Audiobook: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
A Rapid Review
Publisher: Random House | October 2014
Format: Audio Download | 15 hours | Rating: 4½ stars
Audio Listening Level: Intermediate
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 online for her mother, a scientist who studied grief among elephants, and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals.
With the help of Serenity, a psychic, and Virgil, a retired detective who was an investigator in her mom’s disappearance, Jenna sets out to find the truth. Is Alice alive or dead? And what really happened that night?
The book uses alternate perspectives – Jenna, Serenity, Virgil, and Alice – a device that works well with this mystery, and also serves to engage the reader as new details are revealed and observations made from the different points of view. In addition to the mystery itself, I was fascinated by the background story of the elephants and the sanctuary.
If it seems like I’m being vague, it’s because I am! Knowing too much about the mystery would spoil the story because of the way events are revealed and how the puzzle comes together. I should have seen the ending coming a mile away, but I didn’t, and that speaks to how well the story was written and how it unfolded.
The audio production consisted of an ensemble cast of Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and Mark Deakins, each giving voice to one of the four characters. When a book is long, complex, or has multiple perspectives, I prefer having more than one narrator. It provides a better sense of each character as opposed to one narrator attempting to give a believable voice to each. And, more importantly, it makes it easy for the listener to remember who is speaking, and makes the audio more enjoyable.
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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