Plain Truth

  • by Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
  • 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of My Sister's Keeper comes the riveting story of a murder that shatters the picturesque calm of Amish country - and tests the heart and soul of the lawyer defending the woman at the center of the storm.
The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: Circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide - and for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live "plain", Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within - to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past reenters her life.

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Terrible Narration

I had a hard time persevering to the end of this because of the narration, the only reason I toughed it out was because I wanted to know what happened. The narrators' harsh voices do not suit the majority of the characters, especially those of the Amish. The only time the harshness remotely suits the characters it is for the prosecutor and the detective, two characters who are not in as many chapters as everyone else. Even so, it was really hard to listen to the prosecutor during the courtroom scenes because, like another reviewer said, he ends up sounding sleazy or angry ... especially when it was Suzanne Toren's turn to read, her voice was really jarring.

The fact there are two different narrators is very distracting as well because their voices for characters were so different that it was confusing and hard to get used to. Just when you might get used to one narrator's voices for the characters, a new chapter would come along and go back to the other narrator. The most marked difference in voices was for one of the most important characters in the book, Katie. Suzanne Toren's voice for Katie sounded ridiculous and not even real, more like a voice someone would do for a puppet, although she did try to do an Amish accent. I ended up preferring Christina Moore's voice for Katie, accentless, but at least she sounded like a real person. I really wish there had just been one narrator for the whole book.

The story itself was pretty good, and it did keep my interest enough to make me put up with the narration. I will say it wasn't the best Jodi Picoult book I've ever read but not the worst either. I think I would have liked it better if I'd read it as a printed book.
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- dragonflysky

Loved every moment of Plain Truth

It kept me gripped from the very start. The characters drew me in, the story kept me guessing. Sad to have finished it.
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- Mrs Tiffany J Newton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-03-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio