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Each of the five narrators in this excellent audiobook speaks intimately to the listener, capitalizing on the emotional complexity of Picoult's heart-wrenching tale. Delia Hopkins, read with simple grace by Gibson, immediately seizes the listener's attention when she relates how, on an ordinary day in smalltown New Hampshire, her beloved father, Andrew, is arrested for having kidnapped her, 28 years earlier, from the mother she long thought was dead. Delia's fiancé, Eric, and her best friend, Fitz (both of whom are given appropriately cultured New England accents), add dimension to this multifaceted exploration of love and identity, but Delia's parents, read by Jenner and Washington, offer the most noteworthy performances. Jenner successfully conveys the rainbow of personalities Andrew encounters while being held in an Arizona jail. Washington, meanwhile, embodies Delia's darkly tragic mother, who emerges as both a gentle healer with a dulcet Southwestern accent and a mother who was never there for her young child. Simultaneous release with the Atria hardcover (Forecasts, Feb. 7). (Mar.)
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What better title than Vanishing Acts to describe a search-and-rescue worker who turns out to be a missing person herself, as well as the daughter of an amateur magician who makes people disappear? Reviewers praise Picoult (My Sisters Keeper ***1/2 July/Aug 2004) for her cleverness and her abilities as a storyteller, but her tendency to hang her narratives on Issues-with-a-capital-I has limited appeal. Her 12th novel seems particularly overcrowded with themes and subplots addressing the nature of identity, parental and platonic love, Native American mysticism, prison conditions, alcoholism, memory, and much more. The story is told in first-person narratives presented in alternating chapters by the books five main characters, but this contrivance quickly wears thin. All in all, Vanishing Acts is a somewhat muddled effort from the best-selling author.
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I don't know why but I just could not get into it as much as her other books that I have read... It seemed like there was a lot of space filler (all of the jail stuff and the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amy Greenslade
One of the first of Jodie Picoults books I didn't enjoy, the story never really grabbed me, I got hard to finish itPublished 9 days ago by Colette Kelly
Jodi Picoult never disappoints. I love the way she delves into the thoughts, personalities and secrets of the characters. We understand them.Published 11 days ago by Katherine G.
As in Jodi Pacult's books, sad at times, but as always, very thought provokingPublished 14 days ago by Elizabeth S Davis
The beginning was good but then once we learned she was kidnapped it just seemed to drag
Did not like all the prison scenes
However did like the ending
Awesome book haven't read a book by Jodi Picult I didn't like.Published 21 days ago by Jessica Bankus