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House Rules (Unabridged Audiobook) [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Jodi Picoult
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1 Aug 2011
Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger's syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he shows up at crime scenes and gives law enforcement officials his advice. But when his tutor is found dead, he becomes a suspect. Suddenly, his Asperger's traits not looking people in the eye, tics and twitches look more like guilt in the view of police. And Jacob's mother must ask herself the hardest question in the world: is her child capable of murder? This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60% of the author's work and as low as 30% with characters and plotlines removed.

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  • Audio CD: 17 pages
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook 17 CDs edition (1 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407487809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407487809
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 13.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 718,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jodi Picoult received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton University and a master's degree in education from Harvard. She is the author of seventeen novels including MY SISTER'S KEEPER(now a major film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin), NINETEEN MINUTES, CHANGE OF HEART and HANDLE WITH CARE. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Learn more at

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'Brilliant. Absolutely gripping, insightful and very sad.' --She Book of the Month

'Impossible to put down and stayed in my mind long after I had finished' --The Observer

'The author... is at her brilliant, gripping best... It's impossible not to get immersed in this intricate and fascinating drama.' --Cosmopolitan Book of the Month

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The number one bestseller: just because your son can't look you in the eye . . . does that make him guilty? Autism and families are entwined in Picoult's gripping novel. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good read with reservations 26 Feb 2012
By shartie
I have a son with Aspergers and read this with very mixed feelings. Whilst it was a good read, and as i persevered with it I began to warm to Jacob, nevertheless, in the early chapters I was unhappy about the author's representation of the condition. Whilst she has many of the traits correct and has done considerable research, it is always very difficult not to go overboard and stereotype people with Aspergers, and in places he fell into this trap. The story in the early chapters was at serious risk of doing a 'rain-man' in that people who know little about the condition (most of the population) will forever more expect people with Aspergers to behave like Jacob just as many expect Autistic people to all be robotic savants like rainman. There are as many personality types within the autistic/aspergers community as outside. My son has many friends who are also on the autistic spectrum and they are all very individual. some 'stim' some have poor eye contact, some have monotone voices, some have obsessions like dinosaurs or sci-fi or know all there is to know about lizards, most are socially 'clumsy' at best and hopelessly inept at worst etc etc but I don't know anyone who has ALL of those, and even such 'weird' traits can be more like interesting quirks than severe disabilities. Yes, some are very much more hampered when trying to mix with neurotypicals and the world around them than others but it is important to portray a balance. I also felt that the family's isolation was just a little over done. There is a LOT of support out there and most families with autistic members that I know have found themselves embraced by a circle of friends with similar problems to share their lives with. Read more ›
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real indulgence - love it! 1 May 2010
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This is one of those rare books that caught my interest from the start and held it at every step of the way through. It's really long but unfortunately I read it in two days because it was so good. I put it down when I was thirsty or otherwise less than 100% comfortable. It is so good that I didn't want to diminish my pleasure in any way. I was right back asap though!

The subject is sensitively and intelligently handled, like all Picoult's work. I don't want to spoil it for anyone by adding spoilers, just know that it's told in the voice of the autistic boy, his brother, his mum, his lawyer and a police detective. You get a real sense of what each of them is going through and how each sees the events unfolding.

I admit that I couldn't really accept why they couldn't ask the one question that mattered right at the beginning, although Picoult does attempt to jusitify this. Can't say more as it would spoil it all. Read it and I hope you enjoy it even half as much as I did. I can't wait for her next book now.
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99 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family dynamics - living with Asperger's 25 Mar 2010
By SusieH
House Rules

Emma is a single mother, with two boys, Jacob and Theo.

Jacob has Asperger's, so is definitely not your typical 18 year old. His social skills are minimal, and he gets distressed by changes to routine, physical contact, and the colour orange. He is totally obsessed with all things forensic, even having a make shift fuming chamber in his bedroom so he can check for fingerprints. His obsession extends to disappearing in the middle of the night so he can attend real life crime scenes, and give advice to the experts at the scene.

There are some amusing misunderstandings, as Jacob takes everything very literally, and also some very poignant scenes when Jacob freaks out uncontrollably and Emma has to resort to unusual tactics to get him back to his more normal behaviour.

Emma is stretched to her limits, both emotionally and financially, trying to make sure that Jacob lives as normal a life as possible. Her world is effectively ruled by what state Jacob is in at the time; she does not have the resources to take time for herself, nor for Theo.

Theo feels that his life has been messed up by his older brother, who gets all Emma's attention, and he is becoming jealous and rebellious.

Jacob's passion for crime scenes eventually gets him into trouble - it would spoil the story to say more.

Fascinating, a must read!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Irritating!! 9 May 2011
I found this to be one of the most irritating books I have ever read. To put my review in context before I start, I am a single mum with 2 sons, a 16year old with Asperger's and a 9 year old, so I should be able to say I could relate to this story...I don't.

I am concerned that other reviewers are saying that they knew nothing about Asperger's until they read this book but this is a work of fiction! The author has done some research, listed all the traits of an Asperger's and stuck them in at appropriate places and vastly exaggerated.

One of the most annoying parts was when Jacob had a "meltdown" in the supermarket because one of the employees was off sick. He was lying on the floor and his mum was lying beside him holding him and singing to calm him down! Now that could happen and my son had many meltdowns in public places, at ages 6/7/8 and he would be told that it was not acceptable behaviour and eventually it would stop. Asperger's kids are very bright and can learn appropriate behaviour and it is a mother's job to teach them. Emma was not teaching him, she was encouraging him and aiding this behaviour which for an 18 year old was a disgrace.

Another issue I have is that every day Jacob only allowed a particular colour, in their food and their clothes. Absolutely absurd demands and Emma was participating in this nonsense and only cooking food of appropriate colour. One of the days was blue days, another was white and she only cooked food and wore clothes which were that colour, even for the neglected son who did not have Asperger's. Like any child when they make unreasonable demands the mother has to say no, that is not acceptable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Jodie Picoult please explain yourself
A well written book with some excellent information on autism/aspergers. BUT there is no ending. A huge waste of my time and I cannot recomend this book because of this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deborah
2.0 out of 5 stars Drags on, Bad pace, Abrupt ending, Shame...
The pace of this book is tiresome. It's also way too long. It's such a shame because I really enjoyed the premise and some of the characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cbatch
2.0 out of 5 stars hmmm not impressed
The story is full of details about asperagers which is interesting. The book is building to a climax with the last couple of chapters and what a let down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by life
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Gripping and very much a whodunnit so kept you wanting to keep going - looking for clues!
Published 1 month ago by Jac Reeve
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
was an excellent read
Published 1 month ago by ian hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars started and finished it in two days and loved every
Couldn't put it down, started and finished it in two days and loved every word
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Insight into Asperges Syndrom
this thriller of a book is terrific. to use the overworked cliche "I couldn't put it down". Jodie Picoult is always very readable and I think this is one,of her best books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by moor
4.0 out of 5 stars it gave me a great insight into Aspergers and the ending was not quite...
Took quite a lot of concentration which for me is unusual for Jodi.
However, it gave me a great insight into Aspergers and the ending was not quite what I expected. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jacky G
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not just a story - it's a gift.
Another fantastic book written by Jodi Picolt. I love that she writes in a way that one can see through the eyes of each character. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sarah-Jane Lees
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book! Caught from the beginning.
Published 3 months ago by becky
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