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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jodi Picoult Narrator: Suzanne Toren, Christina Moore Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781508224464
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The small town of Paradise, Pennsylvania, is a jewel in Lancaster County—known for its picture-postcard landscapes and bucolic lifestyle. But that peace is shattered by the discovery of a dead infant in the barn of an Amish farmer. A police investigation quickly leads to two startling disclosures: the newborn’s mother is an unmarried Amish woman, eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher. And the infant did not die of natural causes. Although Katie denies the medical proof that she gave birth to the child, circumstantial evidence leads to her arrest for the murder of her baby.

One hundred miles away, Philadelphia defense attorney Ellie Hathaway has achieved an enviable, high-profile career. But her latest court “victory” has set the sands shifting beneath her. Single at thirty-nine and unsatisfied with her relationship, Ellie doesn’t look back when she turns down her chance to make partner and takes off for an open-ended stay at her great-aunt’s home in Paradise.

Fate brings her to Katie Fisher. Suddenly, Ellie sees the chance to defend a client who truly needs her, not just one who can afford her. But taking on this case challenges Ellie in more ways than one. She finds herself not only in a clash of wills with a client who does not want to be defended but also in a clash of cultures with a people whose channels of justice are markedly different from her own.

Immersing herself in Katie Fisher’s life—and in a world founded on faith, humility, duty, and honesty—Ellie begins to understand the pressures and sacrifices of those who to live “plain.” As she peels away the layers of fact and fantasy, Ellie calls on an old friend for guidance. Now, just as this man from Ellie’s past reenters her life, she must uncover the truth about a complex case, a tragic loss, the bonds of love—and her own deepest fears and desires.

Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a triumph of contemporary storytelling. Jodi Picoult presents a fascinating portrait of Amish life rarely witnessed by those outside the faith—and discovers a place where circumstances are not always what they seem, where love meets falsehood, and where relationships grow strong enough to span two worlds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A magnificently painted backdrop and distinctive characters.”

    Publisher’s Weekly

  • “Readers will experience a psychological drama as well as a suspenseful courtroom trial. The contrast between the Amish culture and the “English” provides an interesting tension. This study of opposites details much information about a way of life based on faith, humility, duty, and honesty”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Mcclain | 2/20/2014

    " Wonderful book. Well researched, well thought out. Pretty typical Picoult--I don't believe you can go wrong reading her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Kitts | 2/13/2014

    " A great book - I learned a lot about the Amish and the legal system. Jodi always adds the unexpected also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 2/12/2014

    " Wow, this author really does her research! Interesting book. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars from me is because although it's good, I found it to drag on at times. I'd still recommend it though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Hennessy | 2/4/2014

    " Not my favourite of Jodi's. Although I learned a bit about the Amish, most of what I learned was very basic. I was disapointed that there wasn't more substance in the end. Another reviewer wrote that there was a ghost element thrown in and I think it was disapointing that this wasnt used at all in any creative way to explain the main character Katie's possible motive for murder. Now that would have been more interesting.. a bit more along the lines of "Second Glance", which I really enjoyed. I think it would have made the story a bit more interesting. I think the end to me was too simplistic... and thus I am not giving this book the best rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/27/2014

    " Thought this was a very interesting read about the Amish, with a great story line that kept me guessing. Love Jodi Picoult!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Lazzaro | 1/20/2014

    " Having read Picoult I thought I knew the end really close to the beginning. Then there were twists and turns and I wasn't sure. That's always fun. In the end I would like to say that I had it right from the beginning, but I can't, because I talked myself out of that solution a few times pretty convincingly. It was a surprise when I thought Picoult cound't surprise me anymore. Great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Ferstl | 1/15/2014

    " Enjoyed immersion into Amish lifestyle and culture. Grabbed me from the beginning and kept me turning the pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aj5vball | 1/14/2014

    " I liked it...it wasn't a book I 'couldn't put down'. But overall it was a good book w/ an interesting story line about the Amish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy Eulensen | 12/30/2013

    " Jodi Picoult books are usually entertaining reads, as was this one, but it was pretty predictable. I like the setting - the Amish community in Lancaster PA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grumpy | 12/19/2013

    " Good easy read nice look in to the interest amish culture, a little disappointed in the ending expected it to end differently and more realistic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danelle | 12/4/2013

    " did not like the ending.read this while camping.like books about the amish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Castro | 11/30/2013

    " Not one of Jodi Picoult's best books, but the twist at the very end I didn't see coming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 11/27/2013

    " Liked it but didn't love it. It felt a little forced "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 11/26/2013

