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Leaving Time Audio CD – Audiobook, 14 Oct 2014
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She is the master of her craft ... and humanity is what Picoult does best (Sunday Telegraph)
The best sort of light read: engrossing (Vogue)
It's hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes (Financial Times)
An addictive read packed with twists and turns (Closer)
Impossible to put down (Observer) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Number One bestselling author Jodi Picoult returns with her compulsive new novel - about the lengths we go to for those who have left us behind; about the staying power of love; and about how three broken souls might have just the right pieces to mend each other. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The story follows teenager Jenna Matcalf as she searches for her mother, Alice, who disappeared the same night that a caregiver was trampled by an elephant at the refuge where she worked. Alice was previously a research scientist studying elephant grief and spent most of her time with the elephants at the sanctuary in Africa, but whilst working there, Alice met Thomas who ran an elephant refuge in New Hampshire and they went back to New Hampshire together, married and had Jenna. After the caregiver was trampled, Jenna's father was sent to a psychiatric institution and has been there ever since and Jenna was sent to live with her grandmother. Jenna has not been able to forget her mother, or come to terms with the fact that her mother would leave her. She does everything she can to try and find her mother, including spending hours looking online at various missing persons databases and reading and re-reading all of her mother’s old scientific journals on her elephant observations to try and find some clues. As Jenna gets older, she finds two people to help her, Serenity a doubted psychic, and Virgil an older private detective.
In the usual Picoult style, Jenna, Serenity, Virgil, Thomas and Alice tell the story in alternating chapters and the story takes a while to come together. The writing is smooth and clear and the book shows that a high level of elephant and human research undertaken.Read more ›
I started this book pretty much on the release day, once I'd finished my other book. I have loved Jodi Picoult's novels for a long time now, and am always eagerly awaiting the release of the next one. I'd previously read the short story, Larger Than Life, that is linked to this, so it was a nice little introduction into the characters.
I disagree with the other reviews that say that the characters are not well fleshed out. Believe me, I struggle sometimes with characters, and ultimately, if I can't get a character fixed in my head, then the book is not good for me. I loved the characters, and the usual way of each character having alternate chapters, was brilliant. Other authors have copied and struggled with this way of laying out a book, Jodi seems to have the upper hand.
Jenna and Serenity were my favourite characters, although Virgil did grow on me after a while. I loved how much detail and research was done for the elephant side of the storyline, and it definitely reminded me of other such well researched books, such as The Secret Life of Bees. The book has unfortunately left me now wanting my own elephant. Thanks Jodi!Read more ›
Jenna recruits the help of Virgil Stanhope – an ex-policeman who has gone into hiding – and Serenity Jones – a failed psychic. As the three of them look into the events of a decade ago they begin to piece together possible scenarios resulting in a woman vanishing without a trace. But just as importantly they try to explain the reasons for a mother to abandon her daughter.
Jenna’s mother, Alice Metcalf, was a scientist who loved to study the grieving processes of elephants. Although Jenna tells one part of the story, Alice provides the reader with a different story – one of the past, one of Africa, one of elephants. As with many of Picoult’s novels Leaving Time is not purely a piece of entertainment, it teaches the reader something new. Through Alice, Picoult unleashes a torrent of information about the lives of elephants in Africa and explains their behaviours. She explains what happens to the animals that are captured by circus trainers or zoos and are treated badly, as well as the work a sanctuary may do to save the lives of these creatures.
Alice and Jenna are not the only voices of this story. Virgil and Serenity have their own chapters to describe things from their perceptions. What is great about this is that although the key story line is about Jenna’s search for her mother, Virgil and Serenity provide additional stories alongside it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books I have recently read! Beautifully written. Amazing story! Made me cry!Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very gripping book with a great twist at the end. Thriller type book with lots of interesting info about elephants
I have read a lot of Jodi Picoult books and having taking a break from her for a while enjoyed picking up this one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. C. H. O'reilly
Am so relieved I am not the only one who found this book boring and misleading. I skimmed most of Alice's part until I realised what had happened to her, then I skimmed Jenna. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs. Dianne Haines