My Sister's Keeper

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jodi Picoult
Narrator: Various
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: October 2005
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 13 hours, 45 minutes
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Overview

New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is known for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a teenage girl who decides to sue her parents for the rights to her body. Anna's not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate--a life and a role that she has never questioned ... until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister--and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable ... a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. Told from multiple points of view, My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life ... even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? Once again, in My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity.

Reviews (53)

My Sister's Keeper

Written by Janice on December 27th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Jodi Picoult presents a moral dilemma presented from multiple gut wrenching points of consideration leaving the reader to ponder long and hard on how they would react in the same circumstances. I have become a true Picoult fan. She writes beautifully.

Excellent

Written by PatyDiva on October 3rd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Outstanding book - wonderful to read. Couldn't put it down.

My Sister's Keeper

Written by Anonymous on July 23rd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book !! I watched the movie after I read the book - the movie was a disappointment - they took too much liberty with the ending.

My Sister's Keeper

Written by Book Junkie on November 11th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful, but heart-wrenching. Expect a few good cries.

My Sister's Keeper

Written by Anonymous from Kansas City, MO on October 30th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What an engaging story! It is totally unlike any book I have read/listened to before. Although I admit that I mostly detested the mother's point of view, I was consistently riveted by this book.

Excellent

Written by Anonymous on September 1st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Absolutely the best! Being a nurse this books tells the story that many a family must encounter that is heart wrenching and at the same time a moral dilemma.

Slow going

Written by Andrea from Hemet, CA on August 6th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The beginning was not very engaging. There was lots of medical/hospital information. Once I had listened to 3 of the CDs finally the various storylines of the plot began to catch my attention. I liked all of the narrators very much. It makes a book more interesting to have several narrators like this one did.

Loved it

Written by Anonymous on July 27th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I couldn't wait to get in the car to listen to this. I cried through so much of it. All the characters were compelling and well written. Can't wait to get more from this author.

Good Book

Written by Anonymous on July 6th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good book. A lot of twists and turns in the story line. Kept me guessing until the very end. Sad story though.

My Sister's Keeper

Written by Deanna on April 10th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have read several books by Jodi Picoult and I thought this one was one of her better ones. It caught my attention from the start and kept me guessing, all the way through, as to the outcome. It also had a surprise ending that totally took me off guard. This is one of those books that you don't want to stop listening to until the end. I also enjoyed the different narrators. Very good!!!

Author Details

Author Details

Picoult, Jodi

Jodi Picoult, 41, is the bestselling author of fifteen novels: Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992), Harvesting the Heart (1994), Picture Perfect (1995); Mercy (1996), The Pact (1998); Keeping Faith (1999), Plain Truth (2000), Salem Falls (2001), Perfect Match (2002), Second Glance (2003), My Sister's Keeper (2004), Vanishing Acts (2005),The Tenth Circle (2006) and her newest novel, Nineteen Minutes, which debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and her newest novel, Change of Heart (2008)

Picoult studied creative writing with Mary Morris at Princeton, and had two short stories published in Seventeen magazine while still a student. Realism - and a profound desire to be able to pay the rent - led Picoult to a series of different jobs following her graduation: as a technical writer for a Wall Street brokerage firm, as a copywriter at an ad agency, as an editor at a textbook publisher, and as an 8th grade English teacher - before entering Harvard to pursue a master's in education. She married Tim Van Leer, whom she had known at Princeton, and it was while she was pregnant with her first child that she wrote her first novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale.

In 2003 she was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction. She has also been the recipient an Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association, sponsored by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust and Booklist, one of ten books written for adults that have special appeal for young adults; the Book Browse Diamond Award for novel of the year; a lifetime achievement award for mainstream fiction from the Romance Writers of America; Cosmopolitan magazine’s ‘Fearless Fiction’ Award 2007; Waterstone’s Author of the Year in the UK, and a Vermont Green Mountain Book Award. Most recently, she wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. Her books are translated into thirty four languages in thirty five countries. Two – The Pact and Plain Truth – were made into television movies; a third, The Tenth Circle, will air on Lifetime this summer. My Sister’s Keeper is currently in development at New Line Cinema, with Nick Cassavetes directing and Cameron Diaz starring.

She and Tim and their three children live in Hanover, New Hampshire with two Springer spaniels, two donkeys, two geese, three ducks, six chickens, and the occasional Holstein.