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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (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: October 2014 ISBN: 9780804129022
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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

  • 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
  • [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
  • 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
  • “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 October 2014 LibraryReads Pick
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/12/2018

    " This was a melancholy book. The whole thing just felt sad and I kept waiting for it to get happier but it wasn't there. But I do love Jodi Picoult's ability to inform me on topics that I know nothing about. But the ending still haunts be a little bit. "

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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

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won numerous Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.

Abigail Revasch is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actress. She has starred in television shows such as 7th Heaven and ER and has narrated numerous video games and commercials, as well as audiobooks. She holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.

Mark Deakins is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Intervention, Star Trek: Insurrection, and The Devil’s Advocate. He wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Smith Interviews.