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2.99999456620178 out of 52.99999456620178 out of 52.99999456620178 out of 52.99999456620178 out of 52.99999456620178 out of 5 3.00 (60,731 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jodi Picoult Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781440791390
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In House Rules, we're given an incredible amount of insight into the mind of a teenage boy with Asperger's Syndrome. Jacob Hunt exhibits all of the signs of traditional Asperger's--lacking social interaction skills, lack of eye contact, and many others.

Like most individuals with Asperger's, Jacob has found one part of life that he enjoys, and he has started dedicating his time to that one area. Because of the police scanner he keeps in his bedroom, Jacob follows the police department's every move, frequently showing up at the scene of a crime, offering information and insight that have proven helpful for police officers in their investigations. Who knew that a young boy with Asperger's Syndrome would end up being so helpful in forensic analysis?

However, things change when a murder in their small town causes the police to come, seeking out Jacob with questions of their own. His family is devastated to think that this intelligent and insightful young man, someone they love dearly, is being accused of such a heinous act. His mother, Emma, feels enraged at the lack of understanding by the police officers. Her son appears guilty because of his inability to properly communicate the truth with those who are bearing down on him, asking questions. Will they discover the truth before it's too late?

Jodi Picoult is known for not being afraid to deal with the big issues in our culture, and House Rules demonstrates her understanding of a society that doesn't understand Autism or Asperger's Syndrome. In 2003, Jodi was awarded the New England Bestseller Award for fiction. Her stories touch the heart of the deepest human emotion, and House Rules is no different. It will delight you, enthrall you, and anger you from beginning to end.

One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction.

In House Rules, Picoult examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Powerful…Picoult doesn’t whitewash the fact that Jacob experiences the world differently. Not an easy task—and one of the reasons House Rules ranks among her best.”

    USA Today

  • “Inspired plot twists ensue. Romance and even a qualified redemption hover tantalizingly on the horizon. But, again, it’s Jack who will linger with readers. Desperate to connect with other people and yet hampered in his ability to do so, he is painfully glassed off from the world of his peers, as well as from most adults. Picoult’s superb novel makes us inhabit Jacob’s solitude and abide his yearning.”

    Washington Post

  • “Picoult beautifully evokes the tribulations of living with Asperger’s…well-paced and thoughtful. And it certainly leaves readers with more compassion and understanding for sufferers of a condition that puts them always on the outside without a way in.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Gripping suspense, sensitive treatment of Asperger’s, and brilliant characterizations make for an outstanding listen.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “Only a full cast of narrators could effectively deliver the intensity of Picoult’s horrifying story of a teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome (autism) who is accused of a brutal murder. Compelling to the last word, the novel is an emotionally powerful depiction of how a family is affected by autism—daily and in crisis…Righteous and compassionate, complex and spellbinding—House Rules is another Picoult gift of wonder.”

    AudioFile

  • “A cunning whodunit…Picoult also does an exceptional job communicating the complexities of Asperger’s syndrome and the challenges confronting AS families.”

    Booklist

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the March 2010 Indie Next List
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Berry | 1/24/2014

    " Really good book... interesting insight into what it's like to have a child with autism as well as a captivating story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carleen | 1/12/2014

    " Every once in a while I need a Jodi Picoult 'fix' - this was engaging and as usual enlightening about an issue, in this case Asperger Syndrome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marge | 1/8/2014

    " Yes, it ends up in court - very interesting look at Asperger's Syndrome. Honestly, I had many a laugh because the literal thought process of "Aspies" as they are called is just funny and the main character just had to be Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. Some of it was frustrating because a little bit simple and repetitive and I couldn't understand why no one ever asked the kid "what happened?"! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shammy Chua | 1/5/2014

    " a gift from someone...love this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/4/2014

    " Well despite one ridiculously unlikely coincidence and another unbelievable thing, this is well written, funny, and engaging. It does a very nice job describing the inner world of each family member. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli Torres | 1/2/2014

    " Great insight of a teenage boy on the autism spectrum as well as our judicial system. As always there was a lot of research and information. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica Zaremba | 1/2/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books by far!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book will keep you guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Goodberry | 12/29/2013

    " I was a little dissapointed with the ending - - but overall I loved this book! It really puts you in the mind of a child with aspergers syndrome. Opened my eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/27/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It really delved deeply into some of the issues encountered when dealing with someone with Asperger's syndrome showing how a 'black and white' view of life can produce some really amusing incidents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clarita Zeppie | 11/17/2013

    " I read this last year and it is still with me. It is superb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marisa Espinosa | 11/10/2013

    " Emotional and powerful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlene Holt | 11/3/2013

    " Excellent book! Learned a ton about asperger's that I didn't know! Definitely recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennww2ns | 9/17/2013

    " Good read but not fantastic - minor inconsistencies (Jacob wears his hair "military short" but later, his mother brushes a stray lock off his forehead.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamme Webster Johnson | 9/14/2013

    " Great book! The ending surprised me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 5/10/2013

    " Autism. Great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. Rolland | 2/27/2013

    " Just as well written and intriguing as the others, but I didn't love it quite as much as say... The Pact... or Change of Heart... or Nineteen Minutes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 8/25/2012

    " This book was an easy 4 star for me right up until the end. It was well written and maintained my interest right up until the missing last chapter. There was no ending!?! I am left feeling angry that I wasted my time reading it & am left to use my imagination as to what happened & why! WTF "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audz | 7/3/2012

    " puffy eyes all the way... my ending is a happy one, how about yours? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Grant | 5/5/2012

    " I have a son with autism so I really related to some of the things going on with Jacob in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Haryanti | 11/17/2011

    " Predictable. The repetitive details about Asperger's Syndrome makes it annoying to have to read over and over again. There are touchy and funny moments though the ending doesn't have a strong impact. Overall, this book is okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 9/7/2011

    " Picoult is the best! This is one of my favorites by her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Gregorio | 8/19/2011

    " June 2010 book club at Amy's "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geeta Sharma | 6/10/2011

    " It showed more insight into what a family has to live with, and how it affects everybody when a boy is born with Asperger's and just wants to fit in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri Blackstock | 5/27/2011

    " I love the first 90% of Piccoult's books, but the endings make me feel cheated. I did enjoy this book, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esta | 5/25/2011

    " Very good....interesting education on what Asperger's entail in a real-life type interpretation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 5/24/2011

    " One of her better ones. How would you live with a child with autism...and interesting ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Egypshun | 5/24/2011

    " Good book. Very insightful into Asburger's syndrome but ultimately very cliche for Picoult. Too predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 5/23/2011

    " Compelling story about mothering an autistic boy once he's turned 18. Basic premise: an autistic topic obsession - criminal forensics - becomes a problem when the protagonist shows up at a murder scene and becomes a suspect. Nice plot twists. A page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Honeybee | 5/23/2011

    " This one was Nineteen Minutes suspense, combined with Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time innocence. Mesmerizing from beginning to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 5/23/2011

    " I loved this book. It taught me more about Ausberger's diagnosis than I had ever known or imagined. I like Jodi Picoult as an author and her endings are always unexpected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Col2910 | 5/22/2011

    " Enjoyed this more than I thought I would, I particularly liked the short chapters offering different character's points of views.

    Spotted the ending a mile off though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 5/22/2011

    " Good book until the end. Seemed like the Author had a really great story until she couldn't figure out a good way to end it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 5/22/2011

    " I wanted to like this book, but I didn't. It dragged and I kept waiting for something to happen, and got bored with it. I finished it, but didn't like the ending. Not a good Picoult book, if you ask me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 5/21/2011

    " I liked the reality of this book. If I could, I would rate it 3.5 stars. I do believe that it did not need to be such a long book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristen | 5/19/2011

    " I read as much as I had to read for my project for work and then gave up. I felt it was repetitive and predictable. However, I'm just not a fan of Jodi Picoult. If you're a fan of hers, you might like this. If you're not, you won't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/19/2011

    " Very informative about Asperger's syndrome but there was no "Picoult twist" at the end for me, it was blindingly there the whole time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 5/18/2011

    " Great insight into the Aspergers mind. Great read thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 5/18/2011

    " Jodi Picoult actually did a remarkable job capturing the nuances of autism in this book. House Rules was fair and well-written (as with all of her books- she spends so much time researching). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 5/18/2011

    " I LOVE jodi picoult, and this is by far my favorite book of hers! Great read, and near impossible to put down. "

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About the Author
Author Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is the world-renowned New York Times bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, and many others. She studied creative writing at Princeton University and received her masters from Harvard. Picoult has won numerous awards for her work, most notably an Alex Award and a lifetime achievement award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives in Hanover, New Hampshire with her family.