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The Tenth Circle

A Novel
Narrated by: Carol Monda
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
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New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult shares a powerful novel about the unbreakable bond between parent and child, the temptation to play God, and the dangerous repercussions.

Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She's also the light of her father Daniel's life - a straight-A student; a pretty, popular freshman in high school; a girl who's always seen her father as a hero. That is until her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence. Suddenly everything Trixie has believed about her family - and herself - seems to be a lie. Could the boyfriend who once made Trixie wild with happiness have been the one to end her childhood forever? She says that he is, and that is all it takes to make Daniel, a seemingly mild-mannered comic book artist with a secret tumultuous past he has hidden even from his family, venture to hell and back to protect his daughter.

With The Tenth Circle, Jodi Picoult offers her most powerful chronicle yet as she explores the unbreakable bond between parent and child and questions whether you can reinvent yourself in the course of a lifetime - or if your mistakes are carried forever.

©2006 Jodi Picoult. All rights reserved. "Magic Words" (c)1967, 1968 Educational Development Center, Inc. (www.edc.org) (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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disappointed

I have read many of this authors books but I really didn't enjoy this one, I felt like the ending was left in mid air and tge characters never really developed.

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  • swaz410
  • 17-04-18

Definitely not one of her best

I LOVE Jodi Picoult books and have gone through almost all of them. This was probably by far the most disappointing. I completed the whole book, out of devotion to the author, and also with the hopes that it might get better...but it didn't. The story wasn't as captivating as her stories usually are. The setting was dreary and without the usual jaw-dropping twists and turns her books normally have, ended up just making the whole plot depressing and boring. The twists that were present were not too surprising. I did enjoy the dynamic between father and daughter throughout the whole story. That and the amazing performance by the narrator were probably the only redeeming aspects of this book.

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  • M. Mckinney
  • 17-05-18

not my favorite

love jodi pocoult! this was good but definitely not my favorite! too slow and harder to follow

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  • Elyse
  • 30-04-16

Worth the read!

I Love Jodi Picoult the most because of her unpredictability! This story was not one of my favorites, but did not disappoint in the predictability area! The narrator was annoying to listen to, especially when she changed her voice to the men in the story. Overall, worth reading or listening to!

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  • Marie
  • 18-06-18

Thought provoking

I loved the story from page one. I didn't want to put the book down. The story was compelling and believable. It could just as easily be my story, or my neighbors....I’ll be thrilled to read more!

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  • Elese Newman
  • 14-06-18

Dark and depressing

The first Picoult novel I listened to was Small Great Things. It was such a moving and transformative story, and though full of tragedy was, I thought, optimistic at its core.

The problem with reading such a novel is that I expect the same from other works by the author. I did not find that in The Tenth Circle. Maybe it was because it was one of her earlier works. Maybe it was my frame of mind when I listened to it. But I couldn’t finish it. The tragedy was that intense and, in keeping with themes of the story, cut too deep.

It’s a story that needs to be told and one that needs to be heard. Someday I may try to finish it. I would just warn potential readers that this is not a light read .

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  • ru1384
  • 19-02-20

Not her best

I am a fan but this was not her best. It was just ok, a little predictable. Narrator was good.

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  • Emilee
  • 05-02-20

Great

This book was tragic, beautiful, and kept me wondering what would happen next. Highly recommend.

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  • samiam
  • 27-08-19

PAINFULLY LONG

painfully long and convoluted for an all too common plot. too many unnecessary, tangential twists, that took forever to culminate in a completely transparent conclusion.

non-climatic, sudden ending, without closure. and it took way too long to get to that painful ending

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-19

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This novel was a little slow from time to time. I got through it and was not surprised by the ending. I like Jodi Picoult writing overall.

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  • donnacdavis
  • 07-05-19

What a web we weave when we try to deceive

This is the story of a loving family. But each member of the family was living a lie. Maybe just a small one, or parts of a event we’re true....
The lines between truth and fiction began to be melt together so we are unable to unravel the real story.
The fathers dark secret from the pastry have been buried when he started a new life, but they were very much still dictating who he was and his actions. His wife crossed the line between teacher and students so innocently she failed to realize the danger. And a 14 year old girl finding true love that she thought would be forever.
One lie leads to another. Some people are able to escape the carnage, while others become collateral damage after the realization that their lives were forever changed, and the bright future they hoped for was gone.
Just like hanging from a bridge and loosing your grasp one finger at a time.......

Carol Monda
I enjoyed the book. What I didn’t like was the way it ended. This story that was so rich in detail, twisted this way and that ended with a thud. Almost as if the writer got tired of the story and just wrapped it up in the last few pages. The End.

Have been a long time Jodi Picoult fan. And will continue to be one. This was just not make it to my top 10 list.

Carol Monda... great job as always.