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I thoroughly enjoyed this book right up until the last two hours. What actually happened to Jess was all but spelled out for us in the first section of the story, so it felt like Picoult was trying to create a tension in the reader that wasn't there, by dragging out how long it took her characters to figure it out. Instead, I just felt frustrated by their lack of perspicacity - because they all seemed suddenly too dumb to ask the obvious question.
The book on the whole, however, was a joy to listen to.
The narrators were excellent, and I loved the switching viewpoints, as the story is told by Jacob, Emma, Oliver, Rich and Theo.
Jacob and Theo's perspectives are the best, as two teenagers who are frustrated and conflicted, but thoroughly good at heart, and while one has Aspergers and all the challenges that brings, the other suffers the fallout of a mother too busy for him. The tears I shed were always when one of these two characters was talking.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It is thoroughly researched (as all Picoult's novels are), and aside from a little impatience and frustration towards the very end, I spent a very happy 20+ hours listening to this.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I read this book years ago and it was great to hear it come to life. It's a fantastic story about family love and acceptance. As usual Ms Picoult has done her research into every little detail and the characters are believable. I would agree with another poster that the book was a bit too long but that doesn't mean it wasn't packed with twists along the way.
One minor frustration is that Audible has posted the narrator's as uncredited and I had to wait to the end until I could find out the names of the voice actors so I could look up to see what else they'd done. Some of the other books by these actors haven't been reviewed yet and I have two lined up (Joah and Jehnna - Andy Paris) in my wishlist. For your convenience here are the list of actors:
Nicole Poole - Emma
Andy Paris - Theo
Mark Turetsky - Jacob
Rich Orlo - Rich
Christopher Evan Welch - Oliver
One thing is that the book states Jacob speaks in a monotone but his own parts of the book are considerably more animated but that may have ben to stop the reader from turning off. A great read even it was a bit long!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this book, Jodi Piccoult educated me into the world of Aspergers and autism in a way nothing else has done . Her research into this syndrome is amazing. I’ve been unable to put it down. The readers are also wonderful each one making me ‘feel’ and picture the character they are portraying.
A wonderful book