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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 her own search-and-rescue bloodhound, which she uses to find 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 on her door, revealing a secret that changes the world as she knows it.

What happens when you learn you are not who you thought you were? When the people you've loved and trusted suddenly change before your eyes? When getting your deepest wish means giving up what you've always taken for granted? Vanishing Acts explores how life as we know it might not turn out the way we imagined; how doing the right thing could mean doing the wrong thing; and how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a threat.

©2005 Jodi Picoult (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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narration is just awful

The narration was just awful. Made it hard to follow the story. The mexican accents were the worst part for me.

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Brilliant

Brilliant! So many layers it kept unfolding. Really well narrated and such depth to the characters.

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  • SPM
  • 17-04-2017

Disappointing

I had trouble finishing this book and must say I was disappointed. Other Jodi Picoult books, I've enjoyed. This one seemed to drag on and on and was implausible in places. It could have been an interesting story, but somehow became very boring. The narration was too slow and pretty average, across the board. Sorry...this one didn't do it for me

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  • MMM
  • 13-07-2017

Not as good as most

Jodi picoult is one of my favorite authors. This book was not a favorite. Didn't care about characters as much. Not sure what the point of her dad in jail story line was for.

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  • katie
  • 20-06-2017

One narrator put me off

The story was good, and I enjoyed it. However I was unable to finish as one of the narrators drove me nuts. Constantly sucking up their split, licking their lips, not sure what. Cant they edit that stuff out?

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  • butters
  • 12-06-2017

good story-terrible narrators

i struggled to understand the story at its beginning ....it didn't look like i was able to pick up on who was who. but the narrators, especially Delia's character... absolutely horrible. stretching words and pronounciations...like she's constantly high... I struggled with wanting to quit listening.

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  • Jessica
  • 23-05-2017

Mysterious & terrifying until the very end

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved the father. He lied, cheated & stole for what was best for his daughter, the mark of a true parent in my opinion. He was willing to go to any length to ensure that his daughter was safe from her mother and her boyfriend.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I must say, this book did cause me to shed a few tears, mainly because for me it hits very close to home. In my own childhood, my mother was an alcoholic & drug addict. I can recall coming home from school not being able to wake her, not knowing if she was just drunk or if I should call 911. My own mother would take us to her dealers houses in the middle of the night, not concerned with if we had school the following day or if she was putting us in harms way. In this sense, I identify with this book.

The repressed memories are a very interesting subject that I look forward to learning more about, but also in a way, it is terrifying to think you could learn something that you may not want to know.

To this day, my mother is a drug addict and alcoholic and even though I have forgiven her, I have no desire to forge a relationship with her. It's a strange feeling to know that you should have feelings for someone as special as your mother who should have walked to the edges of the earth for you, and yet feel the same as if you were passing a stranger on the street of a busy street.

The ending of this book really threw me for a loop. During the last 5 minutes, you are sure you see how this is playing out and at the very end you find out exactly why the father took his little girl away from her mother.

Sometimes it's vital to take heed to those gut feelings.

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  • KJ
  • 27-07-2018

Two things that trouble me about this book.

I don't write many reviews, but I really had to say something here. It is really irresponsible of you! You give a recipe to make meth. What are you thinking?!! It wouldn't hurt your story line to cut it out.

The second is just a pet peeve. I always assumed that you had professionals doing your readings. If you don't know the words or how they are properly pronounced - look it up! Saguaro is pronounced suh-wahr-oh (g makes an "h" sound) and I'm assuming your "Cutcena doll" is a Kachina Doll. Which is pronounced Kuh-chee-nuh. It was like nails on a chalkboard.

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  • Lou
  • 24-02-2018

very disappointed.

this book is not one of jodi pocolt"s best. too many different. unattached stories. confusing.

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  • PAM
  • 23-01-2018

So true

Loved the story was a bit too long by any parent would protect their child.

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  • Mary Holmes
  • 17-07-2018

Kept Me Listening

I love any book that makes me visualize as though I’m watching the story unfold on the big screen. This does for me.

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  • Hannah
  • 19-05-2018

Interesting book but lacked a compelling storyline

I loved the depth Jodi went into with the characters, but the storyline itself fell flat.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-2017

Another enthralling court room drama

Another brilliant story from Jodi Picoult: compelling narrative, well developed characters with a tangible emotional undercurrent that provides for a gripping read. The dialogue is excellent and believable and the multiple perspectives gives the off kilter story real depth. Like all of Picoult's books that I have listened to, the moral dimension makes the stories more vivid leaving traces of the nuances with you long after you have finished reading or listening. I really loved this and look forward to my next one. Highly recommended

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  • Lynne
  • 25-03-2017

another great story

don't think there are many of J P booksI've not listened to and haven't enjoyed. in fact I have enjoyed each and every one
audio books are expensive so the longer the book the better for me
value for money !

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  • Caz
  • 05-01-2017

excellent

some of Ms picoults books can be uncomfortable, but this one was engaging & fascinating

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  • Chrissy C
  • 20-06-2018

Absorbing ! A good listen .

Hooked from the beginning . Characters intriguing and well defined with a great very believable and detailed plot.

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  • Ellisticity
  • 05-04-2017

Compelling

Beautifully written and challenging your personal morals & choices at every turn... completely compelling & I found sympathy with every key character. I feel that I know these characters on a personal level because of the cleverness of the author.
Completely recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-2017

not what i expected

disappointing book that wastes a lot of time on irrelevant areas and has no connection to the story itself

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