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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,781 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jodi Picoult Narrator: James Colby, Liz Morton, Jonathan Davis, Carol Monda, Chris Sorensen, various narrators Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.” 


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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