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3.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 5 3.27 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jodi Picoult Narrator: Eliza Foss, Julia Gibson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781436112321
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Fans of Picoult's fluent and absorbing storytelling will welcome her new novel, which, like Harvesting the Heart, explores family dynamics and the intricacies of motherhood, and concludes, as did The Pact, with tense courtroom drama. In the small town of New Canaan, N.H., 33-year-old Mariah discovers that her husband, Colin, is having an affair. Years ago, his cheating drove Mariah to attempt suicide and Colin had her briefly committed to an institution. Now Mariah's facing divorce and again fighting depression, when her eight-year-old daughter, Faith, suddenly acquires an imaginary friend. Soon this friend is telling the girl how to bring her grandmother back from the dead and how to cure a baby dying of AIDS. As Faith manifests stigmata, doctors are astounded, and religious controversy ensues, in part because Faith insists that God is a woman. An alarmed Colin sues for custody of Faith, and the fear of losing her daughter dramatically changes meek, diffident Mariah into a strong, protective and brave womanAone who fights for her daughter, holds her own against doctors and lawyers and finds the confidence to pursue a surprising new romance with TV atheist Ian Fletcher, cynical "Spokesman of the Millennium Generation." Though the novel feels a bit long, Picoult's pacing stabilizes the increasingly complicated plot, and the final chapters, in which Mariah fights for Faith's custody in court, are riveting. The mother-daughter relationship is all the more powerful for being buffeted by the exploitative and ethically questionable domains of medicine, media, law and religion; these characters' many triumphant transformations are Picoult's triumphs as well. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Longfield | 2/16/2014

    " I'm so glad I'm finally done with this book. Usually, I really enjoy Jodi's thought-provoking stories. I was really disappointed with this book. It was difficult to get in to, the characters were hard to identify with, and the story overall seemed too unbelievable. I had a hard time liking the main character Mariah and that made it difficult to want her to succeed and be happy. If the story had included more from Faith's (the child) point of view, I may have been able to get into it a little more. Definitely wouldn't recommend this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon | 1/31/2014

    " I found this book hard going & it seemed like forever to get through. This was my first time reading one of Jodi Picoult books & i probably made the wrong choice for a first go at hers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 1/30/2014

    " WOW! One of the most engaging books I've read in a long time. I'm sure many people would not like the religious spin, but I loved it and particularly because there were really no right or wrong answers...As usual for Picoult, well researched and well developed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria Oros korzen | 1/12/2014

    " It was OK. I thought the ending was confusing. "

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

    " Jodi Picoult, author of the international bestseller "My Sister's Keeper, is back with an another blockbuster! It is about a girl named Faith, and how she starts reciting bible verses even though she never even opened a bible and claims that she has a new invisible buddy. Her mother, Mer, starts panicking. The book is in many perspectives, including Faith's 'unfaithful' dad, Mer, and a pro-atheist who is determined to disprove Fatih when she starts to claim that her invisible friend is in fact, God. Things don't always go the way Mer wants to, and she and her husband goes into a bitter custody battle. Through a terrible divorce and caring of an abnormal child, Mer and the other characters learn about how much faith they have in their family and themselves. This book is for mature audience due to some 'crude' language, so preferrably 12 and up. The mature language is one thing, but this phenomenal read will make you cry, laugh, bite your fingernails, and gasp in terror. Jodi Picoult doesn't fail to weaves a wonderful story of love, hope, and yes, faith. "I realized several weeks ago that Faith wasn't nearly as safe as I'd thought." (Mr. White on his daughter, pg 390) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bibliolicious | 1/6/2014

    " Not my favorite of the Jodi Picoult books. I really didn't like the main character, Mariah, all that much. Really interesting plot line, as usual for this author. I just wish it had panned out a bit better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany Morgan | 1/1/2014

    " Not Picoults best book but was very interesting... the only reason I couldn't get into it too much was because of all the religion and faith stuff,great characters once again. the best bit of the book was the court hearing to see which parent would keep faith in the end. loved the process of the court from both sides... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paras Abbasi | 12/26/2013

    " Faith makes you keep going. That is one thing I always wanted to believe and this book kind of made it a step further. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celeste | 12/17/2013

    " Yet another engrossing read by Jodi Piccoult. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Missyjohnson1 | 12/17/2013

    " I rarely read a book and then rate it one star, it is just that there is no rating lower. I only read this all the way through because a dear friend wanted my "take" on the ending. I admit i did the "evelyn wood" thing through the middle and all of the trial. This was torture. I had read a couple of Picoult's books in the past and remember liking the moral question/challenges. This had none of that. Characters were poorly developed and unbelievable. The drama was contrived and completely predictable. It was like reading a bad bad romance novel. This may even be the one that makes me never read another Jodi Picoult book again. YUCK "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 11/14/2013

