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Harvesting the Heart Audiobook

Harvesting the Heart

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Publisher's Summary

Paige has only a few vivid memories of her mother, who abandoned her when she was five. Now, having left home and her father for dreams of art school and marriage to an ambitious young doctor, Paige finds herself with a child of her own. Emotionally and physically exhausted, overwhelmed by the demands of her family, Paige cannot forget her mother's absence or the shameful memories from her own past. Her next step would have been unthinkable before her doubts about her maternal ability crept into her mind. Is it possible Paige's baby would be better off without her?

©2010 Jodi Picoult (P)2010 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

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    joanne Tywyn, United Kingdom 24/10/2010
    joanne Tywyn, United Kingdom 24/10/2010 Member Since 2016
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    "Good listen"

    I am a big fan and thought this book was very good if a little slow at first. Some of the passages describing the feelings of a new mother are extremely emotive and sensitively written and tug deep at the heart strings

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstine 14/12/2011
    Kirstine 14/12/2011
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    "A relationship dissected"

    This book is typical Jodi Picoult: intense introspection into relationships coupled with quite a bit of medical detail (the author has medical training and it shows!). Paige and Nicholas are the couple whose relationship the book follows in minuet detail from exultant first flush of love to dissolution and resentment. The differences in their social backgrounds, the pressures of his work as a heart surgeon and her struggles with post-natal depression all add to the turmoil of emotions that the author is so good at describing. Having two narrators works well and both are good at making their characters come to life. I enjoyed the book and have only knocked off a star as I find the excessive use of similes annoying as it levaes little for the listener's imagination.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Horsham, United Kingdom 31/05/2016
    Amanda Horsham, United Kingdom 31/05/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty boring"

    I kept waiting for something to happen but it's a fairly pedestrian account of a couple's relationship. Nicholas is an arrogant and unlikeable character, she's wet and drippy. Can't believe I listened all the way to the very predictable ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mj 23/02/2016
    mj 23/02/2016
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    "Dull and rather boring"

    I found the whole book full and boring. I did not 'like' any of the characters and found I did not sympathise with them.
    There were errors in the story too and a few with the narration.
    overall a disappointing read (listen).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bookwormbadger 15/05/2012
    bookwormbadger 15/05/2012
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    "Good but not great"

    I enjoyed it - I'm a big Jodi Picoult fan - however it was definitely not one of her best. The ending was particularly disappointing and there were odd inconsistencies with some of the characterisation. Having been through PND and very similar thought processes to Paige after the birth of my 1st child, I had been able to empathise with her in the beginning, but felt her character went a bit off course as the book progressed. If you're new to Picoult, try some of her other books first - My Sister's Keeper and Change of Heart are amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Johannesburg, South Africa
    28/08/13
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    "Narrator ruined this for me entirely"
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or Kate Harper and Garrick Hagon ?

    I simply could not listen to more than an hour of this audio book. Kate Harper's voice drones on in a way that is really not pleasant. Her 'male' voices are positively bizarre in their extremely low and slow tones - almost sounding distorted. Eventually I just closed the book down and couldn't go on.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jodi Picoult? Why or why not?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    See above. Ruined everything for me. I had just finished The Story Teller and I was so excited for this one.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I'm sure it did, but I couldn't suffer through the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    I have tried to return this book, without success. Please help!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hayley
    11/12/12
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    "Disappointing Book"

    This book was well performed but overall disappointing. The story ends abruptly and I have to admit I felt a little cheated! I invested how many hours and at the end I felt there needed to be another chapter.

    I don't recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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