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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jodi Picoult Narrator: Rebecca Lowman, Kathe Mazur, Abigail Revasch, Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Throughout her blockbuster career, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose. Now, in her highly anticipated new novel, she has delivered her most affecting work yet—a book unlike anything she’s written before.

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who had originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.

As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A truly engaging read . . . Full of the deep characters and multilayered story lines that have earned [Picoult] a spot in many readers’ hearts. Library Journal
  • Delivers a powerhouse ending. Booklist
  • Memorable and poignant. Publishers Weekly
  • [A] moving tale. People
  • A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery. USA Today
  • In Jenna, [Jodi] Picoult has created an unforgettable character who will easily endear herself to each and every reader. . . . Leaving Time may be her finest work yet. Bookreporter
  • [A] captivating and emotional story. BookPage
  • With plenty of twists and a surprising ending, [Leaving Time] explores the grieving process and what happens when we cannot move on. Woman’s Day
  • A moving and emotional story. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Piercing and uplifting . . . a smart, accessible yarn with a suspenseful puzzle at its core. The Boston Globe
  • Poignant . . . an entertaining tale about parental love, friendship, loss. The Washington Post
  • A riveting drama. Us Weekly
  • “In her latest book, Picoult keeps the twists, turns, and emotion ramped to eleven—and features elephants. Her trademark past-present juxtaposition and in-depth research is fully realized with Leaving Time…The deftly woven mystery will keep readers riveted.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “The masterful ensemble narrating Picoult’s latest novel allows the intriguing plot and recognizable characters that are her trademarks to take center stage…As the characters alternate chapters, the presenters develop them all into fully defined personalities while maintaining a roller-coaster pace as the plot moves toward its surprising conclusion. The backstory of family drama played out against the plight of African elephants is as rich and captivating as the prevailing plot. Leaving before the story ends will not be an option!”


  • “Explores grief, memory, and motherhood through the unlikely lens of elephant behavior…The pachyderms are as complex as the humans, making the journey memorable and poignant.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2014
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
  • An October 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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