    " Nothing special, but not a terrible book, either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zell | 11/7/2013

    " Somehow I expected the ending to be in that way. But while I was progressing with the story, there were many kinds of endings that I could conclude with. This book has really got me thinking on the issues that surround one's belief. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janna Haubach | 10/18/2013

    " I love Jodi Picoult but this is not one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Snider | 10/2/2013

    " I really enjoy Jodi Picoult's writing, and this one kept me reading. She makes characters real and the imagery just enough and the story pretty sensational, but well woven and suspenseful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda Healy hennessy | 9/25/2013

    " Really didn't like it !!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 9/11/2013

    " Disjointed narration and a little predictable but not as farcical as some of her other courtroom dramas. The topic was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deepa | 8/16/2013

    " Really good book. I like the play on words for the title! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mallory Carpenter | 6/8/2013

    " A little too much like The Green Mile in some ways.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna-marie Garcia | 5/1/2013

    " Another great book from Jodi Piccoult. She never let's down the reader with her powerful, thought-provoking ideas. I love how each of her books makes the reader questions their own morals and what they may do in a certain situation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vasia | 4/21/2013

    " Compared to her other ones, so and so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kuna | 4/3/2013

    " Enjoyed it although it had a convenient happy ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crizzle | 2/20/2013

    " Typical Picoult. I would have liked it better, had the story been actually about little Faith instead of the mom, the tele-athiest, and, of course, their ensuing love affair. Gag. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yanuara | 11/18/2012

    " awesome book. painful as always "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 8/19/2012

    " Engrossing, well-researched story. You care about the characters and their issues. Not sure how I feel about the ending. Cheated? Cop-out? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 6/2/2012

    " I enjoyed this one. Keeps you wondering... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ví | 3/20/2012

    " Lame ending... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila Tilley-symak | 2/19/2012

    " I enjoyed reading this book thought it was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariya Jose | 11/25/2011

    " Jodi stays true to her 'thought provoker' title with this beauty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/18/2011

    " I would've given this book 4 stars, but the middle third of the book seemed interminable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ida | 9/1/2011

    " This was another book i came across when looking through the shelves at my school library. Simply fantastic! Not many books, i have read was about God and the Messiah in a novel. It truly attracted my attention when reading it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laina | 7/5/2011

    " Snoozefestival. Do not read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Agodley89 | 5/24/2011

    " I enjoyed this one. Keeps you wondering... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 5/22/2011

    " Wasn't quite sure what I thought of the entire plot - or the ending - but anything by Jodi Picoult is hard for me to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 5/20/2011

    " Great book. Jodi Picoult manages to pull you in from the very beginning. Interesting religious views and makes you think about what you believe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 5/15/2011

    " Had to read this before Chnage of Heart.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 5/9/2011

    " This was a good story and a great narration. Must get more audiobooks read by the women (I think there were two) that narrated this book. The story itself was pretty good. At least, it held my attention on a long road trip, and that was the purpose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raven | 5/8/2011

    " This book is in my top 5 favorite books of hers. It was so interesting and sweet. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Camille | 5/3/2011

    " This book was way to weird for me. I stopped reading halfway through. I couldn't get through it.
    A girl who sees and talks to Jesus and mimics his hanging on the cross wounds? Weird. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/23/2011

    " It was a good story, but I am still confused with the ending, I am not sure I liked it.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malisa | 4/22/2011

    " It was a good book. It took me awhile to read and I wansnt really sure what exactly the endind was about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sahina | 4/22/2011

    " Even though I read this a while back, I remember loving every bit of it and I'm out to buy another copy for my shelf, I just know this was such a beautiful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 4/20/2011

    " Jodi is an amazing author. The books I have read by here are truly page turners. I could not read this one fast enough. I loved this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 4/19/2011

    " I was pretty bored until the trial scene at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valeria | 4/18/2011

    " This book is like nothing else i have read before.
    The ending left mke questiong a bit but overall i loved it :)
    I think others will enjoy it too! "

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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

Eliza Foss is an actress who has appeared in numerous theaters in New York City and around the country. She has narrated over thirty books and short stories, been featured in AudioFile magazine, and won five AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations.

Julia Gibson received an MFA from New York University. She has appeared on Broadway and other major stages in New York, as well as regional theaters from Dallas to San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and more. Gibson has played major roles in productions such as The Seagull, Angels in America, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her television and film credits include Michael Clayton, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Spin City, and One Life to Live.