Keeping Faith

Narrated by: Eliza Foss, Julia Gibson
Length: 18 hrs and 58 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,374 ratings)

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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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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Crazy storyline but enjoyable

I am a big Jodi Picoult fan. I start every Picoult book with high expectations. During the first part of this book however, I was scratching my head. It was slow. I was determined to give the book a fair shake. And the slowness eventually gave way to Jodi's engaging writing style. There were three things that I felt weren't quite up to her usual standards: 1. ) the plot/story was a bit unrealistic for me (I am not religious). However, if you can suspend your personal beliefs the story is still well told. 2.) Typically, all of the characters in Jodi's books are very well developed, but I missed the full development and background for characters like the husband. He was pretty flat. And last of all 3.) if you listen to this book on an ipod, you will hear one of the narrators swallow and swish inbetween passages. This was like fingernails on the chalkboard to me, and even with my limited audio editing knowledge I recognized that those were items that could have been edited out of the recording.

However, despite these three things, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it. I was sad when the book ended. And with that, I give the book a solid four stars.

47 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Keeping Faith

Wonderful story of a woman in a very difficult situation doing the best she can. Very colorful characters, especially the star of a successful anti-religious TV show, who is out to disprove her daughter's visions and gifts. Great narration and great ending. If you listen you'll be engrossed, regardless of your religious beliefs. First and foremost it's a story about a woman trying to keep her daughter. Enjoy!!

19 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Love Conquers All

Mariah could give us all hope that we can be stronger than we think, wiser than might have been expected and more generous than is deserved. As the leading character in Keeping Faith, I found her to be interesting and learning more about her and her daughter Faith kept me listening. Religion has always been a bit of a mystery to me and listening to how miracles might be examined from a number of different perspectives was an interesting thought examination. I enjoyed the book very much and will probably listen to the author again.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Good, but not my favorite

Don't read or listen to "Change of Heart" before "Keeping Faith"!!! A few of the characters from "Keeping Faith" come up in the more recent "Change of Heart" and I was disappointed when I realized that I already knew how some of the book would end. Otherwise, it was your typical Jodi Picoult book. I like them all, but the more of them that I read, the more they start to sound the same. I didn't realize that they would ALL (so far) have courtroom drama, medical issues, and an unusual number have involved organ donation. I'll still keep reading them, though.

12 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

just awful!

Jodi Piccoult is has a formula for her newest books. This is yet another book about a mother traumatized by the possible loss of her child. Long boring uninteresting trial takes up half the audio. I had to fast forward to get through it. I loved her earlier stuff, so I was very disappointed. I personally disliked the narrator who over acted each part. I cannot recommend this book.

20 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful!!

This book is truly an excellent read. Jodi P has done it again. I was completely captivated with the believeable characters and the narrators did a great job throughout. I cannot wait until her next book!

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Disappointing!

I have liked other books by Jodi Picoult, but this one was really disappointing - I wasn't even sure I would bother to finish it. The story is not just unbelievable (I'm happy to suspend disbelief in a novel, but this was a bridge too far), but also irritatingly , distractingly inaccurate and sloppy. The story involves a custody battle, and the courtroom scenes are so far from reality that it distracted me from the story. To pick just one example of many, there is no court in this country that would allow a 7 year old child to sit in the courtroom to hear the testimony in her own custody case. At one point, the author refers to "the prosecutor" in the case, but of course in a custody case, there is no prosecutor - just the parents. It is not a criminal case.

Aside from that, the audio is technically bad as well. There are sometimes very long pauses between chapters, to the point where you think the playback has stopped for some reason, and then other times the jump to the next chapter is so abrupt that you think the recording has skipped ahead.

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Recorded poorly

The story is Picoult's usual fascinating plot, though the ending wasn't my favorite. The narrators were wonderful But the technology was miserable. One could hear when the narrator swallowed, sipped water, etc. That was very distracting. I think it should be re-recorded with a different technologist.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful

I wasn't sure I was going to like this one because it revolved around religion, however it flowed well. I was concerned it would be too "preachy", but the religious aspect was used as the basis for the mystery. The characters were all were all well developed and interesting.

Although the theme of the book is a bit out there, it had me wondering all along how Picoult was actually going to wrap this story up without it getting to hoaxy. She did a good job.

I did feel a bit duped though. Audible bills Julia Gibson as the narrator, but in fact Julia Gibson only narrates about 20% of the book. The bulk of the narration is done by Eliza Foss. I've never listened to a book narrated by her, but she did a good job. Narrators are important when we are listening to audiobooks, so accuracy on letting us know who the narrator is, is important.

If you can get past the whole religious thing, the book is actually a good mystery novel with enough emotion and suspence.
A good listen.

15 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

a slow start

This one was hard to get into in the beginning...but as always the author grabs your attention and goes...

My favorite is still Salem Falls (Best book!!)

4 people found this helpful