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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult shares a powerful novel about the unbreakable bond between parent and child, the temptation to play God, and the dangerous repercussions.

Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She's also the light of her father Daniel's life - a straight-A student; a pretty, popular freshman in high school; a girl who's always seen her father as a hero. That is until her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence. Suddenly everything Trixie has believed about her family - and herself - seems to be a lie. Could the boyfriend who once made Trixie wild with happiness have been the one to end her childhood forever? She says that he is, and that is all it takes to make Daniel, a seemingly mild-mannered comic book artist with a secret tumultuous past he has hidden even from his family, venture to hell and back to protect his daughter.

With The Tenth Circle, Jodi Picoult offers her most powerful chronicle yet as she explores the unbreakable bond between parent and child and questions whether you can reinvent yourself in the course of a lifetime - or if your mistakes are carried forever.

©2006 Jodi Picoult. All rights reserved. "Magic Words" (c)1967, 1968 Educational Development Center, Inc. (www.edc.org) (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Definitely not one of her best

I LOVE Jodi Picoult books and have gone through almost all of them. This was probably by far the most disappointing. I completed the whole book, out of devotion to the author, and also with the hopes that it might get better...but it didn't. The story wasn't as captivating as her stories usually are. The setting was dreary and without the usual jaw-dropping twists and turns her books normally have, ended up just making the whole plot depressing and boring. The twists that were present were not too surprising. I did enjoy the dynamic between father and daughter throughout the whole story. That and the amazing performance by the narrator were probably the only redeeming aspects of this book.

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not my favorite

love jodi pocoult! this was good but definitely not my favorite! too slow and harder to follow

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Worth the read!

I Love Jodi Picoult the most because of her unpredictability! This story was not one of my favorites, but did not disappoint in the predictability area! The narrator was annoying to listen to, especially when she changed her voice to the men in the story. Overall, worth reading or listening to!

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Thought provoking

I loved the story from page one. I didn't want to put the book down. The story was compelling and believable. It could just as easily be my story, or my neighbors....I’ll be thrilled to read more!

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Dark and depressing

The first Picoult novel I listened to was Small Great Things. It was such a moving and transformative story, and though full of tragedy was, I thought, optimistic at its core.

The problem with reading such a novel is that I expect the same from other works by the author. I did not find that in The Tenth Circle. Maybe it was because it was one of her earlier works. Maybe it was my frame of mind when I listened to it. But I couldn’t finish it. The tragedy was that intense and, in keeping with themes of the story, cut too deep.

It’s a story that needs to be told and one that needs to be heard. Someday I may try to finish it. I would just warn potential readers that this is not a light read .

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  • Cm
  • 08-29-17

Her worst book

Well that was hours of wasted time. I used to love her novels, but this one really was not good. The ending was so predictable. And all it left me was hoping I never have to go to Alaska

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This book was very disappointing

I love Jodi Picoult as an author and before reading this book I had quite high expectations. I read most of her other books and I have to admit that this one was the least favorite. The plot was boring and uninteresting. The ending was mediocre and it seemed that Jodi didn’t really know how to end the story. This is the first time I was disappointed with her work and I hope it will be the last.

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Hard to listen to

I love Jodi Picoult’s work, and have read most of her books with great pleasure and satisfaction. But this one… I’m not even done and I don’t think I can finish. The story is good enough, if somewhat predictable, but the pacing is off, slowed in part by an exhausting parade of metaphors. But the biggest problem is, without a doubt, the narration. It’s harsh, nasal and grating, and distracts the listener from the storyline. I have to wonder,: had I read rather than listened to this book, would I have a completely different opinion?

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Picoult hits a grand slam !!

This is the second time I’ve listened to this book. I listened to it by myself the first time. I specifically chose this book to listen to with my husband on a road trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. My husband loved it as much as I did. Picoult has a unique way of picking pertinent social issues and creating a story that holds listeners attention to the end. Picoult takes a nonpartisan view of some of the world’s toughest problems and helps the listeners learn and create dialogue . This book is well worth listening to as well as learning about different world topics. ENJOY!!

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Love Jodi Picoult

Love the research about the Upek, narrator easy to listen to. The way Jodi Picoult paints word pictures is beautiful, the way the story progresses develops compassion in the reader that might not have been thee before.

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  • mrs
  • 06-13-17

disappointed

I have read many of this authors books but I really didn't enjoy this one, I felt like the ending was left in mid air and tge characters never really developed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-18

Different but same

Good story but the voices are ones used to read her other books and it’s hard not split the old characters from the new ones.

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  • Nicola
  • 11-06-17

I found this a little monotonous towards the end

I got really bored towards the end, and the ending came out of nowhere which wasn't teally an ending at all after listening for all those hours. I was disappointed. The narrator is excellent.