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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: Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, Christopher Evan Welch, Rich Orlow Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2017 ISBN: 9781508254805
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The astonishing novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult about a young boy with autism falsely accused of murder.

When your son can’t look you in the eye...does that mean he’s guilty?

Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject—forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he’s always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he’s usually right.

But when Jacob’s small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob’s behaviors are hallmark Asperger’s, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police. Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacob’s mother, Emma, it’s a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it’s another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob.

And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder? Download and start listening now!

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  • 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.

About the Narrators

Mark Turetsky is an award-winning audiobook narrator and voice-over artist living in Brooklyn. In addition to audiobooks, he has voiced numerous commercials, video games, and online presentations. Turetsky is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and holds a minor in English and American Literature. He was an AudioFile Best Voice for 2010 and 2013.

Nicole Poole is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, commercial voice talent, veteran soundpainter, and owner of the O. Gail Poole Collection. She is also a staunch supporter of the arts and travels around the globe with a mobile recording studio.

Andy Paris is an actor and writer. His audio narration have earned him the prestigious Audie Award, as well as AudioFile Earphones Awards. A member of the Tectonic Theater Project, he and others wrote The Laramie Project, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2002 and in which he played Stephen Belber. He has also appeared in Law & Order.

Rich Orlow is a film, television, and voice actor. Among his audiobook narrations are The Outsider by Jimmy Connors, House Rules by Jodi Picoult, and Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.