The Tenth Circle

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jodi Picoult
Narrator: Carol Monda
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: February 2006
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours, 30 minutes
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Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone has been a ghost for 14 days, seven hours, and 36 minutes, not that she is officially counting. With a story that transports readers from smalltown New England to the wilds of the Alaskan bush, Picoult probes the unbreakable bond between parent and child and the dangerous repercussions of trying to play God.

Reviews (18)

Not bad

Written by Anonymous on February 11th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book is not a bad read, but a little unrealistic The author pontificates too much. The very basic story could have been told in three chapters but instead she goes on and on about the history of some natives of Alaska - some plots remain unresolved which is due to the overstuffing of the story with unrelated details. The characters were unrealistic - the daughter, is a cutter - a sign of some very serious mental illness and bad family dynamics - yet none of the author's description of this family warrant this kind of disturbance in the teenager.

The Tenth Circle

Written by Anonymous on August 11th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This book about a disfunctional family was very depressing. Jodi Picoult is a very good author, but I was extremely disappointed in this book. I would not recommend this book.

Waste of time

Written by Nikkie from Morton Grove, IL on August 4th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I actually wrote a really bad review for this book, but I know it would never get published here if I left it as it were. So, let me just say - don't waste your time with this "book". It is unimaginative, lacks originality and manages to insult a whole bunch of people through ignorance. I never understood why Picoult is so "beloved" by American readers and I still don't.

The 10th Circle

Written by Laurajean on June 16th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A mediocre Jodi Picoult book about teenage drama. The father is very likable, but the rest of the characters were the depth of wonder white bread. Read it if you have a lot of time and nothing better to do.

good read, not so good listen

Written by Anonymous on November 12th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a great story, but the reader was very difficult to listen to - especially when she spoke as the father.

Worth a listen

Written by Lucky on June 23rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The Tenth Circle was a good listen. I am a critical reader/listener. So, I am always interested in the reliability of the plot lines and the credibility of the characters. I find that I get overly critical when the story isn't enough to keep my mind from wandering. This was the case here. There were a lot of twists and turns. Almost too many. The story seemed to go on longer than necessary and a few of the characters were ill defined in relationship to the overall story line. But, there was sufficient drama, discord and confusion to get a Lifetime movie made. So, this is worth a listen, but don't get too excited.

Another Great Book from Picoult

Written by Cindy S. on March 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I was introduced to Jodi Picoult when I rented "My Sister's Keeper". Since then I have been on an enjoyable journey of discovering her other novels. "The Tenth Circle" is not her strongest, but the story has all of the classic Picoult elements. Real life events that challenge real life characters to examine long held beliefs and values. At the same time, it leaves the listener thinking about their own families, their own values, and consideration of their own actions if faced with the same circumstances. I can't wait for the next book to arrive.

the tenth circle

Written by Rosanne Ostrowski on February 23rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love Jodi Picoult. So this is somewhat bias. This book flows well. You get into their family life quickly. I was intrigued to learn about Alaska and the different customs. It truly depicted how our children drift away from us and us from them. Although this is an extreme case. It is enjoyable keeps your interest.

The Tenth Circle

Written by Anonymous on October 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

As with all of Jodi Picoult's books, this book addresses a current and timely issue - date rape - and how it affects the girl, the accused, her family and friends, his family and friends, and the community at large. There are some disturbing images in this book - especially for those of us who would like to believe that 14 year olds are still very much naive about matters of sex and love. This book explores the ties between daughter and parent, wife and husband, and the impact of the society in which they exist.

The Tenth Circle

Written by Anonymous on August 16th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was excellent. It kept you attention through the whole book. I recommend it to anyone.

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.