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Nineteen Minutes

A Novel
Written by: Jodi Picoult
Narrated by: Carol Monda
Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of My Sister's Keeper and The Tenth Circle, Jodi Picoult pens her most riveting book yet, with a startling and poignant story about the devastating aftermath of a small-town tragedy.

Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens - until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence. Josie Cormier, the teenage daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened before her very own eyes - or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show, destroying the closest of friendships and families.

©2007 Jodi Picoult (P)2007 Simon & Schuster

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  • Jan
  • 2019-10-28

Very hard to follow

This book jumped back and forward then back then somewhere else. I was really fed up trying to figure out where I was in the story. This seems to be the fashion in both books and movies and its pretty annoying. The actual story was good if it hadn't been such a jumble. I kept thinking "OK now where am I" and then wondering, did I miss something.

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I was waiting for the crazy twist at the end that Jodie always provides. man! what a show

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  • Karen Brow
  • 2017-04-23

Juvenile perspective

I like Jodi Picoult's writing, but this book seemed like a "young reader's" story of high school cruelties and first love. I thought some of the characters were one dimensional and found myself thinking "yea, yea, I get it." Will try more of her books, but didn't care for this one and did not finish.

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  • Shay
  • 2017-04-10

Could be better narrated

the story line got me hooked from the very start. i love how the book starts by building this character of a boy that ends up the way e did. However, my favorite part was the trail!
the only thing i didnt enjoy was the narration. it was kind monotonic and i found myself a bit bored with her sometimes. I wish it was more interactive with the intensity of the story.
overall, i would recommend it

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  • Sunny Days
  • 2017-12-02

Too Long and melodramatic !

Good profile of bullying leading to high school shooting with long emotional sections about being popular, parenting issues, and episodes of bulling. Just too long so that you lose sympathy with the topic and characters.

For a better book on the issue of adolescence and bullying and a better ending read Black Swan Green.

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  • Alexandria
  • 2016-05-25

Amazing

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This is my favorite book of hers so far. The way the story was written in unbelievable. I love how she wrote in all the views of the people involved in the school shooting. I was so amazed by the twist that came later on towards the end. This is defiantly a good book for all families to read, as it covers a lot of important topics.

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  • Eugenia
  • 2018-01-30

Great Characters, Great Story

Another wonderful Jodi Picoult book. This author has consistently written terrific novels exploring so many timely topics in such a creative and fascinating way.
In this, we enter into the minds of the students, adults and especially the parents involved in the horrific event perpetrated by the boy, Peter.
Picoult's writing might sometimes be a bit too flowery to suit most of the characters, but I was still swept along with this fascinating exploration of teenagers in this small town.
Carol Monda narrated it very well and used her deep throaty voice expertly for the male characters.
Picoult is really a masterful storyteller. #masterfulWriter #suspensful #ExcellentNarration #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Jaynelle K.
  • 2017-03-12

Loved it

Sad, but good story. I love how Jodi takes real controversial issues and educates us on both sides of the issue....All while entertaining us!

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  • Barbara Thompson
  • 2018-05-17

Too Long

Jodi Picoult never shies away from controversial topics and she is true to form in this book. We want to hate the gunman who murdered our children but understand his motives. We want to sympathize with Peter but given the chance he would have been as much as a bully. She lays bare all our weaknesses. There is no hero. My only complaint was the length. It could have been much shorter. I found she plowed the same ground at times. You never relax and sail through a Jodi Picoult novel.

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  • JourneyBlessing
  • 2017-09-25

Great insider view of the 'book' beyond the cover

We, as people, as so much more than our cover often portrays ...this book gives a wonderful 'inside the mind' view of the dynamics that make us each tick! While rather 'wordy', the extra words takes the reader to the depths of despair, the heights of hope, the helplessness of fear, and the peace of truth. It keeps you wanting to know more! I work at a High School, and this book provided me with yet another set of eyes and heart to view my students!

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  • renee
  • 2017-01-29

do you like similes and metaphors?

What would have made Nineteen Minutes better?

there are some beautiful similes and metaphors in this that book create some deep and thoughtful imagery in the mind of the reader. There are a lot though, and after a while of reading I began to anticipate them and this took me away from the story.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Picoult again?

no, probably not.

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  • maria
  • 2018-05-10

boring

story was too dragged out and predictable. Had a very hard time finishing it. depressing

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