    " Loved it! Great insight on the Amish (Plain) Community. Lots of drama (of corse) and just overall a good read. Not that I expected anything else out of Jodi Picoult! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 11/26/2013

    " I really enjoyed this story, love how she makes you think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 10/28/2013

    " I quite enjoyed this book. It gave me a little more knowledge of the Amish life. Also, to show that murders happen everywhere in every religion and of all walks of life. Very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 9/20/2013

    " Sometimes some of the characters seem clueless. The book was fairly predictable if you've read other Picoult books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 7/10/2013

    " Loved it, slow start for me though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mirjam | 6/27/2013

    " Kept me guessing till the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 5/28/2013

    " Loved the cultural insight, and I grew so attached to Katie. But I am totally puzzled by the end. Would have loved to read a more detailed explanation! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 12/11/2012

    " Really good book, I couldn't put it down even though the story is familiar. Very good writing. My only complaint was the plot twist at the end. It really didn't need it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Bybee | 11/14/2012

    " My book tags include: mystery, contemporary fiction, women, pregnancy and Amish "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thushanthi | 10/30/2012

    " Not as great as some of the other Jodi Picoult books I've read, but her ability to make you want to keep reading, and attention to detail was great as always. I always learn something new about society/culture/law each time I read one of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chet Nakada | 10/24/2012

    " I knew there would be a plot twist...I think the author gave a good outsider view of the plain folks. I didn't like the trial much. The prep work at the milking station made me appreciate my climate controlled cubicle. Enjoyable enough read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris Mehigan | 10/11/2012

    " Read this book as a book club selection. Felt Picoult did a brilliant job of bringing the reader into the hidden world of Amish Country. The story was good and engaging as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 7/8/2012

    " A really good sweet story. I didn't even mind not knowing what had happened with Katie's baby which is funny because that is what had me turning page after page in the beginning. Then in the end I was surprised to know the truth...even if I wasn't expecting it! I had suspected everyone else. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reina | 6/3/2012

    " Not really my favorite book to read since it deviates from Jodi Picoult's usual style of writing, but nevertheless it's quite a good one. The book inspires you with the Amish way of living as well as the legal system in the States. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Cadigan | 5/16/2012

    " I think this is her best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celina and Don | 5/8/2012

    " I enjoyed this 'til the last few pages, when good old Amish turned good old harsh modern human. Point taken they aren't saints or better than the average person, but they still could have been 'human' within the parameters of their world. It was a cheap ending. Expected better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen B | 4/24/2012

    " I really liked this one (as I do most of Picoult's work). I didn't see the end coming! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamee Crosby | 7/18/2011

    " It's just classic Jodi Picoult at work, the story is very interesting, controversial, and it keeps you on your toes. For once I even enjoyed the Lifetime movie adaptation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Agodley89 | 5/24/2011

    " Gave a great insight into life in the Amish culture! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 5/24/2011

    " I've been hearing about Jodi Picoult for a long time now and I finally got around to reading her! I enjoyed learning about the Amish way of life. Some good plot twists and turns. "

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

    " By FAR the best Jodi Picoult I've read. I can't imagine the research that went into this one and found it to be totally enjoyable.... Well done! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 5/20/2011

    " A brutal and not very happy story that some day I will finish. I think Picoult is one of those authors either you like or don't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/19/2011

    " The topic of the Amish community was very interesting to learn about since it seems so taboo. I really enjoyed the suspense and the story line kept my attention well. The ending was abrupt and changed the story quickly, but definitely a signature move of Picoult. Definitely a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/17/2011

    " For once in an "Amish" book the Bishop or head of the group is a kind understanding man. Don't think I have seen that in any of the other Amish type books I've read. Jodi keeps things hopping and always adds twists that keeps your interest! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/17/2011

    " Jodi Picoult sure knows how to keep a book interesting and throw in a twist. Not that I was so shocked by the ending but I did enjoy the setting of an Amish town and the character's she puts together. All in all, great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monique | 5/16/2011

    " When ever I am stuck for somehting to read. Jodi Picoult comes through for me with a good story I can not put down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 5/15/2011

    " Trickier than I thought. Harder to figure out what will happen. This one was amazing. It has ghosts in it too. Ending always gets me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 5/15/2011

    " This book was very predictable from the beginning. It was a typical Jodi Picoult book. I did like the details she used to tell about the Amish way of life. Her books are always good for seeing into a culture or situation you may not be familiar with. "

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

    " A surprising b ook. It was great to learn about a culture like the Amish. It has a surprising twist--the usual Picoult style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niki | 5/9/2011

    " Still my favorite book by Jodi! "

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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

Suzanne Toren has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.