Songs of the Humpback Whale

by Jodi Picoult | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 141654920x Global Overview for this book
Registered by winglukutuoliwing of Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on 4/16/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by winglukutuoliwing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, April 16, 2009
From the back cover:

"For years, Jane Jones has lived in the shadow of her husband, renowned San Diego oceanographer Oliver Jones. But during an escalating argument, Janes turns to him with an alarming volatility. In anger and fear, Jane leaves with her teenage daughter, Rebecca, for a cross-country odyssey. Charted by letters from her borther Joley, they are guided to his Massachusetts apple farm, where surprising self-discoveries await. Now Oliver, an expert at tracking humpback whales across vast oceans, will search for his wife across a continent, and find a new way to see the world, his family, and himself: through her eyes. "

Journal Entry 2 by winglukutuoliwing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Saturday, October 16, 2010
I have liked most of the books by Picoult, but this was a big disappointment for me. I didn't get into the story and I found it difficult to follow the five different narrators, there were too many repeats in the text. I have loved the moral themes in the books of Picoult, but this lacked even them. I wonder if it was just a wrong time for this book.

This book will travel to a new reader as a HGG surprise, I hope she'll enjoy it more than I did. I'll take part in the Animal - challenge of Joika as there is a WHALE in the name of the book ;)

Released 12 yrs ago (10/16/2010 UTC) at Holiday Gift Giving via the mail, Holiday Gift Giving -- Controlled Releases

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HGG-greetings from Finland - I hope you'll enjoy this book more than I did :)



Journal Entry 4 by wingjudygreeneyeswing at San Diego, California USA on Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Hi lukutuoli -- thanks so much for one of my wishlist books!! I'm excited to read this one, and will let you know how it strikes me. I appreciate your generosity!! I love the postcard from beautiful Tampere and visitor guide also -- I have to come back and visit Finland again!!

Journal Entry 5 by wingjudygreeneyeswing at San Diego, California USA on Thursday, January 27, 2011
I liked this book much more than lukutuoli did! In fact, I read it in late 2010 and again in January 2011, mostly because I couldn't remember it exactly. I completely agree that it bounced around too much. I didn't mind the change of narrator as much as the constant change of timeline. I really hate when stories go backward and forward in time. A little bit is ok, but this story did it every few pages :) Also, I really dislike that writing technique in which you get the ending long before the end of the story. I don't want to know the ending until I get there!! That said, I liked all of the characters in this story, I like the drive cross-country, the feeling of the apple orchards, the stories about whales...so overall I really liked it.

**SPOILER ALERT**I wanted to slap the adults as they argued about whether Hadley and Rebecca should be involved with each other. I'm pretty sure statutory rape laws don't change entirely from state to state in the USA. A 15-yr-old girl is legally not old enough to decide to have sex with an adult. That's what Sam should have told Hadley when they sat in the bar that night. That's also what Jane should have told Rebecca. At the very least someone should have counseled about birth and disease control!! There is always some of that stuff in Jodi Picoult's books, where I want to slap some of the characters :)

Thanks much, lukutuoli, for sharing with me from such a distance! I really appreciate it.

Bookray list:
ravencat (New York)
iwillrejoice (Florida)
powaybabe (California)
valpete (California)
jenm82 (Australia)
antonettes (Netherlands)
silvia-pco (Portugal)
Kemppu (Finland)
wal-89 (UK)
jonniboi (UK)
rwidiani (Netherlands)
chamonix44 (Netherlands) -- original book ray ended here!!

Journal Entry 6 by ravencat at Lancaster, New York USA on Friday, February 11, 2011
Received today as part of a bookray from judygreeneyes. Will start in a few days as I am just finishing up my current read.

Journal Entry 7 by ravencat at Lancaster, New York USA on Saturday, March 5, 2011

Released 11 yrs ago (3/5/2011 UTC) at Lancaster, New York USA

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This was not my favorite Jodi Picoult book but I did enjoy the story. I might have had a different opinion about it if the characters of Sam and Hadley were left out as I really did not think that they added anything to the storyline and found their characters quite boring and not in the best interest for Rebecca and Jane. Leaving the story to just the family would have been adequate and I did think the info about the whales was interesting. Thank you for including me in this ring and now off to iwillrejoice. USPS del conf# 0310 2010 0002 5780 0465.

Journal Entry 8 by iwillrejoice at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Monday, March 7, 2011
Received in the mail today as part of a bookray. I'll be starting this in the next day or so. Thanks for letting me play!

Journal Entry 9 by iwillrejoice at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Sunday, March 20, 2011
I have to agree with judygreeneyes assessment of the book. I did enjoy the story! :-)

PM'd powaybabe for her address, & will send it on as soon as I hear. Thanks for letting me be a part of your ray!

Released 11 yrs ago (3/21/2011 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, trades, Florida USA

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Released to powaybabe as the next person in line for this book ray. Enjoy!

(Tracking number 9102150134711641572051 says it was delivered on March 26.)

