Songs of the Humpback Whale

  • by Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by Jim Colby, Elizabeth Morton, Jonathan Davis, Carol Monda, Chris Sorensen
  • 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The powerful debut novel from New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult, Songs of the Humpback Whale is a moving story of love and family told through the eyes of five people: Jane Jones, her daughter Rebecca, and three very different men in their lives. After a watershed moment in their marriage, Jane leaves Oliver, her renowned marine biologist husband, and begins a journey across the country with Rebecca in search of understanding about her troubled past.


What the Critics Say

"This powerful and affecting novel demonstrates that there are as many truths to a story as there are people to tell it." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

So Glad This is now Available on audio

I had been waiting for this to come out on an audio book. I have read/listened to all of Jodi Picoults books. This is her first one. I have to say it isn't her best but for a first it is very good. An interesting portrayal of when you become your mom or dad and you didn't want to. A journey many of us wish we could take and don't.
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- Cindy

Narration is ruining it for me

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'm having a very hard time getting through this performance... not sure I'm going to finish. I'll just read the book instead. I've loved almost all of Jodi Picoult's books, and I think I recognize some of the male narrators from others of Picoult's audiobooks. They are not the problem.

The problem is the voice of Rebecca, who is 15, but the narrator is trying WAY too hard to sound young. She comes across sounding whiny, nasal, and annoying. Her reading of Rebecca's portion of the story is unnaturally slow, and she makes Rebecca sound either much younger than 15, or just stupid. It's painful to listen to. But unfortunately, I think the voice of Jane is who you hear when you try to listen to the sample on Audible.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jodi Picoult? Why or why not?

I will read anything by Jodi Picoult.

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- Michelle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-30-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books