Nineteen Minutes

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jodi Picoult
Narrator: Carol Monda
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: March 2007
# of Units: 18 CDs
Length: 19 hours
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The bestselling author of "My Sister's Keeper" and "Vanishing Acts" returns with her most absorbing audiobook yet, the poignant story of the aftermath of a tragic high school shooting. This is a riveting, thought-provoking tale with a jaw-dropping ending.

Reviews (20)


Written by Laura from Louisa, VA on July 10th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I absolutely adore this book! I was pleasantly surprised. It was full of giggles, shock and awe.

19 min

Written by Anonymous on July 26th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Picoult has always done a great job in style, keeping the reader involved. Sometimes her plots don't always make sense. However, life doesn't always make absolute sense. Especially to teenagers. I appreciate her attempt to explain the reasoning behind a bullied young mans attempt to justify his horrific actions (something I have never seen before) and hope she will not disappoint (still waiting for disc two).


Written by Janice on June 5th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Once again Jodi Picoult takes a social issue and weaves a story that elicits such an emotional response. I felt outraged, sad to the point of tears, and overwhelmed by the truth of the problem of bullying so prevalent that we see commercials addressing it.. Should be required reading.

Insightful and Emotional Read

Written by Jazzykatt from Hackettstown, NJ on March 13th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have been extremely disappointed with some of Picoult's books in the past. She seems to take a controversial subject and cop out at the end for fear of alienating some of her readers. She has taken the safe way out in some of her stories, "My Sister's Keeper" being one example. However, this is not the case with Nineteen Minutes. It was a perfect reflection of some of the kids I came across in my teen years, both the bullies and bullied. Picoult managed to put you in the shoes of the bullied victim and force you to live through their tormented days. I have seen this treatment of human beings first hand and, ashamedly, have participated in the bullying, or even worse, never did anything to stop it. Many times I wish I could turn back the clock to take back what I did or put a stop to what others did. I have also been on the receiving end of cruelty and have moments where I can remember hurtful things that were said to me or about me. Some words leave scars that never fade away.


Written by Nikkie from Morton Grove, IL on January 12th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Extremely boring, patronizing and not original. I found my IQ points dropping as I listened to it. I was waiting for the other book to come in the mail, so I kept listening until I finished. What a waste of time.


Written by Anonymous on March 27th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I can't stop thinking about this book. The effect of long-term bullying is so traumatic, that I understood, perfectly, the reasons why. Death and misery for all. So, so sad.

Nineteen Minutes

Written by Anonymous on January 27th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Jodi Picoult tells a chilling story of a school shooting. Her true-to-life description of the life of the shooter before and leading up to the shooting captures your interest. You really start to understand how and why the shootings occured. Jodi has the ability to capture today's "tough events" in a teenagers life that effect entire families, neighbors and community.


Written by Anonymous from Bakersfield, CA on September 4th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Thought provoking. I could not stop listening to it.

Annoying Narrator

Written by Anonymous from Naugatuck, CT on May 19th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I usually love Jodi Picoult books, but this one was a disapointment. The story was ok, but the narrator was so awful I just couldn't get past that part. She spoke in a gravelly voice when depciting male characters and always sounded like a toddler throwing a tantrum rather than a tortured teenager.

Ninteen Minutes

Written by Laurajean on December 30th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I found this book to be thought provoking and difficult to read. Not because of the way it was written, but because of the content. You often felt uncomfortable with the characters, as I'm sure the author intended you to feel. The book often drones into superfluous detail that is unnecessary to the present story which is probably why her books are so long. I thought it was narrated well.

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.