Vanishing Acts

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jodi Picoult
Narrator: Various Artists
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: November 2002
# of Units: 14 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

Following the phenomenal success of My Sister's Keeper and Second Glance, beloved best-selling author Jodi Picoult is back with another page-turning novel about the power of memories--and the sharing of their secrets. Vanishing Acts introduces readers to Delia Hopkins, a young woman who seems indeed to have led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her windowed father Andrew, she finds fulfillment in her work, in which she uses Search and Rescue blood-hounds to find missing persons. In addition, she now has a small daughter and is on the threshold of marrying her handsome fiance. However, as Delia starts to plan her wedding, she finds that she is plagued by flashbacks to a time that she can't recall. What are these flashbacks, and what do they mean? In shock and confused, Delia must search out the truth among these newly discovered memories--even when they threaten to devastate her life, and the lives of those she loves most. Gripping and absorbing in every way, Vanishing Acts is a story that explores what happens when a past we have been running from catches up with us--and what happens when the memory we thought had vanished returns as a threat.

Reviews (20)

Not worth the time

Written by Anonymous on September 24th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Not worth your time, dear reader. Boring and condescending. Next time, I'll listen to my favorite radio station when driving to work rather than to labor through another Picoult monstrosity.

Vanishing Act

Written by Anonymous on July 23rd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this book, however, I struggle when the reader has to decide the ending. I like the "happily ever after" feeling - this one still had too much baggage at the end for a "happily ever after".

Touching characters

Written by Anonymous from Hemet, CA on July 12th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A little slow throughout. This story did not have much action, but the characters had depth. I enjoyed the changing narrators and point of view. This book dealt with alcoholism and the way it tears families apart in a very compassionate way. I was disappointed with the ending, it was anti-climactic.

Vanishing Acts

Written by Anonymous from Los Lunas, NM on July 9th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I gave this book a 4 because it did hold my interest overall and was curious about the ending. Otherwise, I found the characters annoying and the story took too long to be told.

Phoenix Skeptic

Written by Anonymous on April 5th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Grew up in Phoenix, some of the pronunciations of familiar names "Wallace and Ladmo" were mispronounced. Kachina pronounced kat-ceena. It's Kacheena. I could completely do without the native American, Hopi spiritual myths, kind of ruined it for me. Over all I enjoyed this book but I'll probably never rent nor read another Picoult book.

Vanishing Acts

Written by Anonymous on July 31st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Horribly boring book. So bad, I started rooting against the heroine.

Vanishing Acts

Written by eportuguesa from Fremont, CA on April 30th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great story but too much useless info by the readers drug ot on and on.

Disappointing

Written by Sharon on April 14th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I selected this book because I listened to The Pact and I loved it. I thought another book by Jody Picoult would be just as good, however I was disappointed by this one. There was little suspense and although the story of an adult finding out that her father kidnapped her from her mother as child has potential, the author does little to capitalize on it. It is read by several different people which is good, however there was not one character that I ended up liking at the end of the story. The main character was annoying and weak and so much of the characters motives were unbelievable and contrary. Overall, I would not recommend this book.

Vanishing Acts

Written by C. Goodman from Chesapeake, VA on April 2nd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Jodie Picoult is a great writer with a gift for character development and detail. I love My Sister's Keeper but I have not had the same feeling from the other books she has authored. They are good but often seem just a bit too long with too much detail. I would prefer the abriged version of this book as the lengthy detail tries my patience. The reactions of some of the characters seem a bit off beat. The same topics (troubled families, teen angst, court rooms, jail drama) are used over and over in her books. She needs fresh material and insight. Overall she is a good writer, her talent needs be stretched with new material instead of remaking the old over and over.

Kept Me Interested

Written by Amy on March 20th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Yet another Picoult novel involving family drama, detailed prison stints, the court & legal system and medical jargon. I enjoyed the plot line - a bit long and drawn out at times, but overall, it's totally what I expected from Picoult and found myself thinking more about my own relationships with my family.

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.