Thursday, August 11, 2005

Vanishing Acts

I finished listening to Jodi Picoult's Vanishing Acts this morning on my way to work. It was 14 cd's and 15 plus hours long. This was a first for me; I am not usually a book on cd person because my commute to Rockville is pretty short, but I had several drives around MD this month to attend meetings so I was able to get in some listening time then. I have a confession - I am the kind of reader who usually skips to the end of a book because I get impatient. The sheer number of cd's kept me from skipping to find out how this story ended, which did help to keep my attention.

I have read several other of Picoult's books, and I have enjoyed them all. They are all really unique and touch upon a lot of different issues. Vanishing Acts was about a woman who had been kidnapped by her father as a child, but she didn't find this out until 28 years later. It was told in the voice of all the main characters, which I liked a lot, and in the audio version, there were different narrators for each character. The book raised a lot of questions about memory and identity. I would definitely recommend it although it did get a little bit long toward the end.

On my way home from work at the library, I checked to see what else was on the shelf in cd. Sure enough, another Picoult book I hadn't read was in so I checked it out. This one is called Second Glance. It too has 14 cd's!


Anonymous Linda said...

I've only read one of her books - "My Sisters Keeper" and I thought it was excellent. I listened to it on my ipod, its also narrated by a number of different people. I highly recommend it.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Hi Linda,

My bookclub read My Sister's Keeper. I agree - it was excellent too.

9:41 PM  

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