Summary

Paige has only a few vivid memories of her mother, who abandoned her when she was five. Now, having left home and her father for dreams of art school and marriage to an ambitious young doctor, Paige finds herself with a child of her own. Emotionally and physically exhausted, overwhelmed by the demands of her family, Paige cannot forget her mother’s absence or the shameful memories from her own past. Her next step would have been unthinkable before her doubts about her maternal ability crept into her mind. Is it possible Paige’s baby would be better off without her?
©2010 Jodi Picoult (P)2010 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine on 14-12-11

A relationship dissected

This book is typical Jodi Picoult: intense introspection into relationships coupled with quite a bit of medical detail (the author has medical training and it shows!). Paige and Nicholas are the couple whose relationship the book follows in minuet detail from exultant first flush of love to dissolution and resentment. The differences in their social backgrounds, the pressures of his work as a heart surgeon and her struggles with post-natal depression all add to the turmoil of emotions that the author is so good at describing. Having two narrators works well and both are good at making their characters come to life. I enjoyed the book and have only knocked off a star as I find the excessive use of similes annoying as it levaes little for the listener's imagination.

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4 out of 5 stars
By joanne on 24-10-10

Good listen

I am a big fan and thought this book was very good if a little slow at first. Some of the passages describing the feelings of a new mother are extremely emotive and sensitively written and tug deep at the heart strings

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 28-08-13

Narrator ruined this for me entirely

Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or Kate Harper and Garrick Hagon ?

I simply could not listen to more than an hour of this audio book. Kate Harper's voice drones on in a way that is really not pleasant. Her 'male' voices are positively bizarre in their extremely low and slow tones - almost sounding distorted. Eventually I just closed the book down and couldn't go on.

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

Yes

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See above. Ruined everything for me. I had just finished The Story Teller and I was so excited for this one.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I'm sure it did, but I couldn't suffer through the narration.

Any additional comments?

I have tried to return this book, without success. Please help!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Hayley on 11-12-12

Disappointing Book

This book was well performed but overall disappointing. The story ends abruptly and I have to admit I felt a little cheated! I invested how many hours and at the end I felt there needed to be another chapter.

I don't recommend this book.

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