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From the best-selling author of My Sister's Keeper comes the riveting story of a murder that shatters the picturesque calm of Amish country - and tests the heart and soul of the lawyer defending the woman at the center of the storm.

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: Circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide - and for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live "plain", Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within - to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past reenters her life.

©2000 Jodi Picoult (P)2000 Simon & Schuster

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Good story, fix the reading.

Why are there two readers alternately reading the same parts??? They sound nothing alike and it only serves to confuse the listener throughout the entire book. This absolutely needs to be re-recorded. The story itself was good, not great. There's a paranormal aspect that seemed to go nowhere and the ending was a disappointment but it was worth listening to.

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Let's get better narrators

I love Jodi Picoult books sooooo much!!! But seriously, what is up with all of the audiobook narrators being TERRIBLE!!!!! Not a single one of her books has a good narrator. I wish I had time to read the books myself so I wouldn't have to listen to such irritating voices...

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Nice story

Good insite into Amish life. Interesting story. A little long and redundant but that's a court case for ya..

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lump of poo

listening to this book was similar to having my ear penetrated by a giant turd.

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Great Read

An enlightening insight into Amish life and lifestyle. Kept me guessing right up to the last paragraph! Great story.

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Slow, predictable, boring

Long on Amish culture which I liked but the story fell flat. They went over and over and over again the fact that there were no facts to this case - characters were introduced with no purpose and no follow-up, very sloppy writing - really no purpose to this novel.

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The Plain Truth

As with all of Jodi Picoult’s stories, there is always a twist at the end of every story, which I feel is very intriguing. As I began the story, I was soon able to make my opinion of the true guilty person. Great story! This would be one that I would listen to again!

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Hoped for more

I have enjoyed reading Jodi Picoult in the past, but this book disappointed. Without being able to skim over the repetition by reading, it was tedious in sections. Then there was the legal drama part. Since I have been a trial attorney for more than 40 years, I couldn't help but be critical of the court room drama that was wrong. Then there was the sense of being deceived with the "surprise" ending that contradicted hours of listening and seemed just plain wrong.

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Excellent story!

Although I figured out the ending fairly early on, I loved the story! I could not stop listening. The biggest downside to listening to it for me, was the fact that there are two narrators for the same character. That drove me crazy! Why was there a need for that? I liked one more than the other, so when the voices would switch to the one I didn't like, i had to readjust my mind to this new voice as being the same character, with a voice I felt didn't "fit." Otherwise, as I said, the book was great!

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Not worth it

The twist in this book is so painfully obvious the entire time. You get taken all around with no reward. I don't know if I've ever figured out who a murderer is this easily and waited so long for it to be revealed.

The only thing I liked about this book was learning more about being Amish. Otherwise, it was a total waste of time. The narrators were super annoying when reading Katie's voice, and they kept switch back and forth but not as different characters, each narrator read all parts, which was just strange to me.

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  • 07-04-18

Great story

I enjoyed the story but struggled with the tone of the voices. Don’t mean it as an insult, just personal preference.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-10-18

not my thing

tried to read something outside my genre, failed at loving it. weak female charcters, men i would never want to meet. yuck, and a boring, slow story.

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  • Bill
  • 10-22-17

Another enjoyable Piccoult read

Interesting as always for Jodi Piccoult tho did not enjoy as much as a couple of others I've listened to. Think mostly the narration I did not enjoy so much. And perhaps a couple of aspects of the storyline I found annoying. Overall still a good book!

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  • Andrea Harney
  • 01-04-17

A twist you don't see coming!

At times repetitive and slow this story captures your attention by the end and the twist comes completely unexpectedly!

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  • Stephanie
  • 11-24-16

great book

The volume changed too much with the narrator whispering which made it hard to listen.