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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,271 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jodi Picoult Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 1996 ISBN: 9781436145725
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New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult has an incredible talent for taking hot-button social issues and weaving them into compelling page-turners. In Mercy, she explores the depths of love in its many forms.

Police chief Cameron McDonald has lived in idyllic Wheelock, Massachusetts, for most of his life, as has his beloved wife Allie. Their comfortable lives are thrown into tumult, however, when Cam’s distant cousin Jamie arrives in town along with his wife’s dead body. Jamie admits to the murder—a mercy killing to end the pain caused by a ravaging cancer. And now Cam is torn by his oath to uphold justice and his family obligations as chief of the Scottish McDonald clan. Meanwhile, another new arrival in town, Mia Townsend, threatens to unwittingly drive a dagger through Cam’s marriage.

Deftly portraying the complexities of love and passion, Picoult delivers another literary triumph with Mercy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • What could have been a competent, topical novel about a mercy killing becomes, in Picoult’s hands, an inspired meditation on love. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eve | 2/20/2014

    " Wonderful, thought provoking. Great characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 2/18/2014

    " Love Jodi Picoult. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karlee Stone | 2/14/2014

    " Usually love the author's books, but this one was depressing and slow. not my cup of tea... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ros | 2/12/2014

    " Definitely not as good as many of her other books - frequently disjointed. References to those who question "mercy" killing as typically Republican, Catholic, or those with less education is tiring...not to mention offensive. Do yourself a favor Jodi, refrain from marginalizing people...it is petty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viki | 2/10/2014

    " Jodi Picoult is fantastic. I love how the charcters she creates have some many layers. This is the story of a man that loved a woman so much he killed her to relieve her of her horrific ordeal with cancer. Does Jamie get away with this "mercy" killing. You'll have to read this amazing and intricate novel and see for yourself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 2/5/2014

    " Such a timely story line. Again, Picoult adds a tragic twist that hurts the heart! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori Prehn | 1/30/2014

    " I think the book starts out ok but does not end very well. It was disappointment compared to her other novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria Nash | 1/30/2014

    " It was ok...certainly not her best work! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 1/30/2014

    " ok - this took me so much longer to read than expected. It definitely wasn't a "can't put down" book and the story line was a little weak. I kept expecting something dramatic to happen between Cam and Mia but it never did. the one thing I loved about this book was the wonderful description on the undying and utterly devotional love that Jaime had for Maggie. Beautifully written every time they were talked about as a couple. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 1/27/2014

    " No one understands until you've been there yourself, but it does make you understand more. Her books are thought provoking and definitely worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jocelyn | 1/25/2014

    " Had a really hard time trying to read this book. I kept wanting to put it down, but I was reading it for a school project so it had to be done. A not-read for those who aren't supporters of euthanasia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robwlyn | 1/22/2014

    " Jodi does it again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Anrhont | 1/20/2014

    " I liked this one. It only proves to me that someone will do anything to prove that their love for someone is strong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/19/2014

    " Well written as picoult always is...but def was not my favorite "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/18/2014

    " I really liked the plot of the story, but some of the characters were hard for me to stomach. Definitely a great read, but not one my fav Picoult books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 1/18/2014

    " I've read many of Jodi's book and there is always the "other shoe" that drops at the end. Kept waiting for it in this book....Liked it but not one of my favs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 1/17/2014

    " I think this may be one of my least favorite Jodi Picoult books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Fromm | 1/17/2014

    " I'm a huge fan of her books but I was a little disappointed in this one. It didn't pull at my heart with this story line. It was touching but not gut wrenching. The characters in the book were flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/14/2014

    " I really can't put my finger on what I loved about this book - the subject matter is dark and depressing, but I just could not put the book down. I was reading it during the SuperBowl! There was something about the separate story lines and the characters that I found thoroughly engrossing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karie Kath | 1/10/2014

    " It was ok. Not as easy to get into as other books by this author. Story was okay but not great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim Higgs | 1/1/2014

    " If this was the first book I had picked up by her, I probably would not have picked up another. This book was full of greedy and spineless characters fumbling around. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janae | 12/22/2013

    " had to stop reading this, so boring. got to page 102.....ahhh! waste of time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 12/13/2013

    " This started out a little slow but then really kept me interested the more I read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shayla | 12/11/2013

    " Not Picoult's best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe | 12/11/2013

    " Amazing, like all her other books... they all leave me breathless! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robwlyn | 12/1/2013

    " Jodi does it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Fessler | 11/14/2013

    " Still trying to figure out who the love letters belonged to throughout the book were the Cam to Mia, Jamie to Maggie? I should be able to figure this out... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 11/11/2013

    " I didn't think this was as believable as so many of her other books are, and many of the characters felt one-dimensional. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Dombrowik | 10/24/2013

    " What would you do for the one you love the most? This book takes a look at that from different perspectives. I really enjoy the way Jodi takes an issue and really makes the reader look at both sides. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Mccormick | 10/23/2013

    " One of most favorite of hers!!!! Made me open my eyes to real love "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Andrew | 10/10/2013

    " Not one of her best but still more than readable the three main characters can be annoying "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 8/2/2013