Journal Entry 11 by powaybabe at Poway, California USA on Sunday, April 24, 2011
This book is in Poway and on my TBR pile. Thanks for sending it!!

Journal Entry 12 by powaybabe at Poway, California USA on Saturday, May 21, 2011
couldn't get into it, it kept jumping around between times and places, and I'm afraid I just got lost. Am trying to pass it on to next person on bookray!

Journal Entry 13 by powaybabe at Poway, California USA on Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Finally, off by mail now to valpete.

Journal Entry 14 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Thanks for sending this my way. I do have a few before this, so it will be a while. Please let me know if I'm taking too much time.

Journal Entry 15 by wingvalpetewing at Walnut Creek, California USA on Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I feel very lukewarm about Jodi Picoult's books. The storyline did keep me interested, but in the end, I felt it was just another chic lit book.

I have jenm82's adress and will be sending it along.

Journal Entry 16 by jenm82 at Pyrmont, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, September 1, 2011
Arrived! Just need to finish reading Game Of Thrones and then I'll start!

Journal Entry 17 by jenm82 at Pyrmont, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I read that this was Picoult's first novel - unfortunately, I only managed to get halfway through. Clearly she was still establishing the style that would later feature in the excellent 'My Sister's Keeper' and 'The Pact'. I think what was difficult was the fact that Picoult has always managed to create some characters you like, and some you dislike, whereas in this, it's just populated with characters I only dislike. Oliver began to grate on me early and it got worse the further I went. Jane was no better. **SPOILER ALERT** And she goes back with him in the end - WTF?

Someone has already mentioned the statutory rape issue, which I won't go into, but I agree 100%. For Picoult to articulate ethics and dilemmas so eloquently in her other offerings, again, this just reeks of disappointment.

I'm probably missing a vital part that's further in, but it was just taking too long to get there. I have PM'd antonettes and will send as soon as I get her details.


Thanks so much to lukutuoli for organising this, and the page stuck in the front with the bookray order - awesome! I'll be pinching this bit of organisation for my next ray.

Cheers.

Journal Entry 18 by jenm82 at Pyrmont, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Released 11 yrs ago (10/11/2011 UTC) at Pyrmont, New South Wales Australia

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Posted finally - apologies for the wait. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 19 by antonettes at Arnhem, Gelderland Netherlands on Monday, November 7, 2011
Send to me from Australia. Thanks a lot!

Journal Entry 20 by antonettes at Arnhem, Gelderland Netherlands on Friday, November 11, 2011
I think that all of us readers so far aree that this isn't Jodi Picoult's best novel ever. I did however like it a lot, after I got used to the different characters. I agree there were too many double scenes in the books. SPOILER I hated the end though where Jane goes back to that loser whale expert instead of following her heart and stay with Sam. Thanks for starting this ray judygreeneyes!

The book went on its way to Portugal today. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 21 by silvia-pco at Murtosa, Aveiro Portugal on Wednesday, January 4, 2012
This had quite the jouney it seems... it took it a while to arrive, I got it today inside a plastic post office bag, it was still in the original envelope but it was torn open... The book is safe and sound though, in good condition and will now join my TBR pile. I'll keep you posted!

Journal Entry 22 by silvia-pco at Murtosa, Aveiro Portugal on Tuesday, November 6, 2012
This is an amazing story. I love Jodi Picoult and she didn't disappoint me with this book, even thought it doesn't rate among her "best of". As always, it was easy to relate to all the characters and their stories - maybe Oliver was the one I didn't like as much. The jumping around from time to time and place to place didn't pose a problem for me, I actually felt like it gave an interesting twist to the story; it was very original how Rebbeca's side of the story was told from the end to the beginning. It may lack the presence of a polemic or strong theme that is so usual in Picoult's books, but all in all, this is an amazing love story.

Will be passing this along to Kemppu ASAP. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 23 by Kemppu at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, January 10, 2013
The book has arrived safely to the town where it begun its journey. Thank you!

Journal Entry 24 by Kemppu at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, January 24, 2013
I liked the book, although there are several Picoult books I like better. No real controversial (moral) issues or court cases in this book, yet, but then this was Picoult's first book. It took a little time before I understood that Rebecca tells the story "backwards" and that the dates refer only to her bits. After that the time shifts didn't disturb me. Still, I also would have preferred not to know the end right in the beginning, and I think I would've liked the story better with fewer narrators. Perhaps Rebecca, Jane and Oliver?
***SPOILER ALERT***
Rebecca and Hadley were the only characters I really liked in this book, altough I agree with many others here that she was too young to have sex with him. The adults should have done something to that. I don't mean stopping them seeing each other completely, though. I also wondered why did Jane and Oliver get married in the first place. He didn't seem like he wanted to be married, because of his interesting work. He didn't have any time for his family anyway. I also couldn't understand why Jane decided to continue living with him. Therefore the ending of the book was quite disappointing. I was hoping there would be bigger revelations or changes.
Like I said in the beginning, I still liked the book. It was easy to read and Picoult's writing is skillful. I also liked the parts where they rescued whales.

