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Publisher's Summary

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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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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not my favorite

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

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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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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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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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Love Jodi Picoult!

I'm a true admirer of Jodi Picoult! The performer is pretty good. If you are a fan, give this book a try.

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Not her best IMHO

I’ve listened to 6 or 7 of Jodi’s books, but this one I just could not get into. I don’t know if it was the characters or the story but it never gripped me. I could not see what was happening, and kinda didn’t care about what might happen either.
Sorry.
But it won’t stop me choosing Jodi’s stories. She’s (almost always) fantastic.

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Not her best

I love Jodi Picoult. I’ve listened to and/or read most of her books and enjoyed them all. This one was enjoyable as well, but definitely not one of her most developed and deep story lines. I got dis-interested at points, but it was still worth the listen.

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While the storyline is strong and characters well developed, this book is tediously overwritten. An exhausting chore to finish.

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Not one of her newer books but a timely topic

I continue to admire Jodi Picoult for her excellent research. We learn about Alaska, and it’s people, the art of creating cartoons and also certain aspects of detective work as this tale unfolds. It is not the author’s best book, in my opinion, but is still a well written compelling story.

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  • 06-13-17

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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  • 08-09-18

Different but same

Good story but the voices are ones used to read her other books and it’s hard not split the old characters from the new ones.

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  • Rochelle
  • 10-10-21

Just not quite right

I’m a fan of Jodie Picoult but this was hard to get into. Very long chapters and when listening, it’s hard to know when you’ve moved to a different setting. There were two clear parts to the story but these weren’t sign posted. It’s hard to explain but I just didn’t get into this one, although I did listen right through.

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  • 08-05-19

wasn't into it.

there are some (not many) of jodi picoult's books that from the first few chapters just don't grab me (unlike sing you home and the storyteller and the pact and handle with care are some of my favourites of hers) and this is sadly one that just didn't grab me after listening to 4 maybe 5 chapters . i may come back to it later on but for now i'm giving this one a pass.

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  • Nicola
  • 11-06-17

I found this a little monotonous towards the end

I got really bored towards the end, and the ending came out of nowhere which wasn't teally an ending at all after listening for all those hours. I was disappointed. The narrator is excellent.