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Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult, Nicole Poole, Stafford Clark-Price

The acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a spellbinding tale of a mother's tragic loss and one man's last chance at gaining salvation.

Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? Is what we believe always the truth?

One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen.

For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child.

Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?

Once again, Jodi Picoult mesmerizes and enthralls readers with this story of redemption, justice, and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781428198173
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 03/04/2008
Edition description: Unabridged, 11 CDs, 13 hrs. 30 min.
Pages: 12
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Jodi Picoult received an AB in creative writing from Princeton and a master’s degree in education from Harvard. The recipient of the 2003 New England Book Award for her entire body of work, she is the author of twenty-one novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, and My Sister’s Keeper, for which she received the American Library Association’s Margaret Alexander Edwards Award. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her website at


Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

May 19, 1966

Place of Birth:

Nesconset, Long Island, NY


A.B. in Creative Writing, Princeton University; M.A. in Education, Harvard University

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Picoult knows how to pick them. She takes a topic and truly makes you think. I wished at times to have Shay's perspective but then this book probably wouldn't have been so powerful. The different view points got a lot across and I was so enthralled with this book. It tested the limits of even my beliefs but I realized that is what she wanted to do. She wants to make you think about where you are and have you come to your own conclusion. She never says what is right or wrong and that's why I come back to this author time and again. Maggie had to deal with the faith she had and a client who really didn't want help. He had things figured out just wanted to go through with them. Father Michael say things that even he wasn't sure were happening. Lucius, the cell mate next to Shay, was shocked by all that he saw. June doing her best to deal with the deaths of her loved ones wasn't sure she could accept the one thing that could keep her life going. This is one book that will keep you turning pages from every point of view. It does test boundaries but like every other book I have read by her truly makes you think. This is definitely going on my list of favorites for just how open she is with all sides of the issue. I can say I am not for the death penalty but I can see in which instances it might be the only way. Ms. Picoult really does her work and it shows on each and every page.
Mickfin More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. It kept me reading and intrigued. I love the fact that the story is told from each persons perspective. It really makes you stop and think. I had trouble relating to the mom though. As a mom myself, I would have done it in a heart beat. No pun intended.
Bellella121327 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so first by Jodi Picoult, I cannot wait to read more by her, I love a great storyteller and she is that!!!..I don't understand the bad reviews but i guess to each his own..I'm adding Jodi to my fave author list, cant wait to read more by her..! It was a great story kept me wanting to find out what next..! Great book, in my opinion..!
CaveGirl More than 1 year ago
A must read for anyone and everyone. Definitely makes you think and see all sides to the situation. One of my favorite Jodi books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not her best book- I have read mostly all of her books and was put off by this one. Didnt keep my attention vs. her other novels where I was able to relate more throughout the entire book.
pocketrob More than 1 year ago
Worth reading if you like her other stuff. Heavy on the religion but not preachy. Not a terribly surprising ending, but good. Worth the time. *SPOILERS* Jodi sure does have a thing for transplants.
Sara26SR More than 1 year ago
No matter what the subject of her books, Jodi Picoult has a definite way making her characters come alive. Good Read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite of her books! Really makes you think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great read.....I love her writting!!!! Couldnt put it down...was hooked frim the first sentence
SBum More than 1 year ago
Anything by Jodi Picoult is a must read but Change of Heart is by far my favorite of hers. I highly recommend!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing,picoult continues to write real life fictionin ways most can not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first i was hesitant to buy it because some people said it dragged, but when i read this book, i fell in love!!! Its a really good book and if you are thinking about buying it, dont wait any longer because you wont regret it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great.. Couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read it in a book club and couldnt put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im now hooked on jodi picoults books after first reading my sisters keeper then change of heart! Excellent ethical topics in both books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read several Jodi Picoult books over the years, and generally enjoy her approach of using several different viewpoints to tackle controversial subjects. While the novel did borrow heavily from Stephen King's "The Green Mile" and was filled with the standard Picoult preachiness at times, I did still find it enjoyable, thought-provoking, and, bottom line for rating purposes--a page turner. I do have one criticism in that many times the various narrators would describe Shay as someone who could not seem to string together two coherent sentences, but then when dialogue is provided of him talking to them, this does not appear to be the case at all. Sometimes in the story Picoult shows him rapidly jumping from one subject or thought to another (usually to illustrate the narrator's just made comment that he can't string sentences together), but more often than not he speaks in completely coherent paragraphs staying on the same subject matter. There were a lot of sub-stories going on in each of the narrator's personal lives, which added additional interest, and not all seemed to be resolved, but isn't that like real life? Comparing it to some of her other books, I would say it is not on par with Nineteen Minutes but head and shoulders above The Tenth Circle. A good and worthy read overall.
