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Vanishing Acts [Audio CD]

Jodi Picoult
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15 Mar 2005

Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father Andrew, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiancé, and a job she loves, finding missing persons.

But as Delia plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can't recall. And then a policeman knocks at her door, and her world fractures into something unrecognisable . . .

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Recorded Books (15 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419320149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419320149
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 13.6 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,973,455 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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Picoult takes a red-hot topic and turns it into a gripping and thought-provoking novel (Woman & Home)

The punch of a populist thriller (Elle)

Enthralling (Heat) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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When is it right to steal a child from her mother? Jodi Picoult's explosive and emotive Sunday Times bestseller, now with exciting new cover treatment. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite 11 Feb 2007
I have read 2 other books by Jodi Picoult; My Sister's Keeper, which blew me away, and A Perfect Match, which again was very good. Vanishing Acts, however, I cannot get into. I've read about 3/4s of it, which means I've probably not reached any twists or turns in te plot, but I just find the story quite slow compared to others and I've been reading it for 4 months so far, I usually read a book within a few days, a week at most.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the others 14 Mar 2006
By A Customer
This is the fourth book by Jodi Pilcoult that i have read. Although it is good it is nowhere near as good as My sisters keeper, The pact and Salem falls. If you have never read a Jodi Pilcoult book before dont read this one first as it doesnt show what a good author Jodi Pilcoult is. I found this book a struggle to finish which is a first for me with one of her books. Jodi Pilcoult is a great author but this isnt a great book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Miss Again 26 May 2009
Unfortunately with Jodie Picoult she is very much a hit or miss author. Some of her books are outstanding such as The Pact or Nineteen Minutes whilst others are pure dross. Vanishing Acts is the latter. Althougth the premise of the plot was good - it should have been a short story rather than a long novel. I think even JP got to the point where she wished she could just get on with it and finish it. I found all the details about the Indian reservation boring and also thought the "twist" so obvious that it made the last 200 pages of the novel pointless. Please do not waste your time or money on this book!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 2 Jun 2006
By Alison TOP 500 REVIEWER
I really enjoyed Sisters Keeper, but Vanishing Acts was not quite as good. The story seemed drawn out to me and the fragmented scenes told by the different characters didn't hold the book together well. The ending felt unsatisfying but a lot of the book was gripping and interesting, just not quite in the league of Sisters Keeper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite JP book 31 July 2006
I have read My Sister's Keeper and Plain Truth written by this author and though I thought these 2 books ended in the weirdest twists possible, I still enjoyed them both, but Vanishing Acts really bored me and it was a battle to get through the book.

I especially disliked the parts where she described in such horrible detail the happenings in the prison where Delia's dad Andrew was held until the trial.

There was no climax in the book and it ended rather dull!

As other readers commented - if you are a first time Jodi Picoult reader, then don't start with this book as it might stop you from reading her other books!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vanishing Act - Jodi Picoult 19 April 2007
By K. Galbraith VINE VOICE
This the first Jodi Piccoult book I've read, the author coming highly recommended from my Mum, an avid reader whos opinion I completely respect. I was not disappointed.

If I'm honest, initially it's not the most gripping of reads. The story is slow to build up, and at first the different characters narrative is much like each others which is a little boring - aside from the obvious differences in experiences that each character talks about, basically if their name hadn't been printed at the start of each chapter, it would have been difficult to tell one from the other. Maybe it's wrong to compare, but in other books I've read, the characters are individuals that stand apart from each other. I didn't get this with the characters in this book. As for the pace - having just come from reading Dan 'cliff-hanger-at-the-end-of-every-chapter' Brown's novels - it could just be the change in gear made it even more slower for me, than it actually was.

The slow build had a considerable plus point however... I didn't feel compelled to read this book cover to cover exclusively, feeling free to dip into it when I was in the mood. Which to be honest was a welcome relief after Dan Brown who is responsible for the bags under my eyes! To people that have struggled with Vanishing Acts, I'd say 'hang in there!' The story *is* captivating as it unravels, and I certainly felt a strong empathy with each of the main characters, which grew ever stronger as more history about each is reveal, and as the plot unwinds.

The crazy thing was, I didn't truly appreciate just what a good read this book is, until the final page. After closing the book, I found myself lost in thought for sometime, just thinking 'wow - what a great story'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad... 4 Sep 2006
By H. Burr
I started this book and straight away I was engrossed in the story and the characters, the only downfall was the ending, which I felt was a let down. I liked way in which each of the book's chapters were about a different character and their perspective. I was also expecting a lot more twist and turns, going by the previous reviews, This was the first Jodi Picoult book I have read and not sure if I would read another...
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, just not brilliant 30 Nov 2005
This is the third Jodi Picoult book I’ve read having already read My Sister’s Keeper and Plain Truth. I’m glad it wasn’t the first JP book I read as I doubt I would have read the others afterwards. Where My Sister’s Keeper and Plain Truth totally sucked the reader in and was non-stop the whole way through I found Vanishing Acts somewhat lacking. The idea behind the story was great but I found the story dragging in many places and have to admit that one more than one occasion I gave some pages just a quick scan before moving on. It is a very believable story and probably one that happens more often than any of us care to believe. However I did that Vanishing Acts was bogged down in some details which really weren’t necessary.
Throughout the book you wonder if there is any reasonable reason for a man to kidnap his daughter and keep her from her mother for twenty eight years. By the end of the book you will have made up your mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A gift for the wife that left her happy and kept her off my case for a bit.
Published 1 month ago by Chris Longden
3.0 out of 5 stars Could do better!
This is the second Picoult book I have read, the other - Mercy- was very slow and really quite boring in places.
This one was a bit plodding to! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs M Calvert
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Unfortunately I did not realise I had read this book years ago and therefore was disappointed as I do not like reading a book twice,but as usual I can recommend Jodi Picoult... Read more
Published 4 months ago by mags
5.0 out of 5 stars Not read yet
Haven't read the book, but the book came when it said it would, and am looking forward to reading it
Published 4 months ago by Abbi G
5.0 out of 5 stars Vanishing Acts
I don't get why people say this isn't one of her best, or a waste of time and money. I've read quite a few by Jodi Picoult and this is definitely one of my favourites! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Although the ending wasn't as good as I thought, I couldn't put this book down.

On to the next one
Published 6 months ago by Iley
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Published 6 months ago by Melanie Court
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very pleased with this book is a great read and would recommend to any who likes to read. pleased with delivery and packaging.
Published 6 months ago by a r
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Have not read this book yet, have books piled up waiting attention. Looking forward to this one. It looks good.
Published 6 months ago by J. C. CRONIN
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Storyline
A very enjoyable read, up to her usual standard, both myself and my wife enjoyed it. I would recommend it to readers of the Jodi
Published 7 months ago by P. A. Elliott
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