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2.65 out of 52.65 out of 52.65 out of 52.65 out of 52.65 out of 5 2.65 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jodi Picoult Narrator: James Colby, Liz Morton, Jonathan Davis, Carol Monda, Chris Sorensen Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 1992 ISBN: 9781440768187
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The powerful debut novel from New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult, Songs of the Humpback Whale is a moving story of love and family told through the eyes of five people: Jane Jones, her daughter Rebecca, and three very different men in their lives.

After a watershed moment in their marriage, Jane leaves Oliver, her renowned marine biologist husband, and begins a journey across the country with Rebecca in search of understanding about her troubled past.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rich and charming…Jodi Picoult casts with her beautiful imagery and language. Readers this book is a delight.” 

    Ann Hood, author of Do Not Go Gentle

  • “As Picoult uses five voices to tell a complex tale of love, friendship and a Faulknerian family history, her mastery of language strongly individuates her characters… This powerful and affecting novel demonstrates that there are as many truths to a story as there are people to tell it.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The skillful performances by the cast are most effective in allowing the listener to follow the action smoothly and maintain a connection with the characters. This first novel is enjoyable in its own right and should be particularly satisfying for Picoult fans.” 

    AudioFile

  • “This uniquely constructed first novel, the literary equivalent of counterpoint in music, is told in five voices…Charming and poignant, Picoult’s novel is even better after a second reading.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria | 2/13/2014

    " Maria I am so glad I read this book after reading almost all of Jodi's other books. I probably never would have read any otherwise. Not only was I very confused early on but the story left a bad taste for me. It was like a twisted version of Thelma & Louise, mother/daughter style. I don't always like the endings of her novels, but that's part of the draw of them. This one... I just did not feel right about throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 2/12/2014

    " Another good yarn by Jodi. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 2/10/2014

    " I LOVE Piccoult...but couldn't finish this book. And that is saying a lot, as I rarely stop a book without finishing it. It was too scattered and didn't catch my attention at all. I was very disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenene | 2/7/2014

    " This is my first book by Jodi Picoult. Started off slow and a bit confusing as it was written out of sequence which made it a bit difficult for me to follow. Loved the writing and look forward to reading more of this author's work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Manda | 2/5/2014

    " Didn't finish this book. I don't know if it is because I was listening to it but I did not enjoy it. It was slow moving and you already knew what was going to happen because she put the end of the book at the beginning. I had nothing to make me want to finish reading the book. Maybe I'll try again some other time but I won't be going back anytime soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kassie M. | 2/2/2014

    " I enjoyed this book though it was at times hard to follow. But the characters kept me interested enough to finish the book and see what happened to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 1/16/2014

    " A typical Jodi Picoult read -- I love how she writes in short chapters from different characters' perspectives. It makes for fast reading. This book was very enjoyable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shelley Baskin | 1/16/2014

    " I have read all of Jodi's books and this was my least favourite. Very confusing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/15/2014

    " Wasn't her best work. slightly disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Joyce | 1/8/2014

    " She wrote this at 25. I admit to being jealous! It's really something. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Georgette | 11/12/2013

    " I usually love Jodi Picoult books. This one was the exception. No matter how I tried, I just couldn't get into it. I had to walk away from this one, which is very rare. It just couldn't hold my attention. Might try again some other time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Mansavage | 9/19/2013

    " It was OK. You get the story from all the characters' points of view. Can be somewhat confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody Shoger | 8/24/2013

    " Not my favorite Picoult book. There were a few times I was lost and thought of stopping but I hung in there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darcy Letourneau | 7/30/2013

    " good story but really hard to follow "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Russeller | 5/24/2013

    " This was a really difficult book to get into, and I have to admit I'm not overly pleased that I did. I've read several of her other books with delight, but apparently her early work just wasn't that calibre yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 8/30/2012

    " Not my favorite of her books, but the story was well executed and gripping as always. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paige Blevins | 7/12/2012

    " Yikes! This one was a tough read infant I didn't finish it. Too much detail about stuff that may have been important to the story but I couldn't stand to read it. Love me some Jodi Picoult but this one was a "no-go" for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Fox | 7/11/2012

    " It is obvious that this is one of her earlier(est) novels and so I kept that in mind while reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patti Keller | 7/11/2012

    " I didn't like the repetition and it jumped all over the place. I was glad when it was finished. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelsie | 3/7/2012

    " I can't finish this book...I tried to get involved with the characters, but I just look at it think, "I don't care what happens to you." I have new books I picked up at the library today that are calling my name....I tried, and I do like Jodi Picoult, but I just can't go on with this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie Rudden | 2/24/2012

    " This was her 1st novel. It was OK, but not my favorite. I love that she writes from the different characters perspective. She was going back and forth in time on this one with the different characters, and it was confusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Tarry | 7/25/2011

    " Like I always say... I love Jodi Picoult. This book wasn't one of my favourite by her though if I'm honest. I liked some parts of the story line for sure but all the information about whales did kind of start to bore me a bit. "

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

    " Love! Amazed that Jodi's first book is one of her best, imo. Wonderful narrative from many points of view, most of them starting at the beginning and working forward, one starting at the present and working backward. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peggy | 5/21/2011

    " Out of all of JP's books this one is my very least favorite. She really improved in her writing as the years have gone on. I have tried to read this one three different times and can never make myself finish it. All the rest of her books I absoltuely love! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 5/17/2011

    " Jodi Picoult is my favorite author, but this particular story just didn't do it for me. Still well written, just not very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 5/15/2011

    " I read it twice in a row on vacation once. Different than her current books. I missed having a trial. I don't understand Jane and Joley's relationship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 4/24/2011

    " Tragic--but I couldn't stop reading it! "

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

    " Disturbing subject matter, didn't really like the story or subject. The whole plot was too hard to believe. But, I always enjoy Jodi Picoult's character development. "

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

    " Learned a lot from this book, even though it is fictional. Love the ending where Jane leaves Sam... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 4/11/2011

    " Enjoyed the description of the cross country road trip. Other than that, the book was pretty dull. Not at all like most of Jodi Picoult's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 4/8/2011

    " Not my favourite of Jodi Picoult's books, but still an enjoyable read. "

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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

James Colby was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, as James Leo Colby in 1961. He is an actor and published narrator known for his readings of Fight Club, Best Friends Forever, and Fenway Fever.

Liz Morton has narrated several novels for young adults, including Dreamland by Sarah Dessen, Shug by Jenny Han, Chicks with Sticks by Elizabeth Lehnard, Wild Things by Clay Carmichael, and The Leanin’ Dog by K. A. Nuzum.

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Carol Monda is an award-winning actor known for her work in Out of Season, After You Left, and The Gentlemen. She is an accomplished voice-over artist and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, having lent her voice to over one hundred audiobooks, including New York Times bestsellers by Jodi Picoult, Lucia Berlin, Lisa Jackson, Chuck Palahniuk, Colum McCann, and Carla Neggers.

Chris Sorensen is the AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator of Brian Lies’ Bats at the Beach, Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin, and Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Sent. Other narrations include Patricia Wood’s Lottery and Jodi Picoult’s Songs of the Humpback Whale, among many others.