Humbee More than 1 year ago
I have to preface this review by saying that I love Jodi Picoult's books! I'm a belated, but staunch supporter of her books and writing style, although after several of them, I'm starting to see the formula raising its hairy eyeballs. And, that's saddens me because I suspect she's smarter and better than that. Nevertheless, of her books so far, this is my least's "The Green Mile," on cold syrup. A young man (a carpenter, no less) is accused, convicted and sent to death row for the rape and murder of a child, and murder of her step-father. As appeals and time leads up to his actual execution, he is shown to be a Saviour figure to the death row inmates, the media, jail staff and the community. He mysteriously calms the hearts and minds of fellow death row companions, heals them and hands off a miracle or two with few words, and humility. His main goal is to give his heart away. This, as I said, isn't one of my favorite Picoults. The plot runs too slow and wordy for my tastes. Religion really is not the problem's just a story a little too long in the tooth and a little too old hat. Ms. Picoult might do better with a creative idea that doesn't hang on a recent national event, national medical scrutiny, current national crime or an old movie. I know she's a wonderful writer...she's got the books and credentials to prove it. And I love her other books, so far! If you're out there, Jodi, please give us something more which is not taken and revamped. I know you can do it because I've read it. For instance: What's really up in New Hampshire? I used to live in Hanover, so, believe you me, I know there are some very tasty bits of interest up in that community that would make for some great storytelling! Just don't write about the tragic death of two professors and you'll be home free! Respectfully yours, Humbee
snowbird922 More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read by Picoult and I will tell you I was truly disappointed not only did the story drag a bit but the feeling that I was reading "The Green Mile" was very strong and it at first gave me an instant distaste for the writer herself. I wound up enjoying the book half way through the middle and when I say enjoying it wasn't one of these books where you become attached it was just ok reading. I think the only thing that actually kept me interested was the different type of religious views being that it is one of the things I enjoy studying. However other than that I felt no attachment to the characters the story was predictable and the ending left me unsatisfied. I will try and read another of her books soon and hopefully it will not leave me with the same opinion of the writer that I have now.
eddirector More than 1 year ago
I think Jodi Picoult is one of the best authors I've found lately, and enjoy the way she can turn both a phrase and a plot. This book however, is much too predictable. The title gives away the ending, plain and simple, and takes the punch out of all the events leading up to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Jodi Picoult's book. She is one of my favorite authors. I have to say I was disappointed with this one. Not much of a story of what actually happened in her househould and to close to the move Walking the Green Mile. I read it though because I kept thinking, it will get real any minute but it never did. Oh well, I'm sure they can't all be great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am addicted to Jodi Picoults books! Their like candy! Although her subjects are a little too far out, i still read her because she creates characters that you just cant get enough of, she doesn't drag out plots like cerian authors that i have read. In this new and provocative novel, it talks about the death penalty, and a guy on death row wants to donate his heart post execution, but the person who needs the heart is the sister of his victim.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Her spouse drove the vehicle with his wife June and their daughter Elizabeth inside when they were blindsided by a drunken driver her husband died in the crash. Kurt Nealson, the police officer who pulled the two females out of the wreckage, became a frequent visitor of the widow and her offspring and eventually he and June married. Seven moths pregnant June hires carpenter Shay Bourne to make some needed home repairs. He kills her second husband and Elizabeth. At his trial, he is convicted and sentenced to state execution, but never explains why he committed the homicides. Eleven years later Shay is on death row about to die as his appeals have run out. June¿s daughter Claire needs a heart transplant and Shay offers his as their hearts are compatible. On the day he arrives in Concord in the 1-tier Secure Housing Unit strange things happen to those around him. He brings a bird back to life and a man with AIDS is miraculously healed while a piece of bubblegum turns out to be enough for every inmate. His lawyer, who opposes the death penalty, works overtime to get Shay¿s conviction changed so that they can use his heart. Crowds gather outside the prison wondering outside if the Messiah has returned and if so why inside a murderer. --- Every book that Jodi Picoult writes seems to reach her audience on a primal level. There are things readers do not know about the homicides especially why Shay committed them or if he is a healer or a con artist. Readers want to believe he is the Messiah because there is something compelling about him in which those who know him insist he is not evil. The author evokes strong emotions and opinions from her fans as much as those displayed by Shay¿s lawyer, June and Claire. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 18 days ago
Unless there are 'closed mind' genes controlling or unless the reader has no interest to ask the difficult questions, this book will make the reader see and feel things that should question what personal beliefs prevail. It is not written to change minds, but to ask questions and ask that these questions are answered honestly. Asking and answering important questions are the least we can do for ourselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, Jodi! Loved this book! Especially loved Maggie!