House Rules

  • by Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, Christopher Evan Welch, Rich Orlow
  • 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

They tell me I'm lucky to have a son who's so verbal, who is blisteringly intelligent, who can take apart the broken microwave and have it working again an hour later. They think there is no greater hell than having a son who is locked in his own world, unaware that there's a wider one to explore. But try having a son who is locked in his own world, and still wants to make a connection. A son who tries to be like everyone else, but truly doesn't know how.
Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject -- in his case, forensic analysis. He's always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do...and he's usually right. But then his town is rocked by a terrible murder and, for a change, the police come to Jacob with questions. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger's - not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, flat affect - can look a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel. Suddenly, Jacob and his family, who only want to fit in, feel the spotlight shining directly on them. For his mother, Emma, it's a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it's another indication of why nothing is normal because of Jacob. And over this small family the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?
Emotionally powerful from beginning to end, House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way - and fails those who don't.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great book until the ending

Jodi, What happened! Did you run out of printing ink? What happened to the end of the story? The rest of the story was great. I'm guessing there will be a part two to give it a ending. We don't listen for 20 hours not to have a ending!
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- Charlotte

Three Big Problems

1. Surely someone could have asked Jacob what happened? Of course that would have ruined the plot. It was as maddening as a soap opera that no one asked!
2. Although there were parts where I felt the description of Jacob's actions and words fit Aspberger's I felt that other parts did not. Her research may be lacking or she needed to adapt his character to fit the plot.
3. The ending? What ending?
I did hang in there and listen to the entire book, but as many others mentioned I found it repetitious. But that is a small problem compared to the 3 big ones mentioned above.

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- J. Cline

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-02-2010
  • Publisher: Recorded Books