Sing You Home

Sing You Home

Audiobook CD - 2011
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Max and Zoe's marriage, stressed by infertility problems and miscarriages, is finally destroyed by a stillborn baby. After their divorce, Max moves in with his brother and sister-in-law, Reid and Liddy, and backslides into self-destructive drinking, while Zoe devotes herself to music therapy turns into love and marriage. Max, meanwhile, converts to an evangelical brand of Christianity that pits him against Zoe when she asks Max for permission to use their frozen embryos.
Publisher: [Prince Frederick, MD] : Recorded Books, p2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781456123628
Branch Call Number: CD F PIC

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bobmeter
Jun 12, 2013

Enjoyed hearing different voices for the main characters, especially when they are so well matched to the personalities. Ms. Picoult sometimes loads her books with many social issues, but I enjoy the way they are usually played out in a courtroom. Interesting to imagine how I would rule in the cases if on a jury or the judge.

katetsmith Sep 13, 2012

This book covers quite a range of generally controversial, or at least thought-provoking, topics. Infertility, homosexual rights (or lack thereof), strong (read: evangelical) Christian expectations, marriage/divorce, even some suicide issues. There are some great insights, and unabashed support for gay marriage and rights.

I love Jodi Picoult; I honestly felt like this book tried to incorporate too much. I might have grown weary of it - I experienced it as an audio book and listened for well over 17 hours through a range of activities that offered distractions. There is a vocal song, accompanied by guitar, between each main section; I wasn't too fond of that.

Booktraveler Sep 22, 2011

This book was long so it takes a pretty big investment of time, I guess that has tainted my feelings on the book to make me decide that it wasn’t really worth my time. I think the cover of the book should include the fact that after her divorce Zoey gets remarried to a woman. I found it a little difficult to read some of the details of the physical relationship although it was never un-tasteful it just elicits a different reaction in me when I’m reading about a M/F relationship vs. a F/F relationship which is odd since I support gay marriage. I wonder if this holds true for a gay person reading about a M/F relationship?

I think if the cover explained this book involves a court case about frozen embryos between a religious right heterosexual couple and a liberal homosexual couple it would have more accurately reflected what was in the book and allowed a perspective reader to make a better assessment if they wanted to read the book.

I listened to this book on CD and could have done without the songs interleaved in the story. I just fast forwarded past them.

Good points about the book include the fact that the characters were very interesting as was portrayal of music therapy and some of the arguments presented during the court case regarding information about homosexuality.

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JudithE
Aug 24, 2011

This novel is compelling to listen to -- it's hard to stop, and interesting.

On the other hand, the anti-gay, anti-abortion, religious right characters get a *lot* of air time, and if those views are anathema to you, as they are to me, it's hard to listen to after a while. And there is a lot of repetition in what they say, which makes it worse.

Also, there is a main character, a very depressed teenage girl, who is just left hanging; we have no idea what happens to her, and she is really important in the story. It wouldn't have taken much for the author to have given her an ending, good or bad, but she does neither. I consider it a serious flaw.

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