    " Another book about a controversial social issue, which she writes so well about. I enjoyed the book. It wasn't written in the same style that I'm accustomed to by Jodi Picoult, but it was still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby Castleberry | 7/5/2013

    " Not her best but it was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 7/3/2013

    " Husband suffocates dying wife with a pillow at her request. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tatuu | 5/7/2013

    " I don't know what this book is about. Probably the last of Jodi Picoults book I'm going to read. Didn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 4/12/2013

    " This book was centered on interesting themes about love and what it really means to love someone. But I didn't find myself connecting with any of the characters. They didn't seem real to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacey Blodgett | 3/26/2013

    " Semi-similar to Pact... But not as good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emma-Rose Beauchamp | 2/18/2013

    " I did not like this book at all. it made me unhappy while I was reading and self conscious "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marla | 12/13/2012

    " Found this book bery slow and hard to get into. I usually like Jodi Picoult but was disappointed with this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz Kelemen | 11/21/2012

    " Not her best. Eh "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 10/21/2012

    " I usually love Jodi Picoult books, but this was not one of her top books for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dulcie | 10/6/2012

    " Couldn't put it down but a little disappointed in the end, it ended sort of abruptly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bj | 9/21/2012

    " its been a while since I read this book, but I really liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 8/12/2012

    " It was okay - not my favorite of hers. I certainly didn't hate it (it's Jodi P - not going to be bad), but not one of her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Congdon | 8/9/2012

    " I would never ask a spouse to that... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen McRae | 7/5/2012

    " I think this is my 6th Jodi Piccoult book and I am still amazed by her ability to bring out many sides of an issue with her character development.I find when reading her books I am challenged to look at my own prejudices. another good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Bateman | 7/3/2012

    " Highly predictable, but as this was one of her earlier novels, it was nice to read something that was a little different than her usual formula. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristelle | 6/13/2012

    " The novel, Mercy, discusses the question of whether or not it is right to participate in mercy killing (euthanasia). Picoult provides both sides to this debate and writes in such a way that every reader will come away from her books with questions and new ideas. I definitely recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malinda | 4/23/2012

    " Again, Picoult writes on another tough subject; assisted suicide. I did not care for the character of the husband in this book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie | 12/28/2011

    " A- A man arrives in the town of his distant cousin (who is a cop) and confesses he murdered his wife - it was a mercy killing. She was dying of a painful horrible cancer - and begged her husband to kill her. The law case, the cop cousin, his wife, the drama...Sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Imogene (Gene) | 11/8/2011

    " Liked some of her other books better. However, Picoult writes very well--heartfelt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana Barreto | 10/21/2011

    " Diferente do costume, talvez por ter sido dos primeiros livros da autora. Mesmo assim, gostei muito. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane Whitton | 9/26/2011

    " I had a hard time getting into this book and it took me longer than usual to read it. Overall, it was ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Farah Kaulitz | 8/29/2011

    " In this novel, i really hate Cam because he betrayed Allie and fall in love with Mia. Allie do anything to make Cam happy.Its just not fair to Allie.While Allie was out of town to get the key,Cam and Mia take that chance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missy | 6/18/2011

    " Took a while to get into but I was happy I kept reading it. It picked up as it went along and I LOVED the ending! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bednarzterry | 5/30/2011

    " I really should have stuck with my rule on this one. I usually don't read any more than 50 pages unless I'm really in love with the book. I FINALLY got into the story at about page 250 of this 400 page story and then it ended in a very unsatisfactory way. Oh, well...onward and upward :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelby | 5/13/2011

    " i really did like this book, but it was hard to get into at first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 5/12/2011

    " This is an all time favorite that I've read more than once. The opening will grip you. And, let's face it; every woman's been there where they feel like doing exactly what the heroine, Allie, did here. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristen | 4/26/2011

    " Listening to this book on CD. Hands down Picouts weakest book. The inconsistencies drove me crazy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 4/24/2011

    " Such a timely story line. Again, Picoult adds a tragic twist that hurts the heart! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 4/21/2011

    " I read this book on the beach during vacation. Good beach-read but that's about it. I've read about three books by Picoult but I've never really been blown away. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 4/12/2011

    " Hard going in places, kind of one of those books where you end up skipping loads of pages :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 4/11/2011

    " This story tore my heart out, mangled it all up, and shoved it back in my chest. Crying is never okay. Crying on the side of the pool with snot hanging out of my nose is even worse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 4/11/2011

    " It's been a tough read. I have restarted this same book 3 times. I am currently in my fourth and I want to get close to straight through it. It is not that it isn't interesting, there is just alot of background knowledge throughout the first 200 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/11/2011

    " An interesting topic and a good read. Very sad but would recommend it highly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mel | 4/10/2011

    " Worst picoult book I've read by far. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 4/10/2011

    " Saw a bit of The Outlander series and Waiting to Exhale in this book. Cam/Mia/Allie storyline is beyond belief. Finished the book only to see what happened to Jamie, which was predictable. "

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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 Narrator

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned twenty Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration. She has toured Europe in stage productions of several Greek dramas. In the United States, she appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and as Nina in The Seagull. At the New York Stage and Film Festival, she had the starring role in The Clearing.