I'll send the book forward when I get the address to send it to.

Journal Entry 25 by Kemppu at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Friday, January 25, 2013
On its way to wal-89 by mail.

Journal Entry 26 by wal-89 at Congleton, Cheshire United Kingdom on Friday, February 22, 2013
Another bookring book that arrived whilst I was on holiday =) Thanks for sending, I really like reading Jodi Picoult books so looking forward to trying this one out.

Journal Entry 27 by wal-89 at Congleton, Cheshire United Kingdom on Monday, April 1, 2013
Took me a while to finish this book. I have mixed feelings about this book. At times I really enjoyed it and others I was annoyed at the main characters! The jumping back and forth confused me and I don't think it added to the story...in fact it took away some of the suspense. Not Jodi Picoult's usual style (the ones I have read anyway) and therefore I didn't enjoy it as much.

Journal Entry 28 by wal-89 at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada on Monday, April 1, 2013

Released 9 yrs ago (4/6/2013 UTC) at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada

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Will be posted to the next in line when I get to the post office this week =)

Journal Entry 29 by JonniC at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire United Kingdom on Friday, April 5, 2013
Wow, well this one came quickly, I had completely forgotten about it, and don't even remember giving Wal-89 my address, and it's come just in time as I return to uni tomorrow, and I only have one book in front of this one, so I can start it in the next couple of days! :)

Journal Entry 30 by JonniC at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, April 18, 2013
It looks like people are split about this book.

Personally I got excited when I got this book, Jodi Picoult is an amazing author, full of lovable characters, even the ones you dislike you enjoy. However I felt no connection whatsoever.

The story was ploddy, jumpy and repetitive, I stopped at 40 pages in, I just couldn't deal with the whole this happened, then this, then that. Where are the emotions the strongly heartfelt amazingness of Jodi Picoult?

Big disappointment, and I was indecisive whether or not to carry on and persist and try to finish it, as much as I didn't like it. Or just stop completely. stopping won, I have so many other books to get through I just didn't want to waste time reading one I clearly wasn't going to enjoy, no matter how much I read of it.

rwidiani seems to be inactive, and after multiple messages I give up trying to get the address, so will be sending it to charmonix44 when I get the chance.

Journal Entry 31 by JonniC at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Released 9 yrs ago (4/22/2013 UTC) at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire United Kingdom

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Sent this book off, it's now in the post! Sent off a couple of days ago :)

Journal Entry 32 by chamonix44 at Almelo, Overijssel Netherlands on Saturday, April 27, 2013
This book arrived today. Thank you Jonniboi for sending it on to me. I had forgotten that I had signed up for this bookray until judygreeneyes reminded me. It was such a long time ago! But that happens with these rays and rings, they do take a long time and these days I don't have a good memory! So thank you Judy for reminding me.
Looking forward to reading it.



Journal Entry 33 by chamonix44 at Almelo, Overijssel Netherlands on Monday, May 6, 2013
Some of this book I enjoyed, and some I didn't and I tried to hurry through it when it confused me. I'm still not quite sure if I like Jodi Picoult as an author or not.
Now that I have read this, I am going to pass it on to KJSkye in Hengelo as she likes Jodi Picoult's novels.

Journal Entry 34 by chamonix44 at Hengelo, Overijssel Netherlands on Monday, May 6, 2013

Released 9 yrs ago (5/7/2013 UTC) at Hengelo, Overijssel Netherlands

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Giving this book to KJSkye. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 35 by rem_WTL-748094 at Hengelo, Overijssel Netherlands on Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Thanks for this book. I like Jodi Picoult as an author. I liked this book. I am handing it back to chamonix44 as she knows someone else who would like to read it.

Journal Entry 36 by rem_WTL-748094 at Almelo, Overijssel Netherlands on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Released 9 yrs ago (6/7/2013 UTC) at Almelo, Overijssel Netherlands

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I did actually hand this back to chamonix44 last Friday, 7th June, but I am at her house now making these release notes on her computer as I find it difficult to do on my phone, and my computer is broken! Bye Bye book!

Journal Entry 37 by chamonix44 at Almelo, Overijssel Netherlands on Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Thank you for the book. I have promised it to motherof11 as my part in the Wish List Tag Game.

Journal Entry 38 by chamonix44 at Dalfsen, Overijssel Netherlands on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Released 9 yrs ago (6/13/2013 UTC) at Dalfsen, Overijssel Netherlands

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I am giving this book to motherof11 in Dalfsen, as my part in the Wish List Tag Game, via her daughter who lives in Almelo.
I hope you enjoy it motherof11 !!


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Journal Entry 39 by motherof11 at Dalfsen, Overijssel Netherlands on Saturday, June 22, 2013
This book arrived safely today (via my daughter). Thanks chamonix44!

Journal Entry 40 by motherof11 at Dalfsen, Overijssel Netherlands on Saturday, July 13, 2013
What a beautiful story! I liked this book very much! Thanks so much for sharing this with me, chamonix44!

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