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3.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 5 3.32 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jodi Picoult Narrator: Jim Jenner, Robert Ramierez, Sharon Washington, Jonathan Davis, Julia Gibson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781508224310
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New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her ability to tap into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she explores what happens when a young woman’s past—a past she didn’t even know she had—catches up to her just in time to threaten her future.

How do you recover the past when it was never yours to lose?

Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her beloved, widowed father, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiancé, and her own search-and-rescue bloodhound, which she uses to find missing persons. But as Delia plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can’t recall … until a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret about herself that changes the world as she knows it—and threatens to jeopardize her future.

With Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult explores how life—as we know it—might not turn out the way we imagined; how the people we’ve loved and trusted can suddenly change before our very eyes; how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a threat. Once again, Picoult handles an astonishing and timely topic with understanding, insight, and compassion.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Picoult weaves together plot and characterization in a landscape that is fleshed out in rich, journalistic detail, so that readers will come away with intriguing questions rather than pat answers.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

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

    " It was ok. I got a little bored in the middle. Not sure how crazy I was about how quickly it kept switching back and forth between present and past. I was not as shocked about the ending as I usually am about most of her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 2/8/2014

    " cheesy, cheesy cheesy. I don't know why I felt it was necessay to finish it. Maybe it was the native american excerpts and I my background from New Mexico, but I kept with it. I will admit that that i scanned quickly thru the "romantic" narrative. Oh god, how emabarrassing for an almost 60 year old woman. I was expecially annoyed with the use of memory theory and weak indicator of Loftus studies for the DV and sexual abuse core. I have worked in DV for over 20 years and this kind of easy exploitation irritates me. "

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

    " After reading five of her books, this one made me realize that maybe I need a break from her. I didn't finish reading it. I just felt like it has too much going on than I can handle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna Fletcher | 2/4/2014

    " One of her better books. Usually I think the endings are diportional to the middle (so much detail in the middle and then the entire problem is wrapped up in 30 pages). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenifer | 2/1/2014

    " 4 stars really means 3 3/4 ;-) Good. Just good. Not great. Fast read, convincing storyline, interesting characters. Perhaps too predictable? I hate finishing a book feeling like, "well, get to check that one off my list!" I'd much rather be wowed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shona | 2/1/2014

    " loved this .... but i have yet to find a jodi picoult book i havent loved :) like the way her books really let you get into the characters and understand why they do what they do. Which book of hers will I read next???? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 1/12/2014

    " Another great page turner. The thing I love about her books is her ability to show me a perspective that I already had an opinion on and then make me question how I actually perceive it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/9/2014

    " I could do without the middle part of the story (the second subplot Jodi always throws in there was definitely not necessary this time), but as usual- it's an amazing book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Niky | 1/4/2014

    " To many (weird) plot twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheree | 12/24/2013

    " Very interesting good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nilay | 12/3/2013

    " another great one by this author. is about a father who kidnaps his own daughter "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Drake | 11/23/2013

    " Love anything with Jodi's name on it...but not my favorite of hers. Probably because the heroine lets things happen to her..the two heros are much stronger characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanine | 7/6/2013

    " This book was my very favorite out of all the fifteen that shes written. very beautiful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane85 | 4/23/2013

    " I'd rate this book somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. A definate page turner With so many twists leading up to the end, but I found the different characters telling their stories through out the book, at times hard to keep up with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony Fecteau | 2/19/2013

    " This could have been a great book. The concept was great, and the potential mystery was intriguing. The delivery was lacking something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coral | 8/2/2012

    " It was a story that kept my attention. Woman grown up, with a daughter of her own, and alcoholic fiancee finds out her own father kidnapped her at the same age as her daughter is, and her mother was an alcoholic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 4/12/2012

    " Not what I expected...this author is a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina DeJong | 1/20/2012

    " I almost quit halfway through but it is picoult and I like her - but the story was just okay "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andie | 1/2/2012

    " Didnt really like this Picoult book. Didnt get on with the setting and the storyline didnt really engage me like her other books have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 12/28/2011

    " pretty standard jodi, but a quick read and i liked the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KayLee | 11/28/2011

    " Definetely not my favorite, and I didn't connect with the characters very well, but it still sucked me in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmine | 10/3/2011

    " Loved it!!! A couple of parts were a little too predictable, thats why the 4 star. But the end was very good!!! Left you wondering, what will happen to these people. .... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catarina | 6/5/2011

    " It started great but it seams that at the last minute Jodi always pulls the same freaking card... Which is disapointing, specially being such a great story =o/ "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marjorie | 5/21/2011

    " Interesting, twisting plot. Kept me coming back, but not as uplifting as I prefer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 5/18/2011

    " Normally I'm a fan of Picoult's efforts, but I didn't like this one, and that's all she wrote. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 5/15/2011

    " One of my favorites. None of my friends like Vanishing Acts as much as I do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeske | 5/9/2011

    " Anders als wat ik normaal lees, wel mooi. Moest er wel even inkomen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 5/9/2011

    " In true Picoult fashion, these characters sit in your living room and each tell you their story. Made the mistake of starting this at 10pm... I should know better as I can't put her books down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 5/2/2011

    " I can't stand reading about life in prison, it is so hard to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 5/1/2011

    " I agree with many of the other reviews, the plot got bogged down with the addition of all of the Hopi Indian spirituality...it just distracted and held the story back. I've read Picoult before and enjoyed her work, can't say the same for this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 4/26/2011

    " I love the way she writes, sometimes the paths the stories take are unusual or different, but I wouldn't change a thing because in the end of all her books I just want to sigh and sit back and remember! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DuctTapeDiva | 4/25/2011

    " This was pretty good read, although parts seemed a bit forced. The story flowed well, mostly. All in all I did enjoy reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ?Grace? | 4/21/2011

    " Vanishing acts is a powerful story of how a past is always going to catch up with the present. Jodi Picoult weaves a shocking story of how a women finally figures out her life.

    Vanishing Acts was a book that did not disappoint me, and it is one I'd recommend to anyone. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna Cate | 4/19/2011

    " Got me through a day in airports, but just barely. "

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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

Sharon Washington is a critically acclaimed actress, whose performances have been called “sensational…a breakout…ferociously funny” by the New York Times. Notable theater credits include “The Lady” in the Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys; Lady Anne, alongside Denzel Washington, in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Richard III; and Valeria, alongside Christopher Walken, in Coriolanus. She is a graduate of Darmouth College and received her MFA from Yale School of Drama.

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.

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.