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Songs of the Humpback Whale: A Novel in Five Voices

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Touching

I usually don't write reviews but after reading all of the negative reviews and then reading this book myself, I feel compelled to write one. In my opinion, this was a very touching novel that really hit home for me. Although I didn't personally deal with abuse growing ...
I usually don't write reviews but after reading all of the negative reviews and then reading this book myself, I feel compelled to write one. In my opinion, this was a very touching novel that really hit home for me. Although I didn't personally deal with abuse growing up, I am married with 2 children and have gone through losing myself and leaving my home with my children to rediscover myself. This book hit really close to home for me. I love how it gave everyone's perspective! It was a little slow in parts but I found myself crying like a baby at the end, as I have done in all of her books that I have read. Definatly another excellent read by a brilliant author!

posted by 17571079 on July 15, 2013

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A bit disappointing

I love some of Picoult's other works, so I tried this one. Maybe it's just me, but reading the same story 5 times - even from 5 different perspectives - was boring. I found myself thinking SO many times - but I know this already ... get on with the story. The last half ...
I love some of Picoult's other works, so I tried this one. Maybe it's just me, but reading the same story 5 times - even from 5 different perspectives - was boring. I found myself thinking SO many times - but I know this already ... get on with the story. The last half of the book I just skimmed through to see if there was anything relevant to the plot. I won't give up on Picoult though. I plan to read all of her works because I loved the first three I read: My Sister's Keeper (I read this before I even knew a movie was coming out.), Change of Heart (really LOVED this one), and Plain Truth.

posted by 1051743 on April 6, 2010

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    Complete disappointment :(

    Complete disappointment :(

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Sadly, disappointing.

    Disappointing and uninteresting to read and re-read the same story over and over again five times from different perspectives. The story did not move along very well and I found myself hoping and reading in order to get to the next interesting part. Sadly, the interesting parts were few and far between. I was really hoping for a substantial ending that would justify the time commitment I had made to the novel. Sadly, I was disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    Not about the Book...

    I never thought I would say this...but I am so disappointed in BN. The price you are charging for Nook books is crazy. It is more than the paperback. I am an owner of the nook, and it makes me not want to use it. It is sad that people buy the nook and then are being charged ridiculous prices for books. What are you people thinking???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2011

    not my favorite Picoult book

    I have read many of Jodi Picoult's books. I was pretty disappointed in "songs of the humpback whale"

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    One of Picoult's Worst

    I have read most of Picoult's books and enjoyed most of them but this book was poorly written. As it is told in the voices of each character rather than in chronological order, it bounces back and forth through time from the perspective of each character. This makes it difficult to track where you are in the story. In addition, it is just...dry! It moves slowly and the characters are annoying, especially the father. The only character I actually liked was the daughter. I would leave this one on the shelf and move to the next Picoult book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

    A reviewer

    I bought this book on vacation thinking it would be interesting. I read up to page 85 and finally had enough. The constant back and forth between the sections from each character were irritating and then the sections from 1990 to show the back story were disconnected to me. I do not recommend this book.

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