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House Rules
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House Rules [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

by Jodi Picoult (Author)
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (829 customer reviews)

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Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger's syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he shows up at crime scenes and gives law enforcement officials his advice. But when his tutor is found dead, he becomes a suspect. Suddenly, his Asperger's traits - not looking people in the eye, tics and twitches - look more like guilt in the view of police. And Jacob's mother must ask herself the hardest question in the world: is her child capable of murder?

©2010 Jodi Picoult; (P)2010 Recorded Books LLC

Product Details

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 20 hours
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • Release Date: September 28, 2011
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005R41F2G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (829 customer reviews)
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407 of 456 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misrepresents Asperger's March 27, 2010
As a person with Asperger's I am dismayed with Picoult's portrayal of an adult with Asperger's Syndrome. Picoult starts off by showing us all the sources she has used for her research but once one starts reading it is obvious she is so full of research she doesn't know what to do with it. She has taken every possible symptom of both Asperger's and autism (which are two different diagnoses) and put them all into the character of Jacob. Not only is Jacob loaded down with every single symptom, each of his symptoms are of the most extreme variety. A real-life 'aspie' (as we call ourselves) will have some, perhaps even many, but certainly not all textbook examples, of the symptoms and then they are at varying degrees. What Picoult has done here is a disservice to the Asperger's community.

From the mother: "Since there's no cure yet for Asperger's, we treat the symptoms ...". Asperger's is not a disease or an illness! There is no cure because one is not needed. Just from reading the positive reviews of this book I see the word "illness" being used over and over to describe Asperger's and that is because the book has left readers unfamiliar with AS with that impression. I could sit here and write an essay refuting all the quotes on the dog-eared pages I created while reading, but I won't. If you want a realistic view of a young man with Asperger's I urge you to read the book "Marcelo in the Real World" by Francisco X. Stork. The main character is 17 years old and is very comparable to Jacob only the author has done an excellent job in portraying Asperger's, showing the struggles we face but also shows that we do indeed function and do not need anyone's sympathy.

BTW, I did give the book 2 stars because if I removed the whole Asperger's element I thought the mystery was quite interesting with a fun little twist to the solution.
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112 of 124 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly disappointed! May 3, 2010

I am going to quote from the interview above with Ms. Picoult:

"Q: Why did you choose to end the book when you did, rather than going into what happens to the characters in the aftermath of the trial?

A: Because at heart, this is Jacob's book. And remember, to Jacob, there was never any real mystery here, was there?"

With all due respect to the author, there was never any real mystery here to US, either!

I have read every single one of Jodi Picoult's novels. I have loved some more than others, but never have I disliked any, until now.

I was intensely looking forward to buying and reading this book. I have a grandson who is on the autism spectrum, and to Ms. Picoult's credit, she explored the world of Asperger's Syndrome. Jacob is somebody I would like to befriend. That, for me, was the good side.

The bad:

- Her delivery of information about Asperger's bordered on a professorial lecture ... not just once, but over and over again, from his mother, his psychologists and even Jacob himself.

- There was an unbelievable amount of repetition about Jacob's affect, his likes, his dislikes, his meltdowns, his compulsions. We must have heard at least 5 times about the food and clothing colors. Once was enough, we got it!

- The "mystery", however, was the worst part of this novel. I knew from the moment Jacob came home that Tuesday and went into complete meltdown, exactly what had happened, and why.

- Ms. Picoult's treatment of Jacob's defense sickened me. She attempted to present what would happen to an "Aspie" if they became involved in the legal system.
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170 of 199 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The world, for Jacob, is truly black and white." March 2, 2010
In "House Rules," Jodi Picoult explores the complex world of Emma Hunt, who is almost entirely focused on helping her eighteen-year-old son, Jacob, learn to communicate appropriately with his family and peers. This is a Herculean task, considering the fact that Jacob has Asperger's syndrome, a disorder characterized by a compulsive attachment to order and routine, a tendency to take comments literally, hypersensitivity to bright lights, human touch, and scratchy fabrics, a reluctance to make eye contact, lack of empathy, painful bluntness, and difficulty relating to others. Emma's life is complicated by the fact that her husband, Henry, left shortly after their younger son, Theo, was born. Fifteen-year-old Theo deeply resents the amount of time and money that his mother lavishes on his older brother. At great expense, Emma brought early intervention therapists into her home who were "intent on dragging [Jacob] out of his own little world." She also buys costly medicines, supplements, and special foods that, she insists, help regulate Jacob's behavior.

In addition to his other quirks, Jacob is obsessed with forensics. He watches a television show called Crimebusters and keeps a detailed journal of each episode; he even shows up at real crime scenes and offers to "help" the detectives solve their cases. Much to Emma's chagrin, he regularly stages his own mock crime scenes at home, using corn syrup to simulate blood. His preoccupation with true crime becomes an issue when someone he had recently quarreled with is found dead. Eventually, evidence comes to light pointing to Jacob's guilt. Could something have happened that caused him to snap? It would not be the first time that he lashed out after someone provoked him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I read this just before Adam Lanza wrecked his havoc. gives an insight into Auspergers.
Published 6 days ago by Kim Sandholdt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As described
Published 12 days ago by Michele Pirie
2.0 out of 5 stars nope. not even a little bit
This story is bland, frustratingly slow, and really feels like the author is just grasping here. She has done much better before- go read one of them.
Published 15 days ago by Jennifer Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Price, Excellent Book, Fast Shipping!
Published 19 days ago by 23rdTigerShark
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read; moves along...
Just can't go wrong with a Picoult read. Characters always so clearly developed, you feel like people you actually know in your life.
Published 25 days ago by WryEye
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really great condition!
Published 26 days ago by Yarden
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is the third book that I've read by Jodi Picoult. She keeps my interest!
Published 26 days ago by Diane Waller
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Kept me interrested until the end
Excellent book! Kept me interrested until the end. Thoughtful, skilled writer.
Published 28 days ago by Vicki Linkous
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
A very well written novel. It's engrossing and you just can't stop reading it. I recommend it to everyone who likes the topics of forensics, crime scene investigation and how to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wioleta Radola
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
loved this book, i have a grandson with aspergers and her character with it was spot on.
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