Leaving Time

Leaving Time

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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Throughout her blockbuster career, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that "not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us" ( The Boston Globe ). Now, in her highly anticipated new book, she has delivered her most affecting novel yet--and one unlike anything she's written before.

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother's whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest. The first is Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons--only to later doubt her gifts. The second is Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who originally investigated Alice's case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they'll have to face even harder answers.

As Jenna's memories dovetail with the events in her mother's journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

"The Elephant" from NATURAL HISTORY by Dan Chiasson, copyright ©2005 by Dan Chiasson. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

Praise for Jodi Picoult

"Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance." --Stephen King

"It's hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes." -- Financial Times

"Picoult writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships." -- The Boston Globe

"Picoult is a master of the craft of storytelling." --Associated Press
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780804147651
Branch Call Number: eAudio overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource (12 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Lowman, Rebecca
Overdrive, Inc

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jmarcel
Nov 22, 2016

Loved this story. Was pulled in and could not put it down. I recommended it to my sister and she is having the same experience with it. Great book!

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ajaxthedog89
Oct 25, 2016

Plodding, dull, predictable...oh, and elephants. Woohoo.

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mbeversman
Apr 18, 2016

Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. Loved this story and love how she can really portray human emotions/trials in her stories.

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annebipes
Mar 31, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I remember hearing Jodi speak before this book was written -- someone asked what her next book would be, and she said it would have to do with elephants, so I've been looking forward to this book for several years. I love how thoroughly she researches her subjects, and felt confident that what I was learning about elephant behavior was accurate. I have a much greater appreciation for them and their society. I liked that this audio book was narrated in different voices for each character. The voice for Alice was a bit langourous, appropriate for the story line that started way in the past and slowly worked toward the present, but a little tedious. The other characters, were working backward from the present, and the interweaving of the stories was well done, as was the growth and learning process of the characters. The ending seemed a bit contrived with unexpected twists in the tale that made me wonder if there were hints I missed earlier in the book. It makes me want to read (listen to) it again now that I know how it ends.

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Jerrianne
Sep 12, 2015

SPOILER ALERT!
I was really in to this book, and then came the bizarre twist at the end...way off track of where I thought the book was going. I learned alot about elephants and grief.

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lpreston214
Aug 13, 2015

I've read most of Picoult's books and I'm finding it harder and harder to stick with them to get to what is usually a powerful ending. I'm pretty sure I would have set this one aside except I was listening, which, being more passive than reading, makes it possible to zone out sometimes. I found this book a little tedious. Yes, the characters were interesting and well-developed but the long elephant passages became hard to get through. When the narrator switched back to Jenna or Serenity from Alice I just said "yes!". The audiobook uses different voices for the different narrators which is nice. I thought the ending was good because I was beginning to wonder what it was all for if Alice was dead.

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tercar88
Jul 10, 2015

A totally amazing book! It was my first Jodi Picoult book and I was deeply touched as well as amused by the story and characters. Don't miss this one and I recommend it to everyone.

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louisem0430
Jun 18, 2015

The book dragged on and on. The story could and should have been completed in half the words

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kimtwoboys
Mar 01, 2015

I love a book that surprises me! Mission accomplished!

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