted? Vanishing Acts explores how life as we know it might not turn out the way we imagined; how doing the right thing could mean doing the wrong thing; and how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a threat.

©2005 Jodi Picoult (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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    MMM 07-13-17
    MMM 07-13-17
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    "Not as good as most"

    Jodi picoult is one of my favorite authors. This book was not a favorite. Didn't care about characters as much. Not sure what the point of her dad in jail story line was for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Columbia, SC 05-23-17
    Jessica Columbia, SC 05-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Mysterious & terrifying until the very end"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the father. He lied, cheated & stole for what was best for his daughter, the mark of a true parent in my opinion. He was willing to go to any length to ensure that his daughter was safe from her mother and her boyfriend.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I must say, this book did cause me to shed a few tears, mainly because for me it hits very close to home. In my own childhood, my mother was an alcoholic & drug addict. I can recall coming home from school not being able to wake her, not knowing if she was just drunk or if I should call 911. My own mother would take us to her dealers houses in the middle of the night, not concerned with if we had school the following day or if she was putting us in harms way. In this sense, I identify with this book.

    The repressed memories are a very interesting subject that I look forward to learning more about, but also in a way, it is terrifying to think you could learn something that you may not want to know.

    To this day, my mother is a drug addict and alcoholic and even though I have forgiven her, I have no desire to forge a relationship with her. It's a strange feeling to know that you should have feelings for someone as special as your mother who should have walked to the edges of the earth for you, and yet feel the same as if you were passing a stranger on the street of a busy street.

    The ending of this book really threw me for a loop. During the last 5 minutes, you are sure you see how this is playing out and at the very end you find out exactly why the father took his little girl away from her mother.

    Sometimes it's vital to take heed to those gut feelings.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rita 10-03-17
    Rita 10-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Someone close, you love will never vanish forever"

    Andrew was my favorite character! He endured everything for his daughter, even jail, and completely loved her through it all.

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    Barbara P Cameron 08-13-17
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    "Not her best."

    This book had a lot of twist, but I felt it was way to drawn out and the character depth, I found lacking

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    melissa 08-10-17
    melissa 08-10-17 Member Since 2011
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    "First Jodi Picoult book I couldn't get into..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I finally finished listening, even though I picked it up over and over. I finally just purchased another book. I am huge Picoult fan, so one mediocre book won't keep me from reading.


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    katie 06-20-17
    katie 06-20-17 Member Since 2012
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    "One narrator put me off"

    The story was good, and I enjoyed it. However I was unable to finish as one of the narrators drove me nuts. Constantly sucking up their split, licking their lips, not sure what. Cant they edit that stuff out?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    butters 06-12-17
    butters 06-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "good story-terrible narrators"

    i struggled to understand the story at its beginning ....it didn't look like i was able to pick up on who was who. but the narrators, especially Delia's character... absolutely horrible. stretching words and pronounciations...like she's constantly high... I struggled with wanting to quit listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    EMM 04-27-17
    EMM 04-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring narrators and disappointing storyline"
    What disappointed you about Vanishing Acts?

    The story is hard to listen to and the narrators completely lack affect.


    What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make it more realistic and believable.


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

    No.


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

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SPM Baschi - TR, Italy 04-17-17
    SPM Baschi - TR, Italy 04-17-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing"

    I had trouble finishing this book and must say I was disappointed. Other Jodi Picoult books, I've enjoyed. This one seemed to drag on and on and was implausible in places. It could have been an interesting story, but somehow became very boring. The narration was too slow and pretty average, across the board. Sorry...this one didn't do it for me

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    Shellie 03-25-17
    Shellie 03-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting"

    Love the story and the narrators did an excellent job. Jodi Picoult never disappoints her audience.

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  • Caz
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    "excellent"

    some of Ms picoults books can be uncomfortable, but this one was engaging & fascinating

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    "Another enthralling court room drama"

    Another brilliant story from Jodi Picoult: compelling narrative, well developed characters with a tangible emotional undercurrent that provides for a gripping read. The dialogue is excellent and believable and the multiple perspectives gives the off kilter story real depth. Like all of Picoult's books that I have listened to, the moral dimension makes the stories more vivid leaving traces of the nuances with you long after you have finished reading or listening. I really loved this and look forward to my next one. Highly recommended

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  • Amazon Customer
    7/5/17
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    "not what i expected"

    disappointing book that wastes a lot of time on irrelevant areas and has no connection to the story itself

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  • Ellisticity
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    4/5/17
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    "Compelling"

    Beautifully written and challenging your personal morals & choices at every turn... completely compelling & I found sympathy with every key character. I feel that I know these characters on a personal level because of the cleverness of the author.
    Completely recommend.

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  • Lynne
    3/25/17
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    "another great story"

    don't think there are many of J P booksI've not listened to and haven't enjoyed. in fact I have enjoyed each and every one
    audio books are expensive so the longer the book the better for me
    value for money !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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