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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (36,854 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jodi Picoult Narrator: Julia Gibson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781508224433
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult comes a compelling and disturbing novel about a prep school teacher accused of rape by a group of young girls, the woman who stands by him, and the repercussions of the case in a small, New England town where the past is only a heartbeat away. A handsome stranger comes to the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls in hopes of burying his past: Once a teacher at a girls’ prep school, Jack St. Bride was destroyed when a student’s crush sparked a powder keg of accusation. Now, washing dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-Or-Diner, he slips quietly into his new routine, and Addie finds this unassuming man fitting easily inside her heart. But amid the rustic calm of Salem Falls, a quartet of teenage girls harbor dark secrets—and they maliciously target Jack with a shattering allegation. Now, at the center of a modern-day witch hunt, Jack is forced once again to proclaim his innocence: to a town searching for answers, to a justice system where truth becomes a slippery concept written in shades of gray, and to the woman who has come to love him.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/20/2014

    " Good story, albeit a little predictable. (Totally saw the last sentence coming). I did like that Picoult deviated from her usual chapter by chapter change in point of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samone Black | 2/3/2014

    " The ending was a tiny bit predictable I thought. Not one of her best books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Brandt | 1/29/2014

    " This story illustrates how easy it is to accuse someone of wrong-doing and have it ruin their life. It truly makes you wonder how many people have been falsely accused and who are in prison or were sent to death when they were not guilty. Again Jodi Picoult tackles a great issue. Would highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niccole Randle | 1/28/2014

    " I knew going into this book that I would not be disappointed. I LOVE Jodi Picoult!! This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time! I couldn't put it down. It was a great read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thalia | 1/28/2014

    " perhaps a squeek generous at four stars but I quite enjoyed this novel. The story slowly unravels with many sidesteps back into the past. Sometimes I am bothered by too many coincidences but otherwise it's an interesting read with good characters (and even three returning ones from the authors prvious novel). There's some creepy stuff in here, a few dark things hinted at in the novel and I'm not talking witchcraft. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 1/27/2014

    " I got about halfway through this book when I realized I didn't care about any of the characters, or what happened to them. The premise is a bit cliched. There just weren't any real surprises in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlyndooley | 1/25/2014

    " This book is one of my favorite books ever!You feel so badly for Jack. You end up wanting to kill Gillian. You actually feel like you're in the book. It's superb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 1/24/2014

    " Jodi Picoult alaways amazes me with her writing! Another good book!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Dallas | 1/3/2014

    " It didn't take long to realize that this story is largely based on The Crucible and that's fine. She did an ok job with it and the story started out really good. Then it got really, really slow with flashbacks and side stories that seemed totally irrelevant, and a court case that only rehashes what we already knew. I was really frustrated at the ending for overtly hinting at something I had thought for much of the book but that was never otherwise hinted at. The audiobook was enjoyable because the reader is excellent, but I would recommend The Tenth Circle or My Sister's Keeper over this book any day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Lang | 12/25/2013

    " A well-written mix of mystery, romance, and conflict between complex characters...in short, Jodi Picoult at her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shani | 12/11/2013

    " Another great book by Jodi Picoult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Crain | 12/8/2013

    " Got into reading Picoult's books at the advice of a friend. Hated My Sister's Keeper. Loved Salem Falls. Definitely recommending this one to my friends. On to the next one, Mercy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/6/2013

    " Not Picoult's best work. OK, but I found myself skipping the "murder mystery" part and wanting to know about the other simultaneous story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Simmons | 12/3/2013

    " Great book for kids of all ages! By far my favorite Jodi Piccoult book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna Tatelman | 12/1/2013

    " A very disappointing Jodi Picoult novel. Definitely shows that this was one of her first. The characters, dialogue, and situations were all incredibly trite and two-dimensional. Just stick to reading The Crucible. It's much more concise, much more brilliant, and far less annoying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tera Kleinfelter | 11/25/2013

    " Jodi is an amazing storyteller. I loved this modern twist to The Crucible. It's a really long read but well worth it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Elizabeth | 8/4/2013

    " Truth is, I've become the opposite of a Jodi Picoult fan. I've wasted a lot of time reading books from her that weren't worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 7/1/2013

    " Another good read by jodi Piccoult! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie Paryz | 5/2/2013

    " Decent book, it was a little far-fetched and unbelievable at some points. I guess the point to take away is that some people are falsely accused and sentenced to jail or acquitted on a he-said she-said basis when it comes to sexual relationships, rape, and statuatory rape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessi | 2/10/2013

    " Oooh, this was a good one. I think I read it in one day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayjay | 10/20/2012

    " A stranger shows up in town with a criminal history. When his past is revealed a witch hunt is formed. The stranger is unjustly convicted of a crime he did not commit by those hiding secrets bigger than anyone else could imagine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Countryman | 6/2/2012

    " Good book. Read a while ago so a little foggy but I still remember it was good and kept me guessing. Was an emotional roller coaster and an awesome book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryana | 5/19/2012

    " This was a realy good book and it kept me interested the whole way through. I really enjoy reading Jodi Picoult books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 4/1/2012

    " I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the previous Jodi Picoult books I have read (The Pact and My Sister's Keeper. As usual her books include a heart felt relationship and a court case. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 12/29/2011

    " This is a must read! Very entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Joyce | 11/4/2011

    " The kind of book that just makes you drop everything and forget your surroundings until you finish it. They're inconvenient, those kinds of books... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Riddle | 10/8/2011

    " Super good. Very suspenseful. Couldn't put the book down. Jodi always does a great job intertwining real life situations with fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary May | 6/21/2011

    " A perfect blend of magick, power, desire and betrayal, with an explosive courtroom drama of an ending, Salem Falls will have any reader glued to their seats, feverishly turning pages. I loved this book and look forward to reading the rest of Jodi Picoult's novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Asher | 5/23/2011

    " This is a must read book for anyone! This book changes my life! I read this book and now all I want to do is read Jodi p. All day long! She is the best writer ever! I highly recommend this book for everyone over the age of 13! Kay peace out "

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

    " Man previously wrongly convicted of sexual assault is accused again. Easy to read and very engaging (I was quite tense near the end). A few too many stereotypes, however, and Picoult annoyingly repeats some of her turns of phrase. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fawn | 5/19/2011

    " There is a lot of criticism about this book but I enjoyed it so much I found myself staying up until 4am. I loved the story and I felt for the main character a lot. There is also a big (and quite disturbing) twist at the end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 5/18/2011

    " This was a great read.I had a hard time putting it down.The last two sentences we the biggest suprise.A must summer read for all my book friends. "

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

    " this was the first Jodi Picoult I have read and I enjoyed it very much. Mystery and romance rolled into one and til the last chapter did everything come together. "

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

    " i loved it even though i saw the ending coming. one of Picoult’s best!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheila | 5/2/2011

    " Probably the only Jodi Picoult book I forced myself to finish but didn't really enjoy. I always admire her story-telling ability, I just didn't care for this particular story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 4/30/2011

    " Pretty good story. Jodi Picoult always gives you plenty to think about. She always points out that there are 2 sides to every story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sasha | 4/30/2011

    " Interesting book. I was starting to think it was a lot like the others. But the end. It's crazy how one thing can change everything. "

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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

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.