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Sing You Home

A Novel
Written by: Jodi Picoult
Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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From the award-winning, number one New York Times best-selling author whom USA Today calls a “master of the page-turner” comes the spectacular story of a woman’s complex quest to form a family. 

Every life has a soundtrack. All you have to do is listen. 

Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. There’s the melody that reminds her of the summer she spent rubbing baby oil on her stomach in pursuit of the perfect tan. A dance beat that makes her think of using a fake ID to slip into a nightclub. A dirge that marked the years she spent trying to get pregnant. 

For better or for worse, music is the language of memory. It is also the language of love. 

In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen. 

Sing You Home is about identity, love, marriage, and parenthood. It’s about people wanting to do the right thing for the greater good, even as they work to fulfill their own personal desires and dreams. And it’s about what happens when the outside world brutally calls into question the very thing closest to our hearts: family.  

©2011 Jodi Picoult (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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What happened to/with Lucy?

I wish there was follow up on Lucy's situation! What was she dealing with? How was she involved in the accusations against Zoey? Did she end up ok? I didn't like the cadence of the male narrator's voice for Max. I found it annoying.

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Musical interludes between chapters made me cringe.

This was a good story, but honestly, the songs played between chapters were just horrible. I sped through them as quickly as possible as they we’re cringeworthy. Too bad, because I’m
Sure the lyrics were lovely. Left me not loving this story as an audiobook. As a result, I would NOT recommend this as an Audiable purchase.

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Not one of my favorites

Did not love this book but finished it.
Pick another book not this one is my advice



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Slow to start, and I did not enjoy the songs but once I got into the book I couldn’t stop listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-14

Interesting topic

As a whole, I found the topics explored by the book interesting, and raised a lot of good questions. Also, the narrators made the story come alive and were pleasant to listen to. It was refreshing to be served an LGBT novel that wasn't all about sex or stereotypes, but I found it a little too flat, and the immense focus on the Bible, God and religion, even though I get why she's doing it, was a little off-putting for me personally. Still, it was an interesting story with a theme that's worthy of attention.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-27

The singing ruins it!

If you can get past the terrible singing, which starts as soon as the book begins, then the book is okay. EVERY TIME the singing began I had to fast forward 3 minutes to avoid the terrible sound.

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  • sanaz
  • 2019-08-02

What about Lucy

I've liked other books from this author. wasn't crazy about this one though. I though it started strong but dragged along and had a bit of an abrupt and weak ending. And Lucy, the character we encounter over and over, remains a mystery.

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  • christy
  • 2019-04-14

Engaging and entertaining

For the most part, I enjoy reading this author's work. She has a depth in her novels in relation to social norms and policies that touches on controversial topics. This author is direct, firm and diplomatic within the creation of her characters and creates a solid plot to keep the readers interest.

I enjoyed the complexity of the relationships for the most part. At times, the drama components of her characters life situations kicks up a bit more than I feel is necessary but it is entertaining.

Narration method is adequate. I usually enjoy one narrator and this one has multiple narrators. It was not problematic, just added the drama piece.

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  • NCsassy
  • 2019-06-26

good book, terrible singing

Jodi is one of my favorite authors and I lived the story line but getting through the songs was just painful. she's definitely not a songwriter. but, I still would recommend this book. just fast forward the songs.

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  • Katie
  • 2020-03-12

Great story! But seems to end abruptly

This was a great story, but I would have liked a bit more wrapping up with some of the other characters in the book, and a little more details and length for the last character’s story in the end of the book.
The songs were cheesy, and I flipped to the next part of the book after about 30 seconds, but the music was nice.

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  • Joanne
  • 2020-02-12

A real eye opener

A real eye opener into a lot of issues facing same sex couple today! I didn’t however like the music at the start of the chapters! It would wreck the flow of the book and I found myself fast forwarding through them! Would be good to have the option of having the songs!

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  • patmatt56
  • 2020-02-08

I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book.

Gay rights aren't at the top of my list of interests, but this book made me think about the subject in a different way. The relationships between characters were compelling and believable, and the story made me want to keep reading to know how it would end. The book's actual ending was slightly disappointing, but not so much as to taint my favorable opinion of it.

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  • Emilee
  • 2020-02-05

The Tears

This book had me bawling, multiple times. Suffering with infertility and loss, bringing such real emotions to the surface. The story is tragic, and beautiful. Worth the read!!

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  • Hannah
  • 2020-02-01

Excellent

This book touched me... I related a lot to the character Zoe. I listened to it every chance I had until it was finished.