The acclaimed number-one New York Times best-selling author presents a spellbinding tale of a mother's tragic loss and one man's last chance at gaining salvation.
Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? Is what we believe always the truth?
One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen.
For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's 11-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child.
Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?
Once again, Jodi Picoult mesmerizes and enthralls listeners with this story of redemption, justice, and love.
©2008 Jodi Picoult (P)2008 Simon & Schuster
An avid listener!
This has to be one of Jodi Picoult's best novels. I'm not going to go into detail with a synopsis of the story because that, dear listener, is for you to discover for yourself.
But the narration by this wonderful set of gifted people and the twists and turns along the way left me always wanting more.
Each time I had to end my listening session it was with reluctance and an eagerness for the next. As the end of the story approached I was completely engaged, eager and waiting for resolution, but sad to know the story would soon end.
Once it did I felt like I knew the characters and missed them. If it had been a book it would have been 'un-put-downable'.
Quite a challenging book, but absolutely riveting! I did, pretty well listen to it on one sitting - well, ok, maybe two and a half! Like all her books it gives the aura of careful research which does not intrude on the delicate web of story-telling, which she weaves so magically.
I read several reviews and was put off that it would be the same as "The Green Mile". I equally love that book but I figured it would be a waste of time if they were the same.
They are not. There are similarities but this is it's own story and definitely worth a read. My pillow was soaked with tears by the end of the book as I like to listen to the audio book at night.
This is the second Jodi Picoult book I've read and has certainly lived up to expectations.
really enjoyed this story with do many twists and thought provoking subjects. the strength of human behaviours and society's beliefs are dumbfounding to say the least and Jodi has encouraged the reader to think hard. Xtine
"A really good book!"
Jodi, if you happen to read these comments, this is a book that deserves both a prequel and a sequel. Are you you game? it would be nice to hear about Clare and what became of her and her acquired gift (s), even of her somehow learning the real details of the circumstances of her father and sister's deaths. Bourne's character could be developed to let us in on what started his journey that led him to June's home. Jodi, so many of us are already invested in these characters that these books would also be best sellers.
Twists and turns of suspense, It was hard to to put this book down! I enjoyed every word and lesson it has taught me!
This is a story about a huge dilemma faced by a mother. She was married and had a child, who were murdered - she was pregnant at the time. When her child is born, she has heart problems and eventually needs a heart transplant. The man convicted of killing her husband and child is coming up for execution and wants to donate his heart to her child. The mother does not want to lose her child, but she doesn't want the heart of a murder.
Great story with twists and turns and a great ending.
"Not Picoult's best"
The story was not the writer's best and I've read quite a few of her books. The narration of Maggie's character is what really ruined the performance. Exaggerated and not convincing.
If you're looking for a Jodi Picoult novel, keep searching for a better pick.
This book was great! I couldn't stop listening. Best book I've listened to in a LONG time. The narrators were spot on with the characters. Do yourself a favor and listen to this one!
One of the most outstanding audio books. Highly recommended. Keep you on the edge until the last word is spoken.
wonderful combination of clergy, inmates, mothers, loss, lawyers, love and sacrifice. I wasn't expecting the turns
One of Hydes BEST work. Couldn't put down. Actually my fiancee was getting kinda miffed at her. I was holding the kindle more than him. Another winner!!!!
"Personal faith vs. capitol punishment."
Just about everything accept the story.
The bottom of the list.
Overload. overload - overload.
Yes ... if was about 2 hours long with more drama and less religion. The characters were likable but got lost in - way too much dialog.
Sorry ... I usually am totally entertained by Jodi Pocoult's novels and their narrators.This book was way too long and over worded. Far too much religion ... and spirituality.I kept waiting for it to end ... and when it did ... it didn't satisfy me - just added to the disappointment.
"Second only to 'Her Sister's Keeper'"
Second time around for Jodi Picoult's 'Change of Heart'. Each of her books must be read more than once but this one most especially. The first time for the story and the second time for history, theology, philosophy, religion and a new way of thinking. Anyone who has ever struggled with the differences between religion, belief, faith and spirituality will find answers. A masterpiece, in my opinion.
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