Nineteen Minutes

A Novel
Narrated by: Carol Monda
Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,481 ratings)

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The best-selling author of My Sister's Keeper and The Tenth Circle, Jodi Picoult pens her most riveting book yet, with a startling and poignant story about the devastating aftermath of a small-town tragedy.

Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens - until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence. Josie Cormier, the teenage daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened before her very own eyes - or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show, destroying the closest of friendships and families.

©2007 Jodi Picoult (P)2007 Simon & Schuster

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Juvenile perspective

I like Jodi Picoult's writing, but this book seemed like a "young reader's" story of high school cruelties and first love. I thought some of the characters were one dimensional and found myself thinking "yea, yea, I get it." Will try more of her books, but didn't care for this one and did not finish.

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Could be better narrated

the story line got me hooked from the very start. i love how the book starts by building this character of a boy that ends up the way e did. However, my favorite part was the trail!
the only thing i didnt enjoy was the narration. it was kind monotonic and i found myself a bit bored with her sometimes. I wish it was more interactive with the intensity of the story.
overall, i would recommend it

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Amazing

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This is my favorite book of hers so far. The way the story was written in unbelievable. I love how she wrote in all the views of the people involved in the school shooting. I was so amazed by the twist that came later on towards the end. This is defiantly a good book for all families to read, as it covers a lot of important topics.

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Too Long and melodramatic !

Good profile of bullying leading to high school shooting with long emotional sections about being popular, parenting issues, and episodes of bulling. Just too long so that you lose sympathy with the topic and characters.

For a better book on the issue of adolescence and bullying and a better ending read Black Swan Green.

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Great Characters, Great Story

Another wonderful Jodi Picoult book. This author has consistently written terrific novels exploring so many timely topics in such a creative and fascinating way.
In this, we enter into the minds of the students, adults and especially the parents involved in the horrific event perpetrated by the boy, Peter.
Picoult's writing might sometimes be a bit too flowery to suit most of the characters, but I was still swept along with this fascinating exploration of teenagers in this small town.
Carol Monda narrated it very well and used her deep throaty voice expertly for the male characters.
Picoult is really a masterful storyteller. #masterfulWriter #suspensful #ExcellentNarration #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Loved it

Sad, but good story. I love how Jodi takes real controversial issues and educates us on both sides of the issue....All while entertaining us!

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Too Long

Jodi Picoult never shies away from controversial topics and she is true to form in this book. We want to hate the gunman who murdered our children but understand his motives. We want to sympathize with Peter but given the chance he would have been as much as a bully. She lays bare all our weaknesses. There is no hero. My only complaint was the length. It could have been much shorter. I found she plowed the same ground at times. You never relax and sail through a Jodi Picoult novel.

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do you like similes and metaphors?

What would have made Nineteen Minutes better?

there are some beautiful similes and metaphors in this that book create some deep and thoughtful imagery in the mind of the reader. There are a lot though, and after a while of reading I began to anticipate them and this took me away from the story.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Picoult again?

no, probably not.

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boring

story was too dragged out and predictable. Had a very hard time finishing it. depressing

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Not my favorite

There seemed to be political overtones it often seemed as though the author was trying to enlighten the reader to her point of view. At times it was condescending.

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  • Lorrie
  • 11-12-16

thought provoking

Worth your time to listen to this story. I nearly rejected the book early on as it was a bit slow and confusing initially setting the scene and introducing the characters. However, once set it had a thought provoking storyline.

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  • MAGGS
  • 01-30-17

Nineteen Minutes - Although subject matter not nice, good storytelling

Nineteen Minutes - Although subject matter not nice, good storytelling
Jodi does write book that give you an all perspective of the characters in the book.
Narration was OK sometimes I felt there could have been a bit more passion in her voice

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  • Rachel L Woolman
  • 01-18-20

enjoyable read

I really enjoyed the story line, it was interesting and kept me gripped. The characters were read well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-19

Could not stop listening to this

I am in awe of Jodi Picoult, she has such a clever way of keeping you gripped

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  • HARRIETBELLE
  • 05-18-19

Excellent listen.

I have heard and read many books by this author and always enjoyed them. She is such a clever writer making a story out of impossible situations and keeping the listener / reader guessing until nearly the end!!
This was particularly skilful in keeping the punch line to the last chapter and I could not stop listening until I got there!!

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  • Amelia
  • 05-17-19

powerful

time and time again i listen to jp's stories, this one is special for many reasons, some personal some not. top quality as ever.

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  • Ioana
  • 11-17-18

Ioana

Beautifully written, a compelling story, a mix of courtroom drama and introspective novel. Good production as well

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  • HashTag
  • 09-17-18

My first Picoult book.

Loved it but only four stars as it, IMO, failed to tackle the problem of how easy it was for a boy to get guns. Perhaps if they were not so easy to get hold of....

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  • hellojoanie
  • 03-14-18

An outstanding Picoult book

This book will tear at your soul and break your heart. I did not expect a sudden twist at the end. The depth and feeling is there in every chapter. if you want something though provoking and deep, read this book. it will stay with you long after you finish it. Well narrated too.

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  • brenda peirce
  • 10-23-17

Nineteen minutes

Different but interesting, not my favourite jodi picoult book, complicated and a disappointing end. Nevertheless I listened to the whole book.

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  • Wendy Berry
  • 11-12-17

Great Read

Really goes into the minds and motives of the characters. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-20

devastatingly good

Jodi Picoult has a brilliant way of writing that sucks you in and leaves you guessing until the end, with so many twists and unexpected turns that you cant help but be engaged. found myself wanting to hear more and struggled to stop listening at times when i had to work etc. the ending was poignant and beautiful.

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  • Carol
  • 03-14-19

Difficult subject

I really struggled with this title; I guess I’m really not into this type of story.
I was not able to finish this audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-19

Important message but so boring

I get that there are very important lessons to be learnt from this book but it just dragged on and on.

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  • Amy
  • 08-04-18

Both sides of the story

This book really made me think about the parents involved when their children are bullied. A great read as usual from Jodi.

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  • Vicky Kendall
  • 09-14-17

ok

this book is ok if you like court cases etc. but it does make you think about the affects of bullying

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  • Joanne Moore
  • 06-22-17

Brilliant could not put it down 😊

I was hooked right from the beginning to the end. Wow a must read for all especially teens.

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  • Linda
  • 01-26-17

Brilliant!

If you could sum up Nineteen Minutes in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, sad and heartwarming

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alex- She struggles with the responsibilities of motherhood, single parenting and her career.
It could be any of us.

What about Carol Monda’s performance did you like?

Calm, easy listening

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely