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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (60,730 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jodi Picoult Narrator: various narrators Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


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


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Shammy Chua | 1/5/2014

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

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